A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Puerto Madryn vs. Arequipa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Puerto Madryn or Arequipa?

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

Should I visit Puerto Madryn or Arequipa? 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: Puerto Madryn or Arequipa?

Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is mostly known as the gateway to Peninsula Valdes, welcoming tourists who come for whale watching. The Peninsula Valdes is a nature reserve designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site; 97 km long and 63 km wide, it is connected to the continent by an isthmus of 35 km from which we can see both gulfs, San Jose at north and the Nuevo at south.


Sitting in the middle of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes of Peru is the enchanting city of Arequipa. With 468 years of history, the city is full of Spanish colonial architecture. Known to locals as the "white city," the city center, Plaza de Armas, is quite the sight with buildings of sillar white stone made from the rocks of the surrounding volcanoes.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours in Argentina, The Best 3-Week Tours in Argentina, The Best Sightseeing Tours in Peru, and The Best Cultural Tours in Peru.

Which place is cheaper, Arequipa or Puerto Madryn?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Madryn is $13, while the average daily cost in Arequipa is $46. 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 Puerto Madryn and Arequipa in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Madryn $4.98
    Arequipa $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Madryn $9.96
    Arequipa $46
Compare Hotels in Puerto Madryn and Arequipa

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Madryn or Arequipa? 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 Puerto Madryn

Hotels in Arequipa

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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: Puerto Madryn Hotel Prices and Arequipa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Madryn $3.10
    Arequipa $5.86

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Madryn

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Madryn:

  • From Punta Tombo Day Trip with Hotel Transfer: $105
  • Trelew Airport Shuttle Transfer To Puerto Madryn : $47

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Arequipa

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

  • Taxi Ride
  • Bus Ride
  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arequipa

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Arequipa:

  • Arequipa Airport Arrival Transfer: $13
  • Arequipa Bus Station Departure Transfer: $25
  • Arequipa Bus Station Arrival Transfer : $25
  • Airport private transfer to/from the city center: $26
  • 1-Way Airport Private Transfer: $31
  • Sihanouk Ville Airport Pickup or Transfer Private Car: $32
  • Transfer Between Arequipa's Airport and Hotels: $35
  • Full Day Tour to Colca including Transfer to Puno: $60
  • Koh Lanta any hotel to Krabi airport Private transfer: $72
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $98
  • From 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno: $103
  • Colca Canyon 2 days from Arequipa with final transfer to Puno: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Madryn or Arequipa?

Prices for flights to both Arequipa and Puerto Madryn 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
    Puerto Madryn $5.39
    Arequipa $13

Typical Food Prices in Arequipa

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

  • Coke
  • Lunch
  • Ice Cream
  • Fruit
  • Ice Cream

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Arequipa

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

  • Peruvian Cooking Experience in Arequipa: $35
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Peruvian Cooking Class: $48
  • Cooking Class Typical Food in Arequipa: $48
  • Private Cooking Class in Arequipa: $57
  • 3-hour guided food tour / 5 iconic restaurants of Arequipa: $72
  • A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 4 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa: $79
  • Arequipa Food Tour: Ancestral Cuisine & City Tour: $79
  • Peruvian cooking experience, pisco sour and visit local market: $95
  • Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market: $95
  • Arequipa Food Tour Experience: $115
  • Food Tour Experience: $115

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Madryn $5.47
    Arequipa $18
Typical Entertainment Prices in Puerto Madryn

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

  • Whale Watching for Two

Tours and Activities in Puerto Madryn

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

  • Excursion to Punta Loma and Puerto Madryn for Cruisers: $60
  • Kayaking adventure in Puerto Madryn: $60
  • Shore Excursion: Punta Loma+City Tour, for cruise passengers: $70
  • From City and Punta Loma Tour: $70
  • Península Valdés: Historical and Nature Boat Tour Pto.Madryn: $70
  • Punta Loma Shore Excursion with City tour: $75
  • Full Day Peninsula Valdes Experience - optional Whale Watching : $87
  • Punta Tombo Full Day Tour, Walking among Penguins - Regular service SIB: $88
  • Full Day Peninsula Valdes Experience: $90
  • Peninsula Valdes Full Day Tour: $90
  • 4 x 4 experience around Puerto Madryn: $100
  • Wonderful Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery Tour : $100

Typical Entertainment Prices in Arequipa

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

  • Monastery Entry
  • Salsa Class
  • Movie Ticket
  • Hot Springs

Tours and Activities in Arequipa

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

  • 4 hours Tour: Route of Sillar with Trek in Culebrillas: $12
  • Sillar Route Tour.: $13
  • Ticket for Planetarium and Star Observatory: $15
  • Walking Tour through the Historic Center of Arequipa: $16
  • Walking Tour through the Historic Center of Arequipa: $16
  • Countryside Tour with Volcano Views: $17
  • Tour through the Countryside of Arequipa in Panoramic Bus: $18
  • Countryside Tour Arequipa: $18
  • Walking tour in the Historic Center of Arequipa: $19
  • From Panoramic Tour of Arequipa: $20
  • Arequipa|| Half day tour of the Sillar Route: $20
  • Arequipa City tour in panoramic bus: $20

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Madryn $2.96
    Arequipa $15

Typical Alcohol Prices in Arequipa

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

  • Beer

Sample the Local Flavors in Arequipa

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Arequipa:

  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with VIP Access.: $25
  • From Pisco and wine tour through the Majes Valley: $50
  • Pub Crawl Tour in Arequipa with Drinks and VIP Access.: $60

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

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

Which is Bigger, Puerto Madryn or Arequipa?

Arequipa has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Puerto Madryn. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Madryn and Arequipa, 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.