A Travel Price Comparison for Argentina Mendoza vs. Humahuaca for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Mendoza or Humahuaca?

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 Humahuaca. 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 Humahuaca?

Mendoza

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.

Humahuaca

Located in the northwest region of Argentina, Humahuaca is a town nearly 3000m high in elevation, found on the border of the rio Grande. It is the largest settlement with the biggest population along the famous quebrada de Humahuaca gorge, but it has managed to keep its authenticity with its cobblestoned streets, adobe houses, quaint plazas filled with inhabitants of Andean traits and handicraft shops. If you have the chance to visit Humahuaca in February, during the carnival, you will appreciate how traditions are kept alive in this part of Argentina. Humahuaca has become a popular tourist destination in Argentina because of its beautiful setting next to the spectacular SerranĂ­a de Hornocal (colored mountains). While most visitors rapidly make their way through Humahuaca before continuing to the other two main Quebrada towns, Pumamarca and Tilcara, some enjoy spending a night or two there. Indeed, the town offers a perfect starting point to visit the region and has a few interesting landmarks not to miss, such as the historic church and Soto Avendano's Independence Monument. If you decide to stay in Humahuaca, remember that nights get chilly and ask the tourist office for any information (in the Cabildo, on the main square, opened Monday to Friday from 7h to 21h and Saturday from 9h to 12h and 13h to 16h and only Sunday mornings).

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Which place is cheaper, Humahuaca or Mendoza?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Mendoza is $7.15, while the average daily cost in Humahuaca is $6.53. 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 Humahuaca in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Mendoza $2.71
    Humahuaca $2.34
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Mendoza $5.42
    Humahuaca $4.68
Compare Hotels in Mendoza and Humahuaca

Looking for a hotel in Mendoza or Humahuaca? 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 Humahuaca


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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Mendoza $1.41
    Humahuaca $2.02

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

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

  • Mendoza Bodega Tempus Alba + Trapiche + Transfer incluido: $550
  • Visit Trapiche+Lunch El Enemigo (Michelin). Private transfer: $300
  • Chandon Winery + Enemigo Lunch (Michelin Guide). Transfer included: $260
  • Chandon+Lunch Quimera Bistro (Michelin Guide).Private transfer: $260
  • Transfer to Salentein Uco Valley with Lunch and Visit: $260
  • Desgustación Domaine Bousquet+Almuerzo en Ruda. Transfer privado: $230
  • Atamisque Winery + Lunch at Ruda Cocina. Transfer included: $220
  • Trapiche Winery + Laur + Antigal Winery Lunch.Transfer included: $200
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Valle de Uco: $190
  • 3 Wineries+Lunch with Unlimited Wine+Transfer included: $180
  • Tasting in two wineries + full lunch. Transfer included: $160
  • Private transfers to Vinicolas de Lujan and Maipú: $150

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Humahuaca

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

  • From Salta: 2-Day Cachi and Humahuaca Tour with Transfer: $66

Is it cheaper to fly into Mendoza or Humahuaca?

Prices for flights to both Humahuaca 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Mendoza $3.19
    Humahuaca $2.56
Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

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


  • Empanadas
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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: $116
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner at an Estancia in Mendoza: $150
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner in Mendoza: $160
  • Full-Day Small-Group Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $183
  • Empanadas Cooking Class in a local's kitchen: $200
  • Food Tour: $250

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Mendoza $2.02
    Humahuaca $2.48

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: $85
  • 3 Wineries Tour Half Day: $36
  • Aconcagua short hike, and high mountain tour with barbecue.: $185
  • Admire the majesty of the Cordillera: AltaMontaña Experience: $250
  • Adrenaline Canopy Tour on the Mendoza River: $91
  • Adventure Park - Unforgettable Challenge!: $75
  • Andes Day Hiking Tour Experience : $155
  • Andes High Mountain full day Tour: $77
  • Andes Hiking Experience Full Day: $175
  • Andes Mountain Tour Circuit Mt Aconcagua: $220
  • Asado em Casa Mendocina Experience with Friends: $150
  • Bike Tour - Meet San Martín Park: $58

Tours and Activities in Humahuaca

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Humahuaca.

  • Hornocal: Full-Day Tour to the Hill of Seven Colors: $70

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Mendoza $1.21
    Humahuaca $1.13
Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

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


  • Beer
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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: $30
  • Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings: $36
  • Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza: $47
  • Premium Wine Tasting: $48
  • Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch: $96
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $99
  • Wine Tour with Lunch and Transport in Mendoza: $100
  • Full-Day Private Luján De Cuyo Wine Tour from Mendoza: $144
  • Private Wine Tour, Tastings and Lunch with Pairings: $150
  • Wine Tour with Lunch from Mendoza: $165
  • Full Day Private Uco Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $180
  • All Day, Small Group, Luxury Wine Tour with Gourmet Lunch: $180


When comparing the travel costs between Mendoza and Humahuaca, we can see that Mendoza 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 Mendoza Expensive? and Is Humahuaca Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Mendoza or Humahuaca?

Mendoza has a larger population, and is about 80 times larger than the population of Humahuaca. When comparing the sizes of Mendoza and Humahuaca, 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.