Should you visit Humahuaca or Cusco?
Should I visit Humahuaca or Cusco? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Located in the northwest region of Argentina, Humahuaca is a town nearly 3000m high in elevation, found on the border of the rio Grande. It is the largest settlement with the biggest population along the famous quebrada de Humahuaca gorge, but it has managed to keep its authenticity with its cobblestoned streets, adobe houses, quaint plazas filled with inhabitants of Andean traits and handicraft shops. If you have the chance to visit Humahuaca in February, during the carnival, you will appreciate how traditions are kept alive in this part of Argentina. Humahuaca has become a popular tourist destination in Argentina because of its beautiful setting next to the spectacular Serranía de Hornocal (colored mountains). While most visitors rapidly make their way through Humahuaca before continuing to the other two main Quebrada towns, Pumamarca and Tilcara, some enjoy spending a night or two there. Indeed, the town offers a perfect starting point to visit the region and has a few interesting landmarks not to miss, such as the historic church and Soto Avendano's Independence Monument. If you decide to stay in Humahuaca, remember that nights get chilly and ask the tourist office for any information (in the Cabildo, on the main square, opened Monday to Friday from 7h to 21h and Saturday from 9h to 12h and 13h to 16h and only Sunday mornings).
Cusco is most famous as the historic capital of the Inca Empire. It is in the southern Sierras and is one of the most popular travel destinations within Peru. The city is located at 3,400 meters above sea level so it is best to acclimate yourself slowly to avoid altitude sickness. (Read this advice about managing the altitude in Cusco and Machu Picchu.)
Which city is cheaper, Cusco or Humahuaca?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Humahuaca is $49, while the average daily cost in Cusco is $40. 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 Humahuaca and Cusco in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $36 in Humahuaca For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
A hotel room in Cusco is about $36 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
The price of a meal in Humahuaca can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $19 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.60 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Cusco food costs typically run travelers around $10 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 Cusco
Some typical examples of dining costs in Cusco are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cusco
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cusco.
Small-Group Virtual Peruvian Cooking Experience:
Small-Group Virtual Ceviche Cooking Experience:
Tunupa Cusco Restaurant: Dinner with Show:
CUSCO COOKING CLASS LUNCH 12:00PM TO 1:30PM (Available only in English):
Peruvian Cooking Class and Local Market in Cusco:
Dinner at Calle del Medio restaurant:
Dinner at Pachapapa restaurant.:
Peruvian Cooking Classes:
Dinner at Tunupa restaurant with folkloric show.:
Dinner at Inca Grill Restaurant:
Curious Monkey- The Gordito, Walking Food Tour:
Fully hands-on High End Peruvian Cooking Class & San Pedro Market Guided Visit:
Humahuaca's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $15 per person, per day on transportation in Humahuaca.
The average price of local transportation around Cusco is $9.36 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cusco
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cusco:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cusco
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cusco:
Private Transfer from Cusco to Puno:
CUSCO MAGICAL 4D Transfer, Hotel, City Tour, Sacred Valley and Machu picchu:
Airport Transfer, City Tour, Sacred Valley & Machupicchu (All Included):
Private Transfer from Cusco City to Ollantaytambo Train Station by Minibus:
Private Transfer from Alejandro Velasco Astete (CUZ) Airport to Valle Sagrado:
Private Transfer from Alejandro Velasco Astete (CUZ) Airport to Ollantaytambo:
San SebastiÃ¡n Private Transfer from San SebastiÃ¡n Airport to City centre:
One-Way Scenic Bus Transfer to Puno from Cusco:
Scenic Journey from Cusco to Puno by Bus Including Hotel Transfers:
Private Transfer from Cusco City to Ollantaytambo Train Station by Minivan:
Cuzco city or airport to Ollantaytambo train station -Departure Private Transfer:
Private Transfer from Cusco City to Ollantaytambo Train Station by Sedan Car:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Humahuaca can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $19 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Cusco's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $22 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.
Typical Entertainment prices in Cusco
Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Cusco are as follows:
Tours and Activities in Cusco
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cusco are as follows:
"Waqrapukara" Great Canyon Full Day Tour:
(H) Cusco 04 Days: City Tour - Sacred Valley - MachuPicchu (Group Tour):
(H) Inka Jungle Trail 04 Days (Group Tour):
01 Day Tour to Machu Picchu The Inca City:
07 Day Andean Experience Through the Living Culture of the Incas:
07 Day: Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Bike, Rafting, Zipline & Trek:
1 Day Hike on the Inca Trail + 1 Day in Machupicchu: Private 2 days Tour:
1 Day Luxury Tour to Machu Picchu:
1 Day Tour to Palcoyo Mountain and 4 Lagoons - private service:
1 Day tour to Machupicchu:
1-Day Machu Picchu Tour by Vistadome Train:
1-Day Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco, Peru:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Humahuaca, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $8.50.
The average person spends about $7.33 on alcoholic beverages in Cusco 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 Humahuaca and Cusco, we can see that Humahuaca is more expensive. And not only is Cusco much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cusco would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cusco 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 Humahuaca would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Humahuaca than you might in Cusco.
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