Budget Peru – What does a trip to Peru cost?
Peru is at the top of many bucket lists to visit. And that is quite right because this country has a lot to offer. With a wonder of the world like Machu Picchu and a huge diversity of fauna and flora. But what does such a trip of, say, 21 days cost? Here you can find out what budget to provide for Peru. The cheapest airline tickets can be found via websites like Skyscanner.
Budget Peru: Accommodation
- Hotels: The price for a hotel room is very different by region and also depends on what comfort you want. But in general you can already find a posh room from 25 euros per night. Breakfast often included. It’s best to compare all the hotels on Booking.com.
- Airbnb: Airbnb is a lot cheaper in Peru as you can book a room from as little as 10 euros per night. An additional advantage is that you often have your own kitchen, which can also save you a serious amount on food.
- Hostel: Also a hostel in Peru is very cheap! For example, the price for a place to sleep is an average of 7 euros per night. In cities like Lima, this average is 10 euros per night. The best hostels can be found here.
Budget Peru: Food and drink
Peru is not a cheap country when it comes to food compared to some other countries in South America. This way you can easily pay 10 euros per person for a dish with a drink. If you eat in the tourist zones, you can even expect up to 20 euros per person. For breakfast we paid on average 4 euros per person.
If you stay in an Airbnb you can also cook yourself. That’s how you’re going to save a lot. You arrive with a budget of 14 euros per person per day. You will have 3 meals, a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. For example, breakfast consists of cornflakes and your lunch from sandwiches, but you save a lot on your budget for Peru. Please note that in some local shops they charge extra for tourists (without realizing it). Self-cooking is therefore not always much cheaper.
Budget Peru: Vervoer
- Uber: The easiest way to get around Peru is through Uber. Because this one takes you exactly where you want to go. For example, you pay about 1 euro per 5 minutes of driving. Which is very affordable for the service you get.
- Bus: Also the bus is a very cheap way to move yourself. For a long trip you pay 4 euros per hour that you are on the bus. For a short drive in cities like Lima you only pay 40 cents.
- Airplane: Sometimes the most convenient and fastest way to get from A to B at long distances is to take the plane. The prices vary greatly but we paid 60 euros per person for a flight from Lima to Cusco. Luggage included.
- Train: A very expensive means of transport, but one that you need if you want to go from Cusco to Machu Picchu, is the train. Unless you’re sporty and want to make the Inca Trail on foot, of course. A return ticket to Machu Picchu will soon cost you 100 euros. It’s an experience in itself.
- Car rental: Renting a car in Peru can start at 25 euros per day (insurance included). Currently in Peru you pay 90 cents for a full tank but this can change already. Check this in advance. Please note: The prices at the gas stations in Peru are indicated in Gallons. One Gallon is about 3.8 liters.
Budget Peru: Trips
The prices for trips in Peru are very varied. This way you will soon pay 50 euros at the entrance in Machu Picchu. And the way to it isn’t cheap either. If you decide to make the Inca Trail, you can easily reach prices of 400 euros per person. Riding half a day by quad bike through a beautiful landscape will only cost you 35 euros. The price for trips is therefore very varied. Some nice trips in Peru can be found on GetYourGide.
What we paid on 21 days in Peru?
- Accommodation: 700 euros for two people (All in local budget hotels but with breakfast)
- Food and drink: 500 euros per person (Almost every day at restaurant and sometimes even the more expensive restaurants)
- Transport: 325 euros per person (Uber – Train – Plane)
- Trips: 300 euros per person (without guides and some excursions themselves fully planned)
- Souvenirs: 150 euros per person (We have bought lots of clothes and nice souvenirs here, more than in any other country)
- Internet: 25 euros per person (because the Internet is important for our job and because we like to use Uber we also bought a SIM card with unlimited 4G plus a portable Wifi hotspot)
All in all our budget for Peru was 1650 euros per person for 21 days. Which equates to a budget of almost 79 euros per day for both accommodation, food and drink, transportation, trips, souvenirs and internet. You can seriously pull this budget down by staying in an Airbnb and going to a restaurant less. You can also save on souvenirs. On the other hand we have only visited 3 cities in three weeks. Someone who wants to visit multiple locations will also have a slightly larger cost when transporting.