Should you visit Salta or Puerto Natales?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Salta and Puerto Natales can help you decide which place is right for you.
Located in the heart of the famous Northwest region of Argentina, at 1200m of elevation and at the foot of the Cerro San Bernardo, Salta is the largest city of the region and perhaps the most beautiful colonial city of Argentina. Founded in 1582 by the Spanish, Salta was an important stop for merchants who followed the usual trade road through Bolivia and Peru. Argentines call this city nestled in the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by mountains, of just over half a million inhabitants, Salta La Linda (Salta the Beautiful) and it's easy to see why. Young and traditional at the same time, Salta and its renowned museums, plaza side cafes and live musica folklorica of its bustling penas, is a sophisticated and lively city day and night.
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 Salta?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Salta is $68, 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 Salta and Puerto Natales in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $48 in Salta For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
While meal prices in Salta can vary, the average travelers spends about $23 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salta should cost around $9.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Salta 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.
Meals for one day
Puerto Natales $27
Typical Food prices in Salta
For Salta, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Typical Food prices in Puerto Natales
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Puerto Natales:
To get around in Salta, the average visitor spends $28 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Salta
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Salta are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salta
Also for Salta, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Humahuaca, 7-color Hill & round trip transfers airport - hotel in Salta:
Private Airport Transfer: Martin Miguel de Guemes Int. Airport (SLA) to Salta:
Private Airport Transfer: Salta to Martin Miguel de Guemes Int. Airport (SLA):
Salta Airport Private Transfer:
Salta Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Salta City Tour & Round Trip Transfers airport - hotel:
One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer:
Shared Arrival Transfer: Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport to Salta:
Shared Departure Transfer: Salta Hotels to Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Natales
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Natales:
Shared Transfer From Puerto Natales To Villa Serrano And Lago Grey Round Trip Or One Way:
Puerto Natales Airport Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Salta or Puerto Natales?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Natales and Salta 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.
In Salta, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $24 per person, per day.
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.
Typical Entertainment prices in Salta
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Salta's activities, tours, and tickets:
Wine and Cheese night
Tours and Activities in Salta
For Salta, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Salta City Half Day Tour:
citytour salta y alrededores:
Salta City Sightseeing Tour:
Salta City Tour:
Half-Day Tour of Salta:
4-Hour Walking Tour:
Full-Day Tour Cafayate Calchaqui Valleys with Wine:
One Day Tour of Cachi and Calchaquí Valleys from Salta:
Half Day Salta City Tour:
Full-Day Tour to Humahuaca Gorge from Salta:
Salta City Half-Day Tour:
Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca whith trekking and More from Salta:
Tours and Activities in Puerto Natales
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Natales for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
3-Day Small Group Guided Tour W Trekking -Torres del Paine Highlights Fast track:
5-Day Tour Glaciers of Patagonia from Puerto Natales:
Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise from Puerto Natales:
Bus ticket from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate (Argentina):
City Bike Tour in Puerto Natales:
Excursion City Tour By Bike:
Full day tour Torres del Paine:
Full-Day Hiking Tour to the Base of Paine Towers at Torres del Paine National Park:
Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales:
Full-Day Tour to Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales(First Class):
Private Tour: Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave with Lunch:
Puerto Natales Sightseeing Bike Tour:
Typically, people visiting Salta spend on average $9.62 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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.
Typical Alcohol prices in Salta
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Salta are as follows:
Sample the Local Flavors in Salta
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Salta:
Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta:
From Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting:
From Full-Day Tour to Cafayate with Wine Tasting:
Luxury Colome wine tour:
Typical Alcohol prices in Puerto Natales
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Puerto Natales:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salta and Puerto Natales, we can see that Puerto Natales is more expensive. And not only is Salta much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salta would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salta 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 Salta.
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