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

Should you visit Punta del Este or Lima?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Punta del Este or Lima, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Punta del Este or Lima?

Punta del Este

Punta del Este with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels, ardent night scene and glitzy restaurants is a chic beach resort town in Uruguay. Many tourists come from Brazil and Argentina, on the other side of the Rio de la Plata, to get some nice sun and lay on the beach for a weekend getaway. Punta del Este is more expensive than other areas in Uruguay and has been called the Monaco of South America. Tourist season varies wildly from totally deserted in the winter to very crowded in the summer.

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 Punta del Este?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Punta del Este is $77, 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 Punta del Este and Lima in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Punta del Este $43
    Lima $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Punta del Este $86
    Lima $74
Compare Hotels in Punta del Este and Lima

Looking for a hotel in Punta del Este 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 Punta del Este


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: Punta del Este Hotel Prices and Lima Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Punta del Este $17
    Lima $4.36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Punta del Este

Also for Punta del Este, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Arrival Transfer: Punta del Este Airport to Hotel: $40
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Punta del Este Airport: $40
  • Punta del Este Airport Private Transfer: $45
  • Private Transfer to Garzon Restaurant by Francis Mallmann: $269
  • Punta del Este Wine Tour, Bodega Garzon, Private Transfer: $338

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 Punta del Este or Lima?

Prices for flights to both Lima and Punta del Este 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
    Punta del Este $24
    Lima $13

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.
    Punta del Este $8.26
    Lima $6.59

Tours and Activities in Punta del Este

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Punta del Este.

  • La Vista 360 Admission Ticket: $10
  • Punta del Este City Tour Clasico con Puesta del Sol en Casapueblo: $25
  • Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour: $33
  • Art Studio Tour in Punta del Este: $75
  • Punta del Este City Tour: $93
  • Wine Lovers - Punta Wine Experience: $150
  • Punta del Este Special Art Tour: $185
  • Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este: $188

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
    Punta del Este $6.05
    Lima $4.28

Sample the Local Flavors in Punta del Este

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Punta del Este:

  • Wine Tasting from Punta del Este: $128

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 Punta del Este and Lima, we can see that Punta del Este is more expensive. And not only is Lima much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lima would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lima 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 Punta del Este would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Punta del Este than you might in Lima.


When is the best time to visit Punta del Este or Lima?

Punta del Este 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 Punta del Este or Lima in the Summer?

Both Lima and Punta del Este 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, Punta del Este is a little warmer than Lima. Typically, the summer temperatures in Punta del Este in January are around 23°C (73°F), and Lima is about 18°C (64°F)in July.

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

Punta del Este usually gets more rain in January than Limain July. Punta del Este gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Lima receives 12 mm (0.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Punta del Este 23°C (73°F) 
    Lima 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Punta del Este or Lima in the Autumn?

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

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

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

In April, Punta del Este usually receives more rain than Limain October. Punta del Este gets 84 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Lima receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Punta del Este or Lima in the Winter?

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

Punta del Este is much colder than Lima in the winter. The temperature in Punta del Este is usually 10°C (50°F) in July, and Lima stays around 23°C (73°F)in January.

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

Punta del Este usually gets more rain in July than Limain January. Punta del Este gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Lima receives 4 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Punta del Este 10°C (50°F) 
    Lima 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Punta del Este or Lima in the Spring?

Both Lima and Punta del Este 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, Punta del Este is cooler than Lima. Typically, the spring temperatures in Punta del Este in October are around 16°C (61°F), and Lima is about 22°C (72°F)in April.

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

In October, Punta del Este usually receives more rain than Limain April. Punta del Este gets 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Lima receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Punta del Este 16°C (61°F) 
    Lima 22°C (72°F)

Typical Weather for Lima and Punta del Este

Punta del Este Lima
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 23°C (73°F) 75 mm (3 in) 23°C (73°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Feb 22°C (72°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Mar 20°C (68°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 23°C (73°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 91 mm (3.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Jun 11°C (52°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 11 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 10°C (50°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 12 mm (0.5 in)
Aug 11°C (52°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 17°C (63°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Sep 13°C (55°F) 93 mm (3.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 19°C (66°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 20°C (68°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)


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