A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Asuncion vs. Lima for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Asuncion or Lima?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Asuncion or Lima, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Asuncion or Lima?

Asuncion

Asuncion is a vastly underrated city. It is the capital but also the administrative economic and cultural center of Paraguay. It is located in the south central part of the country, near the border with Argentina and it is one of the oldest cities in South America, with people living here since almost 500 years. The city has a beautiful and simple center, with a few unique colonial and beaux arts buildings, international cuisine, shady plazas and friendly people. Its handful of historic buildings around the Plaza de los Heroes, Plaza Uruguaya and Manzana de la Ribera, two or three small museums, old bars and cafes, but also smart suburbs, ritzy shopping malls and fashionable nightclubs will keep you entertained for a day or two. It is a very charming city for travellers and apart from the sights, the city boasts a good tourist infrastructure with hotels and restaurants.

Lima

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is likely to be your point of entry for the country. Lima was founded in 1535 and was the seat of the Spanish rule for 300 years. It's a surprisingly modern city despite its rich history, but many beautiful churches and colonial architecture remain today. There are also large slum areas that highlight the poverty that exists in the city. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area have a population of about 8.5 million people, many of whom came from the Andes Mountains in search of work. Unfortunately the work opportunities are limited and the poverty is obvious as you arrive in Lima.

For some great organized tour ideas, see Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Peru, and The Best Adventure Tours to Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Lima or Asuncion?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Asuncion is $68, while the average daily cost in Lima is $77. 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 Asuncion and Lima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Asuncion $22
    Lima $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Asuncion $44
    Lima $98
Compare Hotels in Asuncion and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Asuncion or Lima? 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 Asuncion


Hotels in Lima


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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: Asuncion Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Asuncion $8.82
    Lima $5.73

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion

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

  • Transfer in private car from Asuncion City - Asuncion Airport (ASU): $20
  • Transfer in Private Car from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $21
  • Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $29
  • Transfer in private minivan Asuncion City - Silvio Pettirosi Airport (ASU): $29
  • RoundTrip Private Transfer Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $52
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $59

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Lima are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $5.43
  • Taxi Ride
    $5.43
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $4.07

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Lima HTL-APT (LIM): $34
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Lima APT-HTL (LIM) : $34
  • Transfers from / to Lima airport: $43
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Lima Jorge Chávez Airport to Lima City: $40
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Lima City - Lima Airport (LIM): $61
  • Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel or Hotel-Airport!!: $25
  • Transfer from Lima city to the airport: $18
  • The Larco Museum Complete Tour with transfers: $53
  • QuickLlama: Transfer from Miraflores Kennedy Park to Lima Airport: $5.00
  • QuickLlama: Door-to-door transfer from Miraflores to Lima Airport: $5.00
  • QuickLlama: Door-to-door transfer from Lima Airport to Miraflores: $5.00
  • Private transfers from Lima Airport or to Lima Airport: $17

Is it cheaper to fly into Asuncion or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima and Asuncion 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
    Asuncion $17
    Lima $18

Typical Food Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lima are as follows:


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.34
  • Ice cream
    $3.53
  • Coffee
    $2.99
  • Donut
    $0.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Lima.

  • Lima Market Food Tour: $33
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $34
  • Lima Market Food Tour - Taste 9 Popular Peruvian Snacks: $35
  • Lima Street Food Tour: $40
  • Lima Street Food Tour: $45
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • Street Food Tour in Miraflores District: $45
  • Lima Food Tour: $45
  • Barranco Tour with Dinner: $47
  • Bohemian tour of Barranco with Dinner: $47
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $48
  • Lima Night Food Tour: $48

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Asuncion $16
    Lima $8.66

Tours and Activities in Asuncion

For Asuncion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Asuncion: $34
  • Walking Tour with a Local in Asuncion "The Mother of Cities": $35
  • Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Asuncion Birding Tour: $70
  • Golden Triangle Tour: $110
  • Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group: $120
  • Birding and Nature Chaco Tour: $140
  • Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour from Asunción: $160
  • Half-Day Yparacai Lake Tour from Asuncion with Pick Up: $185
  • Full day Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour: $207
  • Day tour “Circuito San Bernardino”: $214
  • Day tour “Circuito Sapucai”: $221

Typical Entertainment Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Lima are as follows:


