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

Should you visit Cajamarca or Ushuaia?

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

Where Should I go: Cajamarca or Ushuaia?


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Sightseeing Tours in Peru, The Best Cultural Tours in Peru, The Best Wildlife Tours to Argentina, and The Best Eco Tours in Argentina.

Which place 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 $68, while the average daily cost in Ushuaia is $11. 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 Ushuaia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cajamarca $24
    Ushuaia $5.41
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cajamarca $48
    Ushuaia $11
Compare Hotels in Cajamarca and Ushuaia

Looking for a hotel in Cajamarca or Ushuaia? 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 Ushuaia

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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: Ushuaia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cajamarca $16
    Ushuaia -

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Ushuaia

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ushuaia

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

  • Ushuaia Airport Shared Transfer: $8.80
  • Ushuaia Airport Shared Transfer: $8.95
  • Ushuaia Airport Arrival Transfer: $10
  • Shared One-way Airport Transfer: $10
  • Ushuaia Airport Departure Transfer: $10
  • Round Trip Transfer from the Airport to Ushuaia Hotels: $11
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in shared service: $19
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in shared service: $19
  • Ushuaia Airport(USH) to Ushuaia hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $23
  • Ushuaia city to Ushuaia Airport(USH) - Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Private Transfer from Ushuaia Port to Ushuaia Airport (USH): $25
  • Private Transfer from Ushuaia Airport (USH) to Ushuaia Port : $25

Is it cheaper to fly into Cajamarca or Ushuaia?

Prices for flights to both Ushuaia 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 Meals for one day
    Cajamarca $28
    Ushuaia $2.10

Typical Food Prices in Ushuaia

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

  • Lunch for Two

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ushuaia

For Ushuaia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • The Martial Glacier at Night with Dinner Included: $118
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park PM - with Dinner included: $179
  • Ushuaia at night: A Snow and Fire dinner, sledding and adventure: $290

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cajamarca $26
    Ushuaia $12

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

Tours and Activities in Ushuaia

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

  • An Hour Tour in the City of Ushuaia: $32
  • Ushuaia City Tour: $34
  • Ushuaia Walking Tour with Tastings of Tierra del Fuego: $35
  • Exploring Double Decker Bus Tour: $35
  • Double-Decker Sightseeing Tour: $36
  • Ushuaia City Half-Day Tour: $40
  • City Tour of Ushuaia: $42
  • End of the World Train Ticket: $45
  • Beagle Channel & Sea Wolves Island Catamaran Cruise: $45
  • Beagle Channel, Seal Island & Bridges Islands Tour: $55
  • Escondido & Fagnano Lake Tour: $60

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cajamarca $16
    Ushuaia -

Typical Alcohol Prices in Ushuaia

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

  • Wine
  • Beer

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

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

Which is Bigger, Cajamarca or Ushuaia?

Cajamarca has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Ushuaia. When comparing the sizes of Cajamarca and Ushuaia, 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.