A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Castro vs. Lima for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Castro or Lima?

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 Castro and Lima can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Castro or Lima?


The capital of Chiloe, modern and dynamic, has succeeded in keeping its authenticity even though it now has many gigantic supermarkets, hotels and other touristic infrastructures. It is located on the island's eastern coast, halfway between Ancud in the north and Quellon in the south, and is a convenient base for exploring the stunning sites in the region of Chiloe Island. The tourist information is located on the town square in front of the church.


Lima, the capital city of Peru, is likely to be your point of entry for the country. Lima was founded in 1535 and was the seat of the Spanish rule for 300 years. It's a surprisingly modern city despite its rich history, but many beautiful churches and colonial architecture remain today. There are also large slum areas that highlight the poverty that exists in the city. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area have a population of about 8.5 million people, many of whom came from the Andes Mountains in search of work. Unfortunately the work opportunities are limited and the poverty is obvious as you arrive in Lima.

Which place is cheaper, Lima or Castro?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Castro is $87, while the average daily cost in Lima is $74. 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 Castro and Lima in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Castro $36
    Lima $47
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Castro $72
    Lima $94
Compare Hotels in Castro and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Castro or Lima? 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 Castro

Hotels in Lima

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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: Castro Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Castro $20
    Lima $5.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Castro

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Castro:

  • Chiloe Airport Private Transfer: $44

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Lima are as follows:

  • Taxi Ride
  • Taxi Ride
  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Airport Transfer Service in Lima: $95
  • Assistance /Transfer Hotel - Airport Lima Airport : $40
  • Deluxe Car Lima Transfer - Private Service: $29
  • Direct Private Transfer From Lima to Paracas, English Speaking Driver: $165
  • From The Larco Museum Tour with transfers included: $52
  • J.Chavez Airport to Miraflores City Hotels- Round Trip Transfer: $42
  • Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) to Lima - Arrival Private Transfer : $31
  • Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) to Lima - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $62
  • Jorge Chavez International Airport: Private Transfer: $25
  • LIMA AIRPORT SHUTTLE - Shared Transfer: $13
  • LIMA CAR TRANSFER - Private Service: $29
  • Larco Museum Tour & Gastronomic Experience with rountrip transfer: $134

Is it cheaper to fly into Castro or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima and Castro 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
    Castro $35
    Lima $17

Typical Food Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lima are as follows:

  • Lunch for Two
  • Ice cream
  • Coffee
  • Donut

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

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

  • Lima Market Food Tour - Taste 9 Popular Peruvian Snacks: $17
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $36
  • Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson: $40
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $40
  • Street Food Tour in Miraflores District: $45
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $48
  • Exclusive Lima City and Food Tour - The Best of Both!!: $50
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $55
  • Dinner at Café del Museo Larco restaurant: $55
  • Food History & Local Markets (Food Tour): $56
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $59

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Castro $20
    Lima $8.29

Tours and Activities in Castro

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

  • Private Half Day Tour in Patrimonial Castro: $24
  • Castro Sightseeing Tour in Chiloe: $51
  • From Puerto Varas: Chiloe Island Full-day Tour: $65
  • Bosque Piedra Reserve Tour: $106
  • Dalcahue and Quinchao Island Full Day Tour in Chiloe: $110
  • Pier of Light Full Day Tour in Chiloe: $140
  • Lemuy Island in Chiloe Full Day Private Tour: $146
  • Dock of Souls Trekking in Chiloe Private Tour: $169
  • Lemuy Island Tour from Castro: $178
  • Full Day Private Chiloe National Park Tour Following "The Darwin´s Route" : $179

Typical Entertainment Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Lima are as follows:

  • Entrance to Museo Larco (for 2)
  • Movie Tickets

Tours and Activities in Lima

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Lima are as follows:

  • Free Walking Tour of Lima: $2.00
  • Lima Historic Center Walking Tour: $8.00
  • Lima Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • bike tour: $12
  • Customize your trip to Peru with Lima Experience: $12
  • Skip the Line: Larco Museum Admission Ticket: $13
  • Skip the Line: Peruvian Regional Dances Ticket: $14
  • Beach tour and surfboards for rent in Lima, Peru: $14
  • Private City Kickstart Tour: Lima: $14
  • Barranco Street Art Tour: $17
  • Lima City Tour with Catacombs: $17
  • Party tour Fridays Barranco / Saturdays Miraflores: $18

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Castro $17
    Lima $5.39

Typical Alcohol Prices in Lima

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Lima are as follows:

  • Bottle of Wine
  • Beer
  • Cocktail

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Exclusive Pub Crawl with 10+ benefits: $18
  • Lima Pub Crawl - Party tour: Friday Barranco/Saturday miraflores: $18
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $18
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $20
  • Gin and Rum Distillery Tour: $24
  • Local Wine Tour : $39
  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour !! The best price: $226

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

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

Which is Bigger, Castro or Lima?

Lima has a larger population, and is about 260 times larger than the population of Castro. When comparing the sizes of Castro and Lima, 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.