Peru Travel Budget - Visit Peru on a Budget or Travel in Style


How much does it cost to travel to Peru?

You should plan to spend around $59 (S/.224) per day on your vacation in Peru. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $16 (S/.60) on meals
  • $8.26 (S/.31) on local transportation
  • $50 (S/.188) on hotels

A one week trip to Peru for two people costs, on average, $830 (S/.3,141). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $59
    S/.224
  • One Week Per person
    $415
    S/.1,570
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $830
    S/.3,141
  • One Month Per person
    $1,779
    S/.6,731
  • One Week For a couple
    $830
    S/.3,141
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,660
    S/.6,282
  • One Month For a couple
    $3,558
    S/.13,461
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Peru cost?

A one week trip to Peru usually costs around $415 (S/.1,570) for one person and $830 (S/.3,141) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Peru on average costs around $830 (S/.3,141) for one person and $1,660 (S/.6,282) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Peru will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Peru on average costs around $1,779 (S/.6,731) for one person and $3,558 (S/.13,461) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




How much do package tours cost in Peru?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in Peru is $215 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.



Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Peru expensive to visit?

Peru is a reasonably affordable destination to visit. It is in the top 25% of countries in the world for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within South America, Peru is moderately priced compared to the other countries. The overall cost of travel here is comparable to Bolivia or Ecuador.

For more details, see Is Peru Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Peru?

The average Peru trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Peru travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) S/.188 ($50)
Local Transportation 1 S/.31 ($8.26)
Food 2 S/.60 ($16)
Entertainment 1 S/.86 ($23)
Tips and Handouts 1 S/.7 - 20 ($2 - 5)
Alcohol 2 S/.17 - 52 ($5 - 14)
Accommodation Budget in Peru
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Peru is $25 (S/.94). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Peru is $50 (S/.188). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $25
    S/.94
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $50
    S/.188

Hotel Prices in Peru

Looking for a hotel in Peru? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Peru based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $49. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in Peru
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Peru is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $8.26 (S/.31) per person, per day, on local transportation in Peru.


  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $8.26
    S/.31

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What did other people spend on Local Transportation?

Typical prices for Local Transportation in Peru are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Local Transportation prices in Peru, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Taxi Ride
    S/.8.00
  • Short Taxi Ride
    S/.15
  • Taxi Ride
    S/.20
  • Taxi Ride
    S/.7.00
  • Taxi
    S/.3.00
  • Taxi Ride
    S/.3.50
  • Bus Ride
    S/.1.60
  • Taxi Ride
    S/.5.00


Food Budget in Peru
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Peru can vary, the average cost of food in Peru is $16 (S/.60) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Peru should cost around $6.36 (S/.24) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Peru is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $16
    S/.60

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What did other people spend on Food?

Typical prices for Food in Peru are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Food prices in Peru, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Chips
    S/.4.00
  • Chips
    S/.5.50
  • Donut
    S/.3.50
  • Popcorn
    S/.2.00
  • Sandwich
    S/.2.50
  • Hamburger
    S/.3.00
  • Lunch
    S/.22
  • Ice Cream
    S/.3.50


Entertainment Budget in Peru
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Peru typically cost an average of $23 (S/.86) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $23
    S/.86

Recommended Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Peru are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Entertainment prices in Peru, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Gardens of Mandor
    S/.10
  • Movie Tickets
    S/.8.50
  • Climbing Gear
    S/.62
  • Sand Dune Tour
    S/.40
  • Hot Springs
    S/.10
  • Movie Ticket
    S/.11
  • Salsa Class
    S/.10
  • Monastery Entry
    S/.10


Tips and Handouts Budget in Peru
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Peru is $3.60 (S/.14) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Peru is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $3.60
    S/.14

What did other people spend on Tips and Handouts?

Typical prices for Tips and Handouts in Peru are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Tips and Handouts prices in Peru, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Tip for Colca Canyon Tour
    S/.10


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Peru
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Peru is $7.08 (S/.27), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $7.08
    S/.27


Alcohol Budget in Peru
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $9.16 (S/.35) on alcoholic beverages in Peru per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $9.16
    S/.35

Recommended

What did other people spend on Alcohol?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Peru are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the Alcohol prices in Peru, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Cocktail
    S/.12
  • Beer
    S/.3.50
  • Beer
    S/.9.00
  • Beer
    S/.15
  • Bottle of Wine
    S/.27
  • Wine
    S/.8.00
  • Beer
    S/.8.00


Water Budget in Peru
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $1.45 (S/.5.47) on bottled water in Peru per day. The public water in Peru is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $1.45
    S/.5.47


Peru on a Budget
Peru Cajamarca, Peru
Peru sits on the western side of South America against the Pacific Ocean and intersected by the Andes Mountains. The country is a must see for most travelers heading to South America. While the most famous and important site in Peru is Machu Picchu, there really is so much more to the country than this one sight. There are many Andean Highland towns that are fascinating to explore. You can head to the Amazon Basin and stay in a jungle inn, which is a fascinating and unique experience. Many towns also have traditional festivals that are a highlight for many travelers. You also shouldn't leave Peru without visiting some of its markets and purchasing some of the area's famed textiles as souvenirs.