  • Entrance to Museo Larco (for 2)
    $16
  • Movie Tickets
    $2.31

Tours and Activities in Lima

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Lima are as follows:

  • Lima in 1 Day! - City Tour + Miraflores, Barranco & San Isidro: $85
  •  Cultural Tour of the city of Lima & Gastronomic: $62
  • 2 Day Tour from Nazca Lines Flight, Paracas, and Huacachina: $279
  • 2 Day Tour from Paracas, Ballestas Island and Huacachina: $149
  • 2 Day Tour from Paracas, Huacachina, and Pisco Vineyard: $149
  • 2 Hour Guided Walking Tour in Barranco: $20
  • 2d/1n Tour: Flight to the Nazca, Paracas and Huacachina Lines: $289
  • 3 Day Tour from Nazca Lines Flight, Paracas, and Huacachina: $289
  • 3 Day Tour to Paracas, Huacachina, and Pisco Vineyard: $159
  • 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour in Miraflores: $30
  • 3-Hour Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Lima: $51
  • 360° Panoramic bus - Sightseeing Tour: $27

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Asuncion $10
    Lima $5.63
Typical Alcohol Prices in Asuncion

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Asuncion are as follows:


  • Beer
    $1.22

Typical Alcohol Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Lima are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $7.30
  • Beer
    $4.07
  • Cocktail
    $3.26

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Pub Crawl in Lima: $17
  • Lima Pub Crawl - Party tour: Friday Barranco/Saturday miraflores: $18
  • Exclusive Pub Crawl with 10+ benefits: $18
  • Party Tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl and Drinks: $18
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $20
  • Local Wine Tour: $50
  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour !! The best price: $226


When comparing the travel costs between Asuncion and Lima, we can see that Lima is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Asuncion Expensive? and Is Lima Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Asuncion or Lima?

Lima has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Asuncion. When comparing the sizes of Asuncion and Lima, 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.


When is the best time to visit Asuncion or Lima?

Asuncion has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Lima experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Asuncion or Lima in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Asuncion as well as Lima. The warm climate attracts visitors to Lima throughout the year.

Asuncion is much warmer than Lima in the summer. The daily temperature in Asuncion averages around 29°C (84°F) in January, and Lima fluctuates around 18°C (64°F)in July.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Asuncion this time of the year. In the summer, Asuncion often gets more sunshine than Limain July. Asuncion gets 249 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 36 hours of full sun.

Asuncion receives a lot of rain in the summer. Asuncion usually gets more rain in January than Limain July. Asuncion gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Lima receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Asuncion 29°C (84°F) 
    Lima 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Asuncion or Lima in the Autumn?

Both Lima and Asuncion are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the autumn, Asuncion is a little warmer than Lima. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Asuncion in April average around 24°C (75°F), and Lima averages at about 19°C (66°F)in October.

Asuncion usually receives more sunshine than Lima during autumn. Asuncion gets 199 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 60 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It's quite rainy in Asuncion. In April, Asuncion usually receives more rain than Limain October. Asuncion gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Lima receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Asuncion 24°C (75°F) 
    Lima 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Asuncion or Lima in the Winter?

Both Lima and Asuncion during the winter are popular places to visit. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Lima year-round.

In July, Asuncion is generally cooler than Limain January. Daily temperatures in Asuncion average around 19°C (66°F), and Lima fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

In the winter, Asuncion often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Limain January. Asuncion gets 191 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 185 hours of full sun.

Asuncion usually gets more rain in July than Limain January. Asuncion gets 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Lima receives 4 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Asuncion 19°C (66°F) 
    Lima 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Asuncion or Lima in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Asuncion and Lima. Lima attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Asuncion is a little warmer than Lima in the spring. The daily temperature in Asuncion averages around 25°C (77°F) in October, and Lima fluctuates around 22°C (72°F)in April.

In Asuncion, it's very sunny this time of the year. Asuncion usually receives more sunshine than Lima during spring. Asuncion gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 182 hours of full sun in the spring.

Asuncion gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Asuncion usually receives more rain than Limain April. Asuncion gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Lima receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Asuncion 25°C (77°F) 
    Lima 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Lima and Asuncion

Asuncion Lima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 29°C (84°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Feb 27°C (81°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 26°C (79°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in) 19°C (66°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 18°C (64°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug 21°C (70°F) 50 mm (2 in) 17°C (63°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Nov 26°C (79°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)