Should you visit Valdivia or Paracas?
Should I visit Valdivia or Paracas? 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.
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.
Paracas, also known as El Chaco, is a resort town on the Southern coast of the country, about 150 miles south of Lima. The town in located in one of the oldest regions of Peru, with a history dating back to 900 BC and offers many pre-Inca cultural sites throughout the area. Paracas is possibly best known for being home to the Paracas National Reserve, a nature reserve boasting one of the most abundant and diverse ecosystems in the world.
Which city is cheaper, Paracas or Valdivia?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Valdivia is $66, while the average daily cost in Paracas is $45. 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 Valdivia and Paracas in more detail.
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.
Paracas's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $32. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $16.
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.
Paracas food costs typically run travelers around $17 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
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paracas
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Paracas.
Dinner on Paracas Desert:
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.
The average price of local transportation around Paracas is $13 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valdivia
Also for Valdivia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Valdivia Airport Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paracas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paracas:
Private transfer from Paracas to Lima Airport (price per vehicle):
Private transfer from Paracas to Lima (price per vehicle):
Transfer Paracas -Lima:
Private Transfer from Paracas to Ica:
Private Bus Station transfer in Paracas:
Is it cheaper to fly into Valdivia or Paracas?
Prices for flights to both Paracas and Valdivia 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 Valdivia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.
Paracas's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $18 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.
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:
Tours and Activities in Paracas
Here are a few actual costs in Paracas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
ATV Tour in Paracas:
Ballestas Islands Group Tour from Paracas:
Ballestas Islands Private Group Tour:
Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from Paracas:
Ballestas Islands Sigthseeing Tour:
Ballestas Islands and Chandelier tour from Paracas:
Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Park from the Cruise pier San Martin:
Ballestas Islands for cruise ship passenger - Paracas Harbour:
Buggy & Sandboard Adventure in Paracas:
Desert Adventure: Luxury Picnic, Off-Road & Sandboarding:
From 2-Hour Private Ballestas Islands Tour:
From Ica Vineyard Private Tour Including Lunch and Tasting:
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.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Paracas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.02 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Valdivia and Paracas, we can see that Valdivia is more expensive. And not only is Paracas much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Paracas would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Paracas 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 Paracas.
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