Should you visit San Carlos de Bariloche or Valdivia?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for San Carlos de Bariloche and Valdivia. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
San Carlos de Bariloche
Set in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche is the biggest city in the Lake District. Bariloche is popular for skiing and snowboarding in the winter and trekking, swimming, fishing and horseback riding in the summertime.
No matter the time of year, there is something for everyone in Bariloche. Skiing season begins from June to October while fishing season is from November to April. Summer is from December to March, but visiting during low seasons (Spring in October to December and Autumn in late-April to mid-June) also has its benefits when it comes to saving cash and avoiding crowds.
Check out our ultimate guide to Hiking in Patagonia.
Valdivia is a vibrant university city situated in southern Chile. It sits at the meeting point of three rivers in the aptly named Region de Los Rios (The Rivers Region) and is approximately 200 kilometers from both Temuco and Puerto Montt. Due to a large student population, Valdivia boasts a youthful and energetic vibe that is visible in its many bars, cafes and restaurants. The city is also known for having one of Chile's best craft beer cultures, which had its early beginnings when German settlers arrived in the 1840s. The rivers, nearby Pacific coastline and wetlands offer plenty for lovers of the outdoors, too.
Which city is cheaper, Valdivia or San Carlos de Bariloche?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in San Carlos de Bariloche is $52, while the average daily cost in Valdivia is $66. 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 San Carlos de Bariloche and Valdivia in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $38 for a double occupancy room in San Carlos de Bariloche.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $78 in Valdivia For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Hotel or hostel for one person
San Carlos de Bariloche $19
Typical double-occupancy room
San Carlos de Bariloche
The average traveler spends about $20 per day in San Carlos de Bariloche for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Valdivia food costs typically run travelers around $21 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.
Typical Food prices in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some typical examples of dining costs in San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Carlos de Bariloche
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in San Carlos de Bariloche.
Night hiking in the woods with headlamps & Candlelit dinner:
Half-Day Bariloche Highlights with Cooking Class & Beer Tasting -Private Service:
The average price of local transportation around San Carlos de Bariloche is $16 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
To get around in Valdivia, the average visitor spends $7.83 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.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
San Carlos de Bariloche $16
Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some specific examples of transportation prices in San Carlos de Bariloche:
Arrival Private Transfer Bariloche Airport BRC to Bariloche City by Minivan:
Departure Private Transfer Bariloche City to Bariloche Airport BRC by Minivan:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to San Martín de los Andes:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Villa Traful:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Pampa Linda:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Hotel Tronador:
Private Transfer from Cascada Los Alerces to Bariloche (BRC) Airport:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Cascada Los Alerces:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Villa La Angostura:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Ruca Malen:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Lago Correntoso:
Arrival Private Transfer Bariloche Airport BRC to Bariloche City by SUV:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valdivia
Also for Valdivia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Valdivia Airport Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into San Carlos de Bariloche or Valdivia?
Prices for flights to both Valdivia and San Carlos de Bariloche 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.
San Carlos de Bariloche's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $22 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
In Valdivia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
San Carlos de Bariloche $22
Tours and Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:
"Brazo Tristeza" Lake Experience - Shared Service:
1.5-Hour Lago Gutierrez Paddle Boarding Tour from Bariloche:
4-Day Bariloche & Lake district Classic Tour:
4-day Bariloche Adventure - Trekking Cerro Llao Llao & Kayaking Lago Mascardi:
5-Day Adventure Trip in Bariloche:
6-Days Unique Experience Lake Crossing & Mountains Region!:
7-Day Bariloche & Mendoza Adventure: Trekking, Kayaking, Horseback riding & Wine:
Bariloche 3 tours Classic package:
Bariloche 3 tours with adrenaline:
Bariloche 3 tours with adventure:
Bariloche Circuito Grande Sightseeing Tour:
Bariloche Civic Center Walking Tour:
Tours and Activities in Valdivia
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Valdivia.
Sightseeing Tour in Valdivia:
City tour in Valdivia & Niebla:
Kayak Experience in Valdivia:
The average person spends about $13 on alcoholic beverages in San Carlos de Bariloche per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Valdivia, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $4.64.
Typical Alcohol prices in San Carlos de Bariloche
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in San Carlos de Bariloche from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in San Carlos de Bariloche
Also in San Carlos de Bariloche, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
City Tour, Nature Hiking & visit to a Local Microbrewery in Bariloche:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between San Carlos de Bariloche and Valdivia, we can see that Valdivia is more expensive. And not only is San Carlos de Bariloche much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to San Carlos de Bariloche would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in San Carlos de Bariloche 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 Valdivia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Valdivia than you might in San Carlos de Bariloche.
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