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

Should you visit Cochabamba 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 Cochabamba and Lake Titicaca (Puno) can help you decide which place is right for you.

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

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.

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 10-Day Tours in Bolivia, The Best 2-Week Tours in Bolivia, The Best Photography Tours in Peru, and The Best Jungle Trekking Tours in Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Lake Titicaca (Puno) or Cochabamba?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cochabamba is $63, 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 Cochabamba and Lake Titicaca (Puno) in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cochabamba $25
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cochabamba $50
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $52
Compare Hotels in Cochabamba and Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Looking for a hotel in Cochabamba 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 Cochabamba


Hotels in Lake Titicaca (Puno)


Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world. Compare prices for multiple destinations when planning your next trip.


Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Cochabamba Hotel Prices and Lake Titicaca (Puno) Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cochabamba $16
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cochabamba

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cochabamba:

  • MiniVan or Bus Transfer from Cochabamba Airport CBB to Cochabamba: $28
  • Airport - Hotels transfer Service 24/7: $28

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):

  • Puno Airport Shared Transfer: $20
  • Puno Airport Private Transfer: $44
  • Private transfer airport-puno-viceverse: $60
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Frontera Kasani: $205
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Chivay, English Speaking Driver: $212
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro with English Speaking Driver: $245
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Arequipa with English Speaking Driver: $266
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro With a Stop in Lake Titicaca: $290

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

Prices for flights to both Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cochabamba $22
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $15

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.
    Cochabamba $25
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $29

Tours and Activities in Cochabamba

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

  • Old Town & Highlights Self-guided Tour: $8.53
  • Tour to Valle Alto (Tarata): $38
  • Tigre & Delta River Cruise - half day tour from Buenos Aires: $72
  • Parque Nacional Torotoro Tour 2 Días y 1 Noche : $228

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
  • 3h Boat Tour to Uros Island from Puno: $38
  • Full Day Guided Tour of the Aymara Route from Puno: $40
  • 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
    Cochabamba $15
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $13


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


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

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