A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Montevideo vs. Lima for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Montevideo or Lima?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Montevideo and Lima can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Montevideo or Lima?

Montevideo

As the morning sun tinges the calm waters of the Rio de la Plata with a golden hue, the Rambla and its city awakens to life with new adventures for those near and far. From tanning on the luxurious beaches to peering into Uruguayan history at local museums, one can be far from bored while staying in Montevideo. Combining the quaintness of the countryside with the excitement of urban life, this city holds a unique trait that cannot easily be replicated.

Lima

Lima, the capital city of Peru, is likely to be your point of entry for the country. Lima was founded in 1535 and was the seat of the Spanish rule for 300 years. It's a surprisingly modern city despite its rich history, but many beautiful churches and colonial architecture remain today. There are also large slum areas that highlight the poverty that exists in the city. The city and its surrounding metropolitan area have a population of about 8.5 million people, many of whom came from the Andes Mountains in search of work. Unfortunately the work opportunities are limited and the poverty is obvious as you arrive in Lima.

Which city is cheaper, Lima or Montevideo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Montevideo is $50, while the average daily cost in Lima is $58. 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Montevideo and Lima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Montevideo $31
    Lima $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Montevideo $62
    Lima $74
Compare Hotels in Montevideo and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Montevideo or Lima? 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 Montevideo


Hotels in Lima


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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: Montevideo Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Montevideo $5.75
    Lima $4.36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montevideo

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

  • TRANSFER IN/OUT (Airport, Port (MVD) - Hotel in MVD - Airport, Port (MVD)): $20
  • Private Transfer Montevideo Airport: $20
  • Transfer Airport to Hotel Regular: $20
  • Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer: $23
  • TRANSFER IN - OUT (Airport or Port / Hotel) - private transfer: $25
  • Montevideo Airport Transfers: $25
  • Airport-Hotel or Hotel-Airport Transfers: $28
  • Transfer MV Uruguay: $37
  • Private Airport Transfer: Montevideo to Carrasco International Airport (MVD): $40
  • Private Airport Transfer: Carrasco International Airport (MVD) to Montevideo: $40
  • Private 1-Way or Round Trip MVD Airport Transfer: $45
  • Departure Private Transfer Montevideo to Montevideo Airport MVD in Sedan Car: $46

Typical Local Transportation prices in Lima

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $5.16
  • Taxi Ride
    $5.16
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lima

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lima:

  • Nazca lines private transfer from Lima: $790
  • LIMA - PERÚ, 4 Days and 3 Nights + acommodation *** + Transfer + 4 tours IN LIMA: $559
  • Private transfer from Lima Airport to Paracas (price per vehicle): $490
  • Nazca lines tour private transfer to Nazca: $490
  • Private transfer from Lima city to Paracas (price per vehicle): $480
  • From Palomino Islands Cruise & Swimming with Sea Lions with Transfers: $125
  • Lima round trip transfers airport - hotel - airport + City Tour: $89
  • Private Largevan Transfer - Arrival Lima Airport to Hotel: $80
  • Round trip private transfer to Lima Airport: $80
  • Private Transfer from Lima Airport to hotels in Miraflores or Viceversa: $79
  • Palomino Islands Swim with sea lions Lima with Transfers included.: $75
  • Lima Jorge Chavez Airport Transfer: $66

Is it cheaper to fly into Montevideo or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima and Montevideo 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
    Montevideo $11
    Lima $13

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montevideo

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

  • The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe.: $75
  • El Milongon Dinner & Show: Candombe, Tango & Folklore in Montevideo: $105

Typical Food prices in Lima

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lima are as follows:


  • Lunch for Two
    $4.13
  • Ice cream
    $3.35
  • Coffee
    $2.84
  • Donut
    $0.90

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lima

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

  • Virtual Peruvian Cooking Class "Lomo Saltado": $18
  • Cooking Workshop and Water Circuit Tour: $45
  • #1 Lima Food Tour and Local Markets (Small Group): $46
  • #1 Peruvian Food Tour through Local Markets (Small Group): $46
  • Delicious Food Tour through Local Markets: $46
  • #1 Dancing Horse Show & Dinner Buffet & Barranco Night Tour: $46
  • Dancing Horse Show & Dinner Buffet & Barranco Night Tour: $46
  • Dinner at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant: $49
  • Private Cooking Class With a Local Family in Lima: $52
  • Half-Day Fountains Tour with Dinner & Folklore Show: $53
  • Peruvian Food Tour Through Local Markets: $55
  • Dinner Show and Exhibition of Peruvian Horse including Pick up & drop off: $55

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Montevideo $16
    Lima $6.59

Tours and Activities in Montevideo

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

  • Ramble through Montevideo's culture and history with this audio walking tour: $5.20
  • Palacio Salvo Official Ticket with Guided Tour: $7.50
  • Skip the Line: Museo Andes 1972 Crash Memorial Admission Ticket: $8.00
  • Half-Day Shared City Tour of Montevideo AM: $19
  • Tour Montevideo Panoramico: $23
  • Walking Tour Parque Rodo: Idiosyncrasy and art of Uruguay: $25
  • City Tour Montevideo: $25
  • City Tour Montevideo: $28
  • Montevideo Tourist Bus: $31
  • Full-Day City Tour of Punta del Este from Montevideo: $33
  • The Best Montevideo City Tour: $33
  • 3-Hour Bike Tour: $37

