Should you visit Galapagos Islands or Arequipa?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Galapagos Islands or Arequipa, 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.
The Galapagos Islands are a small archipelago of islands belonging to Ecuador in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Galapagos archipelago is world-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife, much of which was inspiration for Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. Thanks to a lack of natural predators, friendly wildlife such as sea lions and gigantic sea tortoises let visitors get up close. This archipelago of about 19 islands and many smaller islets found over 620 miles off Ecuador's coast in the Pacific Ocean is a double World Heritage site, where both land and sea are protected. Each island boasts its own unique landscape, ranging from black, volcanic rocks to white sand beaches and gemstone-blue waters. There is no bad time to visit the Galapagos Islands but the busiest months for tourism tend to be June, July and August, as well as mid-December to mid-January. This is when prices are at their highest.
Sitting in the middle of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes of Peru is the enchanting city of Arequipa. With 468 years of history, the city is full of Spanish colonial architecture. Known to locals as the "white city," the city center, Plaza de Armas, is quite the sight with buildings of sillar white stone made from the rocks of the surrounding volcanoes.
Which city is cheaper, Arequipa or Galapagos Islands?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Galapagos Islands is $111, while the average daily cost in Arequipa is $36. 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 Galapagos Islands and Arequipa in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Galapagos Islands can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $52, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $104.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $18. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Arequipa the cost is $36 on average.
The average traveler spends about $27 per day in Galapagos Islands for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
The average traveler spends about $10 per day in Arequipa for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Galapagos Islands $27
Typical Food prices in Arequipa
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Arequipa:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Arequipa
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Arequipa.
Skip the Line: Dinner and Typical Dances Show Ticket:
Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa:
Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market *Whatsapp for more información:
Curious Monkey -Arequipa Streets, Walking Food Tour:
Curious Monkey- Arequipa Market and Streets, Walking Food Tour:
Peruvian Cooking Class in arequipa:
A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 5 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa:
Peruvian market tour, cooking class, and dinner in Arequipa:
3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa:
Food tour in Arequipa:
To get around in Galapagos Islands, the average visitor spends $43 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.
The cost of a taxi ride in Arequipa is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $4.74 per person, per day, on local transportation in Arequipa.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Galapagos Islands
Also for Galapagos Islands, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer In from Baltra Airport to Hotels in Santa Cruz Island:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Arequipa
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Arequipa are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arequipa
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arequipa:
3 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon:
Colca Canyon Sightseeing Tour 2D1N and Transfer to Puno:
2 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon:
Colca Canyon + Transfer To Puno:
Full day tour including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon:
One-Way Transfer between Arequipa Airport and City Centre:
Arrival bus station private transfer in Arequipa:
Departure Private Transfer Arequipa Arequipa City to Airport AQP by Minibus:
Private Transfer from Arequipa to Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón (AQP) Airport:
Departure Private Transfer from Arequipa City to Arequipa Airport AQP by Minivan:
Private Transfer from Arequipa Airport to City Center or Viceversa:
Arequipa private departure bus station transfer:
In Galapagos Islands, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $28 per person, per day.
Entertainment and activities in Arequipa typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Tours and Activities in Galapagos Islands
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Galapagos Islands.
4-Day Galapagos Islands Express Tour:
4-Day Galapagos Land Tour Visiting Isabela and Santa Cruz:
4-day Galapagos on a Budget Experience:
4-Day Budget Isabela Tour:
Galapagos Discovery Tour 4 Days / 3 Nights:
5-day Galapagos on a Budget Experience:
4-Day Galapagos Tour: Santa Cruz & 2 Uninhabited Islands:
5-Day Galapagos Diving Tour: Accommodation and Full-Day Diving Excursions:
5-Day Guided Galapagos & Los Tuneles Tour:
6-day Galapagos on a Budget Experience:
6-Day Galapagos Land Tour: Los Tuneles Program:
7-day Galapagos on a Budget Experience:
Typical Entertainment prices in Arequipa
Here are a few typical costs in Arequipa for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Arequipa
Here are a few actual costs in Arequipa for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
2 Day - Colca Canyon and Condor Tour from Arequipa, Peru - Group Service:
2 days 1 night Colca Canyon tour from Arequipa:
2-Day Colca Valley Tour:
2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa:
2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa to Puno:
2-Days Canyon Colca Small-Group Tour from Arequipa:
2days: Private Tour Trekking in the Colca Canyon:
3-day Colca Canyon Trek Adventure:
3days Private tour trekking into Colca Canyon:
4 days tour to Arequipa and Colca Canyon:
4-Day Tour: Arequipa and the Colca Canyon:
4-Days Tour to Cotahuasi Canyon in Arequipa:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Galapagos Islands, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $12.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Arequipa may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $12 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Arequipa
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Arequipa are as follows:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Galapagos Islands and Arequipa, we can see that Galapagos Islands is more expensive. And not only is Arequipa much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Arequipa would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Arequipa 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 Galapagos Islands would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Galapagos Islands than you might in Arequipa.
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