A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Ushuaia vs. San Pedro de Atacama for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ushuaia or San Pedro de Atacama?

Should I visit Ushuaia or San Pedro de Atacama? 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.

Ushuaia

Ushuaia is a city on the Tierra del Fuego island of Argentina on the Beagle Strait. The city is considered to be one of the southernmost cities in the world and is often used as a base for cruises to Antarctica. Ushuaia's close proximity to Antarctica and their amazing hiking trails have made it a popular tourist destination over the past few decades.

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama is a gateway to northern Chile. It is a good jumping off point for exploring the area's impressive landscape, most of which is included in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. It is popular with both Chilean and international tourists, and because of its popularity, it is a relatively expensive destination, with many prices comparable to what you might pay in Santiago.

Which city is cheaper, San Pedro de Atacama or Ushuaia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ushuaia is $81, while the average daily cost in San Pedro de Atacama is $56. 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 Ushuaia and San Pedro de Atacama in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $80 in Ushuaia For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

For a normal double-occupancy room in San Pedro de Atacama, $60 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in San Pedro de Atacama, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $30, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ushuaia $40
    San Pedro de Atacama $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ushuaia $80
    San Pedro de Atacama $60

Food

On average, meal and food prices in Ushuaia cost around $15 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.00.

Food in San Pedro de Atacama costs travelers about $14 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Ushuaia $15
    San Pedro de Atacama $14
Typical Food prices in Ushuaia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ushuaia:


  • Lunch for Two
    $0.52

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ushuaia

For Ushuaia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Meeting with Beavers and Lagoon Tour with Dinner: $176

Typical Food prices in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Empanadas
    $1.52
  • Lunch
    $13
  • Dinner
    $13
  • Drink
    $1.14
  • Empanada
    $6.34

Local Transportation

San Pedro de Atacama'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 $8.86 per person, per day on transportation in San Pedro de Atacama.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ushuaia -
    San Pedro de Atacama $8.86
Typical Local Transportation prices in Ushuaia

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Ushuaia are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.31

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ushuaia

Also for Ushuaia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Shared Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $38
  • Ushuaia Combo: Tierra del Fuego National Park & Round Trip Transfers to airport: $114
  • Ushuaia Airport Shared Transfer: $7.30
  • Ushuaia Airport Departure Transfer: $18
  • Ushuaia Airport Arrival Transfer: $15
  • Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport: $35
  • Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport: $35
  • Transfer Cerro Castor (Round Trip): $19
  • Shared Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia): $22
  • Private Transfer Hotel-Bus Station or Bus Station-Hotel (Ushuaia): $27
  • Private Transfer Airport-Port or Port-Airport (Ushuaia): $55
  • Private Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia): $54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Pedro de Atacama

Also for San Pedro de Atacama, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama City: $115
  • Atacama Airport Private Transfer: $93
  • Atacama Airport Shuttle Transfer: $30
  • Transfer San Pedro de Atacama Hotels to El Loa Airport Shared Service: $26
  • Shared Transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport: $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Ushuaia or San Pedro de Atacama?

Prices for flights to both San Pedro de Atacama and Ushuaia 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

In Ushuaia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $89 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in San Pedro de Atacama can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $20 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ushuaia $89
    San Pedro de Atacama $20

Tours and Activities in Ushuaia

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ushuaia.

  • 2-Day Ushuaia Trekking and Rowing Small-Group Tour: $606
  • 2-Days and 1 Night Experience Ushuaia with Airfare from Buenos Aires: $1,046
  • 2-day tour: Tierra del Fuego National Park + Fagnano and Escondido Lakes: $115
  • 2-day tour:Tierra del Fuego NP + Beagle Channel Navigation + Fagnano & Escondido: $190
  • 3-Day Adventure Tour of Hiking, Canoeing and Sailing at the End of the World: $425
  • 3-Days Unique Adventure at the End of the World - Ushuaia: $485
  • 4 hours Tierra del Fuego National Park Tour with Chinese Guide: $80
  • 4-Day Ushuaia Overland adventure - Lake Fagnano, Lake Escondido & San Pablo Cape: $1,085
  • 4-Days Experience for Nature Lovers at Ushuaia: $718
  • 4WD Off-Road Lakes Tierra del Fuego Adventure From Ushuaia: $125
  • 5-Day Adventure Trip in Ushuaia: $675
  • 5-Day Ushuaia Overland adventure - Lake Fagnano, San Pablo Cape & Beagle Channel: $1,644

Typical Entertainment prices in San Pedro de Atacama

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for San Pedro de Atacama's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Sand Boarding
    $67

Tours and Activities in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2- day tour Quitor & Tulor + Moon & Death Valley in Atacama: $129
  • 4-Day Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure from San Pedro de Atacama: $357
  • 4-Days Experience at Uyuni Salt Flat From San Pedro de Atacama: $1,953
  • 8-Days Unique Experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Easter Island: $1,680
  • Altiplanic Lagoons and Piedras Rojas Tour - Full Day Tour - Private Option: $157
  • Ancestral Caravan with Sandra Flores - Half Day Special Tour - Local Community: $86
  • Archaeological Tour in Atacama: $49
  • Archaeological Tour, Quitor, Tulor, Coyo and San Pedro: $62
  • Archeological Tour: $59
  • Astronomic Tour Experience from San Pedro de Atacama: $65
  • Astronomic tour: $47
  • Astronomical Tour: $42

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting San Pedro de Atacama spend on average $4.78 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ushuaia -
    San Pedro de Atacama $4.78
Typical Alcohol prices in Ushuaia

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Ushuaia are as follows:


  • Wine
    $0.46
  • Beer
    $0.10

Typical Alcohol prices in San Pedro de Atacama

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in San Pedro de Atacama:


  • Alcohol
    $30


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ushuaia and San Pedro de Atacama, we can see that Ushuaia is more expensive. And not only is San Pedro de Atacama much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to San Pedro de Atacama would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in San Pedro de Atacama 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 Ushuaia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ushuaia than you might in San Pedro de Atacama.

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