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

Should you visit Lake Titicaca (Puno) or Machu Picchu?

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 Machu Picchu. 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 Machu Picchu?

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.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a site of ancient Inca ruins located about 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Cuzco, Peru, in the Cordillera de Vilcabamba of the Andes Mountains. It is perched above the Urubamba River valley in a narrow saddle between two sharp peaks, Machu Picchu ("Old Peak") and Huayna Picchu ("New Peak"), at an elevation of 7,710 feet (2,350 metres). One of the few major pre-Columbian ruins found nearly intact, Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Thus, Machu Picchu is not only an impressive remnant of the Inca civilization, it is also one of the world's most important archaeological sites. A stop at Machu Picchu is an essential part of any traveler's itinerary in Peru, as it is one of the seven wonders of the world.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Photography Tours in Peru, The Best Jungle Trekking Tours in Peru, The Best Luxury Tours to Peru, and The Best Budget Tours to Peru.


Which place is cheaper, Machu Picchu 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 Machu Picchu is $102. 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 Machu Picchu in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $26
    Machu Picchu $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $52
    Machu Picchu $84
Compare Hotels in Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Machu Picchu

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


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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 Machu Picchu Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $11
    Machu Picchu $30
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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


  • Taxi
    $0.82

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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

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

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

Prices for flights to both Machu Picchu 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $15
    Machu Picchu $19
Typical Food Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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


  • Tamales
    $1.50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $30
    Machu Picchu $74

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

Typical Entertainment Prices in Machu Picchu

For Machu Picchu, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Gardens of Mandor
    $2.72

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $13
    Machu Picchu $6.92


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Machu Picchu, we can see that Machu Picchu 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 Machu Picchu would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Machu Picchu 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) Expensive? and Is Machu Picchu Expensive?.