A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cali vs. Lima for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cali or Lima?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Cali and Lima can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Cali or Lima?


Cali is Colombia's third largest city. Founded in 1536, can be explored on foot: walk under the shade of trees along the riverbank, admire the architecture of churches and other national monuments, and visit the city's many museums. Being the salsa capital of the world, Cali is primarily a destination for salsa and party but it also offers some great days out in the nearby natural surroundings. In Cali, travelers can enjoy music festivals, learn about sugarcane farming, and take in the mountainous landscapes.


Lima, the capital city of Peru, is likely to be your point of entry for the country. Lima was founded in 1535 and was the seat of the Spanish rule for 300 years. It's a surprisingly modern city despite its rich history, but many beautiful churches and colonial architecture remain today. There are also large slum areas that highlight the poverty that exists in the city. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area have a population of about 8.5 million people, many of whom came from the Andes Mountains in search of work. Unfortunately the work opportunities are limited and the poverty is obvious as you arrive in Lima.

Which place is cheaper, Lima or Cali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cali is $24, while the average daily cost in Lima is $74. 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 Cali and Lima in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cali $5.97
    Lima $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cali $12
    Lima $94
Compare Hotels in Cali and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Cali or Lima? 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 Cali

Hotels in Lima

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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: Cali Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cali $5.58
    Lima $5.49
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cali

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cali:

  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cali

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

  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport : $17
  • Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airpot One Way Transfer: $19
  • Transfer in Private Car from Cali Airport (CLO) -Cali City: $22
  • Private Transfer from Cali City -Cali Airport (CLO): $22
  • Cali/Palmira to Alfonso B.Aragon Airport (CLO) - Private Transfer: $24
  • Alfonso Aragon Airport CLO to Cali Palmira Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Alfonso Airport CLO to Cali or Palmira Hotels Arrival Transfer: $24
  • Cali or Palmira Hotels to Alfonso Airport CLO Departure Transfer: $24
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Cali Airport (CLO) - Cali City: $25
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Cali City- Cali Airport (CLO): $25
  • Airport Transfers Cali (per way): $34
  • Transfer Airport Private- Hotels North: $36

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lima

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

  • Taxi Ride
  • Taxi Ride
  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Lima HTL-APT (LIM): $34
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Lima APT-HTL (LIM) : $34
  • Transfers from / to Lima airport: $43
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Lima Jorge Chávez Airport to Lima City: $40
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Lima City to Airport: $40
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Lima Jorge Chávez Airport to Lima City: $61
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Lima City - Lima Airport (LIM): $61
  • Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel or Hotel-Airport!!: $25
  • Transfer from the Airport to Hotel/Airbnb Miraflores/San Isidro/Barranco: $18
  • Transfer from Lima city to the airport: $18
  • Transfer from Hotel/Airbnb Miraflores/San Isidro/Barranco to Airport: $18
  • Transfer To Lima Airport: $18

Is it cheaper to fly into Cali or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima and Cali 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
    Cali $8.50
    Lima $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cali

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

  • Alameda Market Cali Food Tour: $14
  • Street Food Tour: $21
  • Alameda Market Food Tour: $55
  • Street Food Tour - Live A Unique Gastronomic Experience: $55
  • Flavors of Food tour at the local market: $59

Typical Food Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lima are as follows:

  • Lunch for Two
  • Ice cream
  • Coffee
  • Donut

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

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

  • Lima Market Food Tour - Taste 9 Popular Peruvian Snacks: $17
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $36
  • Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson: $40
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $40
  • Street Food Tour in Miraflores District: $45
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $48
  • Exclusive Lima City and Food Tour - The Best of Both!!: $50
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $55
  • Dinner at Café del Museo Larco restaurant: $55
  • Food History & Local Markets (Food Tour): $56
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $59

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cali $11
    Lima $8.29

Tours and Activities in Cali

For Cali, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Shared Tour of the Historical and Cultural Center of Cali: $13
  • Gastronomic Tour at the Alameda Market Shared: $13
  • Cali's Cultural and Historical Walking Tour: $14
  • Cali Salsa Tour: Learn the history, dance and play instruments: $15
  • Cultural and heritage Cali tour: $15
  • Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Cali City: $25
  • Cali City Tour: $29
  • Tourist and private transportation in the city of Cali: $30
  • The Cali Street Food Walking Tour: $30
  • Walking tour of the historic center: $35
  • Medicinal Plant Private Tour in La Galeria Alameda of Cali: $35
  • Walking Tour: $35

Typical Entertainment Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Lima are as follows:

  • Entrance to Museo Larco (for 2)
  • Movie Tickets

Tours and Activities in Lima

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

  • Lima bike and 5 Step Food Tasting Experience: $92
  • Lima in 1 Day! - City Tour + Miraflores, Barranco & San Isidro: $78
  • Private Classic City Tour Experience of Lima: $65
  • The best of Lima walking tour: $200
  •  Cultural Tour of the city of Lima & Gastronomic: $62
  • 1 Day Tour to Huacachina from Lima (Dunebuggy + Vineyards): $225
  • 2 Day Tour from Nazca Lines Flight, Paracas, and Huacachina: $269
  • 2 Day Tour from Paracas, Ballestas Island and Huacachina: $149
  • 2 Day Tour from Paracas, Huacachina & Pisco Vineyard: $149
  • 2 Hour Guided Walking Tour in Barranco: $20
  • 2-Hour Private Tour of Miraflores with Drone Video Included: $39
  • 2d/1n Tour: Flight to the Nazca, Paracas and Huacachina Lines: $231

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cali $8.41
    Lima $5.39

Typical Alcohol Prices in Lima

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

  • Bottle of Wine
  • Beer
  • Cocktail

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Exclusive Pub Crawl with 10+ benefits: $18
  • Lima Pub Crawl - Party tour: Friday Barranco/Saturday miraflores: $18
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $18
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $20
  • Gin and Rum Distillery Tour: $24
  • Local Wine Tour : $39
  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour !! The best price: $226

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

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

Which is Bigger, Cali or Lima?

Lima has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Cali. When comparing the sizes of Cali and Lima, 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.