A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Manaus vs. Arequipa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Manaus or Arequipa?

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

Should I visit Manaus or Arequipa? 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: Manaus or Arequipa?


Manaus is a Brazilian city, capital of the state of Amazonas, and is located on the Rio Negro a few miles before it meets the Rio Solimões to form the Amazon River. The city is a major departure point for those visiting the Amazon Rainforest, though there are a few sights worth seeing within the city itself as well.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Brazil, The Best Wildlife Tours to Brazil, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Peru, and The Best Cultural Tours in Peru.

Which place is cheaper, Arequipa or Manaus?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Manaus is $59, 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 Manaus and Arequipa in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Manaus $42
    Arequipa $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Manaus $84
    Arequipa $46
Compare Hotels in Manaus and Arequipa

Looking for a hotel in Manaus 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 Manaus

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: Manaus Hotel Prices and Arequipa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Manaus $7.86
    Arequipa $5.94

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Manaus

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

  • Manaus to Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) -Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • Manaus Airport (MAO) to Manaus hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $24
  • Manaus Airport(MAO) to Manaus hotels- Round-Trip Private Transfer: $49
  • Manaus hotels to Manaus Airport(MAO) - Departure Private Transfer: $24
  • Manaus private Airport transfer: $30
  • Manaus to Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) - Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus - Arrival Private Transfer: $21
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus - Arrival Private Transfer: $23
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus -Round-Trip Private Transfer: $46
  • Private Transfer - Airport - Hotel / Hotel - Airport: $34
  • Private Transfer Services 24h Airport to Hotel in Manaus: $17
  • Services Private transfer 24h Hotel to Airport in Manaus: $16

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:

  • Transfer Between Arequipa's Airport and Hotels: $35
  • Sihanouk Ville Airport Pickup or Transfer Private Car: $32
  • Private Transfer from Arequipa Airport to hotels: $25
  • Private Transfer From Arequipa To Puno With a 2 Hour Stop: $243
  • Koh Lanta any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer: $72
  • Full Day Tour to Colca including Transfer to Puno: $60
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $98
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $103
  • Colca Canyon Sightseeing Tour 2D1N and Transfer to Puno: $120
  • Colca Canyon 2 days from Arequipa with final transfer to Puno: $110
  • Airport private transfer to/from the city center: $26
  • 1-Way Airport Private Transfer: $31

Is it cheaper to fly into Manaus or Arequipa?

Prices for flights to both Arequipa and Manaus 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
    Manaus $12
    Arequipa $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Manaus

For Manaus, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Folklore Amazonian Dinner Show: $42
  • Food Tour: $50

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.
    Manaus -
    Arequipa $18

Tours and Activities in Manaus

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

  • Walking Tours in Manaus: $15
  • Manaus City Tour e Musa: $50
  • MUSA and INPA Museums with Observation Tower Tour: $50
  • City Tour in Manaus at Teatro Amazonas and Praça da Matriz: $50
  • Half-Day City Tour: $54
  • Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River: $55
  • Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour: $55
  • Manaus Sightseeing Tour: $64
  • Solimoes River Piranha Fishing and Alligator Watching Tour: $66
  • Full-Day Package Tour in Presidente Figueiredo : $70
  • Meeting of the Waters & Pink Dolphin Tour with Lunch: $71
  • Meeting of the Waters & Pink Dolphin Tour with Lunch: $72

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:

  • 2 Day - Colca Canyon and Condor Tour from Arequipa, Peru - Group Service : $288
  • 2 Day Shared Tour to Colca Canyon: $45
  • 2 days and 1 night tour in the Colca Canyon: $205
  • 2-Day Misti Volcano Tour: $117
  • 2-Day Tour in Colca Valley: $55
  • 2-Day Tour to the Magical Colca Canyon: $68
  • 2-Day || Adventure From Arequipa to Chachani Volcano ||: $143
  • 2-day tour to the Colca Valley and the Cruz del Condor: $99
  • 3 Hour Congata Rover Biking Ride Tour in Arequipa: $45
  • 3-Day Cotahuasi Canyon Tour: $350
  • 3-Hour Tour by Mountain Bike in Arequipa: $69
  • 3-day Colca Canyon Trek Tour Adventure: $145

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Manaus $2.81
    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 Manaus and Arequipa, we can see that Manaus 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 Manaus would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Manaus 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 Manaus Expensive? and Is Arequipa Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Manaus or Arequipa?

Manaus has a larger population, and is about 90% larger than the population of Arequipa. When comparing the sizes of Manaus 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.