A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cartagena vs. Humahuaca for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cartagena or Humahuaca?

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 Cartagena and Humahuaca can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cartagena or Humahuaca?


The capital of the Bolivar Department of Colombia, Cartagena is one of the most visited cities in the country. It sits on Colombia's northern coast by the Caribbean Sea. It's a port city with a population of almost 900,000, making it the fifth largest city in Colombia. The city has a rich history and was the first Spanish colony on the American continent. It was also one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves in the Americas.


Located in the northwest region of Argentina, Humahuaca is a town nearly 3000m high in elevation, found on the border of the rio Grande. It is the largest settlement with the biggest population along the famous quebrada de Humahuaca gorge, but it has managed to keep its authenticity with its cobblestoned streets, adobe houses, quaint plazas filled with inhabitants of Andean traits and handicraft shops. If you have the chance to visit Humahuaca in February, during the carnival, you will appreciate how traditions are kept alive in this part of Argentina. Humahuaca has become a popular tourist destination in Argentina because of its beautiful setting next to the spectacular SerranĂ­a de Hornocal (colored mountains). While most visitors rapidly make their way through Humahuaca before continuing to the other two main Quebrada towns, Pumamarca and Tilcara, some enjoy spending a night or two there. Indeed, the town offers a perfect starting point to visit the region and has a few interesting landmarks not to miss, such as the historic church and Soto Avendano's Independence Monument. If you decide to stay in Humahuaca, remember that nights get chilly and ask the tourist office for any information (in the Cabildo, on the main square, opened Monday to Friday from 7h to 21h and Saturday from 9h to 12h and 13h to 16h and only Sunday mornings).

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, The Best Eco Tours in Colombia, The Best 2-Week Tours from Buenos Aires, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Argentina.

Which place is cheaper, Humahuaca or Cartagena?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cartagena is $48, while the average daily cost in Humahuaca is $6.61. 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 Cartagena and Humahuaca in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cartagena $27
    Humahuaca $2.37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cartagena $54
    Humahuaca $4.74
Compare Hotels in Cartagena and Humahuaca

Looking for a hotel in Cartagena or Humahuaca? 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 Cartagena

Hotels in Humahuaca

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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: Cartagena Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cartagena $7.49
    Humahuaca $2.04

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • Cartagena Tour Privado x8 horas con Transfers: $423
  • Cartagena Tour Privado x5 horas con Transfers: $282
  • Cartagena to Santa Marta Private Transfer Service: $268
  • Cartagena to Santa Marta (or vice versa) Private Transfer : $265
  • Cartagena Tour Privado x3 horas con Transfers: $201
  • 8. Transfer to BARRANQUILLA from Cartagena Private or vice versa: $160
  • Cartagena to or from Tayrona Park Private Transfer: $160
  • San Diego to Long Beach Airport (LGB) - Departure Private Transfer: $158
  • 20. Transfer Rafael N. Airport-HOTEL LAS ISLAS-CALABLANCA: $142
  • Arrival Private Transfer Cartagena Airport CTG to Cartagena City by Minibus: $127
  • Departure Private Transfer Cartagena City to Cartagena Airport CTG by Minibus: $127
  • Cartagena to or from Santa Marta Private Transfer: $125

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Humahuaca

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

  • From Salta: 2-Day Cachi and Humahuaca Tour with Transfer: $66

Is it cheaper to fly into Cartagena or Humahuaca?

Prices for flights to both Humahuaca and Cartagena 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
    Cartagena $9.82
    Humahuaca $2.59

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cartagena

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

  • Featured in NYTimes > Arepas and Dancing: Danceable Cooking Class in Cartagena: $32
  • Cooking class of typical food at the beach and sunset view: $39
  • Taste Cartagena Food tour: $40
  • Street Food Tour in Cartagena: $42
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $45
  • Cooking Class: Street food & Mojito making: $50
  • Local Flavors Food Tour with Native Chef: $50
  • Cooking class, Caribbean lunch at our place: $55
  • Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine: $55
  • Private Dinner at a Local Chef's House in Cartagena: $58
  • Dinner Cruise Along Cartagena's Bay: $60
  • Cartagena Island Dinner (Island of Tierra Bomba): $60

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cartagena $21
    Humahuaca $2.51

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

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

  • Beach Buggy ATV Adventure Tour CARTAGENA: $135
  • Eco cultural Historical Tour beyond Old City! + Pool: $98
  • Exciting Beach Buggy ATV Tour in Cartagena : $165
  • Palenque Native Guide, free entrance tickets, dance show & lunch: $110
  • Private Beach Tour in Barú and Optional Bird Aviary: $120
  • Private Tour & the best coffee of the world in Cartagena (Also for cruisers): $250
  • Rosario Islands Full Day Tour: $124
  • Walking Tour of Cartagena Including a Colombian Cup of Coffee: $95
  • "Luxury Day in Tierra Bomba Exclusive Tour to the best Beach Club": $103
  • 1 Hour Efoil FliteScooter Experience in Fenix Beach Cartagena : $96
  • 16. Punta Arena Tour (Tierra Bomba Island): $25
  • 17. Transportation for private CITY TOURS CARTAGENA: $105

Tours and Activities in Humahuaca

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

  • Hornocal: Full-Day Tour to the Hill of Seven Colors: $70

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cartagena $9.21
    Humahuaca $1.14

Sample the Local Flavors in Cartagena

Also in Cartagena, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl with Dancing Lessons and Free Shots: $20
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $25
  • Pub Crawl-Last Call For Alcohol-Cartagena Night Tour (Bar/Club) : $27
  • Pub Crawl Only Locals Have Fun In The Walled City: $35
  • Pub Crawl Nightlife in Cartagena : $44
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $74

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

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

Which is Bigger, Cartagena or Humahuaca?

Cartagena has a larger population, and is about 80 times larger than the population of Humahuaca. When comparing the sizes of Cartagena and Humahuaca, 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.