A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cartagena vs. Lake Titicaca (Puno) for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cartagena or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cartagena or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Cartagena

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.

Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Lake Titicaca, which directly translates to "puma stone" in Quechua, is located high in the Andes Mountains straddling Peru and Bolivia, with about 60% of the lake in Peru and 40% in Bolivia. Among the lake are three main islands, the most popular of which are the Uros Islands, also known as the floating islands, where the Uros people live on totora reeds that grow in the lake.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, The Best Eco Tours in Colombia, The Best Photography Tours in Peru, and The Best Jungle Trekking Tours in Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $54. 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cartagena $27
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cartagena $54
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $52
Compare Hotels in Cartagena and Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Looking for a hotel in Cartagena or Lake Titicaca (Puno)? 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno)


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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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cartagena $7.55
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • Airport transfer to any hotel in Morros: $7.81
  • Airport transfer to any hotel in Cartagena: $7.81
  • Transfer from the Airport - Hotels in Marbella: $7.81
  • Airport transfer to any hotel in Getsemani: $7.81
  • Transfer aeropuerto-centro: $8.02
  • Shared Transfer from the Airport to Cartagena City or Vice Versa: $10
  • Cartagena Airport: Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: $10
  • Private Transfer from the Airport to Any Hotel in Cartagena: $10
  • Airport transfer to any hotel in Castillogrande: $11
  • Transfer from the Airport to Hotels in Laguito: $11
  • Cartagena:Transfer from the Airport - Hotels in the Bosque: $11
  • Airport transfer to any hotel in Manga: $11

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno):


  • Taxi
    $0.80

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno):

  • Private Transfer From Puno to Arequipa with English Speaking Driver: $263
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Chivay With a 2 Hour Stop: $297
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro With a Stop in Lake Titicaca: $286
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro with English Speaking Driver: $242
  • Private Transfer from Puerto de Puno to Hotel Puno: $21
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Desaguadero: $194
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Frontera Kasani: $202
  • Private transfer airport-puno-viceverse: $60
  • Puno Airport Shared Transfer: $20
  • Puno Arrival Transfer from Juliaca Airport: $45

Is it cheaper to fly into Cartagena or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Prices for flights to both Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cartagena $9.90
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $15

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cartagena

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

  • 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: $43
  • Street Food Cooking Class, Mojito making & Fruit tasting: $50
  • Cooking class, Caribbean lunch at our place: $52
  • 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
  • Cooking class: Street Food & Mojito making: $60
  • Cartagena Gourmet: Cooking Class with a View, Elegance & Flavor: $65

Typical Food Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:


  • Tamales
    $1.47

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cartagena $21
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $29

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

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

  • Emeralds Tour: $0.03
  • Into the Walls of The City: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Old Town Highlights Self-guided Tour: $8.53
  • Artists' Quarter Getsemani Self-guided Tour: $8.53
  • Old Town & Getsemani Quarter Self-guided Tour: $8.53
  • Tour the city on a rumba in a typical bus: $9.22
  • Barù Island Playa Blanca with tourist guide: $9.69
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: The Rise of the Wall City Part II: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: Ghost of Downtown: Fear in the streets. : $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: The Rise of the Wall City Part I: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: Pirate Tales in Cartagena: $10
  • Emerald Museum and Factory Tour: $10

Tours and Activities in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:

  • Half Day Tour to Sillustani from Puno : $22
  • Morning: Uros Floating Islands Tour from Puno: $25
  • Uros Floating Island Tour: $26
  • Sillustani Tombs Half Day Tour from Puno: $28
  • Walking City tour Puno: $28
  • Half Day Tour in Sillustani: $29
  • Full Day Guided Tour of the Aymara Route from Puno: $34
  • 3h Boat Tour to Uros Island from Puno: $38
  • Tour to Uros and Taquile Islands in a Fast Boat: $40
  • Lake Titicaca Day Tour from Puno: $44
  • Uros and Taquile Island Tour - Lake Titicaca Wonders: $47
  • Uros and Taquile Islands Full Day Tour with lunch: $49

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cartagena $9.28
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $13

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 Getsemaní: $18
  • Pub Crawl with Dancing Lessons and Free Shots: $19
  • Thursday Night Bar Crawl in Cartagena, Colombia: $20
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $24
  • Pub Crawl-Last Call For Alcohol-Cartagena Night Tour (Bar/Club) : $27
  • Get the Nightlife Vibe & Bar crawl: $46
  • Pub Crawl: $70
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $71


When comparing the travel costs between Cartagena and Lake Titicaca (Puno), we can see that Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Cartagena or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Cartagena has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Lake Titicaca (Puno). When comparing the sizes of Cartagena and Lake Titicaca (Puno), 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.