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

Should you visit Bogota or Lima?

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

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

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.

Lima

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 city is cheaper, Lima or Bogota?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Bogota is $37, while the average daily cost in Lima is $58. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bogota and Lima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bogota $18
    Lima $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bogota $36
    Lima $74
Compare Hotels in Bogota and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Bogota 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 Bogota


Hotels in Lima


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bogota $6.11
    Lima $4.32
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bogota

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


  • Taxi from Airport
    $6.58
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.34
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: El Dorado Airport: $10
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from El Dorado Airport (BOG) to Bogotá City: $15
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Bogotá City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $15
  • Private Transfer from El Dorado Airport (BOG) to Bogotá City: $17
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Bogotá City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $17
  • Hotel to Airport Transportation in Bogota (transfer service): $19
  • Bogota Airport Pick-up (transfer service): $19
  • Transfer in private Minivan from El Dorado Airport (BOG) to Bogota City: $25
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Bogota City to El Dorado Airport (BOG): $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Bogota to El Dorado International Airport (BOG): $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: El Dorado International Airport (BOG) to Bogota: $25
  • Transfer Aeropuerto El Dorado - Hotel or Accomodation (Private Transfer): $27

Typical Local Transportation prices in Lima

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $5.11
  • Taxi Ride
    $5.11
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.83

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Transfer from the Airport to Hotel/Airbnb Miraflores/San Isidro/Barranco: $13
  • Transfer from lima airport: $20
  • Transfer from Lima city to the airport: $20
  • Transfer from Hotel/Airbnb Miraflores/San Isidro/Barranco to Airport: $13
  • Round trip private transfer to Lima Airport: $80
  • Round Trip Transfer from and to the Airport in Miraflores/Barranco/Sani: $25
  • QuickLlama: Door-to-door transfer from Miraflores to Lima Airport: $6.00
  • Private transfer in medium van to Lima Airport (QuickLlama Airport Shuttle): $40
  • Private transfer in medium van from Lima Airport (QuickLlama Airport Shuttle): $40
  • Private transfer in large van from Lima Airport (QuickLlama Airport Shuttle): $60
  • Private transfer from Lima city to Paracas (price per vehicle): $480
  • Private transfer from Lima Airport to Paracas (price per vehicle): $490

Is it cheaper to fly into Bogota or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima 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 $9.44
    Lima $13
Typical Food prices in Bogota

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


  • Breakfast
    $1.37
  • Hot Dog
    $0.80

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota

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

  • Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $52
  • Bogotá Street Food Tour: $52
  • PALOQUEMAO MARKET FOOD TOUR. EXOTIC FRUIT. LOCAL SNACKS. /Min 2 pax: $52
  • Flavors of Colombia: Chapinero Street Food Tour: $59
  • Cooking Lesson and Gourmet Colombian Meal with a Professional Chef in Bogota: $74
  • Local Market Tour and Private Gourmet Cooking Lesson with a Chef in Bogotá: $90
  • Private Street Food Tour In Bogota: $119
  • Tropical Abundance: Interactive Cooking Class in Bogota: $138
  • Private Gastronomy Tour Including Cooking Class: $266

Typical Food prices in Lima

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.09
  • Ice cream
    $3.32
  • Coffee
    $2.81
  • Donut
    $0.89

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

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

  • Virtual Peruvian Cooking Class "Lomo Saltado": $18
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • #1 Lima Food Tour and Local Markets (Small Group): $46
  • #1 Peruvian Food Tour through Local Markets (Small Group): $46
  • Delicious Food Tour through Local Markets: $46
  • #1 Dancing Horse Show & Dinner Buffet & Barranco Night Tour: $46
  • Dancing Horse Show & Dinner Buffet & Barranco Night Tour: $46
  • Dinner at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant: $49
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $52
  • Half-Day Fountains Tour with Dinner & Folklore Show: $53
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $55
  • Dinner Show and Exhibition of Peruvian Horse including Pick up & drop off: $55

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bogota $9.24
    Lima $6.53
Typical Entertainment prices in Bogota

