Should you visit Salto or Mendoza?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Salto or Mendoza, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Salto is in the citrus growing region of Northern Interior Uruguay, on the east bank of the Rio Uruguay. It is closely connected to the neighboring Argentinian city of Concordia that lies across the river on the western bank. Salto is Uruguay's second-largest city and the most northerly crossing point to Argentina. Salto is a very picturesque city that has a relaxing feel the entire year. However, people mostly come here for the nearby hot springs and the recreation area above the enormous Salto Grande hydroelectric dam.
Mendoza is a city in western Argentina and more precisely in the desertic Cuyo region. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry and is famed around the world for its vineyards and wine production. Spread across the valley of the Rio Mendoza and in the foothills of the Andean mountain range, Mendoza is also near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. The bustling and scenic city of wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes spoils visitors with unique natural attractions and historical landmarks. If you can, visit Mendoza during the harvest festival at the end of February. There are many events and festivals in Mendoza and they are usually free. Each has a different theme, and they usually have a stage with singing and dancing and booths that sell food around a plaza. Seventy percent of Argentina's wines are produced here, and Mendoza is especially known for its world-famous malbecs.
Which city is cheaper, Mendoza or Salto?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Salto is $53, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $44. 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 Salto and Mendoza in more detail.
A hotel room in Salto is about $44 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Mendoza, $34 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Mendoza, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $17, such as in a hostel.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $16 per day to get around in Salto.
Mendoza's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $8.72 per person, per day on transportation in Mendoza.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza
Also for Mendoza, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Mendoza Airport Arrival Transfer:
Mendoza Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Private 1-Way or Round-Trip MDZ Airport Transfer:
Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MDZ Airport Transfer:
Premium Spa Day & Fango Therapy at Cacheuta Hot Springs with Lunch and Transfers:
Private Airport Transfer: El Plumerillo International Airport (MDZ) to Mendoza:
Private Airport Transfer: Mendoza to El Plumerillo International Airport (MDZ):
Private Transfer in Mendoza:
Is it cheaper to fly into Salto or Mendoza?
Prices for flights to both Mendoza and Salto 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.
Food in Salto costs travelers about $18 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
While meal prices in Mendoza can vary, the average travelers spends about $20 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Mendoza should cost around $8.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mendoza is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Gourmet Dinner at Espacio Trapiche:
Cooking class experience at a Mendoza winery:
Asado cooking class and dinner in Mendoza city.:
Winery dinner. Enjoy the best restaurant in a winery:
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $13 per person, per day in Salto. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Mendoza can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $12 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Half Day Mendoza City Sightseeing Tour:
Mendoza City Tour:
Half-Day Sightseeing City Tour:
FOLLOW MENDOZA, Walking City & Park tour:
Villavicencio Natural Reserve Half-Day Tour from Mendoza:
12-KM River Rafting Tour in the Andes:
From High Andes Aconcagua Mountain Tour:
City Tour of Mendoza with Cerro de la Gloria:
Mendoza walking tour. Visit Mendoza city:
Wineries tour in Mendoza with La Carrodilla Church:
Full Day High Mountain Tour from Mendoza:
Zipline Adventure from Mendoza in Potrerillos Valley:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Salto may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $10 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typically, people visiting Mendoza spend on average $7.47 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Mendoza
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Mendoza:
Sample the Local Flavors in Mendoza
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mendoza:
Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings:
Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza:
Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch:
Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch:
Sunday Wine Tasting Tour and Argentinien BBQ:
Bike wine tour. Visit 2 of the best wineries:
Private Uco Valley Tour including Lunch and Wine Tasting from Mendoza:
Private Lujan Wine Tour with Gourmet Wine-Paired Lunch from Mendoza:
Half day wine tour. Visit 2 wineries in Lujan de Cuyo:
Private Wine Tasting and Vineyards Tour from Mendoza:
Deluxe Mendoza Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour:
Bike wine tours. Visit 3 wineries and enjoy gourmet lunch:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salto and Mendoza, we can see that Salto is more expensive. And not only is Mendoza much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Mendoza would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Mendoza 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 Salto would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Salto than you might in Mendoza.
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