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

Should you visit Cajamarca or Pucon?

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 Cajamarca and Pucon can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cajamarca or Pucon?

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.

Pucon

A popular hub for adventure tourism, Pucon is a town in the Lake District of the South American nation of Chile. Located on Lake Villarirca with the snowcapped Villarrica volcano looming above and plenty of forested valleys below, the town has become a home base year-round for a full range of outdoor activities.

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Which place is cheaper, Pucon or Cajamarca?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cajamarca is $68, while the average daily cost in Pucon is $104. 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 Cajamarca and Pucon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cajamarca $24
    Pucon $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cajamarca $48
    Pucon $90
Compare Hotels in Cajamarca and Pucon

Looking for a hotel in Cajamarca or Pucon? 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 Cajamarca


Hotels in Pucon


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cajamarca $16
    Pucon $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pucon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pucon:

  • Private Transfer Pucon Thermal Resorts to Temuco Airport: $49
  • Pucon Temuco Airport Private Transfer: $93
  • Pucon to Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport (PMC) -Departure Transfer: $114

Is it cheaper to fly into Cajamarca or Pucon?

Prices for flights to both Pucon and Cajamarca 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
    Cajamarca $28
    Pucon $39

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cajamarca $26
    Pucon $39

Tours and Activities in Cajamarca

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cajamarca are as follows:

  • From City Tour Cajamarca: $21
  • Cajamarca | Porcón and Otuzco Farm Adventures |: $39
  • || Tour of the Cajamarca Valley - San Nicolás lagoon ||: $40
  • Sulluscocha Extreme Adventure |Atv, Canopy, Climbing|: $65
  • Sulluscocha Extreme Adventure: ATV, canopy, climbing: $65
  • Cajamarca : Sulluscocha extreme adventure: $65
  • Sulluscocha Extreme Adventure |Atv, Canopy, Climbing|: $65
  • City Tour: $67
  • 3-Day Guided Cultural Tour of Cajamarca with Transportation: $202
  • 2 Days Private Tour in Cajamarca : $280

Tours and Activities in Pucon

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

  • 3-Hour Rafting Experience in Pucon: $60
  • Private 3-Hour Canyoning Experience on the Correntoso River: $68
  • Private Half Day Andean Lakes Experience with pickup: $110
  • Half Day Tour to The Eyes Of Caburgua from Pucon: $110
  • Sightseeing Tour in Pucon and Villarica: $110
  • Full Day Private Tour Ascending Sollipulli Volcano: $140
  • Local Chile-Bavarian Culinary Pretzel Baking Experience n Sausage: $149
  • Full Day Excursion Tour to Quetrupillán Volcano: $177

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cajamarca $16
    Pucon $28


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

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


Which is Bigger, Cajamarca or Pucon?

Cajamarca has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Pucon. When comparing the sizes of Cajamarca and Pucon, 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.