A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Ilha Grande vs. Lake Titicaca (Puno) for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ilha Grande or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

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

Should I visit Ilha Grande or Lake Titicaca (Puno)? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Ilha Grande or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Ilha Grande

Ilha Grande is a large, beautiful, island located off the southeast coast of Brazil. The island has few inhabitants, resulting in mostly unadulterated beaches and landscapes. There are over a dozen trails and beaches to explore, some of which have been called the best beaches in Brazil. Due to the limited number of inhabitants, ATMs are sparse on the island, so be sure to have cash with you before getting there.

Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Lake Titicaca, which directly translates to "puma stone" in Quechua, is located high in the Andes Mountains straddling Peru and Bolivia, with about 60% of the lake in Peru and 40% in Bolivia. Among the lake are three main islands, the most popular of which are the Uros Islands, also known as the floating islands, where the Uros people live on totora reeds that grow in the lake.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Brazil, The Best Eco Tours in Brazil, The Best Photography Tours in Peru, and The Best Jungle Trekking Tours in Peru.

Which place is cheaper, Lake Titicaca (Puno) or Ilha Grande?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ilha Grande is $68, while the average daily cost in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $55. 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 Ilha Grande and Lake Titicaca (Puno) in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ilha Grande $37
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ilha Grande $74
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $52
Compare Hotels in Ilha Grande and Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Looking for a hotel in Ilha Grande or Lake Titicaca (Puno)? 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 Ilha Grande

Hotels in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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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: Lake Titicaca (Puno) Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ilha Grande $18
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ilha Grande

Also for Ilha Grande, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • From Angra dos Reis: Speedboat Transfer to Araçatiba: $27
  • From Speedboat Transfer to Angra dos Reis: $27
  • From Araçatiba: Speedboat Transfer to Angra dos Reis: $27
  • Regular Transfer Angra dos Reis x Rio de Janeiro and Airports: $38
  • From Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $47
  • From Angra dos Reis: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro: $56
  • Private Transfer Angra dos Reis to Rio de Janeiro: $91
  • From Rio de Janeiro:Shared Roundtrip Transfer to Araçatiba: $106
  • Private Transfer from Angra dos Reis to Airport GIG in Rio : $191
  • Private Transfer from GIG to anywhere in the City Angra dos Reis: $192
  • Departure Transfer: Angra dos Reis to GIG or SDU Airport by Van: $246

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno):

  • Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno):

  • Puno Airport Shared Transfer: $20
  • Puno Airport Private Transfer: $44
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Frontera Kasani: $201
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Desaguadero: $192
  • Private Transfer from Puerto de Puno to Hotel Puno: $21
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Puno to Puerto de Puno: $21
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro with English Speaking Driver: $240
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro With a Stop in Lake Titicaca: $283
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Chivay With a 2 Hour Stop: $294
  • Direct Private Transfer From Puno to Cusco, English Local Speaking Driver: $204

Is it cheaper to fly into Ilha Grande or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Prices for flights to both Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Ilha Grande 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
    Ilha Grande $21
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $15

Typical Food Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:

  • Tamales

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ilha Grande $6.61
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $29

Tours and Activities in Ilha Grande

For Ilha Grande, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • From Abraão, Lopes Mendes Beach Tour & Trekking: $21
  • Boat Tour To The Beaches Of Angra Dos Reis: $21
  • Ilha Grande - From Abrãao: Lopes Mendes beach tour & trekking: $25
  • Half-Day Blue Lagoon Schooner Tour: $40
  • Half-Day Ilha Grande Schooner Tour: $40
  • Six hour speedboat tour of Ilha Grande. Be amazed by the Blue and Green Lagoons: $40
  • Tour Of The Motorboat The Paradisiac Islands Of Angra Dos Reis: $43
  • Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour & Optional Lunch: $48
  • Schooner Cruise with Caipirinha drinks by the Blue Lagoon: $50
  • From Ilha Grande - Paradise Island 7 h - Speedboat tour: $55
  • Angra dos Reis with Speedboat Tour and Paradise Islands: $58
  • Ilha Grande - Private Historical Walking Tour with Natural Pool.: $60

Tours and Activities in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:

  • Live Experience Titicaca Lake PUNO: $70
  • 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour with Stay in a Local Family Home: $109
  • 2-Day Tour Uros Islands with Stay in a Local Family House from Puno: $109
  • 2-Day Tour to Uros, Amantani and Taquile From Puno: $85
  • 2-Hour Crop Circles Private Tour on Lake Titicaca from Puno: $130
  • 2-day Tour: Puno To Chivay And Canyon Of Colca: $195
  • 3 Hour Guided Kayaking Tour in Lake Titicaca: $50
  • 3-day Classic Puno Tour Package: $226
  • 3h Boat Tour to Uros Island from Puno: $38
  • Aymara's route 1 day tour in Puno: Inca Uyo, Aramu Muru, Molloco: $90
  • Bus Day Tour along the Ruta del Sol from Puno to Cusco: $62
  • Bus Ticket from Puno to Cusco with Stop.: $108

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ilha Grande $11
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $13

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ilha Grande and Lake Titicaca (Puno), we can see that Ilha Grande is more expensive. And not only is Lake Titicaca (Puno) much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lake Titicaca (Puno) would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Ilha Grande would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ilha Grande than you might in Lake Titicaca (Puno).

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Ilha Grande Expensive? and Is Lake Titicaca (Puno) Expensive?.