Is Cuenca Expensive?

Is Cuenca expensive to visit?

While Cuenca is a popular destination, it is also very affordable and not expensive to visit. The average daily cost is just $42. This is actually one of the main reasons why it's so popular with tourists. When compared to other cities in South America, many travelers find it to be a moderately priced destination. It's in the top 50% of destinations in South America for its travel costs, and our cost analysis found it to be comparable to Cali and Sucre.



Cuenca, Ecuador

How expensive is Cuenca?

The average cost of traveling to Cuenca can vary widely based on many factors, but our calculations based on previous travlers show that the average daily cost is $42 (U.S. Dollars). Your travel style, accommodation preferences, dining choices, and trip duration can alter your individual budget, as you can find a wide array of accommodation, food, and entertainment options available for your visit. Sticking to mid-range hotels, affordable restaurants, and public transit when available can keep your costs close to this calculated average. See more travel costs for Cuenca here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to Cuenca?

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a weekend trip to Cuenca will cost around $126 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a weekend trip would cost $253.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to Cuenca?

On average, a one week trip to Cuenca costs about $295 per person. This is based on the previous expenses of actual travelers, and includes accommodation, food, activities, local transportation, and more. For two people, a one week trip costs $590.

Is it expensive to backpack in Cuenca?

Cuenca is a popular backpacker destination with more than 10 hostels. Dorm beds in hostels cost, on average, $10 per night. (See hostel prices in Cuenca here.) You'll find quite a range in prices here, too. The most expensive beds are priced around $18 and the cheapest around $7 per night.

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Cuenca.

  • $7 for a dorm bed at Mallki Hostel
  • $7 for a dorm bed at Alternative Hostels
  • $10 for a dorm bed at El Cafecito Cuenca

Are hotels expensive in Cuenca?

Considering our analysis of hotel prices in Cuenca, it becomes apparent that they are somewhat more affordable in comparison to hotels in other cities. On average, you can expect to spend around $45 per night for a hotel room. The city is home to approximately [5_STAR_COUNT] five-star hotels, presenting an average rate of [5_STAR_PRICE] per night. For a balanced choice catering to both comfort and cost-effectiveness, three-star hotels provide an average rate of $43 per night, while two-star hotels offer an even more budget-friendly alternative at $31 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Cuenca
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
4 stars 12 $72
3 stars 42 $43
2 stars 13 $31
1 star 3 $21

Bolivar 12-55 y Tarqui, Cuenca
Overall Rating 9.3
Gran Colombia 7-87 Y Luis Cord, Cuenca
Overall Rating 9.2

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Cuenca?

Activities and things to do in Cuenca can vary in price depending on the type of activity, length, and location. Below are a number of popular activities to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting. Generally, previous travelers have spent $16 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting, which is less than the country's average of $21.

    • Birdwatching Tour in Cajas National Park from Cuenca: $100
    • El Chorro waterfalls and Busa lake tour from Cuenca: $44
    • Biking Cuenca City Tour: $50
    • Cuenca-Ec- City Tour with Panama Hat factory Half Day: $30
    • Full day Artisanal route and Cuenca City Tour: $55
    • Birdwatching Tour in Giron and Yunguilla Jocotoco Reserve from Cuenca: $150
    • Day Tour to the Cajas National Park & Hosteria Dos Chorreras : $54
    • Ingapirca Archaeological and Gualaceo & Chordeleg Tour from Cuenca: $65

    Is food expensive in Cuenca?

    Food in Cuenca can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $15 on food per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $19. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    • Street food Tour in Cuenca,Ecuador: $33
    • Cooking Class & Market Tour in Cuenca: $55
    • Cuenca City Tour & Cooking Class (PRIVATE Tour from Cuenca): $112
    • Cuenca: Private Cooking Class: $125

    Is transportation expensive in Cuenca?

    The prices of local transportation in Cuenca can vary by the type of transit used. Other travelers have spent an average of $11 on local transportation per person per day, which is more than the country's average of $10. To save money, take public transit whenever possible, as it will almost always be cheaper than a taxi or private driver.

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