Punta del Este and Villa La Angostura top the list of the most expensive hotel markets in Argentina and Uruguay, according to new data released from travel search engine Trivago.

The analysis of average hotel prices in 33 major markets in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay ranked Villa La Angostura second overall at US$138 per night and Punta del Este fourth overall at US$128 per night. Top honors went to Rio de Janeiro while San Pedro de Atacama came in fourth place.

Rounding out the top ten for Argentina and Uruguay are Bariloche (US$121), Buenos Aires (US$110), Iguazu (US$97), Mar del Plata (US$94), Colonia del Sacramento (US$90), Montevideo (US$88), Salta (US$86) and Mendoza (US$83). The two most affordable markets are Rosario (US$79) and Cordoba (US$70).

Argentina and Uruguay media outlets shared the Trivago data today by focusing on the extremes. Punta del Este Hotels Among The Most Expensive In the Southern Cone was El Observador’s superlative spin which finds Punta del Este average hotel prices are anywhere from 16 to 82% more expensive than hotels in Argentine markets. As reported, only Villa La Angostura was more expensive (+8%) than Punta del Este.

In Argentina, PuntoBiz trumpeted Rosario’s relative affordability while presenting an interesting Trivago chart showing 2014 Argentina average hotel prices by month. The numbers show Buenos Aires is the least seasonal market with average prices steady throughout the year with the lone exception of January.  On the other hand, markets like Villa La Angostura, Mar del Plata and Bariloche showed the greatest variation in monthly prices. 

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