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


  • Beer
    $1.14

Tours and Activities in Bogota

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

  • The Walking Tour At Home: $5.00
  • Colonial Bogotá, La Candelaria Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.34
  • Classic Sights and Hidden Histories of Bogota Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.34
  • Bogotá: La Macarena to Parque Nacional Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap: $5.34
  • Paranormal Candelaria: Find the terror and the stories. Tour Immersive 3D: $6.99
  • Divercity Bogotá Admission Ticket: $7.05
  • Shared Monserrate Tour: $8.00
  • La Macarena & Perseverancia walking tour-The Other History of Bogota Colonial: $9.00
  • Shared Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $9.60
  • Shared Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $9.60
  • Cycling tour in Simon Bolivar Park and Virgilio Barco Library: $10
  • Memories of political violence : Bogota alternative walking tour: $12

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)
    $15
  • Movie Tickets
    $2.17

Tours and Activities in Lima

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

  • #1 Artsy & Cultural Barranco Walking tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 Artsy Barranco & Lima City Tour (Small Group): $60
  • #1 Beautiful Fountains Park & Light Show - Night Tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 City Tour by Night & Magic Fountains Park - Light Show (Small Group): $34
  • #1 City Tour in Lima from the Airport (private service): $46
  • #1 Lima City Tour - Lunch & Pachacamac Archaeological site (Small Group): $80
  • #1 Lima Walking City Tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 Lunahuana Valley & Rafting Experience - from Lima (Small Group): $140
  • #1 Miraflores, Barranco & San Isidro Tour (Small Group): $34
  • #1 Sandboarding - Buggy Tour & Huacachina Oasis - from Lima (Small Group): $146
  • #1 The Gold Museum of Peru & Lima City tour (Small Group): $80
  • #1 The Gold Museum of Peru Tour (Small Group): $40

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bogota $9.59
    Lima $4.24

Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:

  • Brewery and Craft Beer Tour in Bogotá: $41
  • Pub Crawl in Bogotá: $45
  • Pub Crawl Tour in La Candelaria: $58
  • Gay bar crawling in Bogotá!: $120

Typical Alcohol prices in Lima

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    $6.88
  • Beer
    $3.83
  • Cocktail
    $3.07

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour (Unique Experience): $226
  • Mysterious Nazca Lines, Overflight from Ica, Huacachina Oasis & Wine Tour!: $490


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bogota and Lima, we can see that Lima 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 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 Bogota.


When is the best time to visit Bogota or Lima?

Both destinations experience a warmer tropical climate most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season. Although in the rainy season, it doesn't necessarily rain every day.

Should I visit Bogota or Lima in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Bogota as well as Lima. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bogota throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Lima throughout the year.

Bogota usually gets more rain in July than Lima. Bogota gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Lima receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

Bogota is cooler than Lima in the summer. The temperature in Bogota is usually 14°C (57°F) in July, and Lima stays around 18°C (64°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Bogota 14°C (57°F) 
    Lima 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Bogota or Lima in the Autumn?

Both Lima and Bogota are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Bogota because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in Bogota. In October, Bogota usually receives more rain than Lima. At this time of the year, Bogota gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Lima receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain.

In the autumn, Bogota is cooler than Lima. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Bogota in October are around 14°C (57°F), and Lima is about 19°C (66°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Bogota 14°C (57°F) 
    Lima 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Bogota or Lima in the Winter?

Both Lima and Bogota during the winter are popular places to visit. Bogota attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Lima attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Bogota usually gets more rain in January than Lima. Bogota gets 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Lima receives 4 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

In January, Bogota is generally much colder than Lima. Temperatures in Bogota average around 14°C (57°F), and Lima stays around 23°C (73°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Bogota 14°C (57°F) 
    Lima 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Bogota or Lima in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Bogota and Lima. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Bogota throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Lima throughout the year.

In April, Bogota usually receives more rain than Lima. At this time of the year, Bogota gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Lima receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain.

Bogota is cooler than Lima in the spring. The temperature in Bogota is usually 15°C (59°F) in April, and Lima stays around 22°C (72°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Bogota 15°C (59°F) 
    Lima 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Lima and Bogota

Bogota Lima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 14°C (57°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 50 mm (2 in) 23°C (73°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Apr 15°C (59°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 22°C (72°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Jun 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 17°C (63°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Oct 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 19°C (66°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in) 22°C (72°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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