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

Should you visit Cochabamba 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 Cochabamba and Lima can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cochabamba or Lima?


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.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Bolivia, The Best 2-Week Tours in Bolivia, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Peru, and The Best Adventure Tours to Peru.

Which place is cheaper, Lima 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 Lima is $75. 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 Lima in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cochabamba $25
    Lima $48
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cochabamba $50
    Lima $96
Compare Hotels in Cochabamba and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Cochabamba 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 Cochabamba

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: Cochabamba Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cochabamba $16
    Lima $5.60

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 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:

  • QuickLlama: Door-to-door transfer from Miraflores to Lima Airport: $5.50
  • QuickLlama: Transfer from Lima Airport to Miraflores Kennedy Park: $5.50
  • QuickLlama: Door-to-door transfer from Lima Airport to Miraflores: $5.50
  • Lima Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Miraflores: $5.63
  • Lima Airport: BUS Transfer to/from Lima city center: $6.00
  • Private Transfer: Lima City Center to Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) : $13
  • Private Taxi Transfers Lima Airport: $14
  • Private Transfer: Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) to Lima City Center: $14
  • Private transfers from Lima Airport or to Lima Airport: $17
  • Transfer To Lima Airport: $18
  • Lima Jorge Airport (LIM) to Miraflores - Arrival Private Transfer: $21
  • Miraflores City to Lima Airport(LIM) - Departure Private Transfer: $23

Is it cheaper to fly into Cochabamba or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima 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 Meals for one day
    Cochabamba $22
    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: $33
  • Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson: $40
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $40
  • Lima Street Food Tour: $40
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $43
  • Lima Street Food Tour: $45
  • Street Food Tour in Miraflores District: $45
  • Lima Food Tour: $45
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • Barranco Tour with Dinner: $47
  • Bohemian tour of Barranco with Dinner: $47
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $48

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cochabamba $25
    Lima $8.46

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: $8.46
  • 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

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:

  • Lima Historic Center Walking Tour: $8.00
  • Peru's Best Bike Experience since 2014 - 4 Hours Hire: $9.90
  • Customize your trip to Peru with Lima Experience: $12
  • bike tour: $12
  • Private City Kickstart Tour: Lima: $14
  • Peruvian Coffee Tasting Experience in Lima: $15
  • Jogging Activity through Tourist Places facing the Sea in Lima: $15
  • Peruvian Craft Coffee Tasting Experience - 1 hr: $15
  • Party tour Fridays Barranco / Saturdays Miraflores: $18
  • Private Bike Tour in Lima: $19
  • Miraflores and Barranco Private Bike Tour: $19
  • Tour Lima de día en bus panorámico + Catacumbas de San Francisco: $25

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cochabamba $15
    Lima $5.50

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:

  • Gin and Rum Distillery Tour: $12
  • Party Tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl and Drinks: $20
  • Party tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl Lima: $20
  • Pub Crawl in Lima: $25
  • Local Wine Tour: $50

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

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

Which is Bigger, Cochabamba or Lima?

Lima has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Cochabamba. When comparing the sizes of Cochabamba 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.