The growing popularity of Peru as a tourist destination means that you are unlikely to experience the popular sights on your own, but you will benefit from the improving infrastructure and services that have been established specifically to help travelers. It's possible to travel around the country in comfort if that is the desire, but if you are budget conscience, there are many affordable options as well.

Food is delicious and well flavored. Rice and potatoes are a staple and usually coupled with meat. Also be sure and try mazamorra morada, a purple custard dessert.

Depending on your travel style, you can find yourself spending more than you expected during a trip to Peru. To keep your budget in check, consider skipping some of the more touristy options and stay in hospedajes, which are small, family owned hotels. They're more affordable and you'll know your money is staying in the local community. Like most touristy countries, there are peak and low seasons in Peru. If you're on a budget the best time to visit the country is during the spring and fall months when the crowds are still at a minimum, the prices are lower, but the weather is nice.

However you decide to visit Peru, definitely allow yourself enough time to truly experience the country. Visit more than just Machu Picchu and you'll leave with a much more fulfilling and memorable experience.
At A Glance
  • Most cities throughout the country have an extensive bus system which allows access to most neighborhoods. The buses are generally cheap and reliable, although the system can be a little confusing to figure out at first. Taxis are another good option if you're traveling late at night or can't seem to find your bus. Generally they are not too expensive, but inquire about the price before you get in the vehicle.

  • The nicest intercity bus option is the first class express bus. This is also the most expensive option, but many consider it worth the extra price, particularly for longer trips. There is usually a video playing, and if you are hoping to sleep, bring earplugs, as the video is usually turned up quite loud.

  • If you'll be traveling around by bus, make sure you have a rain cover for your luggage. Even on the express buses the luggage is often thrown on top and open to the elements. If it rains, your luggage will get wet, so come prepared. Also, make sure you keep your valuables on you during the entire trip.

  • As in many countries, you'll likely run into touts at the bus and train stations. It is best to avoid these touts as they often are involved with scams, or at a minimum, will charge you too much. Simply ignore them and continue walking towards the exit and they should not be a problem for you.

  • If you're planning to do a trek it is best to check out several companies before you commit. The price, as well as the quality of the guides, can vary dramatically from company to company. Ask around until you find a place that you are comfortable with. Also, make sure you understand what is included in the price of your trek in regards to food, equipment, etc. Group sizes can vary as well so make sure you have all of the proper information before you make a commitment.

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Top Tourist Attractions
Machu Picchu: This famous ancient Incan City sits high in the Andes Mountains and is the most famous sight in Peru. Most people travel to Peru to specifically visit Machu Picchu, which can be reached by either a famous hiking trail, known as the Incan Trail, or a train that travels to the nearest town.

Chan Chan: This is another impressive city of ruins that remain from an ancient mud city. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is in the Peruvian region of La Libertad.

Huascaran National Park: This is a great national park in the Cordillera Blanca range. Within the park you will find Peru's highest mountain, also named Huascaran.

Popular Foods
Peruvian food is quite varied. In the cities you'll see a Spanish influence on many of the dishes. The staple ingredients throughout the country include rice, potatoes, yuca, and corn. On the coast there is fish that is common in the diet, but more inland you'll find more vegetables and meats.

Anticuchos: This traditional style kebab is made out of a richly marinated and spicy beef heart. It's typically marinated in vinegar and cumin and served with either a boiled potato or bread on the side. It's a cheap option for a meal that's available everywhere. You'll find street carts and vendors selling anticuchos in most towns around Peru.

Mazamorra Morada: This is a purple custard dish that is made from purple corn. It's a sweet dessert that is available throughout the country but is most common in the cities. It's available in all types of venues, from the most simple street carts to the country's finest restaurants.

Picarones: This is a donut like dish that is made with fried yam dough and served with a sweetened syrup topping. It's often served as a dessert dish that accompanies anticuchos. The dish dates back to the colonial period in Peru when it was first introduced to the country.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.