A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Medellin vs. Huaraz for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Medellin or Huaraz?

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

Should I visit Medellin or Huaraz? 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: Medellin or Huaraz?


In addition to big improvements in public safety, Medellin has witnessed a huge surge in urban development projects, including Colombia's first metro system and cable cars to service poorer neighborhoods located high on the mountain sides. There is an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces with many cultural events taking place. Many travelers also enjoy visiting the surrounding villages, where life is simple and landscapes and nature reserves are wonderful. Medellin has now become one of the "it" cities in the world, with tons of tourists visiting and foreigners settling and retiring here. Beautiful mountains, warm weather, friendly locals, and a vibrant culture are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Medellin.


Huaraz is a large town in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru's Central Sierra. Huaraz stands tall at 3100m; travellers from Lima might need a day or two to acclimatize to the change in atmosphere. Nearly wiped out by the earthquake of 1970, the town of 100,000 blends a mix of modern and native culture. Huarez is first and foremost a trekking metropolis. During high season the streets buzz with hundreds of backpackers and adventurers freshly returned from arduous hikes or planning their next expedition. The town has many markets, shops, quality restaurants and hopping bars catering to tourist and local needs. Mountain adventures in the off-season can be equally rewarding, but the vibe is calmer and some places go into hibernation once the rains set in.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, The Best Eco Tours in Colombia, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Peru, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Peru.

Which place is cheaper, Huaraz or Medellin?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Medellin is $23, while the average daily cost in Huaraz is $49. 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 Medellin and Huaraz in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Medellin $4.70
    Huaraz $20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Medellin $9.40
    Huaraz $40
Compare Hotels in Medellin and Huaraz

Looking for a hotel in Medellin or Huaraz? 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 Medellin

Hotels in Huaraz

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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: Medellin Hotel Prices and Huaraz Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Medellin $4.09
    Huaraz $10
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Medellin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Medellin:

  • Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Medellin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Medellin:

  • Airport Transfers : $120
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Medellin Airport to City by MiniSuv: $98
  • Arrival Transfer Medellin Airport MDE to Medellin City by Minivan: $129
  • Jose Maria Cordova Airport(MDE) to Medellin - Round-Trip Transfer: $42
  • Medellín Airport Transfer: $50
  • Medellín Private Transfer from Medellín City to Olaya Herrera (EOH) Airport: $44
  • Medellín to or from Guatapé Private Transfer: $63
  • Medellin Airport (MDE) to Downtown hotels - Arrival Transfer: $21
  • Medellin J.M.C Intl Airport (MDE) - Private Arrival / Departure Transfer : $77
  • Medellin to Olaya Herrera Airport(EOH)-Departure Private Transfer: $28
  • MiniSuv Departure Transfer from Medellin City to Medellin Airport: $98
  • Minibus Departure Transfer from Medellin to Medellin Airport MDE: $182

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Huaraz

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

  • Taxi Ride

Is it cheaper to fly into Medellin or Huaraz?

Prices for flights to both Huaraz and Medellin 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
    Medellin $9.50
    Huaraz $17
Typical Food Prices in Medellin

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

  • Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Medellin

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

  • Cooking Class Preparing Colombian Empanadas: $39
  • Community project cooking class and Medellin social transformation tour: $65
  • Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in Medellín: $69
  • Sabaneta and Envigado Best Local Food Tour from Medellin: $99
  • A Night Out in Medellin with Dinner and Drinks Included: $175
  • ATV Adventure Including Medellin City and Food Tour: $195
  • Spa: Hydrotherapy + Thematic Relaxing Massage + Teppanyaki dinner: $261

Typical Food Prices in Huaraz

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

  • Lunch
  • Chips

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Medellin $13
    Huaraz $19

Tours and Activities in Medellin

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

  • Guided Nightlife Tour of Comuna Trece in Medellin : $5.00
  • Skip the Line: Museum of Antioquia Admission Ticket: $7.20
  • Graffitour Medellín: History, Transformation and Overcoming": $13
  • Shared Tour of El Poblado "Sin Taboos" in Medellin: $13
  • Shared Tour of the Historical and Cultural Center of Medellín: $13
  • GRAFITOUR COMUNA 13 more than a tour an EXPERIENCE: $15
  • Medellin Shared Walking Tour Metro ticket included: $16
  • From violence to innovation (Virtual Guided Tour): $19
  • Commune 13, cable car. Graffititour. History. All inclusive: $20
  • Guided Tour of Comuna 13 Medellín with Snacks Included: $20
  • Comuna 13 History and Graffiti Tour with Cable Car: $20
  • Graffiti tour in commune 13 guided by locals: $20

Typical Entertainment Prices in Huaraz

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

  • Climbing Gear

Tours and Activities in Huaraz

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

  • Traditional Picante de Cuy Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz: $15
  • 69 Lake Tour of Peru: $26
  • Glacier Pastoruri and Puya Raimondi Full Day Tour: $28
  • Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range: $30
  • From Huaraz || Full day tour Laguna 69 in -Cordillera Blanca: $36
  • From Tour to Llanganuco Lakes (Chinancocha Lake): $37
  • From Tour to Archeological Complex of Chavin: $38
  • Turquoise Adventure, Journey to Laguna 69 in Huaraz: $40
  • Ancash: Nevado pastors and puyas Raymondi Tour | Full Day |: $40
  • Lake 69 Full-Day Hiking Tour from Huaraz: $40
  • From Lake 69 Trek Day Tour - White Mountain Range: $46
  • From Chavín de Huantar fullday tour: $56

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Medellin $7.13
    Huaraz $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Medellin

Also in Medellin, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • 4 Hours Pub Crawl Nightlife in Medellin: $41
  • Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl : $49
  • All-Inclusive Comuna 13 Nightlife Bar Crawl with Locals: $130

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Medellin Expensive? and Is Huaraz Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Medellin or Huaraz?

Medellin has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Huaraz. When comparing the sizes of Medellin and Huaraz, 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.