Should you visit Valdivia or Puerto Montt?
Should I visit Valdivia or Puerto Montt? 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.
The Lake District is a region of snow capped volcanoes, pale green lakes and endless miles of virgin and ancient forests. Found 1,016 km away from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt is famous for its beautiful lakes and its germanic architecture, old wooden houses and its legendary Iglesia Catedral, found on the town's main square, la Plaza de Armas. The monument, entirely built with alerce (cypress) wood, is the oldest building of the city. The capital of the Lake Region is a good starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Montt 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 Puerto Montt 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 Valdivia and Puerto Montt 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.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Puerto Montt is $118. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
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.
The price of a meal in Puerto Montt can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $21 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Puerto Montt $21
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 Puerto Montt is $6.22 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 Puerto Montt
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Castro:
Transfer Puerto Montt Airport to Castro:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Frutillar:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Montt:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas:
Puerto Montt Airport Private Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: Puerto Montt to Puerto Montt - El Tepual Airport (PMC):
Puerto Montt Shuttle Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Valdivia or Puerto Montt?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Montt 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.
Puerto Montt's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $13 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 Puerto Montt
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Montt are as follows:
5-Day Tour Chile & North Patagonia:
Chiloe Island - Puñihuil Tour:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt in Private:
Day Tour Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt:
Day tour Petrohue Falls, Osorno Volcano & Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Half Day Tour From Puerto Montt:
Frutillar Tour from Puerto Montt in Private:
Full-Day Osorno Vulcano and Petrohue Falls Small-Group Tour:
Private Cruise Shore Excursion from Land of Volcanos:
Private Shore Excursion Tour to Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Frutillar:
Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing:
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.
The average person spends about $4.35 on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Montt per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Valdivia and Puerto Montt, we can see that Puerto Montt is more expensive. And not only is Valdivia much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Valdivia would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Valdivia 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 Montt would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Montt than you might in Valdivia.
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