‘How much does a trip to Peru cost?’ is not a simple question. To answer it you need to solve an equation with many variables. Most important of those variables are these:

  • How long are you staying in Peru?
  • Where are you going to sleep: will you be couch-surfing, sleeping in five-star hotels, or something in between?
  • What do you want to do and what do you want to see while there?

This article answers how much does a trip to Peru cost question for majority of travelers. If you’ll be sleeping in hostels, 2, 3 or 4 stars hotels, you’ll find all the answers about how much will it cost you to visit Peru, no matter how long are you going to stay or what places in Peru you want to visit.

Interesting places to visit in Peru

Let’s start with the quick summary for those a bit impatient, and then go on with the details.

Machu Picchu panorama. Photo by: Bens640

Machu Picchu panorama. Photo by: Bens640

Peru trip cost – summary

To properly visit all the most interesting places in Peru you’ll need about 3 weeks.

You will need £70-£170 per day for accommodation, transportation, some paid activities and food. You are in this range if you are trying to get the most of what Peru has to offer in a short time. Where you fit on this scale depends on what level of comfort you want and how many activities you want to include in your day. You can, of course go through a day with way less, if you decide to sleep in cheap place or you do couchsurfing, and if you decide to spend time doing free stuff. Those can also be wonderfully spent days.

Here are costs and time you need for visiting some of the most interesting parts of Peru:

  • You need £600-£700 for hiking the Inca Trail for 7 days. (Spending time in Cusco and Ollantaytambo included).
  • £300 for spending 4 days in Amazon jungle.
  • £250-£300 for visiting the Nazca Lines for 1-3 days. (Flight over the Nazca Lines included).
  • £60-£120 to spend 2-3 days in Lima.
  • £130 to spend 4 days in Lake Titicaca.

I couldn’t give you the exact cost of your flight to Peru because it depends on where are you traveling from.That’s why I decided to give you roundtrip flight prices from some major cities to Lima so you can have some perspective on those prices:

  • London to Lima – £510
  • NYC to Lima – £370
  • Paris to Lima – £520
  • Sydney to Lima – £1100
  • Toronto to Lima – £325
  • Rio de Janeiro to Lima – £245
  • Tokyo to Lima – £750
  • Bangkok to Lima – £980

*Prices are for mid-January 2016.

Note: These prices are approximate and these flights can probably be cheaper if you use low cost companies.

I really believe that the most efficient way of visiting Peru is taking a group guided tour. By the “efficient” I mean that you’ll get the biggest value for your money and your time. You can’t get hotel and transportation deals, or activities prices that tour companies can, simply because they always buy in bulk and get the cheapest possible price. That’s why tours are usually cheaper (sometimes up to 40%) than if you’d be doing the same trip on your own.

To get the best possible Peru experience, I recommend you going on one of these small group tours:

Prices of food, accommodation and transportation in Peru

Here are some prices you might want to know.

At restaurants
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.04 £
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 14.28 £
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3.06 £
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 1.02 £
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.63 £
Cappuccino (regular) 1.44 £
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 0.46 £
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 0.28 £

 

At markets
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 0.75 £
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 1.19 £
Rice (white), (1kg) 0.67 £
Eggs (12) 1.01 £
Local Cheese (1kg) 4.32 £
Apples (1kg) 0.96 £
Banana (1kg) 0.60 £
Oranges (1kg) 0.85 £
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.10 £
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.90 £
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 1.45 £

 

Transportation costs
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.24 £
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 0.82 £
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 0.91 £
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 4.08 £

Accommodation costs

The range of money you need to rent an apartment for a day is £10-£50, and the average is £35.

Hostel prices are going from as little as £5 a day, with £15 on average.

You can find decent hotel for about £30 a night.

More about prices in Peru you can find here.

Cost of hiking the Inca Trail (with visiting of Machu Picchu)

The Inca Trail is a 4 days hike and it costs around £400. However, while you are there, other than hiking the Inca trail and visiting famous Machu Picchu, you’ll probably want to visit Cusco, Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo. For that, including the Inca Trail hike, you’ll need 7 days and amount of £600-£700.

Machu Picchu. How Much Does a Trip to Peru Cost?

Machu Picchu. Photo by: Daniel Vinuesa

After the Inca Trail, people usually end up in Cusco. From there, you can easily continue your Peru exploration.

You can buy something called “Boleto Turistico”. It comes in two variations, it’s £16 for the half ticket and £30 for the full ticket. That card allows you to enter almost any touristic place in Cusco or in Sacred Valley.

During 7 days you’ll probably spend in that region, there are some nice activities you could do. Here are those activities along with the prices:

  • Cusco city tour £10-£15
  • Horse riding around ruins (with guide) £30
  • Horse riding around ruins (without guide) £10
  • Whitewater rafting £40
  • Mountain biking £40
  • Inka Museum £2.5 entrance

Even if you don’t really like the idea of traveling with a group, it’s a good idea to hike the Inca Trail with a group and knowledgeable professionals. Actually, I’m sure that after this experience you’ll change your mind about traveling with a small group of unknown but like-minded people, and that your next trip will be left to the professionals to organize. Here are some Inca Trail small group tours that are organized and led by the world’s best tour operators:

Cost of visiting the Amazon Jungle

This one is a true candy for nature lovers. Go back to nature, explore the jungle, search for wildlife, enjoy tropical rainforest, be amazed by their flora and fauna, explore the jungle on dry land trails and also, of course, on the boat and canoe.

