Should you visit Huaraz or Cochabamba?
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 Cochabamba 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.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Cochabamba or Huaraz?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Huaraz is $36, while the average daily cost in Cochabamba is $51. 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 Cochabamba in more detail.
Huaraz's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $28. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $14.
Cochabamba's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $40. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $20.
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.
Cochabamba food costs typically run travelers around $18 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
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 $7.32 per person, per day, on local transportation in Huaraz.
The cost of a taxi ride in Cochabamba is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Cochabamba.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Huaraz
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Huaraz are as follows:
Is it cheaper to fly into Huaraz or Cochabamba?
Prices for flights to both Cochabamba and Huaraz 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.
Entertainment and activities in Huaraz 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.
Entertainment and activities in Cochabamba typically cost an average of $20 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
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:
Traditional Picante de Cuy Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz:
Llanganuco Full Day Tour:
Pachamanca Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz:
Lake 69 Full-Day Hiking Tour from Huaraz:
From Llanganuco Lagoon fullday tour:
From Chavín de Huantar fullday tour:
From Nevado Pastoruri Tour fullday tour:
Huaraz Private City Tour:
Querococha Lake and Chavin Ruins Private Tour from Huaraz:
Pastoruri Glacier Private Full-Day Tour from Huaraz:
Full-Day Tour to Lake Paron from Huaraz, Peru:
Full-Day Tour to Callejón de Huaylas and Llanganuco:
Tours and Activities in Cochabamba
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cochabamba are as follows:
TOROTORO PAQUETE DE 2 DIAS 1 NOCHE Con VISION TOURS BOLIVIA:
3D/2N Paquete Turistico a Torotoro 22,23 y 24 de Febrero Carnavales-Vision Tours:
Amazing Torotoro National Park Tour (2 days 1 night):
Romantic tour in Cochabamba:
The Best of Cochabamba Walking Tour:
Adventure Through Toro Toro National Park. 3 Days 2 Nights. Spanish Guide:
Adventure Through Toro Toro National Park. 3 Days 2 Nights. English Guide:
Adventure Through Toro Toro National Park. 4 Days 3 Nights. Spanish Guide:
Adventure Through Toro Toro National Park. 4 Days 3 Nights. English Guide:
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.
The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in Cochabamba per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Huaraz and Cochabamba, we can see that Cochabamba 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 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 Huaraz.
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