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

Should you visit Cartagena or La Paz?

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 La Paz can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cartagena or La Paz?


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.

La Paz

La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, has a breathtaking setting. The city is the highest national capital in the world, with an altitude ranging from about 4,058 m (13,313 ft) above sea level in El Alto, where the airport is located, to 3,100 m (10,170 ft) in the lower residential area. The dynamic and chaotic city was built in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. La Paz is now a fusion of architectural styles, cultures and beliefs, welcoming everyday new boutique hotels, modern shops, delicious restaurants and reinventing standing establishments. However, generally speaking, Bolivia remains more a backpacker hit than a mainstream tourist destination.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, The Best Eco Tours in Colombia, The Best Luxury Tours to Bolivia, and The Best Budget Tours to Bolivia.

Which place is cheaper, La Paz or Cartagena?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cartagena is $45, while the average daily cost in La Paz is $45. 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 La Paz in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cartagena $25
    La Paz $16
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cartagena $50
    La Paz $32
Compare Hotels in Cartagena and La Paz

Looking for a hotel in Cartagena or La Paz? 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 La Paz

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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 and La Paz Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cartagena $7.06
    La Paz $9.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • luxury private Vehicle, airport/hotel transfer or viceversa: $35
  • Walking Tour with Transfers - Gabriel García Márquez & Cartagena Walled City: $110
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cartagena HTL-APT(CTG): $17
  • Try find your better than us! Airport transfer service in Cartagena APT-HTL(CTG): $17
  • Transportation / Transfers: $27
  • Transfer service in Cartagena: $53
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Manzanillo del Mar - Cartagena Airport (CTG): $16
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - Manzanillo del Mar: $16
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from City Center - Cartagena Airport (CTG): $14
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - City Center: $14
  • Transfer in Private Minivan Cartagena Airport (CTG) - Manzanillo del Mar: $22
  • Transfer Private Vehicle Cartagena Airport (CTG) -City Cent: $27

Typical Local Transportation Prices in La Paz

Some typical examples of transportation costs in La Paz are as follows:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Paz

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

  • Airport Transfer In_ Day: $25
  • Airport Transfer In_night: $47
  • Airport Transfer Out_night: $25
  • Bus Station Transfer Out_day: $25
  • Bus Station Transfer Out_night : $25
  • Private Transfer Airport to Hotels Service 24/7: $19
  • Private Departure Transfer: La Paz Hotels to El Alto International Airport: $37
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to Hotel in La Paz City : $68
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to your Hotel in La Paz City : $54
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in La Paz City : $68
  • Private Transfer From your Hotel to Bus Station in La Paz City : $68
  • Private Transfer La Paz Airport LPB to La Paz City by MiniVan/Bus: $28

Is it cheaper to fly into Cartagena or La Paz?

Prices for flights to both La Paz 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 $9.25
    La Paz $17

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
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $42
  • Street Food Tour in Cartagena: $42
  • Street Food Cooking Class, Mojito making & Fruit tasting: $50
  • Cooking class, Caribbean lunch at our place: $50
  • 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
  • Cooking class: Street Food & Mojito making: $60
  • Cartagena Island Dinner (Island of Tierra Bomba): $60

Typical Food Prices in La Paz

For La Paz, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Fruit

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Paz

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

  • Bolivian Cooking Class: $30
  • La Paz Food Tour + Cable Car Cultural City tour: $65

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cartagena $20
    La Paz $16

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
  • Cartagena City Tour & Convento de la Popa : $32
  • Cartagena Efoil FliteBoard Experience in Fenix Beach 1H: $150
  • Palenque Native Guide, free entrance tickets, dance show & lunch: $110
  • Playa Blanca Private tour : $148
  • Playa Morena Beach Club Whith Lunch And Walking tour of fort San Fernando: $39
  • Private Beach Tour in Barú and Optional Bird Aviary: $120
  • Private Tour & the best coffee of the world in Cartagena (Also for cruisers): $250
  • Private city tour: $197
  • Rosario Islands Full Day Tour: $156
  • Shore excursion Accessible sightseeing tour : $170
  • Tour around the Rosario Islands 4 islands: $65

Tours and Activities in La Paz

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

  • Walking city tour La Paz: $2.68
  • La Paz Half-Day Walking Tour: $3.00
  • La Paz City Walking Tour Including Historical Streets: $5.00
  • Be a Local - La Paz Walking Tour: $8.00
  • City Walking Tour in La Paz: $8.00
  • City Highlights Walking Tour with Cable Car Ride: $10
  • La Paz Walking City tour plus Cable cars: $10
  • City Tour plus Cable Car La Paz: $10
  • Titicaca Lake - Bus Ticket - From La Paz City - Ow: $12
  • Cable Car, Cemetery, Shaman, and El Alto Tour: $20
  • La Paz : Must-See Sites Walking Tour With A Guide: $21
  • El Tour Feminista: $25

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cartagena $8.67
    La Paz $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Cartagena

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

  • Saturday Night Bar Crawl in Cartagena, Colombia: $18
  • Pub Crawl Getsemaní: $18
  • Pub Crawl with Dancing Lessons and Free Shots: $18
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $20
  • Thursday Night Bar Crawl in Cartagena, Colombia: $20
  • Cartagena's Best Pub Crawl all included!: $21
  • 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
  • Get the Nightlife Vibe & Bar crawl: $44
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $68
  • Pub Crawl: $70

Sample the Local Flavors in La Paz

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in La Paz:

  • Cultural Pub Crawl La Paz Nightlife Tour : $50

When comparing the travel costs between Cartagena and La Paz, we can see that Cartagena is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Cartagena or La Paz?

Cartagena has a larger population, and is about 17% larger than the population of La Paz. When comparing the sizes of Cartagena and La Paz, 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.