A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Buenos Aires, Argentina vs. Machu Picchu for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Buenos Aires, Argentina or Machu Picchu?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Buenos Aires, Argentina and Machu Picchu can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Buenos Aires, Argentina or Machu Picchu?

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, federal capital of Argentina, also known as "The City of Tango", is best known for its energetic and unpredictable character. Like a restless child, Buenos Aires is a dynamic and modern city full of surprises. While its French-style palaces, rooftop restaurants, wide avenues and green plazas resemble European-style architecture, Buenos Aires preserves its musical, literary and culinary traditions. You can't miss dining in front of a Tango show, walking around the colourful streets of La Boca and visiting the renowned Recoleta Cemetery, designed by Argentina's most important architects and home to hundreds of illustrious corpses.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a site of ancient Inca ruins located about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Cuzco, Peru, in the Cordillera de Vilcabamba of the Andes Mountains. It is perched above the Urubamba River valley in a narrow saddle between two sharp peaks, Machu Picchu ("Old Peak") and Huayna Picchu ("New Peak"), at an elevation of 7,710 feet (2,350 metres). One of the few major pre-Columbian ruins found nearly intact, Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Thus, Machu Picchu is not only an impressive remnant of the Inca civilization, it is also one of the world's most important archaeological sites. A stop at Machu Picchu is an essential part of any traveler's itinerary in Peru, as it is one of the seven wonders of the world.

Which place is cheaper, Machu Picchu or Buenos Aires, Argentina?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Buenos Aires, Argentina is $11, while the average daily cost in Machu Picchu is $97. 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina and Machu Picchu in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $4.30
    Machu Picchu $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $8.60
    Machu Picchu $80
Compare Hotels in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Machu Picchu

Looking for a hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina or Machu Picchu? 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hotels in Machu Picchu

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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: Buenos Aires, Argentina Hotel Prices and Machu Picchu Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $1.64
    Machu Picchu $29
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

  • Taxi from Airport
  • Local Bus
  • Metro Ride
  • Taxi to airport
  • Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

  • Buenos Aires City Tour and Airport Transfer Combo: $297
  • Transfer from Ezeiza Airport to Buenos Aires City - ROUND TRIP: $265
  • Rojo Tango Show: Skip the Line Ticket including Private Transfer: $260
  • Shore Excursion: Rojo Tango Show Including Private Transfers: $260
  • Rojo Tango Show with private transfers in Buenos Aires: $259
  • Ministro Pistarini Airport to Colón Roundtrip Transfer: $254
  • Private City Tour & Transfer to the International Airport: $250
  • Ministro Pistarini Airport to Gualeguaychú Round Trip Transfer: $243
  • Buenos Aires: Temaiken Biopark including Transfers: $227
  • Rojo Tango Show Ticket with Private Transfers From Port & Hotels in Buenos Aires: $215
  • Transfer from EZEIZA or AEP Airport + Private City Tour: $200
  • LOCAL AIRPORT TRANSFER (AEP) ROUND TRIP with english speaking driver: $200

Is it cheaper to fly into Buenos Aires, Argentina or Machu Picchu?

Prices for flights to both Machu Picchu and Buenos Aires, Argentina 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
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $3.38
    Machu Picchu $18
Typical Food Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Buenos Aires, Argentina:

  • Lunch
  • Cup of Coffee
  • Empandas
  • Espresso
  • Dinner (Pizza)
  • Ice Cream
  • Breakfast at Airport
  • Dinner (Sandwiches)
  • Sweets
  • Hot Dog
  • Breakfast (Take-Away)
  • Lunch for 2
  • Cake and Coffee
  • Dinner
  • Powerade
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Chocolate

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • Argentinean Empanadas cooking (Virtual Live experience): $12
  • Private tour Argentinian Flavours food tours on foot : $34
  • Small-Group Empanadas Cooking Class: $35
  • 3-Hour Buenos Aires Empanadas and Alfajores Guided Cooking Class: $35
  • Tango Porteño Show in Buenos Aires (with optional dinner): $35
  • Premium Empanadas Cooking Class in Buenos Aires: $37
  • Tango Show and Optional Dinner at Esquina Homero Manzi: $37
  • Esquina Homero Manzi Tango Show Ticket Including Optional Dinner in Buenos Aires: $39
  • Empanadas and Alfajores Cooking Experience in Buenos Aires: $39
  • Argentine Empanadas Private Virtual Cooking Class: $40
  • Argentinian grilled pizza class in boutique hotel in Palermo: $40
  • Private Walking Tour & Argentinian pizzas Tasting: $41

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $3.47
    Machu Picchu $71
Typical Entertainment Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

  • Entry to Japanese Gardens (for 2)
  • Movie Ticket
  • Tango Class
  • Bar entrance

Tours and Activities in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

  • Experience the Night of Buenos Aires with electric bikes: $59
  • Premium Buenos Aires by Night Small-Group City Tour: $67
  • Small Group Walking Tour: Urban Art Palermo: $50
  • Small group Yerba Mate Experience with snacks: $35
  • 100% Gaucho Experience in a Traditional Estancia: $243
  • 2 Hours Football and Street Art Walking Tour in Buenos Aires : $30
  • 2 hrs. Walking Tour in San Telmo & Market : $10
  • 3 hours Private La Boca Street Art Walking Tour: $127
  • 3-Hour Bike Tour Getting to Know the Best of Buenos Aires: $35
  • 3-Hour Private Street Art Tour in La Boca and Barraca: $45
  • 3-Hour Tour in Buenos Aires Parisian: $45
  • 4-Hour Private Night Tour of the Most Exclusive Places: $70

Typical Entertainment Prices in Machu Picchu

For Machu Picchu, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Gardens of Mandor

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Buenos Aires, Argentina $1.88
    Machu Picchu $6.60
Typical Alcohol Prices in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Buenos Aires, Argentina from other travelers:

  • Beer
  • Beer (0.66L)
  • Cocktail
  • Alcohol

Sample the Local Flavors in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Also in Buenos Aires, Argentina, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Wine tasting at the Barolo Palace: $35
  • Wine Tasting and Tapas with Expert Sommelier in Buenos Aires: $38
  • Wine Tasting in Palermo, City of Buenos Aires.: $38
  • Wine Tasting of Argentina's Most Classic and Popular Wines: $42
  • Unique Wine Tasting in a Boutique Hotel : $45
  • Tango Lesson and Wine Tasting in Buenos Aires, Argentina: $48
  • Wine Tasting at Downtown Buenos Aires Ego Experience: $53
  • Buenos Aires Small-Group Wine Tasting: $55
  • Wine Tasting Sessions: $58
  • Wine Tasting Boutique in Buenos Aires: $62
  • Buenos Aires Wine Tasting Tour: $65
  • Argentinian Private Premium Wine Tasting Live+Guided Walking tour: $66

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Buenos Aires, Argentina Expensive? and Is Machu Picchu Expensive?.