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

Should you visit El Calafate or Cochabamba?

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

Should I visit El Calafate or Cochabamba? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: El Calafate or Cochabamba?

El Calafate

Located in Patagonia, El Calafate has become a popular tourist destination in Argentina because of its beautiful setting on the stunningly blue Lago Argentina. The town sits on the southern border of the lake in the southwestern part of the Santa Cruz Province. It's about 320 kilometers from Rio Gallegos.

The rise in popularity of Patagonia as a tourist destination has truly put this small town on the map. You'll find no shortage of trekkers in the town and it makes an excellent base to explore different parts of the Los Glaciares National Park. Popular places to visit include Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Chalten, and Cerro Torre.

El Calafate has a cold semi-arid climate. The summers are cool to warm and very dry while the winters are cold and damp. Lago Argentino has a significant influence over the town's climate. The shallow bay where the town is located is usually frozen during the winter months.

Check out our ultimate guide to Hiking in Patagonia.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Argentina, The Best Adventure Tours to Argentina, The Best 10-Day Tours in Bolivia, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Bolivia.


Which place is cheaper, Cochabamba or El Calafate?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in El Calafate is $9.68, while the average daily cost in Cochabamba is $63. 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 El Calafate and Cochabamba in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    El Calafate $3.29
    Cochabamba $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    El Calafate $6.58
    Cochabamba $50
Compare Hotels in El Calafate and Cochabamba

Looking for a hotel in El Calafate or Cochabamba? 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 El Calafate


Hotels in Cochabamba


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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: El Calafate Hotel Prices and Cochabamba Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    El Calafate $3.39
    Cochabamba $16
Typical Local Transportation Prices in El Calafate

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in El Calafate:


  • Taxi
    $1.33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in El Calafate

Also for El Calafate, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfers Between Airport and Hotels: $12
  • Transfer from your hotel to El Calafate airport: $14
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in El Calafate: $14
  • One Way Shared transfer from Hotel downtown Calafate to the Calafate Airport : $15
  • Shared Transfer from El Calafate Airport to downtown Hotel: $15
  • Transfer iPrivate Vehicle from Calafate Airport (FTE) - Calafate City: $25
  • Transfer from Calafate Airport to your Stay in Calafate: $26
  • Shared Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport (Calafate): $32
  • Private Transfer Hotel-Bus Station or Bus Station-Hotel (Calafate): $35
  • Excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, with guide and transfer to / from the hotel: $60
  • Shared transfer to El Calafate -El Chaltén: $75
  • Laguna de Los Tres Transfer & Self-Guided Hike: $94

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

Is it cheaper to fly into El Calafate or Cochabamba?

Prices for flights to both Cochabamba and El Calafate 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
    El Calafate $3.56
    Cochabamba $22
Typical Food Prices in El Calafate

For El Calafate, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dessert
    $0.01
  • Dinner
    $1.73
  • Dinner
    $1.02

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in El Calafate

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

  • Argentine Dinner with Live Music Folklore -Estancia 25 de Mayo: $48
  • Country Afternoon with Dinner Show - Estancia 25 de Mayo: $100
  • Lakes and Caves Tour with Dinner: $170

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    El Calafate $3.56
    Cochabamba $25
Typical Entertainment Prices in El Calafate

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


  • Glacerium Museum
    $1.33

Tours and Activities in El Calafate

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

  • El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier classic tour with guide: $62
  • Perito Moreno Glacier & Optional Boat Cruise: $63
  • Argentine Cuisine Experience in El Calafate: $65
  • Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate: $70
  • Southroad Calafate Balcony Experience with Tour Mode Options: $70
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Sightseeing Tour: $71
  • From Perito Moreno footbridges + optional Boat Tour : $72
  • Panoramic Tour with Punta Walichu: $76
  • Full Day Guided Tour Perito Moreno National Park and Glacier: $80
  • El Chalten Complete Experience Full Day Tour from El Calafate: $80
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Private Tour: $81
  • From Full-Day Tour to El Chaltén: $93

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

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    El Calafate $1.78
    Cochabamba $15
Typical Alcohol Prices in El Calafate

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in El Calafate:


  • Beer
    $0.01
  • Alcohol
    $0.36


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

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


Which is Bigger, El Calafate or Cochabamba?

Cochabamba has a larger population, and is about 110 times larger than the population of El Calafate. When comparing the sizes of El Calafate and Cochabamba, 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.