Is Arequipa Expensive?

Is Arequipa expensive to visit?

Arequipa is a fairly affordable travel destination with an average daily cost of $46. Compared to the rest of South America, it is a moderately priced place to visit. It's ranked in the top 50% of cities in South America for its travel costs, comparable to places like La Paz and Cartagena.



Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa, Peru

How expensive is Arequipa?

The average cost of traveling to Arequipa can vary widely based on many factors, but our calculations based on previous travlers show that the average daily cost is $46 (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 Arequipa here.

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

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a weekend trip to Arequipa will cost around $139 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a weekend trip would cost $278.

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

On average, a one week trip to Arequipa costs about $324 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 $649.

Is it expensive to backpack in Arequipa?

With more than 20 hostels around town, Arequipa is a very popular backpacker destination. Hostels usually cost around $8 per night. There's a wide range in prices though, with the cheapest beds costing about $4 and the most expensive rooms costing about $22. (See hostel prices in Arequipa here.)

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

  • $8 for a dorm bed at Arequipay Backpackers Downtown
  • $4 for a dorm bed at MB Hostel Arequipa
  • $9 for a dorm bed at Friendly AQP

Are hotels expensive in Arequipa?

Hotel prices in Arequipa are very affordable compared to hotels in other cities. You can expect to spend about $35 per night for a room on average. There are around [5_STAR_COUNT] five star hotels in the city and they average [5_STAR_PRICE] per night. Three star hotels average $41 a night and two star hotels average $22 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Arequipa
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
4 stars 5 $99
3 stars 82 $41
2 stars 46 $22
1 star 5 $25

Calle Ugarte 403, Arequipa
Overall Rating 9.3
Portal De Flores 116, Arequipa
Overall Rating 8.8

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Arequipa?

Activities and things to do in Arequipa 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 $18 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting, which is less than the country's average of $23.

    • Salinas lake - National Reserve PRIVATE TOUR: $99
    • Conventional Colca Vip - Guided Tour of: $160
    • 2-Day Tour to the Magical Colca Canyon: $68
    • Salinas and Aguada Blanca Reserve Tour from Arequipa: $75
    • Private Colca Full-Day Tour from Arequipa: $193
    • Full Day Tour to the Colca Canyon: $30
    • 3 Hour Congata Rover Biking Ride Tour in Arequipa: $45
    • Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days: $45

    Is food expensive in Arequipa?

    Food in Arequipa can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $14 on food per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $16. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    • Peruvian Cooking Class in arequipa: $50
    • Peruvian cooking experience, pisco sour and visit local market: $95
    • Arequipa Ancestral Cuisine and City and Food Tour: $69
    • Private Cooking Class in Arequipa: $57
    • Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market: $95
    • A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 4 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa: $79

    Is transportation expensive in Arequipa?

    Local transportation in Arequipa can vary in price depending on the type of transit used. Generally, other travelers have spent $6 on local transportation per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $8. 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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    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.



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