Should you visit Salta or Arica?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Salta and Arica can help you decide which place is right for you.
Located in the heart of the famous Northwest region of Argentina, at 1200m of elevation and at the foot of the Cerro San Bernardo, Salta is the largest city of the region and perhaps the most beautiful colonial city of Argentina. Founded in 1582 by the Spanish, Salta was an important stop for merchants who followed the usual trade road through Bolivia and Peru. Argentines call this city nestled in the foothills of the Andes and surrounded by mountains, of just over half a million inhabitants, Salta La Linda (Salta the Beautiful) and it's easy to see why. Young and traditional at the same time, Salta and its renowned museums, plaza side cafes and live musica folklorica of its bustling penas, is a sophisticated and lively city day and night.
A mixture of coastline, desert and high Andean plateau, Arica is a seaside resort town, known for its surfing beaches located at the tip of Northern Chile. Arica boasts that it is "the land of the eternal spring," but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Arica's tourism is still principally geared toward domestic visitors and those from southern Peru and La Paz, who flock to its beaches mid-December through February. It is very easy to spend a few days in Arica in the sand, or seeing the sights in town, at a slow pace but the city also offers plenty of fun activities and exciting day trips.
Which city is cheaper, Arica or Salta?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Salta is $68, while the average daily cost in Arica is $77. 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 Salta and Arica in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $48 in Salta For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Arica, $68 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Arica, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $34, such as in a hostel.
While meal prices in Salta can vary, the average travelers spends about $23 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salta should cost around $9.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Salta is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Food in Arica costs travelers about $27 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Salta
For Salta, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
To get around in Salta, the average visitor spends $28 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
To get around in Arica, the average visitor spends $17 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Salta
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Salta are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salta
Also for Salta, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Shared Departure Transfer: Salta Hotels to Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport:
Shared Arrival Transfer: Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport to Salta:
One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer:
Salta City Tour & Round Trip Transfers airport - hotel:
Salta Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Salta Airport Private Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: Salta to Martin Miguel de Guemes Int. Airport (SLA):
Private Airport Transfer: Martin Miguel de Guemes Int. Airport (SLA) to Salta:
Humahuaca, 7-color Hill & round trip transfers airport - hotel in Salta:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Arica
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Arica are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Arica
Also for Arica, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Arica Airport Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Salta or Arica?
Prices for flights to both Arica and Salta 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.
In Salta, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $24 per person, per day.
In Arica, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $19 per person, per day.
Typical Entertainment prices in Salta
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Salta's activities, tours, and tickets:
Wine and Cheese night
Tours and Activities in Salta
For Salta, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2-Day Calchaquí Valley Tour to Cachi and Cafayate:
2-day tour: Humahuaca Canyon + Cachi and Calchaquies Valleys:
2-day tour: Humahuaca Canyon + Cafayate Wine Country:
3-Days Salta, Purmamarca & Salinas Grandes Private Experience:
3-day Overland Adventure in Tolar Grande, Salta:
4 x 4 Safari Tour to Puna, Salt Falts and Purmamarca from Salta:
4-Days Discovering Amazing Salta - Nature & Adventure:
4-Days Tour of Salta Cafayate and Humahuaca:
5-Day Adventure Trip in Salta:
6-Day Tour in Salta, Purmamarca, Humahuaca, Tolar Grande & Salt flats!:
6-day Tour in Salta y Jujuy - Best of The Northwest:
7-Day Tour in Salta, the Calchaqui Valley and Cafayate and San Pedro de Atacama:
Tours and Activities in Arica
For Arica, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
4-Days Unique Experience at the Chilean High Plateau:
Archeological Sightseeing tour in Arica:
Arica Private City Tour:
Arica Private Sightseeing Tour:
Arica Sightseeing Tour:
Half day Panoramic City Tour:
Full Day Tour to Tacna from Arica:
Private Arica and Ancient Cultures Tour:
Private Tour to Tacna from Arica:
Typically, people visiting Salta spend on average $9.62 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Arica spend on average $19 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Salta
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Salta are as follows:
Sample the Local Flavors in Salta
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Salta:
Full-day Cafayate, Lerma Valley, and Wine Tasting from Salta:
From Cafayate Day Trip with Wine Tasting:
From Full-Day Tour to Cafayate with Wine Tasting:
Luxury Colome wine tour:
When comparing the travel costs between Salta and Arica, we can see that Arica is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.
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