A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bogota vs. Arica for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bogota or Arica?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Bogota or Arica, 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: Bogota or Arica?

Bogota

Sprawling across a high altitude in the Columbian Andes region, Bogota is the capital city of Columbia. It is a mix of the old and new with century-old plazas and churches shadowed by towering skyscrapers, museums representing the history, art, and culture of the region, as well as a mix of distinct neighborhoods from quaint and historic to trendy and contemporary.

Arica

A mixture of coastline, desert and high Andean plateau, Arica is a seaside resort town, known for its surfing beaches located at the tip of Northern Chile. Arica boasts that it is "the land of the eternal spring," but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Arica's tourism is still principally geared toward domestic visitors and those from southern Peru and La Paz, who flock to its beaches mid-December through February. It is very easy to spend a few days in Arica in the sand, or seeing the sights in town, at a slow pace but the city also offers plenty of fun activities and exciting day trips.

Which place is cheaper, Arica or Bogota?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bogota is $51, while the average daily cost in Arica is $78. 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 Bogota and Arica in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bogota $25
    Arica $35
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bogota $50
    Arica $70
Compare Hotels in Bogota and Arica

Looking for a hotel in Bogota or Arica? 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 Bogota


Hotels in Arica


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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: Bogota Hotel Prices and Arica Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bogota $8.51
    Arica $18
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bogota

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.33
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.38
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.86

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Transfer in private vehicle from Bogota City - El Dorado Airport (BOG): $16
  • Transfer in private SUV from Bogota City - Bogota Airport (BOG): $18
  • Transfer in private Minivan from El Dorado Airport (BOG) - Bogota City: $20
  • Transfer in Private vehicle from El Dorado Airport -Bogota City: $15
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from El Dorado Airport (BOG) - Bogota City: $16
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Bogota City- El Dorado Airport (BOG): $20
  • Transfer from El Dorado Airport to Hotels in Bogota (one way): $13
  • Transfer Aeropuerto El Dorado - Hotel or Accomodation (Private Transfer): $27
  • Salt Cathedral Zipaquira • Premium Private Transfer: $39
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Bogota City Airport (BOG) - Bogota City: $40
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Bogota Airport (BOG)-Bogota City: $34
  • Private Visit to Zipaquira's Town & Salt Cathedral + In&Out Transfer + (6 hours): $176

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Arica

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $2.06

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arica

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

  • Private Transfer from Arica Hotels to Arica Cruise Port: $24
  • Private Transfer from Arica Cruise Port to Arica city hotels: $22
  • Private Transfer from Arica Cruise Port to Arica Hotels: $24
  • Private Transfer from Arica Cruise Port to Arica Airport (ARI): $28
  • Private Transfer from Arica Cruise Port to Arica Airport (ARI): $31
  • Private Transfer from Arica City hotels to Arica Cruise Port: $22
  • Private Transfer from Arica Airport (ARI) to Arica Cruise Port : $28
  • Private Transfer from Arica Airport (ARI) to Arica Cruise Port: $31
  • Arica Airport Private Transfer: $85

Is it cheaper to fly into Bogota or Arica?

Prices for flights to both Arica and Bogota 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
    Bogota $13
    Arica $28
Typical Food Prices in Bogota

For Bogota, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Breakfast
    $1.52
  • Hot Dog
    $0.89

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota

For Bogota, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Bogota Local Food Tour in the City Center: $13
  • Peruvian cooking workshop: $26
  • Street Food Tour in Bogota with 10+ Tastings: $42
  • Viejo Bogota Food Tour with 13+ Tastings: $49
  • PALOQUEMAO MARKET FOOD TOUR. EXOTIC FRUIT. LOCAL SNACKS. /Min 2 pax: $55
  • Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $55
  • Bogota Food Tour • Private Car • Fruits Cacao Lunch Coffee Beer: $59
  • Carimañola Cooking Class in Bogota: $60
  • Bogotá Food Tour - La Candelaria: $61
  • Private Colombian Cooking Class and Market Tour In Bogota: $90
  • Dinner and party at Andres Carne de Res DC: $100
  • Private Street Food Tour in Candelaria Bogota: $132

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bogota $13
    Arica $20
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bogota

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Bogota's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Beer
    $1.27

Tours and Activities in Bogota

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

  • Bogotá Architecture Private Tour (6 Hrs.): $149
  • Bogota Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Private Tour + Lunch: $80
  • Express Salt Cathedral Tour• Guided Tour & Tickets • 5h: $219
  • La Candelaria and Monserrate Walking Half Day Tour: $234
  • Lake Guatavitá Private Day Tour: $226
  • Salt Cathedral Zipaquira - Group tour and daily departure: $80
  • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral group tour Daily Departures: $80
  • *Private tour* to Guatavita sacred lagoon + Nemocon salt mine: $154
  • 2 Day Tour in Barichara: $220
  • 3 Day Desert of the Tatacoa, an unforgettable experience closer to the stars: $299
  • 3 days- private tour Chingaza-Guatavita Savannah Expedition: $60
  • 3-4 Hours Tour in flight connection: $180

Tours and Activities in Arica

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

  • Archaeological Tour: $32
  • Archeological Sightseeing tour in Arica: $103
  • Arica Private Sightseeing Tour : $134
  • Private Tour to Tacna from Arica: $256

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bogota $13
    Arica $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:

  • Thursday Bar Crawl in Bogotá: $26
  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Bogotá : $29
  • Saturday Night Bar Crawl in Bogotá: $35
  • Pub Crawl in Bogotá: $45
  • Pub Crawl in Bogota - Ancient Brews : $103


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

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


Which is Bigger, Bogota or Arica?

Bogota has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Arica. When comparing the sizes of Bogota and Arica, 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.