A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Mendoza vs. Arica for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mendoza or Arica?

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 Mendoza and Arica. 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: Mendoza or Arica?


Mendoza is a city in western Argentina and more precisely in the desertic Cuyo region. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry and is famed around the world for its vineyards and wine production. Spread across the valley of the Rio Mendoza and in the foothills of the Andean mountain range, Mendoza is also near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. The bustling and scenic city of wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes spoils visitors with unique natural attractions and historical landmarks. If you can, visit Mendoza during the harvest festival at the end of February. There are many events and festivals in Mendoza and they are usually free. Each has a different theme, and they usually have a stage with singing and dancing and booths that sell food around a plaza. Seventy percent of Argentina's wines are produced here, and Mendoza is especially known for its world-famous malbecs.


A mixture of coastline, desert and high Andean plateau, Arica is a seaside resort town, known for its surfing beaches located at the tip of Northern Chile. Arica boasts that it is "the land of the eternal spring," but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Arica's tourism is still principally geared toward domestic visitors and those from southern Peru and La Paz, who flock to its beaches mid-December through February. It is very easy to spend a few days in Arica in the sand, or seeing the sights in town, at a slow pace but the city also offers plenty of fun activities and exciting day trips.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Camping Tours in Argentina, The Best Luxury Tours to Argentina, The Best 10-Day Tours in Chile, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Chile.

Which place is cheaper, Arica or Mendoza?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Mendoza is $6.97, while the average daily cost in Arica is $81. 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 Mendoza and Arica in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mendoza $2.65
    Arica $36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mendoza $5.30
    Arica $72
Compare Hotels in Mendoza and Arica

Looking for a hotel in Mendoza or Arica? 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 Mendoza

Hotels in Arica

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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: Mendoza Hotel Prices and Arica Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mendoza $1.38
    Arica $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

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

  • Wineries + Lunch and Private Transfer , all Inclusive.: $140
  • Wine + Gin + Lunch.Transfer included: $160
  • Visit Trapiche+Lunch El Enemigo (Michelin). Private transfer: $300
  • Transfer to Salentein Uco Valley with Lunch and Visit: $260
  • Tasting in two wineries + full lunch. Transfer included: $160
  • Shared Transfer Mendoza Bus Station / Downtown Hotel: $27
  • Private transfers to Vinicolas de Lujan and Maipú: $150
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Valle de Uco: $190
  • Private Transfer Mendoza to Mendoza Airport MDZ by Car or Minibus: $17
  • Private Transfer Lujan de Cuyo or Maipu to Mendoza Airport MDZ : $30
  • One Way Shared Transfer Mendoza Airport/Downtown Hotel: $40
  • Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MDZ Airport Transfer: $10

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Arica

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

  • Short Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arica

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

  • Private Transfer from Arica Hotels to Arica Cruise Port: $24
  • Private Transfer from Arica Cruise Port to Arica city hotels: $22
  • Private Transfer from Arica Cruise Port to Arica Hotels: $24
  • Private Transfer from Arica Cruise Port to Arica Airport (ARI): $28
  • Private Transfer from Arica Cruise Port to Arica Airport (ARI): $31
  • Private Transfer from Arica City hotels to Arica Cruise Port: $22
  • Private Transfer from Arica Airport (ARI) to Arica Cruise Port : $28
  • Private Transfer from Arica Airport (ARI) to Arica Cruise Port: $31
  • Arica Airport Private Transfer: $96

Is it cheaper to fly into Mendoza or Arica?

Prices for flights to both Arica and Mendoza 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
    Mendoza $3.11
    Arica $29
Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Empanadas

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza

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

  • Bar Safari: 4 Best Mendoza’s Bars in 1 night. + Full Dinner: $93
  • Argentinian Cooking class in Grazie Mille Winery in Valle de Uco: $95
  • Sunset Horseback Riding Tour in Lunlunta with Dinner Included: $120
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner at an Estancia in Mendoza: $150
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner in Mendoza: $160
  • Trip to the Marañon Art Park from Mendoza. Dinner in Uspallata: $170
  • Empanadas Cooking Class in a local's kitchen: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mendoza $1.97
    Arica $20

Tours and Activities in Mendoza

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

  • Zipline Adventure: Exploring Potrerillos Valley: $89
  • 3 Wineries Tour Half Day: $36
  • A walking tour of the fascinating history of Mendoza wine: $15
  • Admire the majesty of the Cordillera: AltaMontaña Experience: $250
  • Adrenaline Canopy Tour on the Mendoza River: $124
  • Adventure Park - Unforgettable Challenge!: $75
  • Andes Day Hiking Tour Experience : $155
  • Andes High Mountain Tour in Mendoza: $121
  • Andes High Mountain full day Tour: $78
  • Andes Hiking Experience Full Day: $175
  • Andes Mountain Tour Circuit Mt Aconcagua: $220
  • Asado em Casa Mendocina Experience with Friends: $150

Tours and Activities in Arica

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

  • Archeological Sightseeing tour in Arica: $153
  • Arica Private Sightseeing Tour : $150
  • Half day Panoramic City Tour: $49
  • Private Tour to Tacna from Arica: $287

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mendoza $1.18
    Arica $20
Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Mendoza:

  • Beer

Sample the Local Flavors in Mendoza

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mendoza:

  • Classic Wine Tasting: $34
  • Private Wine Tasting in the Vineyards Facing the Andes: $35
  • Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings: $42
  • Premium Wine Tasting: $52
  • Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza: $53
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $99
  • Wine Tour with Lunch and Transport in Mendoza: $100
  • Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch: $107
  • Full-Day Private Luján De Cuyo Wine Tour from Mendoza: $145
  • All Day, Small Group, Luxury Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch: $180
  • Private Wine Tour, Tastings and Lunch with Pairings: $180
  • Full Day Private Uco Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $181

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

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

Which is Bigger, Mendoza or Arica?

Mendoza has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Arica. When comparing the sizes of Mendoza and Arica, 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.