A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Foz do Iguacu vs. Machu Picchu

Should you visit Foz do Iguacu or Machu Picchu?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Foz do Iguacu and Machu Picchu can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu is a larger city in Brazil that is most famous for the Iguacu Falls. The city serves as an entry point for Paraguay and Argentina as well. The obvious reason to visit the city is to see the beautiful falls, and together with Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, it makes up one of the largest tourism sights in South America.

Machu Picchu

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 Foz do Iguacu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Foz do Iguacu is $52, while the average daily cost in Machu Picchu is $81. 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 Foz do Iguacu and Machu Picchu in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Foz do Iguacu is $46. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $62 in Machu Picchu For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Foz do Iguacu $23
    Machu Picchu $31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Foz do Iguacu $46
    Machu Picchu $62

Food

Food in Foz do Iguacu costs travelers about $18 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 $19 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Machu Picchu should cost around $7.60 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Foz do Iguacu $18
    Machu Picchu $19

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Foz do Iguacu

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Foz do Iguacu.

  • Churrascaria Rafain - Show And Dinner: $50
  • Dinner and Show at Rafain Churrascaria with round trip transfer included: $52
  • Argentinian Ice Bar, Wine and Dinner Experience: $79
  • Dinner Show at Rafain in Foz do Iguaçu: $88
  • Dinner Show - Rafain Steakhouse: $110

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Foz do Iguacu is $11 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.

To get around in Machu Picchu, the average visitor spends $22 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Foz do Iguacu $11
    Machu Picchu $22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:

  • Iguazu Falls Panoramic Helicopter Flight With Optional Transfers: $225
  • Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides: $90
  • Iguazu: Transfer from Brazil Side: $59
  • Private Transfer: Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) to Foz do Iguacu: $56
  • Private Transfer: Foz do Iguacu to Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU): $56
  • Bird Park Tickets with Round Trip Transfer Included: $45
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cataratas International Airport (IGU) to Iguazu: $42
  • Foz do Iguaçu Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $35
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Private Transfer: $23
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer: $14
  • Transfer Paraguay Shopping (CDE): $9.00

Entertainment

Foz do Iguacu's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $20 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.

In Machu Picchu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $57 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Foz do Iguacu $20
    Machu Picchu $57

Tours and Activities in Foz do Iguacu

Here are a few actual costs in Foz do Iguacu for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 3-Day Tour of Iguassu Falls National Park: $390
  • 4-Day Iguassu Falls Tour: $480
  • Argentinean Falls Great Adventure with Boat Ride from Foz do Iguaçu: $112
  • Argentinean Side Iguassu Falls - Private Tour Belmond Exclusive: $177
  • Beer experience 277 Craftbeer: $31
  • Bird Park Admission Ticket: $20
  • Bird Park General Admission Ticket and Tour: $63
  • Bird Park Tour: $21
  • Blue Park Tour: $73
  • Boat Ride and Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Argentina: $85
  • Brazilian Side of the Falls - All Tickets Included: $62
  • Brazilian Side of the Falls and Boat Tour Macuco Safari - All Tickets Included: $167

Typical Entertainment prices in Machu Picchu

For Machu Picchu, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Gardens of Mandor
    $2.55

Tours and Activities in Machu Picchu

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

  • Machu Picchu Admission Ticket: $31
  • Huaynapicchu mountain hike + Machu Picchu entrance ticket: $40
  • Machu Picchu official entrance ticket: $40
  • Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Admission Ticket: $53
  • Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Ruin and Mountain: $53
  • Machu Picchu Ticket: Official Entrance Ticket: $63
  • Machu Picchu Official Entrance Ticket: $68
  • Machu Picchu Official Ticket: $68
  • Machu Picchu And Huayna Picchu Morning Entrance Ticket: $88
  • Skip the Line: Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu 2020: $89
  • Tickets to Machu Picchu with guided in Machu Picchu.: $99
  • Machu Picchu with Bus and Entrance Ticket: $123

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Foz do Iguacu may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.59 per day on alcoholic beverages.

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 $5.18.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Foz do Iguacu $9.59
    Machu Picchu $5.18
Typical Alcohol prices in Foz do Iguacu

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Foz do Iguacu from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $0.88


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Foz do Iguacu and Machu Picchu, we can see that Machu Picchu is more expensive. And not only is Foz do Iguacu much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Foz do Iguacu would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Foz do Iguacu 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 Foz do Iguacu.

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