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

Should you visit Cafayate or Paracas?

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 Paracas can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cafayate or Paracas?


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.


Paracas, also known as El Chaco, is a resort town on the Southern coast of the country, about 150 miles south of Lima. The town in located in one of the oldest regions of Peru, with a history dating back to 900 BC and offers many pre-Inca cultural sites throughout the area. Paracas is possibly best known for being home to the Paracas National Reserve, a nature reserve boasting one of the most abundant and diverse ecosystems in the world.

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

Which place is cheaper, Paracas or Cafayate?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cafayate is $11, while the average daily cost in Paracas is $61. 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 Paracas in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cafayate $4.25
    Paracas $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cafayate $8.50
    Paracas $44
Compare Hotels in Cafayate and Paracas

Looking for a hotel in Cafayate or Paracas? 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 Paracas

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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 Paracas Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cafayate $2.30
    Paracas $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paracas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paracas:

  • Direct Private Transfer From Paracas to Lima, English Speaking Driver: $163
  • Lima: Private taxi transfer from Lima airport to Paracas: $129
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Cruise Port to Lima hotels: $87
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Port to Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM): $87
  • Private Transfer from Pisko Cruise Port to Lima City Hotels: $87
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Cruise Port to Lima City Hotels: $79
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Port to Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM): $79
  • Oneway Transfer from San Juan Airport, Hotel, Airbnb to Bayamon: $60
  • Private Transfer From San Juan Airport (SJU) to /from San Juan: $44
  • Paracas Bus Station Private Transfer: $16
  • Bus Station Private Transfer: $16

Is it cheaper to fly into Cafayate or Paracas?

Prices for flights to both Paracas 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 Meals for one day
    Cafayate $4.63
    Paracas $23
Typical Food Prices in Cafayate

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

  • Dinner (Empanadas)
  • Sandwich
  • Pizza

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cafayate $4.98
    Paracas $24

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: $52
  • Unveiling Premium Wine Road Adventure: $73
  • From Salta: Cafayate, Humahuaca & Salinas Grandes 3-Day Tour: $106
  • From Salta: Cafayate, Salinas Grandes, & Hornocal Tour: $128
  • From Salta: Local Landscape, Winery, and Culture Tour: $134
  • From Salta: Cafayate, Cachi, & Hornocal 3-Day Tour: $136

Tours and Activities in Paracas

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

  • 11-day tour: Lima, Machu Picchu, Titicaca, Ica and Nazca: $2,522
  • 1D|Tour to Oasis Costa Rica+the Ballestas Islands from Lima: $240
  • 2-Hour Tour to the Ballestas Islands from Puerto San Martín: $49
  • 2-day, 1-night tour to Paracas, Ica, and Nasca: $400
  • 2D Tour Ica, Huacachina, Ballestas Islands and Nasca Lines: $494
  • 2D Tour Nasca Lines Ballestas Islands Tour Paracas Reserve: $403
  • 7-Hours Tour in Paracas National Reserve with Pickup: $38
  • ATV Tour Adventure in Reserva Nacional de Paracas: $45
  • Ballestas Islands & Paracas Adventure - Full Day Escape: $62
  • Ballestas Islands Group Tour from Paracas : $26
  • Ballestas Islands Group Tour from San Martin Port: $50
  • Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from Paracas: $24

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cafayate $4.68
    Paracas $11

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cafayate and Paracas, we can see that Paracas 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 Paracas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Paracas 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 Paracas Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Cafayate or Paracas?

Cafayate has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Paracas. When comparing the sizes of Cafayate and Paracas, 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.