A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Recife vs. Lake Titicaca (Puno) for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Recife or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno)?


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.

Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Lake Titicaca, which directly translates to "puma stone" in Quechua, is located high in the Andes Mountains straddling Peru and Bolivia, with about 60% of the lake in Peru and 40% in Bolivia. Among the lake are three main islands, the most popular of which are the Uros Islands, also known as the floating islands, where the Uros people live on totora reeds that grow in the lake.

Which place is cheaper, Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $53. 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Recife $90
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Recife $180
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $50
Compare Hotels in Recife and Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Looking for a hotel in Recife or Lake Titicaca (Puno)? 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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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 and Lake Titicaca (Puno) Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Recife $8.69
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Recife

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Recife:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Olinda City to Recife Airport: $27
  • 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 : $103

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno):

  • Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno):

  • Puno Arrival Transfer from bus or railway Station: $14
  • Puno Airport Shared Transfer: $20
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Puno to Puerto de Puno: $21
  • Private Transfer from Puerto de Puno to Hotel Puno: $21
  • Puno Airport Private Transfer: $44
  • Puno Arrival Transfer from Juliaca Airport: $45
  • Private transfer airport-puno-viceverse: $60
  • Private Transfer from Inca Manco Capac (JUL) Airport to Puno: $89
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Inca Manco Capac (JUL) Airport: $89
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Desaguadero: $195
  • Private Transfer from Puno to Frontera Kasani: $204
  • Direct Private Transfer From Puno to Cusco, English Local Speaking Driver: $207

Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Prices for flights to both Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $15

Typical Food Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some typical examples of dining costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:

  • Tamales

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Recife $12
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $28

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: $7.94
  • 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno)

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:

  • Half Day Tour to Sillustani from Puno : $22
  • Sillustani / 4-hour tour from Puno: $25
  • Walking City tour Puno: $25
  • Morning: Uros Floating Islands Tour from Puno: $25
  • Lake Titicaca Uros Floating Islands Half-Day Tour: $25
  • Sillustani Tours: $26
  • 4h Tour to Sillustani Inca Ruins: $26
  • Uros Floating Island Tour: $26
  • Half Day Tour in Sillustani: $26
  • Half Day Tour to Sillustani Tombs: $28
  • Tour to Sillustani 1/2 day: $34
  • Half Day Tour to Chullpas de Sillustani From Puno: $35

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Recife -
    Lake Titicaca (Puno) $12

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Recife and Lake Titicaca (Puno), we can see that Recife is more expensive. And not only is Lake Titicaca (Puno) much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lake Titicaca (Puno) would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno).

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

Which is Bigger, Recife or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

Recife has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Lake Titicaca (Puno). When comparing the sizes of Recife and Lake Titicaca (Puno), 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.