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

Should you visit Fortaleza or Lima?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Fortaleza and Lima can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Fortaleza or Lima?

Fortaleza

A major city on Brazil's northeastern coast and the capital city of Ceara state, Fortaleza is best characterized by its city landscape lined with beaches and palm trees. It also features some great seafood as well as long-standing folk traditions in culture and dance.

Lima

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.

Which city is cheaper, Lima or Fortaleza?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Fortaleza is $52, while the average daily cost in Lima is $58. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Fortaleza and Lima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Fortaleza $23
    Lima $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Fortaleza $46
    Lima $74
Compare Hotels in Fortaleza and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Fortaleza 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 Fortaleza


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: Fortaleza Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Fortaleza $16
    Lima $4.36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Fortaleza

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

  • Fortaleza Airport Shared Transfer: $19
  • Beach Park Transfer from Fortaleza: $20
  • Private transfer: Fortaleza to Fortaleza International Airport (FOR): $28
  • Fortaleza Airport Private Transfer: $28
  • Private Transfer from Fortaleza (FOR) Airport to Fortaleza City: $29
  • Private Airport Transfer: Pinto Martins – Fortaleza Airport (FOR) to Fortaleza: $29
  • Private Airport Transfer: Fortaleza to Pinto Martins – Fortaleza Airport (FOR): $29
  • Private transfer: Fortaleza International Airport (FOR) to Fortaleza: $29
  • Cumbuco Private Transfer From Fortaleza: $36
  • Fortaleza Roundtrip Airport Transfers: $38
  • Private Transfer from Fortaleza (FOR) Airport to Porto das Dunas: $41
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Fortaleza Airport FOR to Fortaleza by Sedan Car: $41

Typical Local Transportation prices in Lima

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Lima are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $5.16
  • Taxi Ride
    $5.16
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Nazca lines private transfer from Lima: $790
  • LIMA - PERÚ, 4 Days and 3 Nights + acommodation *** + Transfer + 4 tours IN LIMA: $559
  • Private transfer from Lima Airport to Paracas (price per vehicle): $490
  • Nazca lines tour private transfer to Nazca: $490
  • Private transfer from Lima city to Paracas (price per vehicle): $480
  • From Palomino Islands Cruise & Swimming with Sea Lions with Transfers: $125
  • Lima round trip transfers airport - hotel - airport + City Tour: $89
  • Private Largevan Transfer - Arrival Lima Airport to Hotel: $80
  • Round trip private transfer to Lima Airport: $80
  • Private Transfer from Lima Airport to hotels in Miraflores or Viceversa: $79
  • Palomino Islands Swim with sea lions Lima with Transfers included.: $75
  • Lima Jorge Chavez Airport Transfer: $66

Is it cheaper to fly into Fortaleza or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima and Fortaleza 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
    Fortaleza $18
    Lima $13

Typical Food prices in Lima

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.13
  • Ice cream
    $3.35
  • Coffee
    $2.84
  • Donut
    $0.90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

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

  • Virtual Peruvian Cooking Class "Lomo Saltado": $18
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • #1 Lima Food Tour and Local Markets (Small Group): $46
  • #1 Peruvian Food Tour through Local Markets (Small Group): $46
  • Delicious Food Tour through Local Markets: $46
  • #1 Dancing Horse Show & Dinner Buffet & Barranco Night Tour: $46
  • Dancing Horse Show & Dinner Buffet & Barranco Night Tour: $46
  • Dinner at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant: $49
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $52
  • Half-Day Fountains Tour with Dinner & Folklore Show: $53
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $55
  • Dinner Show and Exhibition of Peruvian Horse including Pick up & drop off: $55

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Fortaleza $11
    Lima $6.59

Tours and Activities in Fortaleza

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Fortaleza.

