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

Should you visit Salto or Puerto Natales?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Salto or Puerto Natales, 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

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.

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 Salto?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Salto is $50, while the average daily cost in Puerto Natales is $86. 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 Puerto Natales in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Salto is about $42 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

Puerto Natales's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $78. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $39.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salto $21
    Puerto Natales $39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salto $42
    Puerto Natales $78

Food

Food in Salto costs travelers about $17 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.

Puerto Natales food costs typically run travelers around $28 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
    Salto $17
    Puerto Natales $28

Typical Food prices in Puerto Natales

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


  • Cake
    $1.34
  • Dinner
    $23
  • Coke
    $1.34

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $15 per day to get around in Salto.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $20 per day to get around in Puerto Natales.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salto $15
    Puerto Natales $20

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 Salto or Puerto Natales?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Natales 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.





Entertainment

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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $30 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.
    Salto $13
    Puerto Natales $30

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

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Salto may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.46 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Puerto Natales may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $18 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salto $9.46
    Puerto Natales $18

Typical Alcohol prices in Puerto Natales

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


  • Alcohol
    $16


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salto and Puerto Natales, we can see that Puerto Natales is more expensive. And not only is Salto much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salto would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salto 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 Salto.

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