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How much does it cost to travel to Peru & Machu Picchu?

One of the most frequent questions our travelers make is how much it costs to travel to Peru & Machu Picchu and what would the daily travel budget be, and well, our answer is always the same, it depends.
There are many factors that can influence your budget, for example; Traveling during the low season can reduce your costs and allow you to take advantage of certain offers like flights, trains, hotels, etc. On the other hand, traveling during the high season might be expensive since prices rise considerably. It will all depend on the style of travel you want to do. Therefore, we have prepared this post for a standard travel budget with the basic costs that every traveler must consider to visit Peru.

In order to better understand our costs, they have been ranked according to the services you normally use, so you can calculate your budget based on the number of days you travel & the number of people accompanying you.

ACCOMMODATION

Peru offers all types of accommodation, from dorms in well-known hostels to luxury hotels whose prices can reach $ 2000 a night. Again, we insist that your travel budget depends on the travel style you are used to. Places like Cusco, Lima or Machu Picchu can offer higher costs than other cities, however, the table below shows you the most common prices for accommodation:

HOTELSPrices based on a double room
Dorms & hostalsPrice between 8.00 $ a 30.00 $
Hotels 2 starsPrice between 50.00 $ - 60.00 $
Hotels 3 starsPrice between 70$ - 120.00 $
Hotels 4 starsPrice between 120 $ - 180.00 $
Hotels 5 starsFrom 400 $

EATING

Peru is recognized worldwide for its cuisine, there are different culinary proposals for both those who like all kinds of meats as well as for vegetarians.

Most of the hotels usually have restaurants and offer breakfasts included in the accommodation rates. On the other hand, lunches and dinners could also be included but it will be better to explore the city and taste the different menus offered by the restaurants.

For those who have a small budget, they could visit the “local markets” that offer menus from 7.00 soles ($ 2.30), for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Most towns and cities have a local market. In Cusco, for example, you can visit the markets of San Pedro or San Blas. In addition to eating for a tiny price, you can also interact with local people as most of them like who come to these places.

causa-rellena

A tasty “Causa Rellena”, a Peruvian dish so recommended!

On the contrary, if you want a fancy restaurant (tourist) you can easily find them in the city center or even in your own hotel. In this case, the budget for a lunch or dinner can vary between 20 soles ($ 6.00) to 60 soles ($ 18.00), note that it is the cost for the main dish only. If you want to add a drink or a dessert,  the total cost can easily reach the 100 soles ($ 30.00).

In addition to the options indicated, you can also visit the famous “Quintas”, local restaurants that offer traditional dishes and whose guests are mainly local people, a nice experience that you can have in cities like Cusco.
Good addresses to go are the Quinta Eulalia, Quinta la Cusqueñita among others. For more information regarding restaurants in Cusco, you can check our post of the 10 restaurants and cafes to eat in Cusco.

TRANSPORT

Transportation in Peru, unlike other countries, could be somewhat complicated.
Regarding domestic flights, the system is quite the same. To find more information regarding air companies in Peru, don’t hesitate to read our post how to book your flights in Peru.

Transportation between cities is covered by buses, most of them are safe and offer different prices. The most reputable companies are Cruz del Sur and Oltursa, which both offer online travel tickets. Their prices vary from city to city and range between 60 soles ($ 17.00, for example, the Lima-Paracas route) up to 200 soles ($ 60.00, for a trip to Lima – Cusco)

Regarding the transport in the cities, the best way to get around for a tourist or traveler is by taxi. Most of them are safe and affordable. It is important to verify that taxis you take are authorized, we normally suggest that you board taxis that have a visible phone number on them, or request one to your hotel since most hotels work with guaranteed taxi companies. In Cusco, for example, taxi service in the city costs between 5.00 – 15.00 soles ($ 2.00 – 5.00), depending on the covered distance. However, in cities like Lima, prices easily exceed 20 soles ($ 6.00) depending also on the distance.

For more information related to transportation in Peru, visit our post Transport in Peru.

Garanteed Taxis in Cusco city

Guaranteed Taxis in Cusco city

SOUVENIRS

This is a very relative issue, everything will depend on how much you want to spend and what budget you have to do it, considering also the quality of the product. For example, it is very common for many travelers to buy handicrafts and weavings during their stay in places like Cusco, Machu Picchu, etc. To give you a clue, an alpaca sweater or scarf of medium quality might cost from 30.00 to 100.00 soles ($ 10.00 – 30.00) in traditional markets. While an exclusive store offering higher quality, Baby Alpaca clothing prices can fluctuate over $ 100.00.

As for craftsmanship, prices vary a lot as well. Below we show you a list of the most common items with an average cost:

  • Soft Toys or Dolls   30 soles ($ 10.00)
  • Keychains or magnets    2 – 5 soles ($ 1.00 – 2.00)
  • Traditional Shoes     90 soles ($ 28.00)
  • Earrings, rings, necklaces   10 – 200 soles ($ 3.00 – $ 60.00)
  • Oil Paintings    200 soles ($ 60.00)
  • Handicraft on wood   100 – 1000 soles ($ 30.00 – $ 300.00)
  • Traditional Blankets   60 soles ($ 20.00)
  • Traditional Caps (Chullos)   20 soles ($ 6.00)
Popular Handicraft in Cusco

Popular Handicraft in Cusco

ENTRANCE TICKETS

It is important to keep in mind the budget for visiting the main attractions in Peru, it is very likely that during your visit in the country you want to visit Machu Picchu, the highlight. Therefore, it will be absolutely necessary to buy your ticket in advance. If you don’t know how to get it, we have prepared a guide to buy your tickets to Machu Picchu online that will certainly help you a lot.

Below is a list of the main tickets to buy during your trip to Peru.

  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu 200 soles ($ 65.00)
  • Boleto Turístico Cusco (BTG) 130 soles ($ 40.00, it allows you to visit 14 different sites)
  • Train Tickets $ 130 – 160
  • Bus Tickets to Machu Picchu $ 19.00

As travel agents, we have seen how difficult or frustrating it can be not to find available tickets for a specific site or service, so we recommend that you book your travel in advance, especially during the high season (April – November). The agency Machu Picchu Explorer is at your complete disposal to assist you in organizing your trip to Peru. This will allow you to plan your trip in advance, customize your itinerary, avoid queuing and lose time in the reservation and purchase of tourist services. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to assist you and accompany you to live an authentic experience in Peru. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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