How much does a trip to Cuenca Cost?

The Cost of a Trip to Cuenca

A trip to Cuenca for one person usually costs between $18 and $100 per day and $36 to $201 for two people. This is a wide range of costs, and the daily average per person from our data is $42 per person. This average includes food, accommodation, sightseeing, and local transportation expenses contributed from other travelers. Prices can vary based on travel style and activities. While the overall price for a trip to Cuenca is dependent on your personal travel style and the specific places you visit, if you book standard accommodation and travel with an average level of convenience, then your budget should be somewhere close to this average cost. Later in this article, you can find a breakdown of travel expenses by category, plus a general price range of accommodation and activity costs for your visit. Also, the prices for individual attractions and hotels may vary, but generally fall somewhat close to the price ranges described in this article.

How much money should you budget for your trip to Cuenca?

If you're considering an independent trip to Cuenca, it's helpful to have an idea of the amount of money you'll need. For budget travelers, planning to spend around $18 per day should cover your essential expenses, including affordable accommodations like hostels and budget hotels, cost-effective meal options, local transportation, and affordable activities. For those with a mid-range budget, allocating around $42 per day would allow for more comfortable hotels, dining at typical restaurants, and exploring a range of popular attractions. Luxury travelers, on the other hand, should anticipate a daily budget of $100, which would encompass higher-end accommodations, dining at nicer restaurants, and indulging in private tour options. It's worth noting that these price ranges are based on extensive travel cost data for Cuenca from fellow travelers, as well as insights from travel companies regarding hotel and tour prices. For further details on travel costs, you can refer to our comprehensive travel cost data for Cuenca.


Average Daily Costs, Per Person, by Category
Budget Mid-Range Luxury
Accommodation1 $5 $13 $28
Local Transportation1 $4 $11 $33
Food2 $6 $15 $36
Water2 $1 $1 $3
Entertainment1 $6 $16 $44
Souvenirs1 $5 $11 $19
Communication2 $28 $34 $47
Living Expenses2 $2 $6 $19
Alcohol2 $6 $14 $36


How much does a weekend trip to Cuenca cost?

Travelers spend, on average, $126 per person on a three-day trip to Cuenca. This includes sightseeing, hotels, food, and local transportation. You can stick close to this average price by staying at mid-range hotels and eating at mid-level restaurants, while also paying for some entry tickets to popular attractions. If you wish to travel cheaper, it's possible to find lower-cost accommodations, eat at less expenive restaurants, and find more free activities. It's also common for many visitors to have a much higher travel budget, as many high-end hotels and restaurants can be found around town.



Cuenca, Ecuador

How much does a five day trip to Cuenca cost?

With five days in Cuenca, you can expect to spend about $211 total, not including transportation to and from the city. It's possible to stay close to this daily average by booking mid-range hotels, eating at normal restaurants, and paying for some entry tickets to popular attractions. It's possible to find lower-cost accommodations, eat at less expenive restaurants, and find more free activities if you want to spent less money.

How much does a one week trip to Cuenca cost?

Most visitors spend between $128 and $702 for a one week trip to Cuenca, with the average being $295. This includes sightseeing, local transportation, food, and hotels. One week is enough time to have a more in-depth experience in Cuenca. Also, one week allows you to be more flexible with your time and money, so you can potentially save money on some aspects of your trip while spending more on others.

Hostel Prices in Cuenca

With more than 10 hostels in Cuenca, the average price is $10 per night for a dorm bed. The cheapest hostel costs $7 and the most expensive is $18. Usually popular with younger travelers, hostels are a great way to save money while also being social. But not all hostels are the same, and we've analyzed the prices of both dorms and private rooms to find the average prices and best places to stay. You can see more details about the hostel prices in Cuenca here.

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

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

Hotel Prices in Cuenca

The average price for a hotel room in Cuenca is $45 per night. This average is based on our detailed analysis of available hotels in the area. If you want to save money, or if you're planning a more luxurious trip, it's important to look at hotel prices based on the overall star-rating as well as guest reviews. Also, prices can vary by location and amenities. You can see more details from our analysis of hotel prices in Cuenca here, and below is a breakdown of hotel prices by star-rating.


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

Should you do a tour in Cuenca?

You'll find a wide range of guided tours in Cuenca and many visitors enjoy the convenience of having an expert guide leading them through the chosen activity. Tours range in price from $30 for the Cuenca-Ec- City Tour with Panama Hat factory Half Day to $236 for the Ingapirca Ruins & Ancient Ecuador.


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