A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cusco vs. Easter Island for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cusco or Easter Island?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Cusco or Easter Island, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Cusco or Easter Island?

Cusco

Cusco is most famous as the historic capital of the Inca Empire. It is in the southern Sierras and is one of the most popular travel destinations within Peru. The city is located at 3,400 meters above sea level so it is best to acclimate yourself slowly to avoid altitude sickness.

Cusco is the starting point for many travelers making their way to the famed Machu Picchu or other Inca sites in the surrounding area.

The city is very beautiful and has impressive architecture throughout. The history is obvious as you walk around town and there are impressive ruins nearby, with the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman. The city also has a significant indigenous population that is obvious from their traditional clothing and style.

Cusco has a subtropical highland climate with a pleasant daytime temperature year around. There are two distinct seasons with the dry season being between May and August and the wet season between December and March. During the dry season there is plenty of sun with occasional nighttime freezes. Frost is less common in the wet season.

Easter Island

Although Easter Island is considered a territory of Chile, it is actually located far out in the Pacific, almost halfway to Tahiti. Easter Island is well known, despite being one of the most isolated islands on Earth, because of the mysterious giant stone busts which date back centuries. There are 887 monumental statues, called moai, that were built by the Rapa Nui people. There remains much mystery around the historic Polynesian culture which created the stones, as well as the specific meaning for them.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Cusco, The Best 3-Day Tours from Cusco, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Chile, and The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in Chile.


Which place is cheaper, Easter Island or Cusco?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cusco is $50, while the average daily cost in Easter Island is $83. 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 Cusco and Easter Island in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cusco $22
    Easter Island $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cusco $44
    Easter Island $92
Compare Hotels in Cusco and Easter Island

Looking for a hotel in Cusco or Easter Island? 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 Cusco


Hotels in Easter Island


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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: Cusco Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cusco $9.83
    Easter Island $2.70
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Cusco

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cusco:


  • Taxi Ride
    $1.06

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cusco

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cusco:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Cusco HTL-APT (CUZ): $18
  • Transfers in Cusco: $6.00
  • Transfer to Ollantaytambo to/from Urubamba: $36
  • Transfer to Ollantaytambo from Cusco: $49
  • Transfer to Ollantaytambo Cusco Peru: $60
  • Transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo: $40
  • Transfer Hotel to Airport in Cusco | Private Service |: $10
  • Transfer From Cusco Airport: $10
  • Transfer From Airport to Cusco Center Hotels: $25
  • Transfer Cusco Airport to your Hotel in Cusco: $10
  • Transfer Cusco Airport to Hotel in Cusco Round Trip: $22
  • Transfer Cusco Airport to Hotel in Cusco (Round trip): $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Easter Island

Also for Easter Island, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Arrival Transfer: Mataveri Airport to Easter Island Hotels: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Cusco or Easter Island?

Prices for flights to both Easter Island and Cusco 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
    Cusco $13
    Easter Island $26
Typical Food Prices in Cusco

Some typical examples of dining costs in Cusco are as follows:


  • Sandwich
    $2.12
  • Mango
    $0.53

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cusco

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

  • Small-Group Virtual Peruvian Cooking Experience: $25
  • Folkloric Andean Show & 3-Course Dinner at Tunupa: $35
  • CUSCO COOKING CLASS LUNCH - Quick Culinary Dive: $40
  • 3-Hour Peruvian Cooking Class: $49
  • Market Tour & Traditional Peruvian Cooking Class in Cusco: $53
  • CUSCO COOKING CLASS DINNER - Short & Immersive Cooking Class: $53
  • Cusco Cooking Class by ChocoMuseo in Cusco: $54
  • Cooking Class and market tour with a local chef: $56
  • Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco: $59
  • Peruvian Cooking Experience & Pisco Tasting in Cusco : $59
  • Peruvian Cooking Class, Cocktails, Market Tour in Cusco: $59
  • Peruvian Cooking Class, Cocktails & Local Market Tour: $65

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Easter Island

For Easter Island, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Dinner, Show and Traditional Curanto Te Ra'ai Cultural Experience: $120
  • Rapa Nui Dinner Show on Easter Island: $153

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cusco $29
    Easter Island $42
Typical Entertainment Prices in Cusco

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Cusco are as follows:


  • Salsa Class
    $2.65

Tours and Activities in Cusco

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

  • 1 Day Rainbow Mountain Tour From Cusco: $75
  • 2 Day Pisac Ollantaytambo Salt flats Moray Sacred Valley Tour: $297
  • City Tour Cusco / Tour in the City: $12
  • City tour of Cusco on E-BIKE: $145
  • Cusco City Tour I Half-Day: $28
  • Half-Day Private Tour to Maras and Moray: $106
  • Humantay Lake Tour From Cusco: $63
  • Moray saltmines ATV (Cuatrimotos) Tour: $70
  • Night Tour in Cusco Private Service: $90
  • Official Machupicchu Ticket: $89
  • Official Ticket- Machu Picchu Lost Citadel: $72
  • Private Tour to Sacred Valley Full Day from Cusco: $85

Typical Entertainment Prices in Easter Island

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Easter Island's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Bike Rental
    $8.74

Tours and Activities in Easter Island

For Easter Island, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Full Day Hotu Matua Tour from Vaihu to Anakena: $70
  • Full Day Tour in Rapa Nui: $70
  • Orongo, Ahu Vinapu and Rano Kau Half Day Tour: $91
  • Easter Island Moai Archaeology Tour: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Tahai and Puna Pauâ Quarry.: $91
  • Full Day Tour in Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island: $101
  • Easter Island Moai Dining Experience: $110
  • Private Sunrise Tour at 15 Moai Tongariki Park: $120
  • Full day tour - DREAM: $120
  • Private Tour: Tongariki Sunrise Experience: $125
  • The Rapa Nui Stargazing Experience : $125
  • Terevaka Private Tour to the highest point of Rapa Nui: $135
  • Private Tour in Hanga Roa the only city of Rapa Nui: $143

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cusco $9.34
    Easter Island $5.56

Sample the Local Flavors in Cusco

Also in Cusco, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Cusco Pub Crawl: Cusco Bar Hopping Experience : $18
  • Pub Crawl with Skip-the-Line Access and Drinks: $18


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

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


Which is Bigger, Cusco or Easter Island?

Cusco has a larger population, and is about 80 times larger than the population of Easter Island. When comparing the sizes of Cusco and Easter Island, 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.