A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cali vs. San Pedro de Atacama for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cali or San Pedro de Atacama?

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 San Pedro de Atacama 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 San Pedro de Atacama?

Cali

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.

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama is a gateway to northern Chile. It is a good jumping off point for exploring the area's impressive landscape, most of which is included in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. It is popular with both Chilean and international tourists, and because of its popularity, it is a relatively expensive destination, with many prices comparable to what you might pay in Santiago.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Bogota, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Colombia, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Santiago, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Chile.


Which place is cheaper, San Pedro de Atacama or Cali?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cali is $23, while the average daily cost in San Pedro de Atacama 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 Cali and San Pedro de Atacama in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cali $5.69
    San Pedro de Atacama $33
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cali $11
    San Pedro de Atacama $66
Compare Hotels in Cali and San Pedro de Atacama

Looking for a hotel in Cali or San Pedro de Atacama? 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 San Pedro de Atacama


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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 San Pedro de Atacama Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cali $5.32
    San Pedro de Atacama $9.53
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cali

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


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $0.94

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cali

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

  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Cali City- Cali Airport (CLO): $25
  • Transfer in Private Car from Cali Airport (CLO) -Cali City: $22
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan Cali Airport (CLO) - Cali City: $51
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport : $17
  • From Cali Airport: One-way Privater Transfer to Cali: $58
  • Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minivan: $102
  • Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minibus: $171
  • City Highlights Private Bus Tour with Transfer: $166
  • Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airpot One Way Transfer: $18
  • Cali to Popayan Private Transfer: $272
  • Cali Tour Privado x8 horas con Transfers: $352
  • Cali Tour Privado x5 horas con Transfers: $236

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Pedro de Atacama

Also for San Pedro de Atacama, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfers to San Pedro de Acatama (shared service): $30
  • Transfer to the Puritama Hot Springs: $60
  • Shared Transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport: $29
  • Shared Departure Transfer: San Pedro de Atacama Hotels to El Loa Airport: $31
  • Stargazing Experience with Transfer: $36
  • Etno-Stargazing Tour with Transfer: $36
  • Puritama Thermal Transfer: $46
  • Private transfer calama airport san Pedro de atcama: $200
  • Direct Transfer Atacama to Uyuni: $128
  • Calama Airport: Shared Transfer to/from San Pedro de Atacama: $30
  • Atacama Airport Private Transfer: $129
  • 3 Perfect Days in Atacama + Transfer: $250

Is it cheaper to fly into Cali or San Pedro de Atacama?

Prices for flights to both San Pedro de Atacama 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cali $8.10
    San Pedro de Atacama $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cali

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

  • Street Food Tour: $21
  • Alameda Market Food Tour: $55
  • Flavors of Food tour at the local market: $59
  • Patio Santo Style Rumba Dinner: $168

Typical Food Prices in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Empanadas
    $1.31
  • Lunch
    $11
  • Dinner
    $11
  • Drink
    $0.98
  • Empanada
    $5.46

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Private Dinner Under the Stars: $300

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cali $10
    San Pedro de Atacama $22

Tours and Activities in Cali

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

  • 4 Hours Private River Tour to Pance Cali Colombia : $60
  • A day to enjoy nature and have an adventure in the Jordan river: $65
  • Cali ATV tours - Take your adrenaline to the maximum on the road: $179
  • Cali Bike Tour: $32
  • Cali City Tour - The Best Of Cali In Comfort: $63
  • Cali Downtown Walking Tour: $53
  • Cali Salsa Tour: Learn the history, dance and play instruments: $43
  • Cali Walking Tour: $38
  • Cali is Salsa Tour con Mulato: $121
  • ATV Tour - Adventure and Extreme Fun: $197
  • City Tour: $53
  • Coffee Tour - Authentic Coffee Experience: $257

Typical Entertainment Prices in San Pedro de Atacama

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for San Pedro de Atacama's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Sand Boarding
    $58

Tours and Activities in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1-Day Tour Altiplanic Lagoons and Piedras Rojas and Laguna Chaxa: $90
  • 2 Tours Valley of the Moon and Hidden Lagoons: $120
  • 23km downhill bike tour + trekking among giant cacti: $70
  • 3 Days and 4 Tours in San Pedro de Atacama: $199
  • 3 Main Tours in San Pedo de Atacama: $190
  • 4 TOUR EN ATACAMA EN 3 DIAS: $220
  • 4 Tours to Discover Atacama (3 days): $219
  • 6-hour tour to Valle del Arcoíris: $44
  • Astronomic Tour Experience from San Pedro de Atacama: $59
  • Astronomical Experience with Astrophotography in Atacama: $42
  • Astronomical Experience: The universe closer than ever: $47
  • Astronomical Tour "Under the Atacama Night": $45

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cali $8.02
    San Pedro de Atacama $5.14

Typical Alcohol Prices in San Pedro de Atacama

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in San Pedro de Atacama:


  • Alcohol
    $26


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


Which is Bigger, Cali or San Pedro de Atacama?

Cali has a larger population, and is about 1200 times larger than the population of San Pedro de Atacama. When comparing the sizes of Cali and San Pedro de Atacama, 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.