A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Huaraz vs. Machu Picchu

Should you visit Huaraz or Machu Picchu?

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 Machu Picchu can help you decide which place is right for you.

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.

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 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 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 Huaraz and Machu Picchu in more detail.



Accommodation

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.

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
    Huaraz $15
    Machu Picchu $31
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Huaraz $30
    Machu Picchu $62

Food

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.

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
    Huaraz $13
    Machu Picchu $19
Typical Food prices in Huaraz

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


  • Lunch
    $5.61
  • Chips
    $1.40

Local Transportation

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 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.
    Huaraz $7.66
    Machu Picchu $22
Typical Local Transportation prices in Huaraz

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $2.04

Entertainment

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 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.
    Huaraz $15
    Machu Picchu $57
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
    $16

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.: $158
  • CORDILLERA BLANCA CIRCUIT the virgin non Touristic route: $450
  • Discover a world of Adventure: Climbing Pisco (4 days): $1,010
  • From Chavín de Huantar fullday tour: $50
  • From Llanganuco Lagoon fullday tour: $50
  • From Nevado Pastoruri Tour fullday tour: $50
  • Full-Day Llanganuco Lakes Private Tour from Huaraz: $100
  • Full-Day Private Tour of Chacas from Huaraz: $105
  • Full-Day Private Tour to Callejón de Huaylas and Llanganuco: $130
  • Full-Day Private Tour to Laguna 69: $129
  • Full-Day Tour to Callejón de Huaylas and Llanganuco: $89
  • Full-Day Tour to Lake Paron from Huaraz, Peru: $80

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 Huaraz may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 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
    Huaraz $11
    Machu Picchu $5.18


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Huaraz and Machu Picchu, we can see that Machu Picchu 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 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 Huaraz.

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