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

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

Where Should I go: Colonia del Sacramento or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento is in the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay. It is filled with old colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, sandwiched in between the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the Spanish Viceroyalty of the River Plate, later Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. Its strategic position and use as a smuggling port meant that its sovereignty was constantly contested and the city changed hands several times between Spain and Portugal. The irresistibly picturesque town's charm and its proximity to Buenos Aires draw thousands of Argentine and other visitors on weekends and in summer. Prices rise in these periods and it can be difficult to find a room so make sure to book your trip well in advance.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Lake Titicaca (Puno) or Colonia del Sacramento?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Colonia del Sacramento is $67, while the average daily cost in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $53. 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 Colonia del Sacramento and Lake Titicaca (Puno) in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Colonia del Sacramento $34
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Colonia del Sacramento $68
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $50
Compare Hotels in Colonia del Sacramento and Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Looking for a hotel in Colonia del Sacramento 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 Colonia del Sacramento


Hotels in Lake Titicaca (Puno)


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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: Colonia del Sacramento Hotel Prices and Lake Titicaca (Puno) Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Colonia del Sacramento $17
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Colonia del Sacramento

Also for Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Colonia Port Terminal Private Transfer : $15
  • Colonia Bus Terminal Private Transfer : $15

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno):


  • Taxi
    $0.78

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno):

  • Puno Arrival Transfer from bus or railway Station: $14
  • Puno Arrival Transfer from Juliaca Airport: $45
  • Puno Airport Shared Transfer: $20
  • Puno Airport Private Transfer: $44
  • Private transfer airport-puno-viceverse: $60
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Inca Manco Capac (JUL) Airport: $89
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Frontera Kasani: $204
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Desaguadero: $195
  • Private Transfer from Puerto de Puno to Hotel Puno: $21
  • Private Transfer from Inca Manco Capac (JUL) Airport to Puno: $89
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Puno to Puerto de Puno: $21
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro with English Speaking Driver: $244

Is it cheaper to fly into Colonia del Sacramento or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Prices for flights to both Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Colonia del Sacramento 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
    Colonia del Sacramento $19
    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
    $1.43

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Colonia del Sacramento $24
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $28

Tours and Activities in Colonia del Sacramento

For Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Goup Walking Tour - Spanish Only: $20
  • Shared City Tour at sunset in Historic Neighborhood: $20
  • Regular City Tour in Portuguese: $25
  • Hike at promenade + entry ticket to bullring (Walk 5.5km): $28
  • Shared Boat Tour Experience - Colonia del Sacramento: $43
  • Colonia del Sacramento City Tour : $58
  • Adventure Sightseeing Bike Tour: $59
  • Historical Walking Tour with Snack: $63
  • Experience an typical Uruguayan dish: Chivito & Tannat Wine: $78
  • From Horse Ride Experience: $80
  • City Tour Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay: $90
  • From Montevideo: Colonia Day Trip & Sightseeing: $150

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 Uros Floating Island Tour from Puno: $90
  • Live Experience Titicaca Lake PUNO: $70
  • 2 Day Tour to Uros, Amantani and Taquile from Puno: $65
  • 2-Day Amantani Homestay Including Kayak Experience: $233
  • 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour with Stay in a Local Family Home: $109
  • 2-Day Tour Lake Titicaca: Uros, Amantani & Taquile Islands: $98
  • 2-Day Tour Uros Islands with Stay in a Local Family House from Puno: $109
  • 2-Day Tour to Uros, Amantani and Taquile From Puno: $85
  • 2-Hour Crop Circles Private Tour on Lake Titicaca from Puno: $130
  • 2-day Tour: Puno To Chivay And Canyon Of Colca: $195
  • 3 Days Tour to Ruta del Sol in Puno: $120
  • 3 Hour Guided Kayaking Tour in Lake Titicaca: $50

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Colonia del Sacramento $5.78
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $12


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Colonia del Sacramento Expensive? and Is Lake Titicaca (Puno) Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Colonia del Sacramento or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Lake Titicaca (Puno) has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Colonia del Sacramento. When comparing the sizes of Colonia del Sacramento 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.