A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cartagena vs. San Miguel de Tucuman for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cartagena or San Miguel de Tucuman?

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 San Miguel de Tucuman can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cartagena or San Miguel de Tucuman?


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.

San Miguel de Tucuman

The capital of the Tucuman Province in Argentina, San Miguel de Tucuman is the largest city in the country's northwest. The city is probably most well known as the sight where the Declaration of Independence from Spain took place on July 9, 1816. The location of this event, a colonial-style house called "Casa Historica" or "Casita de Tucuman", remains an important landmark in the city.

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

Which place is cheaper, San Miguel de Tucuman 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 San Miguel de Tucuman is $11. 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 San Miguel de Tucuman in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cartagena $25
    San Miguel de Tucuman $4.65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cartagena $50
    San Miguel de Tucuman $9.30
Compare Hotels in Cartagena and San Miguel de Tucuman

Looking for a hotel in Cartagena or San Miguel de Tucuman? 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 San Miguel de Tucuman

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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 San Miguel de Tucuman Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cartagena $7.06
    San Miguel de Tucuman $2.95

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • luxury private Vehicle, airport/hotel transfer or viceversa: $35
  • 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
  • Transfer service in Cartagena: $53
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - City Center: $10
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from City Center - Cartagena Airport (CTG): $14
  • Transfer Private Vehicle Cartagena Airport (CTG) -City Cent: $20
  • Transfer High-end - Kia Quoris: $90
  • Transfer High-end - Ford Explorer: $90
  • Transfer Airport/Hotel or Hotel/Airport: $18
  • The best private Transfer from / to Cartagena airport. ONE WAY.: $20
  • Shared Transfer from the Airport to Cartagena City or Vice Versa: $10

Typical Local Transportation Prices in San Miguel de Tucuman

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in San Miguel de Tucuman:

  • Taxi Ride

Is it cheaper to fly into Cartagena or San Miguel de Tucuman?

Prices for flights to both San Miguel de Tucuman 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
    San Miguel de Tucuman $3.85

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
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $41
  • Street Food Tour in Cartagena: $42
  • Cooking class, Caribbean lunch at our place: $50
  • Street Food Cooking Class, Mojito making & Fruit tasting: $50
  • Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine: $55
  • Private Dinner at a Local Chef's House in Cartagena: $58
  • Cooking class: Street Food & Mojito making: $60
  • Cartagena Gourmet: Cooking Class with a View, Elegance & Flavor: $65
  • Street Food & Local Food Tour: $67
  • Dinner cruise on Cartagena's bay with Sibarita Master: $70
  • Getsemaní District at Night (with dinner included): $71

Typical Food Prices in San Miguel de Tucuman

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

  • Sandwich

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cartagena $20
    San Miguel de Tucuman $3.16

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

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

  • Cartagena City Tour & Convento de la Popa : $32
  • Cartagena Efoil FliteBoard Experience in Fenix Beach 1H: $150
  • Eco cultural Historical Tour beyond Old City! + Pool: $98
  • Playa Blanca Private tour : $148
  • 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
  • ¡The Zenú Weaving Tour!: $84
  • 1 Hour Efoil FliteScooter Experience in Fenix Beach Cartagena : $120
  • 2 hrs Tour in Cartagena Bay with Sunset View: $26

Tours and Activities in San Miguel de Tucuman

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

  • Entrance ticket to Aerial Park, Zip Line and Palestra: $27
  • Yungas Half-Day Tour from Tucuman: $56
  • Discover Tafí del Valle and Quilmes Ruins in a Day Tour: $90
  • Rio Hondo Hot Springs Full Day Tour from Tucuman: $90

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cartagena $8.67
    San Miguel de Tucuman $1.98

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: $18
  • Pub Crawl Getsemaní: $18
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $20
  • Cartagena's Best Pub Crawl all included!: $21
  • Get the Nightlife Vibe & Bar crawl: $44
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $67
  • Pub Crawl: $70

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cartagena and San Miguel de Tucuman, we can see that Cartagena is more expensive. And not only is San Miguel de Tucuman much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to San Miguel de Tucuman would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in San Miguel de Tucuman 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 San Miguel de Tucuman.

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

Which is Bigger, Cartagena or San Miguel de Tucuman?

Cartagena has a larger population, and is about 22% larger than the population of San Miguel de Tucuman. When comparing the sizes of Cartagena and San Miguel de Tucuman, 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.