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Lake Titicaca (Puno), Departamento de Puno, Peru

How much does it cost to travel to Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

You should plan to spend around $54 (S/.203) per day on your vacation in Lake Titicaca (Puno). This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $15 (S/.57) on meals
  • $10 (S/.39) on local transportation
  • $51 (S/.193) on hotels

A one week trip to Lake Titicaca (Puno) for two people costs, on average, $751 (S/.2,842). 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
    $54
    S/.203
  • One Week Per person
    $375
    S/.1,421
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $751
    S/.2,842
  • One Month Per person
    $1,609
    S/.6,089
  • One Week For a couple
    $751
    S/.2,842
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,502
    S/.5,683
  • One Month For a couple
    $3,218
    S/.12,178
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Lake Titicaca (Puno) cost?

A one week trip to Lake Titicaca (Puno) usually costs around $375 (S/.1,421) for one person and $751 (S/.2,842) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Lake Titicaca (Puno) on average costs around $751 (S/.2,842) for one person and $1,502 (S/.5,683) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Lake Titicaca (Puno) on average costs around $1,609 (S/.6,089) for one person and $3,218 (S/.12,178) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) expensive to visit?

Lake Titicaca (Puno) is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Peru, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country 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, Lake Titicaca (Puno) is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Quito or Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Lake Titicaca (Puno) Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

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


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) S/.193 ($51)
Local Transportation 1 S/.39 ($10)
Food 2 S/.57 ($15)
Entertainment 1 S/.109 ($29)
Tips and Handouts 1 S/.1 - 4 ($0 - 1)
Alcohol 2 S/.24 - 71 ($6 - 19)
Accommodation Budget in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $25 (S/.96). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $51 (S/.193). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $25
    S/.96
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $51
    S/.193

Hotel Prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Lake Titicaca (Puno) based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $43. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $10 (S/.39) per person, per day, on local transportation in Lake Titicaca (Puno).


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $10
    S/.39

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Flights to Lake Titicaca (Puno)
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Rental Cars in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

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


  • Taxi
    S/.3.00


Food Budget in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno) can vary, the average cost of food in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $15 (S/.57) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Lake Titicaca (Puno) should cost around $6.00 (S/.23) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $15
    S/.57

What did other people spend on Food in Lake Titicaca (Puno)?

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


  • Tamales
    S/.5.50


Entertainment Budget in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Lake Titicaca (Puno) typically cost an average of $29 (S/.109) 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.
    $29
    S/.109

Recommended Activities


Tips and Handouts Budget in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $0.63 (S/.2.38) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $0.63
    S/.2.38


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
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 Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $0.17 (S/.0.63), as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $0.17
    S/.0.63


Alcohol Budget in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $13 (S/.47) on alcoholic beverages in Lake Titicaca (Puno) per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $13
    S/.47


Water Budget in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $0.64 (S/.2.42) on bottled water in Lake Titicaca (Puno) per day. The public water in Lake Titicaca (Puno) is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $0.64
    S/.2.42


Lake Titicaca (Puno) on a Budget
Lake Titicaca (Puno) Lake Titicaca, Peru
Lake Titicaca, which directly translates to "puma stone" in Quechua, is located high in the Andes Mountains straddling Peru and Bolivia, with about 60% of the lake in Peru and 40% in Bolivia. Among the lake are three main islands, the most popular of which are the Uros Islands, also known as the floating islands, where the Uros people live on totora reeds that grow in the lake.

Known as the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca sits at 12,507 feet and covers a little more than 3,200 square miles.

With that elevation, the most difficult part about visiting the area may very well be the altitude. Unless you are acclimated to the mountains, you'll likely experience symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, indigestion, and/or insomnia.

If you are unable to acclimate after a few days, it's best to descend to a lower elevation and try again later, and more slowly. You can also opt to take Diamox (a prescription pill which you can buy in the U.S.) 24 hours before arriving at the altitude, drop chlorophyll drops to drink in your water, chew coca leaves, and drink mate de coca (coca tea). Above all, it's important to take it easy and not overexert yourself until you've acclimated. Some hotels also offer oxygen tanks for those who are unable to handle the change in altitude so quickly.

Lake Titicaca is wettest in the month of November and experiences heavy rainfall all throughout January. Visit between May and September for average highs in the 80s and evening lows in the 40s.
Sights
Take a boat ride to explore the islands of Lake Titicaca. As you float along the river, you'll observe that the water changes from murky and dark to crisp and clear, depending on your location.

Visit the Uros islands or book a homestay to explore the way of the Uros people to learn about their culture and history. The Uros people build everything out of reeds, from homes to furniture to boats and even the islands themselves, you'll learn a lot about how the Uros people construct and anchor their own islands in the lake and also detach and float away if necessary.

Those who want to rough it and experience life before technology will love Amantani Island, another small island that 4,000 residents call home. Visit the two mountain peaks, Pachamama and Pachatata, upon which ancient ruins sit, waiting to be explored. With no electricity, hotels or vehicles on the island, you'll experience basic living and the true culture and lifestyle of the locals.

History buffs will enjoy the the island of Taquile for the pre-Inca ruins as well as the beautiful views of the Bolivian snow-capped mountains. Like Amantani, Taquile remains untouched by modern technology and most residents still use candles or hand-crank powered flashlights. With so little artificial light, Taquile is the ideal spot for stargazing. It also retains much of its culture in its handicrafts and textiles.

Just a quarter mile from Lake Titicaca is the port city of Puno, where you can visit the public market every Saturday to shop for local produce, bread, grains, and potatoes. Puno is also known as the folklore capital of Peru, where you can always find a festival, exhibit or parade in its streets. Visit for Puno Week in the first week of November for music, dancing and parades that last until late into the night.

Food and Dining
When it comes to meals in Lake Titicaca, you'll be relying on the locals to make the menu. If you enjoy simple and humble meals grown, caught, or harvested right outside of your home for the night, you'll have plenty to look forward to. Staples include fish, quinoa, rice, and potatoes. Common meals may consist of a quinoa soup, mashed potatoes, and lightly fried fish seasoned simply with lime and salt.

If you're looking for something a bit more elaborate, head back to the port of Puno, where you can find vegan cuisine, pizza, and fine local dining.
Accommodation
Homestays are the way to stay on the islands of Lake Titicaca and many can be booked with tour agencies. However, tour agencies take a large cut of the payment and thus, to best benefit the hosts, go to the port and ask the locals who work there for recommendations so that you can pay host families directly.

Regardless of where you're staying, pack layers for versatility and warmth and remember that you won't be able to depend on electricity to charge up your modern amenities, so charge up ahead of time and even bring your own battery pack.

Don't forget to bring a gift for your host families. Recommended items include food staples such as pasta, rice, and cooking oil. Fresh fruits are difficult to obtain on the islands and will be much appreciated. Non-food items including school supplies, toys, and rechargeable flashlights are another well-received gift.

Transportation
When it comes to meals in Lake Titicaca, you'll be relying on the locals to make the menu. If you enjoy simple and humble meals grown, caught, or harvested right outside of your home for the night, you'll have plenty to look forward to. Staples include fish, quinoa, rice, and potatoes. Common meals may consist of a quinoa soup, mashed potatoes, and lightly fried fish seasoned simply with lime and salt.

If you're looking for something a bit more elaborate, head back to the port of Puno, where you can find vegan cuisine, pizza, and fine local dining.


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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.