A Travel Price Comparison for Peru Huaraz vs. Lima for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Huaraz or Lima?

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

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 Lima can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Huaraz or Lima?

Huaraz

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.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Peru, The Best 10-Day Tours in Peru, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Peru, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Lima or Huaraz?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Huaraz is $50, while the average daily cost in Lima is $77. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Huaraz and Lima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Huaraz $20
    Lima $49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Huaraz $40
    Lima $98
Compare Hotels in Huaraz and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Huaraz 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 Huaraz


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: Huaraz Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Huaraz $10
    Lima $5.75
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Huaraz

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $2.18

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lima

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $5.45
  • Taxi Ride
    $5.45
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $4.08

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Assistance /Transfer Hotel - Airport Lima Airport : $40
  • From The Larco Museum Complete Tour with transfers: $50
  • Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) to Lima - Arrival Private Transfer : $31
  • Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM) to Lima - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $61
  • Jorge Chavez International Airport: Private Transfer: $25
  • Lima Airport (LIM) to Miraflores city - Arrival Private Transfer: $23
  • Lima Airport Departure Transfer: $20
  • Lima Airport Transfers: Lima City to Jorge Chavez Airport LIM in Standard Van: $31
  • Lima Airport: BUS Transfer to/from Lima city center: $6.00
  • Lima Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Miraflores: $5.63
  • Lima Bus Station Departure Transfer: $27
  • Lima Hotels to Lima JorgeChavez Airport Private DepartureTransfer: $31

Is it cheaper to fly into Huaraz or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Huaraz $18
    Lima $18
Typical Food Prices in Huaraz

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Huaraz:


  • Lunch
    $5.99
  • Chips
    $1.50

Typical Food Prices in Lima

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


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.36
  • Ice cream
    $3.54
  • Coffee
    $2.99
  • Donut
    $0.95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

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

  • Lima Market Food Tour - Taste 9 Popular Peruvian Snacks: $35
  • Lima Market Food Tour: $37
  • Ceviche Cooking Class Including Pisco Sour Lesson: $40
  • Lima Street Food Tour: $40
  • Lima Street Food Tour: $45
  • Lima Food Tour: $45
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • Street Food Tour in Miraflores District: $45
  • Barranco Tour with Dinner: $47
  • Bohemian tour of Barranco with Dinner: $47
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $48
  • Lima Night Food Tour: $48

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Huaraz $20
    Lima $8.69
Typical Entertainment Prices in Huaraz

Here are a few typical costs in Huaraz for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Climbing Gear
    $17

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: $15
  • 69 Lake Tour of Peru: $26
  • Glacier Pastoruri and Puya Raimondi Full Day Tour: $28
  • Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range: $30
  • From Huaraz || Full day tour Laguna 69 in -Cordillera Blanca: $36
  • From Tour to Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha Lake): $37
  • From Tour to Archeological Complex of Chavin: $38
  • Pachamanca Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz: $40
  • Lake 69 Full-Day Hiking Tour from Huaraz: $40
  • Ancash: Nevado pastors and puyas Raymondi Tour | Full Day |: $40
  • From Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range: $46
  • From Chavín de Huantar fullday tour: $56

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)
    $16
  • Movie Tickets
    $2.31

Tours and Activities in Lima

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

  • Free Walking Tour of Lima: $2.00
  • Lima Historic Center Walking Tour: $8.00
  • Entrance ticket to Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI: $11
  • Customize your trip to Peru with Lima Experience: $12
  • bike tour: $12
  • Skip the Line: Larco Museum Admission Ticket: $13
  • Beach tour and surfboards for rent in Lima, Peru: $14
  • Party tour Fridays Barranco / Saturdays Miraflores: $18
  • Miraflores and Barranco Private Bike Tour: $19
  • Private Beach Guided Bike Tour in Lima : $19
  • 2 Hour Guided Walking Tour in Barranco: $20
  • Private Tour with guide in Museo de Arte de Lima - MALI: $20

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Huaraz $15
    Lima $5.65

Typical Alcohol Prices in Lima

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


  • Bottle of Wine
    $7.32
  • Beer
    $4.08
  • Cocktail
    $3.27

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Gin and Rum Distillery Tour: $12
  • Pub Crawl in Lima: $17
  • Lima Pub Crawl - Party tour: Friday Barranco/Saturday miraflores: $18
  • Exclusive Pub Crawl with 10+ benefits: $18
  • Party Tour in Miraflores with Bar Crawl and Drinks: $18
  • Local Wine Tour : $39
  • Local Wine Tour: $50
  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour !! The best price: $226


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Huaraz and Lima, we can see that Lima 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 Lima would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Lima than you might in Huaraz.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Huaraz Expensive? and Is Lima Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Huaraz or Lima?

Lima has a larger population, and is about 90 times larger than the population of Huaraz. When comparing the sizes of Huaraz and Lima, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Huaraz or Lima?

Both destinations experience a warmer climate with nice weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Huaraz or Lima in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Huaraz and Lima. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Huaraz year-round. Lima attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In July, Huaraz usually receives more rain than Lima. Huaraz gets 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Lima receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain each month for the summer.

Huaraz can get quite cold in the summer. Huaraz is much colder than Lima in the summer. The daily temperature in Huaraz averages around 3°C (37°F) in July, and Lima fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Huaraz 3°C (37°F) 
    Lima 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Huaraz or Lima in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Huaraz as well as Lima. Huaraz attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate. The warm climate attracts visitors to Lima throughout the year.

Huaraz usually gets more rain in October than Lima. Huaraz gets 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Lima receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

Huaraz can be very cold during autumn. In the autumn, Huaraz is much colder than Lima. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Huaraz in October average around 4°C (39°F), and Lima averages at about 19°C (66°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Huaraz 4°C (39°F) 
    Lima 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Huaraz or Lima in the Winter?

Both Lima and Huaraz are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm climate attracts visitors to Huaraz throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

It's quite rainy in Huaraz. In January, Huaraz usually receives more rain than Lima. Huaraz gets 122 mm (4.8 in) of rain, while Lima receives 4 mm (0.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.

In January, Huaraz is generally much colder than Lima. Daily temperatures in Huaraz average around 7°C (45°F), and Lima fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Huaraz 7°C (45°F) 
    Lima 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Huaraz or Lima in the Spring?

Both Lima and Huaraz during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Huaraz because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Lima year-round.

Huaraz usually gets more rain in April than Lima. Huaraz gets 93 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Lima receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

Huaraz is much colder than Lima in the spring. The daily temperature in Huaraz averages around 6°C (43°F) in April, and Lima fluctuates around 22°C (72°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Huaraz 6°C (43°F) 
    Lima 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Lima and Huaraz

Huaraz Lima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 7°C (45°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Feb 8°C (46°F) 131 mm (5.2 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 7°C (45°F) 126 mm (5 in) 23°C (73°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Apr 6°C (43°F) 93 mm (3.7 in) 22°C (72°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
May 5°C (41°F) 55 mm (2.2 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Jun 4°C (39°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 19°C (66°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 3°C (37°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug 3°C (37°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 17°C (63°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Sep 3°C (37°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 18°C (64°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Oct 4°C (39°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 19°C (66°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Nov 5°C (41°F) 96 mm (3.8 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 6°C (43°F) 112 mm (4.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)