Should you visit Cordoba or Machu Picchu?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cordoba or Machu Picchu, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Cordoba is the capital of the Cordoba province and the second largest city in all of Argentina. The city is in a beautiful setting surrounded by valleys and hills. Within the city you will find many colonial buildings and beautiful architecture. Cordoba also has many universities and scientific institutes, giving it the nickname "La Docta." Because of the large number of students, Cordoba's population is young and active, which keeps the atmosphere light and fun.
Machu Picchu is a site of ancient Inca ruins located about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Cuzco, Peru, in the Cordillera de Vilcabamba of the Andes Mountains. It is perched above the Urubamba River valley in a narrow saddle between two sharp peaks, Machu Picchu ("Old Peak") and Huayna Picchu ("New Peak"), at an elevation of 7,710 feet (2,350 metres). One of the few major pre-Columbian ruins found nearly intact, Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Thus, Machu Picchu is not only an impressive remnant of the Inca civilization, it is also one of the world's most important archaeological sites. A stop at Machu Picchu is an essential part of any traveler's itinerary in Peru, as it is one of the seven wonders of the world.
Which city is cheaper, Machu Picchu or Cordoba?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cordoba is $56, while the average daily cost in Machu Picchu is $82. 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 Cordoba and Machu Picchu in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Cordoba can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $20, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $40.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $64 in Machu Picchu For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Food in Cordoba costs travelers about $26 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
While meal prices in Machu Picchu can vary, the average travelers spends about $20 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Machu Picchu should cost around $8.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Machu Picchu is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Machu Picchu $20
Typical Food prices in Cordoba
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Cordoba:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cordoba
For Cordoba, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Cordoba Spanish Cooking Class & Market Tour:
To get around in Cordoba, the average visitor spends $14 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
To get around in Machu Picchu, the average visitor spends $23 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cordoba
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Cordoba are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cordoba
Also for Cordoba, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Cordoba to Córdoba Airport (ODB):
Private Transfer: Córdoba Airport (ODB) to Cordoba:
Cordoba to Seville Private Transfer:
Private Transfer from Córdoba to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Cordoba to Granada Private Transfer:
Private transfer from/to Cordoba to/from Malaga:
Cordoba Private Arrival Transfer:
Private Transfer IN or OUT in Upscale Vehicle with Professional Driver:
Cordoba Private Departure Transfer:
Private transfer in Cordoba from Airport or Train Station:
Transfer in private minivan from Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: Cordoba to Ingeniero Ambrosio Taravella Airport (COR):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Machu Picchu
Also for Machu Picchu, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Aguas Calientes: Bus Transfer to Machu Picchu Citadel:
Is it cheaper to fly into Cordoba or Machu Picchu?
Prices for flights to both Machu Picchu and Cordoba 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.
In Cordoba, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.
In Machu Picchu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $58 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Cordoba
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Cordoba.
2-Night Cordoba Experience: City Tour and Arabian Spa Entrance:
3-Hour Tour from Cordoba to the Site of Medina Azahara:
3-day Andalucia Tour: Seville & Granada from Cordoba:
Adventure in the hills of Cordoba:
Alcazar Skip the Line Guided Tour:
Alhambra Private Tour from with transport and skip-the-line-tickets:
Arabian Baths Experience at Cordoba’s Hammam Al Ándalus:
Authentic Patios of Cordoba Guided Tour:
Best of Cordoba Guided Tour:
Bike Tour Córdoba:
Calamuchita WineTour x 2 Pax:
Caroya WineTour x 2 Pax:
Typical Entertainment prices in Machu Picchu
For Machu Picchu, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Tours and Activities in Machu Picchu
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Machu Picchu.
Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Ruin and Mountain:
Cusco: 2-Day Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour:
Cusco: 2-Day Inca Trail Tour to Machu Picchu in Small Groups:
Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour:
Cusco: 6-Day Andean Jewels Experience:
From Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Guided Tour:
From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu:
From Cusco: Machu Picchu Full-day Private Tour:
From Ollantaytambo: Aguas Calientes Round-Trip Train Ticket:
Huaynapicchu mountain hike + Machu Picchu entrance ticket:
Inca Jungle Trek and Mountain Bike Tour - 4 days:
LGBT-Full-Day: Luxury Tour to Machu Picchu with Panoramic train:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Cordoba, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $9.86.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Machu Picchu, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.25.
Sample the Local Flavors in Cordoba
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Cordoba:
Evening Wine Tasting Córdoba:
Cordoba Mezquita Tour with Wine Tasting:
Córdoba Rooftop Experience with Wine Tasting:
Wine Tour Privado - Calamuchita:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cordoba and Machu Picchu, we can see that Machu Picchu is more expensive. And not only is Cordoba much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cordoba would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cordoba 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 Machu Picchu would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Machu Picchu than you might in Cordoba.
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