A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Banos vs. Arequipa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Banos or Arequipa?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Banos and Arequipa. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Banos or Arequipa?

Banos

Banos (de Agua Santa) is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under volcano Tungurahua. Its name, which is Spanish for "Baths (of sacred water)," comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It's equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians, and is known as the adventure capital of Ecuador. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour agencies. Although it is very touristy, lots of people love it, more for the activities and surroundings than for the city itself. It is an important hub for outdoor sports and jungle tours.

Arequipa

Sitting in the middle of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes of Peru is the enchanting city of Arequipa. With 468 years of history, the city is full of Spanish colonial architecture. Known to locals as the "white city," the city center, Plaza de Armas, is quite the sight with buildings of sillar white stone made from the rocks of the surrounding volcanoes.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Wildlife Tours to Ecuador, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Ecuador, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Peru, and The Best Cultural Tours in Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Arequipa or Banos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Banos is $46, while the average daily cost in Arequipa is $46. 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 Banos and Arequipa in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Banos $16
    Arequipa $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Banos $32
    Arequipa $46
Compare Hotels in Banos and Arequipa

Looking for a hotel in Banos or Arequipa? 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 Banos


Hotels in Arequipa


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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: Banos Hotel Prices and Arequipa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Banos $10
    Arequipa $5.96

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Arequipa

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.34
  • Bus Ride
    $0.43
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.94

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arequipa

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arequipa:

  • Arequipa Bus Station Departure Transfer: $25
  • 1-Way Airport Private Transfer: $31
  • Airport private transfer to/from the city center: $26
  • Colca Canyon 2 days from Arequipa with final transfer to Puno: $110
  • Colca Canyon Sightseeing Tour 2D1N and Transfer to Puno: $120
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $98
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $103
  • Koh Lanta any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer: $73
  • Private Transfer from Arequipa Airport to hotels: $25
  • Sihanouk Ville Airport Pickup or Transfer Private Car: $32
  • Transfer Between Arequipa's Airport and Hotels: $35
  • transfer Airport - Hotel: $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Banos or Arequipa?

Prices for flights to both Arequipa and Banos 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
    Banos $15
    Arequipa $14
Typical Food Prices in Banos

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Banos:


  • Dinner
    $13
  • Ice cream
    $1.50
  • Coffee
    $2.50

Typical Food Prices in Arequipa

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Arequipa:


  • Coke
    $0.40
  • Lunch
    $2.82
  • Ice Cream
    $1.07
  • Fruit
    $0.81
  • Ice Cream
    $0.94

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Arequipa

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

  • Skip the Line: Dinner and Typical Dances Show Ticket: $25
  • Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa: $34
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class in arequipa: $50
  • Private Cooking Class in Arequipa: $57
  • Arequipa Ancestral Cuisine and City and Food Tour: $69
  • Arequipa Food Tour: Ancestral Cuisine & City Tour: $69
  • Guided Food Tour in Arequipa City: $69
  • 3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa: $72
  • A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 4 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa: $79
  • Peruvian cooking experience, pisco sour and visit local market: $95

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Banos $19
    Arequipa $18
Typical Entertainment Prices in Banos

Here are a few typical costs in Banos for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Two Rented Bikes for the Day
    $10
  • Cost to see Waterfall
    $2.00
  • Day at the Spa
    $45
  • 2 Bike Rentals (1 Day)
    $10
  • Entrance to Waterfall
    $2.00

Tours and Activities in Banos

Here are a few actual costs in Banos for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Adventure Circuit 4 activities in 1. All within an impressive cascade: $25
  • Canopy Ziplining in Puntzan Adventure Park: $26
  • 2 Hours Small-Group Horseback Riding Experience in Banos: $30
  • Canyoning Adventure Tour in the Ravine: $30
  • Private 3-Hour Canyoning Experience in Chamana: $30
  • Full Day Amazon Jungle Tour: $32
  • Puyo Jungle Tour in 1 Day: $35
  • Pailón del Diablo | Waterfall Route | Tour for 3 hours: $35
  • Adventure and Fun River Rafting in Baños Ecuador: $35
  • Full Day Jungle Tour in the Ecuadorian Amazon: $39
  • Small-Group Canyoning Experience in Baños de Agua Santa: $39
  • One day tour in the jungle. all inclusive.: $39

Typical Entertainment Prices in Arequipa

Here are a few typical costs in Arequipa for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Monastery Entry
    $2.69
  • Salsa Class
    $2.69
  • Movie Ticket
    $2.93
  • Hot Springs
    $2.69

Tours and Activities in Arequipa

Here are a few actual costs in Arequipa for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Arequipa Tasting Tour: $8.00
  • 4-hour tour to the Sillar and Culebrillas Route in Arequipa: $10
  • Walking tour in the Historic Center of Arequipa: $14
  • Tour por la Ruta del Sillar, el Origen de Arequipa: $16
  • Walking Tour through the Historic Center of Arequipa: $18
  • From Panoramic Tour of Arequipa: $20
  • Arequipa City tour in panoramic bus: $20
  • From Sillar Route - Half Day Tour: $20
  • City tour with panoramic bus: $20
  • From Sillar Route Tour || Half Day ||: $20
  • The Sillar Route Day Tour: $22
  • Full Day Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa: $22

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Banos $9.74
    Arequipa $16
Typical Alcohol Prices in Banos

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Banos from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $4.00

Typical Alcohol Prices in Arequipa

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


  • Beer
    $2.42

Sample the Local Flavors in Arequipa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Arequipa:

  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with VIP Access.: $25
  • From Pisco and wine tour through the Majes Valley: $50
  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with Drinks and VIP Access.: $60


When comparing the travel costs between Banos and Arequipa, we can see that Arequipa 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 Banos Expensive? and Is Arequipa Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Banos or Arequipa?

Arequipa has a larger population, and is about 90 times larger than the population of Banos. When comparing the sizes of Banos and Arequipa, 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.