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

Should you visit Banos or Lima?

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 Lima. 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 Lima?


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.


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.

Which place is cheaper, Lima 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 Lima is $74. 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 Lima in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Banos $16
    Lima $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Banos $32
    Lima $94
Compare Hotels in Banos and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Banos 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 Banos

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: Banos Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Banos $10
    Lima $5.49

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lima

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

  • Taxi Ride
  • Taxi Ride
  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Airport Transfer Service in Lima: $95
  • Assistance /Transfer Hotel - Airport Lima Airport : $40
  • Deluxe Car Lima Transfer - Private Service: $29
  • Direct Private Transfer From Lima to Paracas, English Speaking Driver: $165
  • From The Larco Museum Tour with transfers included: $52
  • J.Chavez Airport to Miraflores City Hotels- Round Trip Transfer: $42
  • Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) to Lima - Arrival Private Transfer : $31
  • Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) to Lima - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $62
  • Jorge Chavez International Airport: Private Transfer: $25
  • LIMA AIRPORT SHUTTLE - Shared Transfer: $13
  • LIMA CAR TRANSFER - Private Service: $29
  • Larco Museum Tour & Gastronomic Experience with rountrip transfer: $134

Is it cheaper to fly into Banos or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima 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 Meals for one day
    Banos $15
    Lima $17
Typical Food Prices in Banos

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

  • Dinner
  • Ice cream
  • Coffee

Typical Food Prices in Lima

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

  • Lunch for Two
  • Ice cream
  • Coffee
  • Donut

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 - Taste 9 Popular Peruvian Snacks: $17
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $36
  • Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson: $40
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $40
  • Street Food Tour in Miraflores District: $45
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $48
  • Exclusive Lima City and Food Tour - The Best of Both!!: $50
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $55
  • Dinner at Café del Museo Larco restaurant: $55
  • Food History & Local Markets (Food Tour): $56
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $59

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Banos $19
    Lima $8.29
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
  • Cost to see Waterfall
  • Day at the Spa
  • 2 Bike Rentals (1 Day)
  • Entrance to Waterfall

Tours and Activities in Banos

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

  • The Hands of God | Tours | The highest viewpoint in the city: $15
  • City Viewpoint Night Tours: $15
  • Pailón Del Diablo Tour, Tree House And Night Tour: $20
  • Adventure Circuit 4 activities in 1. All within an impressive cascade: $25
  • Canopy Ziplining in Puntzan Adventure Park: $26
  • Tourist Transportation Rental in Baños de Agua Santa: $27
  • 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
  • Ziplining in Puntzan Adventure Park in Baños: $30
  • Full Day Jungle Tour: $32
  • Pailón del Diablo | Waterfall Route | Tour for 3 hours: $35

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)
  • Movie Tickets

Tours and Activities in Lima

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

  • Free Walking Tour of Lima: $2.00
  • Lima Historic Center Walking Tour: $8.00
  • Lima Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • bike tour: $12
  • Customize your trip to Peru with Lima Experience: $12
  • Skip the Line: Larco Museum Admission Ticket: $13
  • Skip the Line: Peruvian Regional Dances Ticket: $14
  • Beach tour and surfboards for rent in Lima, Peru: $14
  • Private City Kickstart Tour: Lima: $14
  • Barranco Street Art Tour: $17
  • Lima City Tour with Catacombs: $17
  • Party tour Fridays Barranco / Saturdays Miraflores: $18

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Banos $9.74
    Lima $5.39
Typical Alcohol Prices in Banos

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

  • Beer

Typical Alcohol Prices in Lima

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

  • Bottle of Wine
  • Beer
  • Cocktail

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Exclusive Pub Crawl with 10+ benefits: $18
  • Lima Pub Crawl - Party tour: Friday Barranco/Saturday miraflores: $18
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $18
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $20
  • Gin and Rum Distillery Tour: $24
  • Local Wine Tour : $39
  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour !! The best price: $226

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Banos and Lima, we can see that Lima 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 Lima would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lima 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 Lima Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Banos or Lima?

Lima has a larger population, and is about 810 times larger than the population of Banos. When comparing the sizes of Banos 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.