A Travel Price Comparison for Chile Valdivia vs. San Pedro de Atacama for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Valdivia or San Pedro de Atacama?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Valdivia or San Pedro de Atacama? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Valdivia or San Pedro de Atacama?

Valdivia

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.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Chile, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Chile, The Best 2-Week Tours in Chile, and The Best Bicycle Tours in Chile.


Which place is cheaper, San Pedro de Atacama or Valdivia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Valdivia is $69, while the average daily cost in San Pedro de Atacama is $60. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Valdivia and San Pedro de Atacama in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Valdivia $41
    San Pedro de Atacama $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Valdivia $82
    San Pedro de Atacama $64
Compare Hotels in Valdivia and San Pedro de Atacama

Looking for a hotel in Valdivia or San Pedro de Atacama? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Valdivia


Hotels in San Pedro de Atacama


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Valdivia Hotel Prices and San Pedro de Atacama Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Valdivia $8.19
    San Pedro de Atacama $9.26

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valdivia

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

  • Valdivia Airport Private Transfer: $58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Pedro de Atacama

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

  • 3 Perfect Days in Atacama + Transfer: $250
  • Private transfer calama airport san Pedro de atcama: $200
  • Private transfer San Pedro de Atacama - calama airport: $200
  • Private transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama City: $190
  • Direct Transfer Atacama to Uyuni: $128
  • Calama Airport Transfer to Atacama / Airport Lodging: $60
  • Transfer to the Puritama Hot Springs: $60
  • Puritama Thermal Transfer: $46
  • Stargazing Experience with Transfer: $36
  • Atacama Airport Shuttle Transfer: $34
  • Shared Departure Transfer: San Pedro de Atacama Hotels to El Loa Airport: $31
  • Transfers to San Pedro de Acatama (shared service): $30

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

Prices for flights to both San Pedro de Atacama 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Valdivia $22
    San Pedro de Atacama $14

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
    $1.27
  • Lunch
    $11
  • Dinner
    $11
  • Drink
    $0.95
  • Empanada
    $5.31

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private Dinner Under the Stars: $300

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Valdivia $13
    San Pedro de Atacama $21

Tours and Activities in Valdivia

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

  • Sightseeing Tour in Valdivia : $85
  • Valdivia SUP Cruises for 6 People with Transportation Included: $35
  • Private City Tour: $90

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
    $56

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:

  • 1-Day Tour Altiplanic Lagoons and Piedras Rojas and Laguna Chaxa: $90
  • 2 Tours Valley of the Moon and Hidden Lagoons: $120
  • 23km downhill bike tour + trekking among giant cacti: $70
  • 3 Days and 4 Tours in San Pedro de Atacama: $199
  • 3 Main Tours in San Pedo de Atacama: $190
  • 3-Day Tour in San Pedro de Atacama: $210
  • 4 Tours to Discover Atacama (3 days): $219
  • 4-Day Tour in San Pedro de Atacama: $275
  • 6-hour tour to Valle del Arcoíris: $44
  • Astronomic Tour Experience from San Pedro de Atacama: $59
  • Astronomical Experience with Astrophotography in Atacama: $42
  • Astronomical Tour "Under the Atacama Night": $45

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Valdivia $4.85
    San Pedro de Atacama $5.00

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
    $25


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Valdivia and San Pedro de Atacama, we can see that Valdivia 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 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 San Pedro de Atacama.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Valdivia Expensive? and Is San Pedro de Atacama Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Valdivia or San Pedro de Atacama?

Valdivia has a larger population, and is about 70 times larger than the population of San Pedro de Atacama. When comparing the sizes of Valdivia and San Pedro de Atacama, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.