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Paracas, Departamento de Ica, Peru

How much does it cost to travel to Paracas?

You should plan to spend around $60 (S/.232) per day on your vacation in Paracas. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $22 (S/.85) on meals
  • $18 (S/.69) on local transportation
  • $43 (S/.165) on hotels

A one week trip to Paracas for two people costs, on average, $843 (S/.3,243). 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
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Paracas cost?

A one week trip to Paracas usually costs around $421 (S/.1,621) for one person and $843 (S/.3,243) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Paracas on average costs around $843 (S/.3,243) for one person and $1,685 (S/.6,485) 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 Paracas will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Paracas on average costs around $1,805 (S/.6,948) for one person and $3,611 (S/.13,897) 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 Paracas 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 Paracas expensive to visit?

Paracas 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 falls in the average range in the country for its prices. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within South America, Paracas is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Santa Cruz de la Sierra or San Pedro de Atacama.

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

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) S/.165 ($43)
Local Transportation 1 S/.69 ($18)
Food 2 S/.85 ($22)
Entertainment 1 S/.92 ($24)
Tips and Handouts 1 S/.1 - 4 ($0 - 1)
Alcohol 2 S/.21 - 62 ($5 - 16)
Accommodation Budget in Paracas
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Paracas is $21 (S/.83). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Paracas is $43 (S/.165). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Paracas

Looking for a hotel in Paracas? 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 Paracas based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $116. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Paracas
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Paracas is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $18 (S/.69) per person, per day, on local transportation in Paracas.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Paracas
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Rental Cars in Paracas
The price of renting a car in Paracas will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in Paracas
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  • While meal prices in Paracas can vary, the average cost of food in Paracas is $22 (S/.85) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Paracas should cost around $8.82 (S/.34) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Paracas is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in Paracas
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  • Entertainment and activities in Paracas typically cost an average of $24 (S/.92) 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.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Paracas
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Paracas is $0.65 (S/.2.50) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Paracas is 5% - 15%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Paracas
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  • The average person spends about $11 (S/.41) on alcoholic beverages in Paracas per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Paracas
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  • On average, people spend $1.54 (S/.5.94) on bottled water in Paracas per day. The public water in Paracas is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Paracas On a Budget
Paracas The coast near Paracas, Peru
Paracas, also known as El Chaco, is a resort town on the Southern coast of the country, about 150 miles south of Lima. The town in located in one of the oldest regions of Peru, with a history dating back to 900 BC and offers many pre-Inca cultural sites throughout the area. Paracas is possibly best known for being home to the Paracas National Reserve, a nature reserve boasting one of the most abundant and diverse ecosystems in the world.

Paracas experiences a dry and hot climate, especially with their desert landscape. Sandstorms are a fairly common occurrence, so be sure to bring sun glasses wherever you go!
The most popular sight in Paracas is the Paracas National Reserve, a scenic nature reserve that is designed to protect the biodiversity and archaeological sites located within. Here, you'll see stunning views of where the desert landscape meets the sea, find yourself on deserted beaches, and enjoy wildlife such as flamingos, lizards, and sea lions. Archaeological sites within the reserve date to pre-Inca cultures from 900 BC.

Near the entrance to the National Reserve is the Julio C. Tello Museum, a great place to begin your adventure into the reserve. The Museum displays a few ancient artifacts and delves into the history of the people who lived in the area thousands of years ago. The museum also emphasizes the conservation efforts to ensure the health of the reserve.

Dive deeper into the Inca culture at the Tambo Colorado, an archaeological site that has a well-preserved Inca urban center.
Paracas can be divided into a few different areas:

The town center, which has the majority of restaurants, hotels, and resorts. You'll also find the visitors center here.

Paracas Peninsula, where you'll find the Paracas National Reserve along with the famous candelabra that is carved into the hillside and dates back to the pre-Inca cultures.

The Bay of Paracas, located on the north end of the peninsula, is a historical site with a lot of importance to the Peruvian people. This is where Jose de San Martin disembarked on his trip to Spain to fight for independence. Along with it's historical significance, it is also a popular scenic area, especially with the flamingos who relax along Sequion beach.

Pisco, the capital city of the region and located just north of the Paracas town center. Pisco was founded in 1640 and is complete with colonial buildings and a fisherman's wharf which offers amazing seafood restaurants.

Ballestas Island, located a two-hour boat ride off the Paracas coast. The island offers scenic views of the surrounding area along with chances to see local wildlife like dolphins and sea lions.

Take a scenic day trip to the Islas Ballestas (Ballestas Island) where you'll see the famous candelabra etched into the hillside. There are quite a few theories as to how the candelabra got there, as it dates back to the pre-Inca period, although none have ever been confirmed. The Island is best known for their lush wildlife, including dolphins, Peruvian pelicans, sea lions, and Humboldt penguins. There a few different tour companies that offer a variety of day-trip adventures.

For something a little more adventurous, rent a bicycle and explore the Paracas Peninsula. You can ride the bicycle through the Paracas National Reserve, although be sure to get out early before the winds get too strong!
Food and Dining
Food in Paracas tends to be a little more expensive, in terms of Peruvian prices. A few restaurants offer set daily meals that are cheaper than the menu options, although these are not usually advertised. If you want to see what this daily meal is, ask for the "menu del dia". There are also plenty of budget options located on the seafront boulevard and open air grills start up in the evenings. Build yourself a picnic with cheese, bread, and empanadas from vendors on the pier and enjoy your food along the seaside. Be advised that those with sensitive stomachs may not be able to handle the tap water. Try to drink bottled water and use your best judgment when eating salads and other foods possibly prepared with tap water.

Paracas is easiest to get to via bus from larger cities like Pisco and Lima. There are countless bus operators ranging in price. Some of the cheaper buses only go to Pisco, although it is easy enough to catch another bus or taxi from Pisco to get to the Paracas city center.

When in Paracas, walking is your best bet as everything is within walking distance. Taxis are also abundant, although be sure to agree on a fare before getting into the taxi.


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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.

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