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

Should you visit Lake Titicaca (Puno) or Paracas?

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 Paracas. 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 Paracas?

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.

Paracas

Paracas, also known as El Chaco, is a resort town on the Southern coast of the country, about 150 miles south of Lima. The town in located in one of the oldest regions of Peru, with a history dating back to 900 BC and offers many pre-Inca cultural sites throughout the area. Paracas is possibly best known for being home to the Paracas National Reserve, a nature reserve boasting one of the most abundant and diverse ecosystems in 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, Paracas 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 Paracas is $63. 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 Paracas in more detail.



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

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


Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world. Compare prices for multiple destinations when planning your next trip.


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 Paracas Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $11
    Paracas $19
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):

  • Direct Private Transfer From Puno to Cusco, English Local Speaking Driver: $204
  • 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
  • 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: $192
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Frontera Kasani: $201
  • Puno Airport Private Transfer: $44
  • Puno Airport Shared Transfer: $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paracas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paracas:

  • Bus Station Private Transfer: $16
  • Private Transfer From San Juan Airport (SJU) to /from San Juan: $44
  • Oneway Transfer from San Juan Airport, Hotel, Airbnb to Bayamon: $60
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Cruise Port to Lima City Hotels: $78
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Port to Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM): $78
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Port to Jorge Chavez Airport (LIM): $87
  • Private Transfer from Pisco Cruise Port to Lima hotels: $87
  • Private Transfer from Pisko Cruise Port to Lima City Hotels: $87
  • Lima: Private taxi transfer from Lima airport to Paracas: $129
  • Direct Private Transfer From Paracas to Lima, English Speaking Driver: $166
  • Private Transfer From Paracas To Lima With 2 Stops: $178

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

Prices for flights to both Paracas 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
    Paracas $23
Typical Food Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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


  • Tamales
    $1.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paracas

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

  • From Lima Ballestas Islands, Ica and cooking class Ceviche: $139

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $30
    Paracas $25

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
  • Sillustani / 4-hour tour from Puno: $25
  • Walking City tour Puno: $25
  • Morning: Uros Floating Islands Tour from Puno: $25
  • Half Day Tour in Sillustani: $26
  • 3h Boat Tour to Uros Island from Puno: $38
  • Full Day Tour Uros and Taquile (Speed Boat): $40
  • Full Day Guided Tour of the Aymara Route from Puno: $40
  • Lake Titicaca Day Tour from Puno: $44
  • Tour to Uros and Taquile Islands in a Fast Boat: $45
  • Uros and Taquile Islands Full Day Tour with lunch: $49
  • 3 Hour Guided Kayaking Tour in Lake Titicaca: $50

Tours and Activities in Paracas

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

  • Boat Tour of the Ballestas Islands in Paracas: $20
  • Ballestas Islands Tour Boat with roof: $20
  • From Ballestas Islands Guided Boat Tour: $20
  • Ballestas Islands Morning Boat Tour: $20
  • Paracas Boat Tour at Islas Ballestas The Galapagos of Peru: $23
  • Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from Paracas: $24
  • Ballestas Islands Tour: $24
  • Islas Ballestas Boat Tour - The Galapagos of Peru: $25
  • Ballestas Islands Tour - Paracas: $25
  • From Scenic Boat Tour to Ballestas Island: $25
  • Ballestas Islands Group Tour from Paracas : $26
  • From Ballestas Islands Guided Tour: $26

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


When comparing the travel costs between Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Paracas, we can see that Paracas is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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 Paracas Expensive?.


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

Lake Titicaca (Puno) has a larger population, and is about 100 times larger than the population of Paracas. When comparing the sizes of Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Paracas, 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.