Should you visit Pereira or Huaraz?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Pereira and Huaraz. 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. So, let's dig into it.
Situated in a small valley in the western Andes, Pereira is the capital city of Risaralda, Colombia. The city is surrounded by coffee producing agriculture and sits in the middle of a triangle of cities including Bogota, Medillin and Cali, each of which is about a three to five hour drive away.
The city itself is very much student oriented, as there are many universities around town and at least one quarter of the population is made up of students. There is also a very European vibe to the city and you will find the area beautiful with many parks and museums.
Pereira's economy is based on government, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, trade, commerce, and tourism. Agricultural products include sugarcane, cacao, rubber, cereals, coffee, and livestock. Apparel is the main manufacturing product, along with aluminium goods, motorcycles and telecommunications technology.
Pereira is found in a warm moorland area with an average temperature of around 72 degrees. The temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year with highs in the high 70s Fahrenheit to low 80s Fahrenheit. Low temperatures are usually in the low 60s Fahrenheit. Rain is heaviest during the months of April and May as well as October and November.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Huaraz or Pereira?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Pereira is $52, while the average daily cost in Huaraz is $36. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Pereira and Huaraz in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $42 for a double occupancy room in Pereira.
Huaraz's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $28. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $14.
On average, meal and food prices in Pereira cost around $19 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $7.60.
While meal prices in Huaraz can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Huaraz should cost around $5.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Huaraz is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Pereira
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Pereira:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pereira
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Pereira.
Private Tropical Cooking Class in Pereira with Fruit Tasting:
Typical Food prices in Huaraz
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Huaraz:
The cost of a taxi ride in Pereira is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Pereira.
The cost of a taxi ride in Huaraz is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.32 per person, per day, on local transportation in Huaraz.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Pereira
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Pereira are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pereira
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pereira:
Private Transfer Pereira to Salento (or vice versa):
Typical Local Transportation prices in Huaraz
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Huaraz are as follows:
Is it cheaper to fly into Pereira or Huaraz?
Prices for flights to both Huaraz and Pereira 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.
Entertainment and activities in Pereira typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Entertainment and activities in Huaraz typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Tours and Activities in Pereira
Here are a few actual costs in Pereira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
[Online Experience] Enjoy the Awakening of Birds:
[Online Experience] Explore the Coffee Process_From Tree to Cup:
Coffee Tour Santa Rosa de Cabal:
Pereira Full Day Bike Tour: Nature and Coffee:
Pereira Full Day Bike Tour: Local Means of Transport Route:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Pereira):
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Pereira):
Cocora Tour, Water Star:
2-Day Biking and Hiking Tour in the Coffee Region from Pereira:
Romantic tour in Pereira:
The Best of Pereira Walking Tour:
5-Day Biking Tour Including Coffee and Cultural from Pereira:
Typical Entertainment prices in Huaraz
Here are a few typical costs in Huaraz for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
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:
Llanganuco Full Day Tour:
Pachamanca Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz:
Lake 69 Full-Day Hiking Tour from Huaraz:
From Llanganuco Lagoon fullday tour:
From Chavín de Huantar fullday tour:
From Nevado Pastoruri Tour fullday tour:
Huaraz Private City Tour:
Querococha Lake and Chavin Ruins Private Tour from Huaraz:
Pastoruri Glacier Private Full-Day Tour from Huaraz:
Full-Day Tour to Lake Paron from Huaraz, Peru:
Full-Day Tour to Callejón de Huaylas and Llanganuco:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Pereira may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Huaraz may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pereira and Huaraz, we can see that Pereira is more expensive. And not only is Huaraz much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Huaraz would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Huaraz 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 Pereira would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pereira than you might in Huaraz.
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