Should you visit Huaraz or Santa Cruz de la Sierra?
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 Santa Cruz de la Sierra 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.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, or simply Santa Cruz, is a larger city in the middle of Bolivia. It is also one of the most wealthy cities in the country. The city is also one of the fastest growing in the world. It is famous for its nightlife and it makes an excellent base for exploring many of the tourist attractions in the nearby areas.
Which city is cheaper, Santa Cruz de la Sierra 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 Santa Cruz de la Sierra is $43. 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 Santa Cruz de la Sierra 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.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $36 for a double occupancy room in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Santa Cruz de la Sierra $18
Typical double-occupancy room
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
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.
The price of a meal in Santa Cruz de la Sierra can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $16 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Typical Food prices in Huaraz
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Huaraz:
Typical Food prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santa Cruz de la Sierra:
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 average price of local transportation around Santa Cruz de la Sierra is $7.95 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra $7.95
Typical Local Transportation prices in Huaraz
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Huaraz are as follows:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Santa Cruz de la Sierra:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra:
Arrival Private Transfer Santa Cruz Airport VVI to Santa Cruz City by Minibus:
Arrival Private Transfer Santa Cruz Airport VVI to Santa Cruz City by SCross Sx4:
Departure Private Transfer Santa Cruz City to Santa Cruz Airport VVI by Minibus:
Departure Private Transfer Santa Cruz to Santa Cruz Airport VVI by S-Cross Sx4:
Is it cheaper to fly into Huaraz or Santa Cruz de la Sierra?
Prices for flights to both Santa Cruz de la Sierra 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.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra $15
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:
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.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Santa Cruz de la Sierra may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Santa Cruz de la Sierra from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Huaraz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, we can see that Santa Cruz de la Sierra 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 Santa Cruz de la Sierra would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Santa Cruz de la Sierra than you might in Huaraz.
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