Should you visit Valdivia or Puerto Natales?
Should I visit Valdivia or Puerto Natales? 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.
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 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 Natales is $82. 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 Natales 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.
Puerto Natales's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $74. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $37.
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.
Puerto Natales food costs typically run travelers around $27 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
Puerto Natales $27
Typical Food prices in Puerto Natales
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Puerto Natales:
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $19 per day to get around in Puerto Natales.
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 Natales
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Natales:
Shared Transfer From Puerto Natales To Villa Serrano And Lago Grey Round Trip Or One Way:
Puerto Natales Airport Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Valdivia or Puerto Natales?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Natales 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $28 per person, per day in Puerto Natales. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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 Natales
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Natales for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
3-Day Small Group Guided Tour W Trekking -Torres del Paine Highlights Fast track:
5-Day Tour Glaciers of Patagonia from Puerto Natales:
Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise from Puerto Natales:
Bus ticket from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate (Argentina):
City Bike Tour in Puerto Natales:
Excursion City Tour By Bike:
Full day tour Torres del Paine:
Full-Day Hiking Tour to the Base of Paine Towers at Torres del Paine National Park:
Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales:
Full-Day Tour to Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales(First Class):
Private Tour: Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave with Lunch:
Puerto Natales Sightseeing Bike Tour:
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 Puerto Natales may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $17 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Puerto Natales
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Puerto Natales:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Valdivia and Puerto Natales, we can see that Puerto Natales 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 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 Valdivia.
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