A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Salento vs. Puerto Natales for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Salento or Puerto Natales?

Should I visit Salento or Puerto Natales? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Salento

Founded in 1850, Salento is one of the oldest towns in Quindio. This colonial Colombian town has retained much of its old world charm, with its colorful buildings, large square and, of course, the obligatory church. Because the main route between Cali and Bogota which used to pass through Salento was diverted, the town didn't develop as quickly as others in the Quindio region. This gave Salento the opportunity to evolve into a thriving community of craftsmen and artisans as well as remaining one of the region's most prolific coffee producers. Salento is located 24 km northeast of the departmental capital Armenia. However, unlike its colorful neighbor, Armenia itself has very little to offer tourists. Salento attracts those wishing to learn about the coffee regions and for those who simply admire breathtaking scenery, and especially the stunning Cocora Valley.

Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is a beautiful town located in the Chilean Patagonia on the Senoret Channel. The city is often used as a base camp for trips to the surrounding national parks due to their plentiful restaurant options and access to internet. Puerto Natales is also known for being the base city to the Torres del Paine National Park, which was named the 5th most beautiful place in the world by National Geographic.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Natales or Salento?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Salento is $26, while the average daily cost in Puerto Natales is $82. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Salento and Puerto Natales in more detail.



Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $9.09. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Salento the cost is $18 on average.

Puerto Natales's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $74. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $37.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salento $9.09
    Puerto Natales $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salento $18
    Puerto Natales $74

Food

While meal prices in Salento can vary, the average travelers spends about $7.62 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salento should cost around $3.05 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Salento is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

Puerto Natales food costs typically run travelers around $27 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Salento $7.62
    Puerto Natales $27

Typical Food prices in Puerto Natales

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Puerto Natales:


  • Cake
    $1.27
  • Dinner
    $22
  • Coke
    $1.27

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Salento.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $19 per day to get around in Puerto Natales.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salento $12
    Puerto Natales $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salento

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:

  • Arrival or Departure Transfer: Armenia Airport, Bus Station / Salento, Filandia: $50

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Natales

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Natales:

  • Puerto Natales Airport Private Transfer: $19
  • Shared Transfer From Puerto Natales To Villa Serrano And Lago Grey Round Trip Or One Way: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Salento or Puerto Natales?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Natales and Salento change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.49 per person, per day in Salento. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $28 per person, per day in Puerto Natales. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Salento $9.49
    Puerto Natales $28

Tours and Activities in Salento

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salento are as follows:

  • Permaculture and Traditional Coffee Tour at Momota Salento: $13
  • Cocora Valley & Hummingbirds House Adventure: $50
  • Cocora Valley on a Jeep & Hike Day Tour: $77
  • Coffee Farm Hacienda El Ocaso Half-Day Tour: $79
  • Full-Day Coffee Farm Experience at Finca El Ocaso from Salento: $87
  • Coffee Amusement & Museum Park Day Tour: $101
  • Cocora Valley + Horseback Riding Day Tour: $104
  • Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Salento): $123
  • Santa Rosa de Cabal and Hot Springs Full-Day Tour: $134
  • Full day coffee farm experience at Hacienda San Alberto from Salento: $152
  • Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Salento): $156
  • Wax Palms, Salento and Coffee Private Full Day Tour: $177

Tours and Activities in Puerto Natales

Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Natales for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Bus ticket to El Calafate, Argentina: $44
  • Excursion City Tour By Bike: $45
  • Bus ticket from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate (Argentina): $56
  • Puerto Natales Sightseeing Bike Tour: $60
  • City Bike Tour in Puerto Natales: $66
  • Full day tour Torres del Paine: $67
  • Full day tour Torres del Paine: $71
  • Full-Day Tour to Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales(First Class): $98
  • Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales: $155
  • Full-Day Hiking Tour to the Base of Paine Towers at Torres del Paine National Park: $160
  • Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise from Puerto Natales: $173
  • Private Tour: Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave with Lunch: $372

Alcohol

The average person spends about $9.31 on alcoholic beverages in Salento per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Puerto Natales may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $17 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salento $9.31
    Puerto Natales $17

Typical Alcohol prices in Puerto Natales

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Puerto Natales:


  • Alcohol
    $15


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salento and Puerto Natales, we can see that Puerto Natales is more expensive. And not only is Salento much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salento would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salento and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Puerto Natales would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Natales than you might in Salento.

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