Should you visit Huaraz or Arica?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Huaraz and Arica can help you decide which place is right for you.
Huaraz is a large town in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru's Central Sierra. Huaraz stands tall at 3100m; travellers from Lima might need a day or two to acclimatize to the change in atmosphere. Nearly wiped out by the earthquake of 1970, the town of 100,000 blends a mix of modern and native culture. Huarez is first and foremost a trekking metropolis. During high season the streets buzz with hundreds of backpackers and adventurers freshly returned from arduous hikes or planning their next expedition. The town has many markets, shops, quality restaurants and hopping bars catering to tourist and local needs. Mountain adventures in the off-season can be equally rewarding, but the vibe is calmer and some places go into hibernation once the rains set in.
A mixture of coastline, desert and high Andean plateau, Arica is a seaside resort town, known for its surfing beaches located at the tip of Northern Chile. Arica boasts that it is "the land of the eternal spring," but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Arica's tourism is still principally geared toward domestic visitors and those from southern Peru and La Paz, who flock to its beaches mid-December through February. It is very easy to spend a few days in Arica in the sand, or seeing the sights in town, at a slow pace but the city also offers plenty of fun activities and exciting day trips.
Which city is cheaper, Arica or Huaraz?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Huaraz is $38, while the average daily cost in Arica 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 Huaraz and Arica in more detail.
Huaraz's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $30. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $15.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Arica, $72 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Arica, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $36, such as in a hostel.
While meal prices in Huaraz can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Huaraz should cost around $5.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Huaraz is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Food in Arica costs travelers about $29 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.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Huaraz
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Huaraz:
The cost of a taxi ride in Huaraz is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.66 per person, per day, on local transportation in Huaraz.
To get around in Arica, the average visitor spends $18 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Huaraz
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Huaraz are as follows:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Arica
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Arica are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arica
Also for Arica, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Arica Airport Private Transfer:
Entertainment and activities in Huaraz typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
In Arica, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $20 per person, per day.
Typical Entertainment prices in Huaraz
Here are a few typical costs in Huaraz for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Huaraz
Here are a few actual costs in Huaraz for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
"WAROMA eco tours peru" 10 day hike in the huayhuash mountain range.:
CORDILLERA BLANCA CIRCUIT the virgin non Touristic route:
Discover a world of Adventure: Climbing Pisco (4 days):
From Chavín de Huantar fullday tour:
From Llanganuco Lagoon fullday tour:
From Nevado Pastoruri Tour fullday tour:
Full-Day Llanganuco Lakes Private Tour from Huaraz:
Full-Day Private Tour of Chacas from Huaraz:
Full-Day Private Tour to Callejón de Huaylas and Llanganuco:
Full-Day Private Tour to Laguna 69:
Full-Day Tour to Callejón de Huaylas and Llanganuco:
Full-Day Tour to Lake Paron from Huaraz, Peru:
Tours and Activities in Arica
For Arica, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Half day Panoramic City Tour:
Arica Sightseeing Tour:
Full Day Tour to Tacna from Arica:
Arica Private Sightseeing Tour:
Archeological Sightseeing tour in Arica:
Private Tour to Tacna from Arica:
Arica Private City Tour:
Private Arica and Ancient Cultures Tour:
4-Days Unique Experience at the Chilean High Plateau:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Huaraz may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typically, people visiting Arica spend on average $20 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Huaraz and Arica, we can see that Arica is more expensive. And not only is Huaraz much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Huaraz would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Huaraz 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 Arica would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Arica than you might in Huaraz.
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