Typical Entertainment prices in Lima

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Lima are as follows:


  • Entrance to Museo Larco (for 2)
    $15
  • Movie Tickets
    $2.19

Tours and Activities in Lima

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Lima are as follows:

  • #1 Artsy & Cultural Barranco Walking tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 Artsy Barranco & Lima City Tour (Small Group): $60
  • #1 Beautiful Fountains Park & Light Show - Night Tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 City Tour by Night & Magic Fountains Park - Light Show (Small Group): $34
  • #1 City Tour in Lima from the Airport (private service): $46
  • #1 Lima City Tour - Lunch & Pachacamac Archaeological site (Small Group): $80
  • #1 Lima Walking City Tour (Small Group): $30
  • #1 Lunahuana Valley & Rafting Experience - from Lima (Small Group): $140
  • #1 Miraflores, Barranco & San Isidro Tour (Small Group): $34
  • #1 Sandboarding - Buggy Tour & Huacachina Oasis - from Lima (Small Group): $146
  • #1 The Gold Museum of Peru & Lima City tour (Small Group): $80
  • #1 The Gold Museum of Peru Tour (Small Group): $40

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Montevideo -
    Lima $4.28

Sample the Local Flavors in Montevideo

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

  • Wine Tasting Tour - from Montevideo: $75
  • Private Winery Tour + Wine Tasting (Minimum 4 people): $80
  • Montevideo and Wine Tasting Tour - for cruise passengers: $89
  • Wine tasting - Uruguayan Tannat in Montevideo: $103
  • Private Visit to Uruguayan Winery + Lunch + Wine tasting (minimum 5 people): $105
  • Juanico Wine Tour Lunch: $120
  • Pack 5: Tour Montevideo, Punta del Este & Wine Tasting Tour: $145
  • Guided Private Wine Tour with Tasting and Lunch: $182
  • Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience: $200
  • Full-Day Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour: $200
  • Private Wine Tours by Wine Explorers Uruguay: $205
  • Private Montevideo Wine Tour & Flight Tour: $259

Typical Alcohol prices in Lima

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Lima are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $6.94
  • Beer
    $3.87
  • Cocktail
    $3.10

Sample the Local Flavors in Lima

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lima:

  • Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour (Unique Experience): $226
  • Mysterious Nazca Lines, Overflight from Ica, Huacachina Oasis & Wine Tour!: $490


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


When is the best time to visit Montevideo or Lima?

Montevideo has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Lima experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Montevideo or Lima in the Summer?

Both Lima and Montevideo during the summer are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the summer, Montevideo is a little warmer than Lima. Typically, the summer temperatures in Montevideo in January are around 24°C (75°F), and Lima is about 18°C (64°F)in July.

It's quite sunny in Montevideo. In the summer, Montevideo often gets more sunshine than Limain July. Montevideo gets 296 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 36 hours of full sun.

Montevideo usually gets more rain in January than Limain July. Montevideo gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Lima receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Montevideo 24°C (75°F) 
    Lima 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Montevideo or Lima in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Montevideo and Lima. Lima attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In April, Montevideo is generally cooler than Limain October. Temperatures in Montevideo average around 17°C (63°F), and Lima stays around 19°C (66°F).

Montevideo usually receives more sunshine than Lima during autumn. Montevideo gets 171 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 60 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Montevideo gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Montevideo usually receives more rain than Limain October. Montevideo gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Lima receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Montevideo 17°C (63°F) 
    Lima 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Montevideo or Lima in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Montevideo as well as Lima. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Lima throughout the year.

Montevideo is much colder than Lima in the winter. The temperature in Montevideo is usually 11°C (52°F) in July, and Lima stays around 23°C (73°F)in January.

In the winter, Montevideo often gets less sunshine than Limain January. Montevideo gets 135 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Lima receives 185 hours of full sun.

Montevideo usually gets more rain in July than Limain January. Montevideo gets 70 mm (2.8 in) of rain, while Lima receives 4 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Montevideo 11°C (52°F) 
    Lima 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Montevideo or Lima in the Spring?

Both Lima and Montevideo are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Lima because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Montevideo is cooler than Lima. Typically, the spring temperatures in Montevideo in October are around 17°C (63°F), and Lima is about 22°C (72°F)in April.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Montevideo. Montevideo usually receives more sunshine than Lima during spring. Montevideo gets 248 hours of sunny skies, while Lima receives 182 hours of full sun in the spring.

It's quite rainy in Montevideo. In October, Montevideo usually receives more rain than Limain April. Montevideo gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Lima receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Montevideo 17°C (63°F) 
    Lima 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Lima and Montevideo

Montevideo Lima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 24°C (75°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Feb 23°C (73°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 21°C (70°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 23°C (73°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Jun 11°C (52°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 11°C (52°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug 12°C (54°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Sep 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 22°C (72°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 22°C (72°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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