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

Should you visit Cafayate 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 Cafayate and Arequipa can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cafayate or Arequipa?

Cafayate

Cafayate is located in the province of Salta, in the central zone of the Valles Calchaquies. The small town has about 12,000 residents and is 1,329 kilometers from Buenos Aires.

People head to the small town of Cafayate to explore its vineyards and unique rock formations. It has become an important tourist destination in the area and there is a large golf course under construction just outside of town.

Cafayate is an important wine production center. The wines in the area thrive from the low humidity mild weather of the valleys. The town receives less than 250 millimeters of precipitation a year.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Arequipa or Cafayate?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cafayate is $12, while the average daily cost in Arequipa is $45. 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 Cafayate and Arequipa in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cafayate $4.61
    Arequipa $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cafayate $9.22
    Arequipa $44
Compare Hotels in Cafayate and Arequipa

Looking for a hotel in Cafayate 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 Cafayate


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: Cafayate Hotel Prices and Arequipa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cafayate $2.50
    Arequipa $5.76

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Arequipa

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.30
  • Bus Ride
    $0.42
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.91

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arequipa

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arequipa:

  • Private Transfer From Arequipa to Puno, English Speaking Driver: $264
  • Private Transfer From Arequipa To Puno With a 2 Hour Stop: $243
  • 3 Day Trek Including Transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon: $189
  • 2-Day Colca Valley Tour with optional transfer to Puno: $161
  • 2 Day Trek Including Transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon: $154
  • Koh lanta any hotel to Phuket airport Private transfer: $151
  • Colca Canyon Sightseeing Tour 2D1N and Transfer to Puno: $120
  • Full Day Tour Including Transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon: $112
  • Colca Canyon 2 days with Transfer to Puno: $108
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $103
  • Colca Canyon + Transfer To Puno: $103
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $98

Is it cheaper to fly into Cafayate or Arequipa?

Prices for flights to both Arequipa and Cafayate 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
    Cafayate $5.03
    Arequipa $13
Typical Food Prices in Cafayate

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cafayate:


  • Dinner (Empanadas)
    $0.03
  • Sandwich
    $0.01
  • Pizza
    $0.02

Typical Food Prices in Arequipa

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


  • Coke
    $0.39
  • Lunch
    $2.73
  • Ice Cream
    $1.04
  • Fruit
    $0.78
  • Ice Cream
    $0.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Arequipa

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

  • Skip the Line: Dinner and Typical Dances Show Ticket: $25
  • Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa: $28
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class in arequipa: $50
  • Private Cooking Class in Arequipa: $65
  • Guided Food Tour in Arequipa City: $69
  • 3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa: $72
  • Arequipa Ancestral Cuisine and City and Food Tour: $79
  • A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 4 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa: $79
  • Arequipa Food Tour: Ancestral Cuisine & City Tour: $85
  • Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market: $85

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cafayate $5.41
    Arequipa $18

Tours and Activities in Cafayate

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

  • Tour Quebrada De Las Conchas - Cafayate - Salta: $25
  • From Salta: Full-Day Wine and Valley Tour to Cafayate: $43
  • Half-Day Wine Road Premium Tour From Cafayate: $64
  • From Salta: Cafayate, Humahuaca & Salinas Grandes 3-Day Tour: $106
  • From Salta: Cafayate, Cachi, & Hornocal 3-Day Tour: $116
  • From Salta: Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, & Hornocal Tour: $128
  • From Salta: Local Landscape, Winery, and Culture Tour: $134

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
    $2.60
  • Salsa Class
    $2.60
  • Movie Ticket
    $2.83
  • Hot Springs
    $2.60

Tours and Activities in Arequipa

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

  • Colca Full Day Tour: $51
  • 2 Day - Colca Canyon and Condor Tour from Arequipa, Peru - Group Service : $288
  • 2 Day Shared Tour to Colca Canyon: $95
  • 2 Days of Natural Experience in the Colca Canyon: $100
  • 2 days 1 night Colca Canyon tour from Arequipa: $85
  • 2 days and 1 night tour in the Colca Canyon: $187
  • 2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa: $230
  • 2-Day Hiking Tour to the Colca Canyon: $78
  • 2-Day Tour to the Magical Colca Canyon: $68
  • 2-day tour to the Colca Valley and the Cruz del Condor: $99
  • 3 Hour Congata Rover Biking Ride Tour in Arequipa: $45
  • 3-Hour Tour by Mountain Bike in Arequipa: $69

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cafayate $5.08
    Arequipa $15

Typical Alcohol Prices in Arequipa

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


  • Beer
    $2.34

Sample the Local Flavors in Arequipa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Arequipa:

  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with VIP Access.: $25
  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with Drinks and VIP Access.: $60


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

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


Which is Bigger, Cafayate or Arequipa?

Arequipa has a larger population, and is about 70 times larger than the population of Cafayate. When comparing the sizes of Cafayate 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.