Should you visit Cajamarca or Ushuaia?
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 Ushuaia can help you decide which place is right for you.
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.
Ushuaia is a city on the Tierra del Fuego island of Argentina on the Beagle Strait. The city is considered to be one of the southernmost cities in the world and is often used as a base for cruises to Antarctica. Ushuaia's close proximity to Antarctica and their amazing hiking trails have made it a popular tourist destination over the past few decades.
Which city is cheaper, Ushuaia or Cajamarca?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cajamarca is $52, while the average daily cost in Ushuaia is $83. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Cajamarca and Ushuaia in more detail.
Cajamarca's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $36. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $18.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $82 in Ushuaia For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $21 per day in Cajamarca for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
On average, meal and food prices in Ushuaia cost around $16 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.40.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Ushuaia
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Ushuaia:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ushuaia
For Ushuaia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Meeting with Beavers and Lagoon Tour with Dinner:
The average price of local transportation around Cajamarca is $13 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Ushuaia
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Ushuaia are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ushuaia
Also for Ushuaia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Ushuaia Airport Shared Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: Malvinas Argentinas Int. Airport (USH) to Ushuaia:
Private Airport Transfer: Ushuaia to Malvinas Argentinas International (USH):
Ushuaia Airport Arrival Transfer:
Ushuaia Airport Departure Transfer:
Transfer Cerro Castor (Round Trip):
Shared Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia):
Private Transfer Hotel-Bus Station or Bus Station-Hotel (Ushuaia):
Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport:
Transfer Ushuaia Airport - Hotel in Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport:
Shared Round-Trip Airport Transfer:
Private Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Ushuaia):
Cajamarca's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $20 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
In Ushuaia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $92 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Cajamarca
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cajamarca are as follows:
3-Day Guided Cultural Tour of Cajamarca with Transportation:
Cajamarca city tour - Private tour:
Cumbemayo, the stone forest - Private tour:
Inca's Bath - Private tour:
Porcón farm - Private tour:
Ventanillas de Otuzco - private tour:
Tour of the Port of Callao and fort Real Felipe:
Tours and Activities in Ushuaia
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Ushuaia.
Ushuaia Double Decker Bus Tour:
Estancia Harberton Museum Admission Ticket:
Tierra del Fuego National Park Admission Ticket:
Tierra del Fuego National Park Half-Day Tour with Optional End of the World Train Ride:
City Tour "Bajo Cero" + Mini Trekking + Thematic Gallery:
Ushuaia City Half-Day Tour with optional Museums:
Ushuaia City Tour with Museums:
Double-Decker Sightseeing Tour:
Ushuaia-End of the World tour -National Park 4 hours (shared tour-):
Tierra Del Fuego National Park Tour:
City Tour of Ushuaia:
The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Cajamarca per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typical Alcohol prices in Ushuaia
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Ushuaia are as follows:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cajamarca and Ushuaia, we can see that Ushuaia 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 Ushuaia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ushuaia than you might in Cajamarca.
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