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

Should you visit Huaraz or Paracas?

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

Where Should I go: Huaraz or Paracas?


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.


Paracas, also known as El Chaco, is a resort town on the Southern coast of the country, about 150 miles south of Lima. The town in located in one of the oldest regions of Peru, with a history dating back to 900 BC and offers many pre-Inca cultural sites throughout the area. Paracas is possibly best known for being home to the Paracas National Reserve, a nature reserve boasting one of the most abundant and diverse ecosystems in the world.

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, Paracas or Huaraz?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Huaraz is $49, while the average daily cost in Paracas is $62. 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 Paracas in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Huaraz $20
    Paracas $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Huaraz $40
    Paracas $44
Compare Hotels in Huaraz and Paracas

Looking for a hotel in Huaraz or Paracas? 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 Paracas

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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 Paracas Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Huaraz $10
    Paracas $18
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Huaraz

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

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paracas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paracas:

  • Direct Private Transfer From Paracas to Lima, English Speaking Driver: $166
  • Lima: Private taxi transfer from Lima airport to Paracas: $129
  • Oneway Transfer from San Juan Airport, Hotel, Airbnb to Bayamon: $60
  • Bus Station Private Transfer: $16
  • Private Transfer From Paracas To Lima With 2 Stops: $178
  • Private Transfer From San Juan Airport (SJU) to /from San Juan: $44
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Cruise Port to Lima City Hotels: $80
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Cruise Port to Lima hotels: $88
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Port to Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM): $80
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Port to Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM): $88
  • Private Transfer from Pisko Cruise Port to Lima City Hotels: $88

Is it cheaper to fly into Huaraz or Paracas?

Prices for flights to both Paracas 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 Meals for one day
    Huaraz $17
    Paracas $23
Typical Food Prices in Huaraz

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

  • Lunch
  • Chips

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Huaraz $19
    Paracas $25
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

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
  • Turquoise Adventure, Journey to Laguna 69 in Huaraz: $40
  • Ancash: Nevado pastors and puyas Raymondi Tour | Full Day |: $40
  • Lake 69 Full-Day Hiking Tour from Huaraz: $40
  • From Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range: $46
  • From Chavín de Huantar fullday tour: $56

Tours and Activities in Paracas

Here are a few actual costs in Paracas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Ballestas Islands Tour Boat with roof: $20
  • Ballestas Islands Morning Boat Tour: $20
  • Paracas National Reserve by Tourist Bus: $20
  • Boat Tour of the Ballestas Islands in Paracas: $20
  • From Ballestas Islands Guided Boat Tour: $20
  • Ballestas Islands Tour: Discover the Magic: $21
  • Ballestas Islands Tour: $24
  • Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from Paracas: $24
  • Islas Ballestas Boat Tour - The Galapagos of Peru: $25
  • Ballestas Islands Tour - Paracas: $25
  • Paracas Boat Tour at Islas Ballestas The Galapagos of Peru: $25
  • From Scenic Boat Tour to Ballestas Island: $25

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Huaraz $15
    Paracas $11

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

Which is Bigger, Huaraz or Paracas?

Huaraz has a larger population, and is about 70 times larger than the population of Paracas. When comparing the sizes of Huaraz and Paracas, 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.