A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cochabamba vs. Arequipa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cochabamba or Arequipa?

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 Cochabamba and Arequipa can help you decide which place is right for you.

Cochabamba

With a population of about 630,000, Cochabamba is the fourth largest city in Bolivia. It's located about 240 kilometers from the capital city of La Paz and is surrounded by mountains, but sits within a valley.

The city is known for its gardens and has many sights to offer the visitor. Cochabamba offers a calming retreat that is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of many South American cities. It's a great location to learn Spanish and there are plenty of activities and cultural events that you can enjoy in and around town.

Cochabamba's climate is semi-arid. There is an extended dry season between May and October and the wet season is from November to March. The days are warm and the nights are cool.

Arequipa

Sitting in the middle of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes of Peru is the enchanting city of Arequipa. With 468 years of history, the city is full of Spanish colonial architecture. Known to locals as the "white city," the city center, Plaza de Armas, is quite the sight with buildings of sillar white stone made from the rocks of the surrounding volcanoes.

Which city is cheaper, Arequipa or Cochabamba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cochabamba is $51, while the average daily cost in Arequipa is $34. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Cochabamba and Arequipa in more detail.



Accommodation

Cochabamba's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $40. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $20.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $17. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Arequipa the cost is $34 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cochabamba $20
    Arequipa $17
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cochabamba $40
    Arequipa $34

Food

Cochabamba food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.

The average traveler spends about $9.71 per day in Arequipa for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Cochabamba $18
    Arequipa $9.71

Typical Food prices in Arequipa

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Arequipa:


  • Coke
    $0.37
  • Lunch
    $2.56
  • Ice Cream
    $0.97
  • Fruit
    $0.73
  • Ice Cream
    $0.85

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Arequipa

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

  • Skip the Line: Dinner and Typical Dances Show Ticket: $23
  • Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa: $28
  • Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market *Whatsapp for more información: $55
  • Curious Monkey -Arequipa Streets, Walking Food Tour: $55
  • Curious Monkey- Arequipa Market and Streets, Walking Food Tour: $56
  • Peruvian Cooking Class in arequipa: $64
  • A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 5 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa: $67
  • Peruvian market tour, cooking class, and dinner in Arequipa: $67
  • 3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa: $72
  • Food tour in Arequipa: $207

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Cochabamba is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Cochabamba.

The cost of a taxi ride in Arequipa is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.40 per person, per day, on local transportation in Arequipa.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cochabamba $13
    Arequipa $4.40

Typical Local Transportation prices in Arequipa

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.22
  • Bus Ride
    $0.39
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.85

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arequipa

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arequipa:

  • Arequipa Airport Arrival Transfer: $13
  • Arequipa Airport Departure Transfer: $13
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Arequipa Airport to Hotel: $14
  • Private Departure Transfer: Arequipa Hotel to Airport: $14
  • Transfer in private minivan from Arequipa city to Rodríguez Ballón Airport (AQP): $16
  • Airport transfer Arequipa / From airport to hotel: $19
  • Departure Private Transfer Arequipa Arequipa City to Airport AQP by Sedan Car: $19
  • Transfer in private minivan from Arequipa city to Rodríguez Ballón Airport (AQP): $20
  • transfer Airport - Hotel: $21
  • Arequipa private departure bus station transfer: $22
  • Private Transfer from Arequipa Airport to City Center or Viceversa: $29
  • Departure Private Transfer from Arequipa City to Arequipa Airport AQP by Minivan: $31

Is it cheaper to fly into Cochabamba or Arequipa?

Prices for flights to both Arequipa and Cochabamba 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.





Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Cochabamba typically cost an average of $20 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Arequipa typically cost an average of $13 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cochabamba $20
    Arequipa $13

Tours and Activities in Cochabamba

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

  • TOROTORO PAQUETE DE 2 DIAS 1 NOCHE Con VISION TOURS BOLIVIA: $82
  • 3D/2N Paquete Turistico a Torotoro 22,23 y 24 de Febrero Carnavales-Vision Tours: $125
  • Amazing Torotoro National Park Tour (2 days 1 night): $200
  • Romantic tour in Cochabamba: $498
  • The Best of Cochabamba Walking Tour: $498
  • Adventure Through Toro Toro National Park. 3 Days 2 Nights. Spanish Guide: $513
  • Adventure Through Toro Toro National Park. 3 Days 2 Nights. English Guide: $600
  • Adventure Through Toro Toro National Park. 4 Days 3 Nights. Spanish Guide: $656
  • Adventure Through Toro Toro National Park. 4 Days 3 Nights. English Guide: $779

Typical Entertainment prices in Arequipa

Here are a few typical costs in Arequipa for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Monastery Entry
    $2.44
  • Salsa Class
    $2.44
  • Movie Ticket
    $2.66
  • Hot Springs
    $2.44

Tours and Activities in Arequipa

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

  • Museo Santuarios Andinos Arequipa Admission Ticket: $7.00
  • Tour Around The City Arequipa In Bus: $10
  • Monasterio de Santa Catalina Admission Ticket: $12
  • Small-Group Arequipa Countryside Tour Including La Mansion del Fundador -Mirabus: $15
  • Arequipa Historical Downtown Tour: $18
  • Tour Colca Full Day Promotional Price: $22
  • San Camilo Market Tour: $25
  • City tour & Countryside Tour Bus: $25
  • Private Walking Tour Arequipa: $26
  • Arequipa E-Bike Tour: $27
  • Walking Tour Arequipa: $36
  • Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days: $38

Alcohol

The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Cochabamba per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Arequipa may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cochabamba $12
    Arequipa $11

Typical Alcohol prices in Arequipa

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


  • Beer
    $2.19


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

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