A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Brasilia vs. Arequipa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Brasilia or Arequipa?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Brasilia and Arequipa can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Brasilia or Arequipa?

Brasilia

The capital city of Brazil, Brasilia is a uniquely-planned city that was constructed in four years from 1956-1960 in the shape of a large bird or airplane. Renowned for its modern architecture, the city listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados worldwide.

Arequipa

Sitting in the middle of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes of Peru is the enchanting city of Arequipa. With 468 years of history, the city is full of Spanish colonial architecture. Known to locals as the "white city," the city center, Plaza de Armas, is quite the sight with buildings of sillar white stone made from the rocks of the surrounding volcanoes.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Brazil, The Best 2-Week Tours in Brazil, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Peru, and The Best Cultural Tours in Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Arequipa or Brasilia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brasilia is $79, while the average daily cost in Arequipa is $46. 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 Brasilia and Arequipa in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brasilia $33
    Arequipa $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brasilia $66
    Arequipa $46
Compare Hotels in Brasilia and Arequipa

Looking for a hotel in Brasilia or Arequipa? 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 Brasilia


Hotels in Arequipa


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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: Brasilia Hotel Prices and Arequipa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brasilia $21
    Arequipa $5.89

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Arequipa

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.33
  • Bus Ride
    $0.42
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.93

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arequipa

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arequipa:

  • 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with optional transfer to Puno: $122
  • Arequipa Airport Arrival Transfer: $13
  • Arequipa Bus Station Arrival Transfer : $25
  • 1-Way Airport Private Transfer: $31
  • Airport private transfer to/from the city center: $26
  • Colca Canyon 2 days from Arequipa with final transfer to Puno: $110
  • Colca Canyon Sightseeing Tour 2D1N and Transfer to Puno: $120
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $103
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $98
  • From Colca Canyon Tour 1 Day and Transfer to Puno: $129
  • Full Day Tour Including Transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon: $112
  • Full Day Tour to Colca including Transfer to Puno: $60

Is it cheaper to fly into Brasilia or Arequipa?

Prices for flights to both Arequipa and Brasilia 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
    Brasilia $30
    Arequipa $13

Typical Food Prices in Arequipa

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


  • Coke
    $0.40
  • Lunch
    $2.78
  • Ice Cream
    $1.06
  • Fruit
    $0.80
  • Ice Cream
    $0.93

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Arequipa

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

  • Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa: $35
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class in arequipa: $50
  • Private Cooking Class in Arequipa: $57
  • Arequipa Ancestral Cuisine and City and Food Tour: $69
  • Guided Food Tour in Arequipa City: $69
  • 3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa: $72
  • A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 4 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa: $79
  • Arequipa Food Tour: Ancestral Cuisine & City Tour: $79
  • Peruvian cooking experience, pisco sour and visit local market: $95
  • Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market: $95

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brasilia $19
    Arequipa $18

Tours and Activities in Brasilia

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

  • Brasilia Tour: $43

Typical Entertainment Prices in Arequipa

Here are a few typical costs in Arequipa for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Monastery Entry
    $2.65
  • Salsa Class
    $2.65
  • Movie Ticket
    $2.89
  • Hot Springs
    $2.65

Tours and Activities in Arequipa

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

  • 4 hours Tour: Route of Sillar with Trek in Culebrillas: $12
  • Sillar Route Tour.: $13
  • Ticket for Planetarium and Star Observatory: $15
  • Walking tour in the Historic Center of Arequipa: $15
  • 4-hour tour to the Sillar and Culebrillas Route in Arequipa: $16
  • Countryside Tour with Volcano Views: $17
  • Countryside Tour Arequipa: $18
  • Tour through the Countryside of Arequipa in Panoramic Bus: $18
  • From Panoramic Tour of Arequipa: $20
  • City tour with panoramic bus: $20
  • From Sillar Route - Half Day Tour: $20
  • From Sillar Route Tour || Half Day ||: $20

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brasilia $14
    Arequipa $16

Typical Alcohol Prices in Arequipa

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


  • Beer
    $2.39

Sample the Local Flavors in Arequipa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Arequipa:

  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with VIP Access.: $25
  • From Pisco and wine tour through the Majes Valley: $50
  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with Drinks and VIP Access.: $60


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

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


Which is Bigger, Brasilia or Arequipa?

Brasilia has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Arequipa. When comparing the sizes of Brasilia and Arequipa, 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.