  • Cumbuco Beach with City Tour from Fortaleza: $14
  • Tour to Cumbuco Beach: $17
  • Fortaleza City Tour: $18
  • Tour to Morro Branco & Fontes Beach: $21
  • Tour to Lagoinha Beach: $22
  • Tour to Aguas Belas Beach: $24
  • Tour to Canoa Quebrada Beach: $29
  • Fortaleza Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $31
  • Beach Park Full-Day Trip Including Brief Tour of Fortaleza: $35
  • Tour to Mundau Beach: $41
  • Canoa Quebrada Tour from Fortaleza - With Transportation, Guide and Buggy Ride: $100
  • Full-Day Guided Tour in Jericoacoara from Fortaleza: $100

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)
    $15
  • Movie Tickets
    $2.19

Tours and Activities in Lima

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

  • #1 Artsy & Cultural Barranco Walking tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 Artsy Barranco & Lima City Tour (Small Group): $60
  • #1 Beautiful Fountains Park & Light Show - Night Tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 City Tour by Night & Magic Fountains Park - Light Show (Small Group): $34
  • #1 City Tour in Lima from the Airport (private service): $46
  • #1 Lima City Tour - Lunch & Pachacamac Archaeological site (Small Group): $80
  • #1 Lima Walking City Tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 Lunahuana Valley & Rafting Experience - from Lima (Small Group): $140
  • #1 Miraflores, Barranco & San Isidro Tour (Small Group): $34
  • #1 Sandboarding - Buggy Tour & Huacachina Oasis - from Lima (Small Group): $146
  • #1 The Gold Museum of Peru & Lima City tour (Small Group): $80
  • #1 The Gold Museum of Peru Tour (Small Group): $40

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Fortaleza $7.54
    Lima $4.28

Typical Alcohol prices in Lima

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Lima are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $6.94
  • Beer
    $3.87
  • Cocktail
    $3.10

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour (Unique Experience): $226
  • Mysterious Nazca Lines, Overflight from Ica, Huacachina Oasis & Wine Tour!: $490


When comparing the travel costs between Fortaleza and Lima, we can see that Lima is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Fortaleza or Lima?

Fortaleza has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Lima experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Fortaleza or Lima in the Summer?

Both Lima and Fortaleza during the summer are popular places to visit. Lima attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In January, Fortaleza is generally much warmer than Limain July. Temperatures in Fortaleza average around 28°C (82°F), and Lima stays around 18°C (64°F).

It's quite sunny in Fortaleza. In the summer, Fortaleza often gets more sunshine than Limain July. Fortaleza gets 221 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 36 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Fortaleza. Fortaleza usually gets more rain in January than Limain July. Fortaleza gets 119 mm (4.7 in) of rain, while Lima receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Fortaleza 28°C (82°F) 
    Lima 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Fortaleza or Lima in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Fortaleza and Lima. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Lima throughout the year.

Fortaleza is a little warmer than Lima in the autumn. The temperature in Fortaleza is usually 27°C (80°F) in April, and Lima stays around 19°C (66°F)in October.

Fortaleza usually receives more sunshine than Lima during autumn. Fortaleza gets 159 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 60 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Fortaleza gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Fortaleza usually receives more rain than Limain October. Fortaleza gets 356 mm (14 in) of rain, while Lima receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Fortaleza 27°C (80°F) 
    Lima 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Fortaleza or Lima in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Fortaleza as well as Lima. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the winter, Fortaleza is a little warmer than Lima. Typically, the winter temperatures in Fortaleza in July are around 26°C (79°F), and Lima is about 23°C (73°F)in January.

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Fortaleza this time of the year. In the winter, Fortaleza often gets more sunshine than Limain January. Fortaleza gets 256 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 185 hours of full sun.

Fortaleza usually gets more rain in July than Limain January. Fortaleza gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Lima receives 4 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Fortaleza 26°C (79°F) 
    Lima 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Fortaleza or Lima in the Spring?

Both Lima and Fortaleza are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Lima attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In October, Fortaleza is generally a little warmer than Limain April. Temperatures in Fortaleza average around 28°C (82°F), and Lima stays around 22°C (72°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Fortaleza. Fortaleza usually receives more sunshine than Lima during spring. Fortaleza gets 287 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 182 hours of full sun in the spring.

In October, Fortaleza usually receives more rain than Limain April. Fortaleza gets 13 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Lima receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Fortaleza 28°C (82°F) 
    Lima 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Lima and Fortaleza

Fortaleza Lima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 119 mm (4.7 in) 23°C (73°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Feb 27°C (81°F) 205 mm (8.1 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 27°C (80°F) 323 mm (12.7 in) 23°C (73°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Apr 27°C (80°F) 356 mm (14 in) 22°C (72°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
May 27°C (80°F) 256 mm (10.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Jun 26°C (80°F) 142 mm (5.6 in) 19°C (66°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 26°C (79°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug 27°C (80°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 17°C (63°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Oct 28°C (82°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Nov 28°C (82°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 28°C (82°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 22°C (72°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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