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

Should you visit Buzios or Cajamarca?

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

Should I visit Buzios or Cajamarca? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Buzios or Cajamarca?

Buzios

Initially a fishing village, Armação dos Buzios is a small beach resort town about three hours from Rio de Janeiro by bus. Buzios is a common weekend getaway destination for Cariocas. With 23 beaches, visitors from all over come to swim, snorkel, surf and enjoy sun and sand.

Cajamarca

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 The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Brazil, The Best 10-Day Tours in Brazil, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Peru, and The Best Cultural Tours in Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Cajamarca or Buzios?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Buzios is $73, 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 Buzios and Cajamarca in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Buzios $35
    Cajamarca $24
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Buzios $70
    Cajamarca $48
Compare Hotels in Buzios and Cajamarca

Looking for a hotel in Buzios 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 Buzios


Hotels in Cajamarca


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Buzios $18
    Cajamarca $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Buzios

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

  • Beach Resorts to Cabo Frio Airport (CFB) - Private Transfer: $25
  • Beach Resorts to Cabo Frio Airport (CFB) - Departure Transfer : $28
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Rio de Janeiro hotels: $28
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Santos Dumont (SDU): $28
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Port to Santos Dumont Airport (SDU): $32
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Cabo Frio city hotels: $36
  • Private Transfer from Buzios Cruise Port to Cabo Frio hotels: $40
  • Arraial do Cabo Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $52
  • Tour in Buzios City Tour, Lunch and Transfer: $60
  • Private Transfer Buzios to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • Private Transfer from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • Executive private transfer from GIG Rio Galeao airport up to 4 pax to Buzios: $115

Is it cheaper to fly into Buzios or Cajamarca?

Prices for flights to both Cajamarca and Buzios 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
    Buzios $23
    Cajamarca $28

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Buzios $25
    Cajamarca $26

Tours and Activities in Buzios

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Buzios.

  • Tour of the most beautiful beaches and islands of Buzios by Buziana Tour: $11
  • Buggy Ride in Buzios by Buziana Tour: $15
  • Tour of Bugre in Arraial (Buggy): $21
  • Boat Tour in Arraial do Cabo: $23
  • Catamaran Boat Tour in Búzios: $24
  • Half-Day Schooner Sightseeing Trip in Buzios Peninsula Beaches: $29
  • Buzios Trolley City Tour: $29
  • Buggy Tour in Arraial do Cabo by Arraial Viagens: $30
  • 3-hour Small Group Buzios Peninsula Open Air Trolley Tour: $33
  • 7 Beaches In Búzios With Photos On A Private Tour!: $33
  • Tour in Boat Tour in Buzios: $37
  • From Buzios To Arraial With Photos On A Private Tour!: $48

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
  • Cajamarca : Sulluscocha extreme adventure: $65
  • Cajamarca | Porcón and Otuzco Farm Adventures |: $39
  • 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
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Buzios $16
    Cajamarca $16


When comparing the travel costs between Buzios and Cajamarca, we can see that Buzios is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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


Which is Bigger, Buzios or Cajamarca?

Cajamarca has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Buzios. When comparing the sizes of Buzios 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.