A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Recife vs. Cajamarca for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Recife or Cajamarca?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Recife and Cajamarca 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: Recife or Cajamarca?


One of the largest cities on Brazil's northeast coast, Recife is also the capital of the state of Pernambuco. The city gets its name from the Portuguese word for "reef," as it was built around a landscape of natural reef beaches. Many people visit to enjoy these beaches, experience the culture, and explore the history of this important Brazilian city.


Located in the northern highlands of Peru, Cajamarca is a town of about 100,000 people. The city's mild weather and fertile soil is ideal for agriculture, which is a major industry in the area. The city is also well known for its cheeses and dairy products. Cajamarca is the site of the Battle of Cajamarca which led to the execution of the Inca emperor Atahualpa and the end of the infamous Inca empire. Today, the area is appealing to visitors in part because of its lovely churches, nice hot springs, and interesting Inca Baths.

Which place is cheaper, Cajamarca or Recife?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Recife is $170, while the average daily cost in Cajamarca is $66. 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 Recife and Cajamarca in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Recife $90
    Cajamarca $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Recife $180
    Cajamarca $46
Compare Hotels in Recife and Cajamarca

Looking for a hotel in Recife or Cajamarca? 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 Recife

Hotels in Cajamarca

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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: Recife Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Recife $8.69
    Cajamarca $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Recife

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Recife:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Olinda City to Recife Airport: $26
  • Private Transfer from Olinda to Recife (REC) Airport: $46
  • Airport to Porto de Galinhas Transfer: $65
  • Recife Boat Tour with Transfers: $72
  • Airport to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer: $85
  • Departure Transfer from Olinda to Recife Airport: $100
  • Private Transfer from Igarassu to Recife (REC) Airport : $102

Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or Cajamarca?

Prices for flights to both Cajamarca and Recife 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
    Recife $72
    Cajamarca $27

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Recife $12
    Cajamarca $25

Tours and Activities in Recife

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

  • Recife (Historic Centre) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $7.95
  • Olinda Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.12
  • City Tour Recife & Olinda: $27
  • Colonial North Coast beaches - Full-Day Tour: $36
  • Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand: $94
  • City Tour Recife with Catamaran included: $150

Tours and Activities in Cajamarca

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

  • || Tour of the Cajamarca Valley - San Nicolás lagoon ||: $30
  • Sulluscocha Extreme Adventure |Atv, Canopy, Climbing|: $65
  • City Tour: $67
  • 3-Day Guided Cultural Tour of Cajamarca with Transportation: $202

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Recife -
    Cajamarca $16

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

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

Which is Bigger, Recife or Cajamarca?

Recife has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Cajamarca. When comparing the sizes of Recife and Cajamarca, 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.