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Arequipa, Departamento de Arequipa, Peru

How much does it cost to travel to Arequipa?

You should plan to spend around $45 (S/.172) per day on your vacation in Arequipa. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $13 (S/.50) on meals
  • $5.76 (S/.22) on local transportation
  • $44 (S/.171) on hotels

A one week trip to Arequipa for two people costs, on average, $627 (S/.2,415). 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
    $45
    S/.172
  • One Week Per person
    $314
    S/.1,207
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $627
    S/.2,415
  • One Month Per person
    $1,344
    S/.5,175
  • One Week For a couple
    $627
    S/.2,415
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,254
    S/.4,830
  • One Month For a couple
    $2,688
    S/.10,349
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Arequipa cost?

A one week trip to Arequipa usually costs around $314 (S/.1,207) for one person and $627 (S/.2,415) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Arequipa on average costs around $627 (S/.2,415) for one person and $1,254 (S/.4,830) 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 Arequipa will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Arequipa on average costs around $1,344 (S/.5,175) for one person and $2,688 (S/.10,349) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Arequipa 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 Arequipa expensive to visit?

Arequipa is a very affordable place to visit. Located in Peru, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the lower prices of this destination. It is in the top 10% of cities in the country for its affordability. Budget travelers enjoy spending long periods of time exploring Arequipa in depth.

Within South America, Arequipa is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to La Paz or Salvador.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Arequipa Expensive?

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

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


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) S/.171 ($44)
Local Transportation 1 S/.22 ($6)
Food 2 S/.50 ($13)
Entertainment 1 S/.67 ($18)
Tips and Handouts 1 S/.5 - 14 ($1 - 4)
Alcohol 2 S/.29 - 88 ($8 - 23)
Accommodation Budget in Arequipa
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Arequipa is $22 (S/.85). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Arequipa is $44 (S/.171). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $22
    S/.85
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $44
    S/.171

Hotel Prices in Arequipa

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Arequipa based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $35. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Arequipa
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Arequipa is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $5.76 (S/.22) per person, per day, on local transportation in Arequipa.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $5.76
    S/.22

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Rental Cars in Arequipa
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Arequipa?

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


  • Taxi Ride
    S/.5.00
  • Bus Ride
    S/.1.60
  • Taxi Ride
    S/.3.50


Food Budget in Arequipa
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Arequipa can vary, the average cost of food in Arequipa is $13 (S/.50) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Arequipa should cost around $5.23 (S/.20) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Arequipa is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $13
    S/.50

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What did other people spend on Food in Arequipa?

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


  • Coke
    S/.1.50
  • Lunch
    S/.11
  • Ice Cream
    S/.4.00
  • Fruit
    S/.3.00
  • Ice Cream
    S/.3.50


Entertainment Budget in Arequipa
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Arequipa typically cost an average of $18 (S/.67) 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.
    $18
    S/.67

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Arequipa?

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


  • Monastery Entry
    S/.10
  • Salsa Class
    S/.10
  • Movie Ticket
    S/.11
  • Hot Springs
    S/.10


Tips and Handouts Budget in Arequipa
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Arequipa is $2.35 (S/.9.03) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Arequipa is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $2.35
    S/.9.03

What did other people spend on Tips and Handouts in Arequipa?

Typical prices for Tips and Handouts in Arequipa are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Arequipa, 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 Arequipa
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 Arequipa is $0.32 (S/.1.25), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $0.32
    S/.1.25


Alcohol Budget in Arequipa
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $15 (S/.59) on alcoholic beverages in Arequipa per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $15
    S/.59

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What did other people spend on Alcohol in Arequipa?

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


  • Beer
    S/.9.00


Water Budget in Arequipa
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $1.13 (S/.4.34) on bottled water in Arequipa per day. The public water in Arequipa is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $1.13
    S/.4.34


Arequipa On a Budget
Arequipa Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa, Peru
Sitting in the middle of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes of Peru is the enchanting city of Arequipa. With 468 years of history, the city is full of Spanish colonial architecture. Known to locals as the "white city," the city center, Plaza de Armas, is quite the sight with buildings of sillar white stone made from the rocks of the surrounding volcanoes.
Sights
Architectural buffs will love a quick visit to the Puente Fierro. This iron bridge was designed by the famous architect Gustav Eiffel and is still operational today. Located just outside the main square, this area will give you some of the most stunning sunset pictures you'll ever see of the volcanoes and the city.

One spectacular, colonial-inspired site is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. Taking up an entire block, this convent is surrounded by intimidating walls – making it more like a citadel than a convent. Hire a guide, as they can tell you everything you need to know, and how to get around. However, you're also welcome to wander the grounds on your own and enjoy the meditative environment.

For a peek into how the wealthy Peruvians live, take a trip to the colonial La Mansion del Fundador. This 17th-century formerly belonged to the founder of Arequipa, Garci Manuel de Carbajal. Today, it has been restored with original furniture and paintings. Wander the halls and even light a candle at the home's very own chapel.

Not far from the Fundador Mansion is the Molino de Sabandia. Set in Arequipa's old countryside, this three hundred year old water mill is a sight for any history lover.

Activities
When a city is surrounded by volcanoes, you know adventure isn't far off. One activity to look into is downhill volcano biking. This half-day adventure is offered at multiple levels of difficulty. The guides provide all the equipment you need to see the amazing countryside views.

If biking by these living mountains isn't enough, you can hop on a two-day tour of either Misti of Chachani. When choosing your adventure, note that Misti is the less difficult of the two. If you choose Chachani, keep in mind the 6,000-meter altitude is usually the biggest challenge for visitors.

But if it's the call of the water you just can't get out of your head, Arequipa is home to some of the best rivers in the world – perfect for a little white water rafting excursion.
Food and Dining
Local restaurants in Arequipa are known as picanterias. If you visit the Arancota neighborhood, you'll find plenty of these. If you can get in past the locals, you'll want to try the chicharron, or fried pork with corn.

You'll find that most dishes in Arequipa, and Peru in general, are heavy and often very hot. Locals often use rocoto to spice up their foods. This is very different from the spicy flavor you've had in Mexican and Indian foods. Approach with caution as the elevation of the city may be effecting your digestion, as well. One way the locals cope with the indigestion is to have a coca-leaf tea after meals.

If you're an adventurous foodie, ask for the rocoto relleno con pastel de papa. This stuffed pepper with potato pie is generally made for tourists, but you can ask for its original hot style. Be careful because this hot pepper is no joke.

Some more dishes to sample include alpaca steaks, ceviche and the chupe de camarones soup made from river shrimp.

Transportation
The Arequipa city center can certainly be explored by foot, as it is really only five blocks around and relatively easy to navigate. Grab a map from your hotel or an information office. Walking around, even at night is generally considered safe, but pay attention to where the locals say not to go.

If you're looking for the convenience of a taxi, try to use cabs straight from the dispatch companies. Your hotel can call for you, but for your own safety you should avoid taking taxis that are waiting on the street for passengers.

It's not generally recommended to rent your own car in Arequipa. The traffic can be insane and you're likely not used to the roads of the city. If you do rent a car, leave it at the hotel and walk through the city centers.


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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.