A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Banos vs. Lake Titicaca (Puno) for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Banos or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

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 Lake Titicaca (Puno). 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

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.

Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Lake Titicaca, which directly translates to "puma stone" in Quechua, is located high in the Andes Mountains straddling Peru and Bolivia, with about 60% of the lake in Peru and 40% in Bolivia. Among the lake are three main islands, the most popular of which are the Uros Islands, also known as the floating islands, where the Uros people live on totora reeds that grow in the lake.

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


Which place is cheaper, Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $54. 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Banos $16
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Banos $32
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $52
Compare Hotels in Banos and Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Looking for a hotel in Banos or Lake Titicaca (Puno)? 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno)


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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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Banos $10
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $10

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno):


  • Taxi
    $0.80

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno):

  • Private Transfer From Puno to Arequipa with English Speaking Driver: $262
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Chivay, English Speaking Driver: $209
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro With a Stop in Lake Titicaca: $285
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro with English Speaking Driver: $241
  • Private Transfer from Puerto de Puno to Hotel Puno: $21
  • Private transfer airport-puno-viceverse: $60
  • Puno Airport Shared Transfer: $20
  • Puno Arrival Transfer from Juliaca Airport: $45

Is it cheaper to fly into Banos or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Prices for flights to both Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $15
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 Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:


  • Tamales
    $1.46

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Banos $19
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $29
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
  • Full Day Amazon Jungle Tour: $32
  • Pailón del Diablo | Waterfall Route | Tour for 3 hours: $35
  • 1 day jungle tour: $35
  • Puyo Jungle Tour in 1 Day: $35
  • Adventure and Fun River Rafting in Baños Ecuador: $35
  • One day tour in the jungle. all inclusive.: $39
  • Small-Group Canyoning Experience in Baños de Agua Santa: $39
  • 3 Hours Small-Group Horseback Riding Experience in Baños: $40

Tours and Activities in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:

  • Half Day Tour to Sillustani from Puno : $22
  • Morning: Uros Floating Islands Tour from Puno: $25
  • Lake Titicaca Uros Floating Islands Half-Day Tour: $25
  • Uros Floating Island Tour: $26
  • Sillustani Tombs Half Day Tour from Puno: $28
  • Walking City tour Puno: $28
  • Half Day Tour in Sillustani: $29
  • Full Day Guided Tour of the Aymara Route from Puno: $34
  • 3h Boat Tour to Uros Island from Puno: $38
  • Tour to Uros and Taquile Islands in a Fast Boat: $40
  • Lake Titicaca Day Tour from Puno: $44
  • Uros and Taquile Island Tour - Lake Titicaca Wonders: $47

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Banos $9.74
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $13
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


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Banos and Lake Titicaca (Puno), we can see that Lake Titicaca (Puno) is more expensive. And not only is Banos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Banos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Banos 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lake Titicaca (Puno) than you might in Banos.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Banos Expensive? and Is Lake Titicaca (Puno) Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Banos or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Lake Titicaca (Puno) has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Banos. When comparing the sizes of Banos and Lake Titicaca (Puno), 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.