Amazon Jungle. Photo by: Ivan Mlinaric

Amazon Jungle. Photo by: Ivan Mlinaric

Visiting the Amazon Jungle is one more thing you might want to let professionals do, organization wise. You don’t want to worry about the safety, and you definitely don’t want to skip some of the most beautiful parts of huge Amazon Jungle. Locals and professionals (still) know more than the Internet. :)

It will take you about £300 to spend 4 truly packed-with-joy-and-happiness days in the Amazon Jungle. Here are some tours that will guarantee you safety and mind blowing experiences:

Cost of visiting the Nazca Lines

Have you heard of the Nazca Lines before? They are 1,000 year-old figures engraved into the desert floor. Figures of monkey, a hummingbird and others are visible from the air, so the best way to see and marvel them is from the airplane.

Nazca Lines, Monkey. Photo by: Dan Oxlade

Nazca Lines, Monkey. Photo by: Dan Oxlade

Depending on how are you going to do it, it’ll take you £200-£300 for 1-3 days to visit the Nazca and take a flight over the Nazca Lines. You’ll probably go from Lima, and you might spend a day or two in Nazca.

While in Nazca, you can visit a cemetery containing ancient mummies or take a pottery workshop.

Desert Cemetery Excursion is about £5.

Only a flight over the Nazca Lines, without accommodation, transportation to Nazca and other included activities, is £60-£65, depending on the airline available.

There are many Peru tours including visiting and flying over the Nazca Lines, here are the best ones, operated by the most reliable companies in the world:

Cost of visiting Lima

Peru is not just about Machu Picchu. There’s a huge number of incredible things you can do in Peru or places you can visit. Lima alone will impress you, that’s why it deserves your full attention at least for a couple of days.

Things to do in Lima

It will take you at least 2-3 days to properly get to know Lima, and you need about £30-£40 a day, depending on how you will choose to spend your time there.

Lima coastline. Photo by: Michael de la Paz

Lima coastline. Photo by: Michael de la Paz

Other than strolling around and doing free stuff, here are prices for some activities you might want to do while in Lima:

  • Go to Lima City Tour – £16-£25,  approximately 3 Hrs
  • Visit San Francisco Church and Catacombs £2
  • Visit the other face of Lima and get to know the City Contrasts – £35,  approximately 3 Hrs
  • Lima at Night tour, the Magic Circuit of Water, Lima center and a dinner – £45,  approximately 3 Hrs
  • Visit Larco Museum to see the best quality gold and silver collection – £33, approximately 3 Hrs
  • Visit the Lost Inca Citadel of Lima – Pachacamac – £33,  approximately 3 Hrs
  • Take a Culinary Tour – £47,  approximately 3 Hrs
  • Visit Inquisition Museum £2.5
  • Enjoy wildlife and history in Ballestas Islands with Huacachina Oasis – From £140, it will take you a full day for this activity.
  • Visit Palomina Islands, swim with the sea lions and see the port area of Lima £49, approximately 5 Hrs
  • Visit National Museum £2

Lima is the place where majority of travelers start exploring Peru from. Start the tour of Peru from Lima, but don’t forget to include some time for Lima exploration as well.

Cost of visiting Lake Titicaca

Visiting Lake Titicaca gives you a unique perspective on local Peruvian life. You can stay on Amantani Island, visit the floating islands of Uros, explore the village, communicate with the locals and peek into their lifestyle and culture. It will take you about £130 and 4 days for these fascinating experiences.

Lake Titicaca floating islands. How Much Does a Trip to Peru Cost?

Lake Titicaca floating islands. Photo by: Shawn Harquail

These tours include visiting Lake Titicaca:

How much does a trip to Peru cost? – Summary

OK, so let’s recap everything said here in a few sentences.

It will take you at least 3 weeks to visit the best of what Peru has to offer.

Prepare  £70-£170 per day for accommodation, transports, activities and food all together.

To properly visit the most interesting parts of Peru you will need:

  • £600-£700 for hiking the Inca Trail for 7 days. (Spending time in Cusco and Ollantaytambo included).
  • £300 for spending 4 days in Amazon Jungle.
  • £250-£300 for visiting the Nazca Lines for 1-3 days. (Flight over the Nazca Lines included).
  • £60-£120 to spend 2-3 days in Lima.
  • £130 to spend 4 days in Lake Titicaca.

To fly to Lima and back from some of the world’s capitals it will cost you:

  • London to Lima – £510
  • NYC to Lima – £370
  • Paris to Lima – £520
  • Sydney to Lima – £1100
  • Toronto to Lima – £325
  • Rio de Janeiro to Lima – £245
  • Tokyo to Lima – £750
  • Bangkok to Lima – £980

*Prices are for mid January 2016.

Again, for the best possible Peru experience, take one of these small group tours:

Now you only need to pack for your Peru trip and treat yourself with a visit to one of the most interesting destinations on this planet! :)

Smiling faces. Photo by: Alexander Schimmeck

Smiling faces. Photo by: Alexander Schimmeck