Should you visit Valdivia or Puerto Varas?
Should I visit Valdivia or Puerto Varas? 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 Varas is a city in Southern Chile, in the Los Lagos (Lakes) Region, Llanquihue Province. It is a charming town, only 23 km away from Puerto Montt and surrounded by the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes as well as the impressive Llanquihue lake. In terms of landscape, accommodation and activities, Puerto Varas is well served! Kayak, paddle, canyoning, rock climbing, trekking, ski, fishing, you name it! If you decide to stop in that area, we recommend that you stay in Puerto Varas, as it provides the perfect starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Varas 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 Varas is $105. 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 Varas 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 Varas is $130. 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.
Puerto Varas food costs typically run travelers around $24 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 Varas $24
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 Varas is $20 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 Varas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport:
Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Is it cheaper to fly into Valdivia or Puerto Varas?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Varas 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 Varas'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 Puerto Varas
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Varas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Varas in Private:
Frutillar & Llanquihue Private Tour from Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Tour: Southern Traditions:
Full-Day Guided Tour to Villa Peulla from Puerto Varas:
Full-Day Tour to Petrohue Falls Through the Lake District , Chile:
Greater Island Chiloe Tour from Puerto Varas:
Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River:
Lake Llanquihue Bike Tour in Puerto Varas:
Osorno Volcano Tour:
Petrohue Falls and Osorno Volcano Bike Tour:
Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano Half-Day 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 Varas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.30 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Puerto Varas
Also in Puerto Varas, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Osorno Volcano & Brewery Tour in Puerto Varas:
Heritage City Tour and Brewery in Puerto Varas:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Valdivia and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas 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 Varas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Varas than you might in Valdivia.
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