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

Should you visit Bogota or Cajamarca?

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

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


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.


Located in the northern highlands of Peru, Cajamarca is a town of about 100,000 people. The city's mild weather and fertile soil is ideal for agriculture, which is a major industry in the area. The city is also well known for its cheeses and dairy products. Cajamarca is the site of the Battle of Cajamarca which led to the execution of the Inca emperor Atahualpa and the end of the infamous Inca empire. Today, the area is appealing to visitors in part because of its lovely churches, nice hot springs, and interesting Inca Baths.

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

Which place is cheaper, Cajamarca or Bogota?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bogota is $52, while the average daily cost in Cajamarca is $68. 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 Cajamarca in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bogota $26
    Cajamarca $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bogota $52
    Cajamarca $48
Compare Hotels in Bogota and Cajamarca

Looking for a hotel in Bogota or Cajamarca? 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 Cajamarca

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bogota $8.67
    Cajamarca $16
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bogota

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

  • Taxi from Airport
  • Taxi Ride
  • 2 Bus Passes

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Private One-Way Transfer from El Dorado Airport to Bogotá: $8.09
  • Private Transfer from the Airport to Hotels in Bogota: $12
  • Transfer in Private vehicle from El Dorado Airport -Bogota City: $13
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: El Dorado Airport (One Way): $13
  • Transfer from El Dorado Airport to Hotels in Bogota (one way): $15
  • Bogota Airport BOG to Downtown Hotels Arrival Private Transfer: $24
  • Downtown to Bogota Airport (BOG) Departure Private Transfer: $24
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Bogota Airport (BOG)-Bogota City: $27
  • Transfer Aeropuerto El Dorado - Hotel or Accomodation Private : $28
  • El Dorado International Airport (BOG) - Private transfer from or to Bogota: $30
  • Private Arrival Transfer : From Airport to Bogotá Hotels : $31
  • Private Transfer from Bogotá-El Dorado (BOG) Airport to Bogotá City: $33

Is it cheaper to fly into Bogota or Cajamarca?

Prices for flights to both Cajamarca 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 Meals for one day
    Bogota $13
    Cajamarca $28
Typical Food Prices in Bogota

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

  • Breakfast
  • Hot Dog

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
  • Viejo Bogota Food Tour with 12+ Tastings: $49
  • Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $55
  • Bogota Food Tour • Private Car • Fruits Cacao Lunch Coffee Beer: $59
  • 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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bogota $13
    Cajamarca $26
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bogota

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

  • Beer

Tours and Activities in Bogota

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

  • Party Tour: 6 nightclubs, Disco-Truck, After Party, 2 openbars: $2.95
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - El Dorado Expedition, Part I : $6.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - El Dorado Expedition, Part II: $6.99
  • Monserrate Regular Tickets: $11
  • Bike Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $12
  • Shared Tour of the Historic Candelaria in Bogotá: $13
  • Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $14
  • Walking tour La Candelaria bogotá: $15
  • Full Day Tour to the Colonial Town of Villa de Leyva: $15
  • Tour Quebrada delights Bogotá: $15
  • Bike Tour through Bogotá: $19
  • Bogotá Bike Tour: $20

Tours and Activities in Cajamarca

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

  • 2 Days Private Tour in Cajamarca : $280
  • 3-Day Guided Cultural Tour of Cajamarca with Transportation: $202
  • City Tour: $67
  • From City Tour Cajamarca: $21
  • Sulluscocha Extreme Adventure |Atv, Canopy, Climbing|: $65
  • Sulluscocha Extreme Adventure |Atv, Canopy, Climbing|: $65
  • Sulluscocha Extreme Adventure: ATV, canopy, climbing: $65
  • || Tour of the Cajamarca Valley - San Nicolás lagoon ||: $40

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bogota $14
    Cajamarca $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:

  • Thursday Bar Crawl in Bogotá: $25
  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Bogotá : $25

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

Which is Bigger, Bogota or Cajamarca?

Bogota has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Cajamarca. When comparing the sizes of Bogota and Cajamarca, 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.