A Travel Price Comparison for Peru Lake Titicaca (Puno) vs. Arequipa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Lake Titicaca (Puno) or Arequipa?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Arequipa. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

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

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.


Sitting in the middle of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes of Peru is the enchanting city of Arequipa. With 468 years of history, the city is full of Spanish colonial architecture. Known to locals as the "white city," the city center, Plaza de Armas, is quite the sight with buildings of sillar white stone made from the rocks of the surrounding volcanoes.

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

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $55, while the average daily cost in Arequipa is $46. 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Arequipa in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $26
    Arequipa $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $52
    Arequipa $46
Compare Hotels in Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Arequipa

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

Hotels in Arequipa

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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 and Arequipa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $10
    Arequipa $5.96
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):

  • Private Transfer From Puno to Arequipa with English Speaking Driver: $264
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Chivay With a 2 Hour Stop: $298
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Chivay, English Speaking Driver: $210
  • Private Transfer From Puno to Oruro With a Stop in Lake Titicaca: $287
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Puno to Puerto de Puno: $21
  • Private Transfer from Puerto de Puno to Hotel Puno: $21
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Desaguadero: $195
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Frontera Kasani: $204
  • Private transfer airport-puno-viceverse: $60
  • Puno Airport Private Transfer: $44
  • Puno Arrival Transfer from Juliaca Airport: $45

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Arequipa

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

  • Taxi Ride
  • Bus Ride
  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arequipa

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arequipa:

  • Arequipa Airport Departure Transfer: $13
  • Arequipa Airport Arrival Transfer: $13
  • Private Transfer from Arequipa Airport to hotels: $25
  • Airport private transfer to/from the city center: $26
  • 1-Way Airport Private Transfer: $31
  • Sihanouk Ville Airport Pickup or Transfer Private Car: $32
  • Transfer Between Arequipa's Airport and Hotels: $35
  • Full Day Tour to Colca including Transfer to Puno: $60
  • Koh Lanta any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer: $73
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $98
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $103
  • Colca Canyon 2 days from Arequipa with final transfer to Puno: $110

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

Prices for flights to both Arequipa and Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $15
    Arequipa $14
Typical Food Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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

  • Tamales

Typical Food Prices in Arequipa

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

  • Coke
  • Lunch
  • Ice Cream
  • Fruit
  • Ice Cream

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Arequipa

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Arequipa.

  • Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa: $34
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class in arequipa: $50
  • Private Cooking Class in Arequipa: $57
  • Arequipa Ancestral Cuisine and City and Food Tour: $69
  • Arequipa Food Tour: Ancestral Cuisine & City Tour: $69
  • Guided Food Tour in Arequipa City: $69
  • 3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa: $72
  • A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 4 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa: $79
  • Peruvian cooking experience, pisco sour and visit local market: $95
  • Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market: $95

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $29
    Arequipa $18

Tours and Activities in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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

  • Half Day Tour to Sillustani from Puno : $22
  • Morning: Uros Floating Islands Tour from Puno: $25
  • Uros Floating Island Tour: $26
  • Walking City tour Puno: $28
  • Half Day Tour in Sillustani: $29
  • 3h Boat Tour to Uros Island from Puno: $38
  • One-day tour of the Uros and Taquile Islands of Lake Titicaca: $40
  • Full Day Guided Tour of the Aymara Route from Puno: $40
  • Tour to Uros and Taquile Islands in a Fast Boat: $40
  • Lake Titicaca Day Tour from Puno: $44
  • Kayaking Adventure at Lake Titicaca - Uros and Taquile: $44
  • Uros and Taquile Island Tour - Lake Titicaca Wonders: $47

Typical Entertainment Prices in Arequipa

Here are a few typical costs in Arequipa for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Monastery Entry
  • Salsa Class
  • Movie Ticket
  • Hot Springs

Tours and Activities in Arequipa

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

  • Arequipa Tasting Tour: $8.00
  • 4-hour tour to the Sillar and Culebrillas Route in Arequipa: $14
  • Walking tour in the Historic Center of Arequipa: $14
  • Small-Group Arequipa Countryside Tour Including La Mansion del Fundador -Mirabus: $15
  • From Panoramic Tour of Arequipa: $20
  • City tour with panoramic bus: $20
  • Arequipa City tour in panoramic bus: $20
  • From Sillar Route Tour || Half Day ||: $20
  • From Sillar Route - Half Day Tour: $20
  • The Sillar Route Day Tour: $22
  • City and Country Tour: $22
  • From Mirabus City Tour | Yanahuara Viewpoint |: $23

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $13
    Arequipa $16

Typical Alcohol Prices in Arequipa

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Arequipa are as follows:

  • Beer

Sample the Local Flavors in Arequipa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Arequipa:

  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with VIP Access.: $25
  • From Pisco and wine tour through the Majes Valley: $50
  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with Drinks and VIP Access.: $60

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

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

Which is Bigger, Lake Titicaca (Puno) or Arequipa?

Arequipa has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Lake Titicaca (Puno). When comparing the sizes of Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Arequipa, 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.