A Travel Price Comparison for Argentina Tilcara vs. Mendoza for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Tilcara or Mendoza?

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

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 Tilcara and Mendoza can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Tilcara or Mendoza?

Tilcara

Tilcara signifies shooting star in Quechua. At 2465m of altitude, the little town of Tilcara is one of the most animated place of the area of the quebrada de humahuaca. Many South American backpackers and tourists from all around the world come to visit Tilcara and its pucara, the forteresse built by the Incas at the top of the hill, providing a stunning walk around the town. Tilcara hosts many festivals for different occasions such as the celebration of the Pachamama in August, the semana santa (Holy Week) in April, and the Enero Tilcareno, held in January as its name indicates, which is probably the busiest month of the year for the little town. If you enjoy concerts, parades and folklorique parties then definitely try to visit Tilcara during a festival month and avoid them if you prefer a calm and more relaxed holiday. There are many available activities around Tilcara including horseback riding, VTT, and you could also even try a ride in a caravan pulled by llamas.

Mendoza

Mendoza is a city in western Argentina and more precisely in the desertic Cuyo region. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry and is famed around the world for its vineyards and wine production. Spread across the valley of the Rio Mendoza and in the foothills of the Andean mountain range, Mendoza is also near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. The bustling and scenic city of wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes spoils visitors with unique natural attractions and historical landmarks. If you can, visit Mendoza during the harvest festival at the end of February. There are many events and festivals in Mendoza and they are usually free. Each has a different theme, and they usually have a stage with singing and dancing and booths that sell food around a plaza. Seventy percent of Argentina's wines are produced here, and Mendoza is especially known for its world-famous malbecs.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Argentina, The Best Wildlife Tours to Argentina, The Best Eco Tours in Argentina, and The Best Food and Culinary Tours in Argentina.


Which place is cheaper, Mendoza or Tilcara?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Tilcara is $8.11, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $7.23. 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 Tilcara and Mendoza in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Tilcara $3.20
    Mendoza $2.75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Tilcara $6.40
    Mendoza $5.50
Compare Hotels in Tilcara and Mendoza

Looking for a hotel in Tilcara or Mendoza? 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 Tilcara


Hotels in Mendoza


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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: Tilcara Hotel Prices and Mendoza Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Tilcara $2.16
    Mendoza $1.43
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Tilcara

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Tilcara:


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Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

Also for Mendoza, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Mendoza Bodega Tempus Alba + Trapiche + Transfer incluido: $550
  • Visit Trapiche+Lunch El Enemigo (Michelin). Private transfer: $300
  • Achaval Ferrer+Almuerzo Lagarde(Guia Michelin).Transfer privado: $270
  • Chandon Winery + Enemigo Lunch (Michelin Guide). Transfer included: $260
  • Chandon+Lunch Quimera Bistro (Michelin Guide).Private transfer: $260
  • Transfer to Salentein Uco Valley with Lunch and Visit: $260
  • Vistalba Winery + Susana Balbo Lunch. (Michelin Guide) Transfer inc: $230
  • Desgustación Domaine Bousquet+Almuerzo en Ruda. Transfer privado: $230
  • Atamisque Winery + Lunch at Ruda Cocina. Transfer included: $220
  • Trapiche Winery + Laur + Antigal Winery Lunch.Transfer included: $200
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Valle de Uco: $190
  • 3 Wineries+Lunch with Unlimited Wine+Transfer included: $180

Is it cheaper to fly into Tilcara or Mendoza?

Prices for flights to both Mendoza and Tilcara 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
    Tilcara $3.35
    Mendoza $3.23
Typical Food Prices in Tilcara

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Tilcara:


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  • Burger
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  • Fruit
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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Tilcara

For Tilcara, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Northern Argentine cooking experience: $70

Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Empanadas
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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Bar Safari: 4 Best Mendoza’s Bars in 1 night. + Full Dinner: $137
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner in Mendoza: $160
  • Full-Day Small-Group Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $184
  • Empanadas Cooking Class in a local's kitchen: $200
  • Night Visit to Bodega Toneles + Dinner at El Enemigo. Transport: $270

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Tilcara $1.91
    Mendoza $2.04

Tours and Activities in Tilcara

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Tilcara.

  • Bike Adventure through Juella with lunch: $35
  • Full-Day Tour to Laguna de los Pozuelos from Tilcara: $176
  • Private Full Day Tour to Salinas de Grandes and Barrancas: $130
  • Purmamarca Night Experience: $30
  • 2 hours cycling tour trough the rural area: $20
  • Half day mountain bike tour with lunch: $35

Tours and Activities in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Zipline Adventure: Exploring Potrerillos Valley: $85
  • 3 Wineries Tour Half Day: $36
  • Aconcagua short hike, and high mountain tour with barbecue.: $185
  • Adrenaline Canopy Tour on the Mendoza River: $91
  • Adventure Park - Unforgettable Challenge!: $75
  • Andes Day Hiking Tour Experience : $155
  • Andes High Mountain full day Tour: $78
  • Andes Hiking Experience Full Day: $175
  • Andes Mountain Tour Circuit Mt Aconcagua: $220
  • Asado em Casa Mendocina Experience with Friends: $150
  • Bike Tour - Meet San Martín Park: $58
  • Charms of Mendoza Private Tour 3 Wineries with Paired Lunch: $380

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Tilcara $1.05
    Mendoza $1.23

Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Mendoza:


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Sample the Local Flavors in Mendoza

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mendoza:

  • Classic Wine Tasting: $22
  • Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings: $36
  • Premium Wine Tasting: $45
  • Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza: $47
  • Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch: $96
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $99
  • Wine Tour with Lunch and Transport in Mendoza: $100
  • Private Wine Tour, Tastings and Lunch with Pairings: $150
  • Private Maipu Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $160
  • wine tours in wine country mendoza Argentina: $160
  • Wine Tour with Lunch from Mendoza: $166
  • Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch: $180


When comparing the travel costs between Tilcara and Mendoza, we can see that Tilcara 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.

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


Which is Bigger, Tilcara or Mendoza?

Mendoza has a larger population, and is about 160 times larger than the population of Tilcara. When comparing the sizes of Tilcara and Mendoza, 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.