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Cost of Living in Puno Peru

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  This is Dan from Vagabond Buddha. I have been traveling the World for about 11 years now. I am looking for where I would like to retire early. I don’t really believe in retirement so I suppose I am looking for a place to call home for half of each year. I have been to 64 countries so far. Cost of living is just part of the story. I also want to love the area.

Livability Factors: I have requirements that a place must have before I would consider living there. I call these my livability factors. My livability factors include walkability, internet reliability, quality food choices, weather, social factors (worldly people to hang out with), and political considerations (corruption, respect for fellow citizens, general feeling of community, open minds to foreigners (me)). The last two are more of a feeling than anything you can measure. I add all that up and it leads to a desirability to live somewhere or not.

Walkability: Puno is walkable in the areas that matter around Plaza de Armas. It is also fairly interesting culturally for a smaller town. But because of its elevation (3850 meters, 12,600 feet), it is too cool for most of the day for my taste.

Internet: The Internet is moderate in Puno. It all has to do with whether you are close to the wifi router and how many people you are sharing it with. It is fine for email and other common functions, but if you plan on running a bandwidth intense business, you may have trouble if you are sharing a router with more than a few other people.

Food: The international food choices in Puno were not well represented. We found a decent Pizza, a few decent vegan lunch place, a few decent Chinese places (Chifa), and a few overpriced ‘international cuisine’ restaurants, but not enough diversity in my mind.

Weather: Puno is situated at 3850 meters above sea level (12,600 feet), so it is never hot. Do you know how high that is? When I was a boy I used to Ski at 10,000 feet at Heavenly Valley in Lake Tahoe California. I was winded when I skied down from the top. Puno City is 2800 feet higher at its base than the top of Heavenly Ski Resort. It is hard to breath when just walk up a flight of stairs. The average daily high-temperature year round is about 60 F/15C. The average daily low is high and 40F/4C low, except in June and July when the low gets down to 24F/-4C. Luckily, the cold months of June and July are not when precipitation is common. It averages 0.4 inches of rain in December through February.

Things to Do: There is not much to do in Puno. More than a month or two here, you will be on the first bus to Cusco, Puno, Barranco, or Cajamarca, Peru.

Social Considerations: I didn’t really investigate the social opportunities here in Puno. It was just too cold out in June when we were here.

My Desire to Move Here: Low. I would only move here for business reasons. It is attractive as a place to visit for a week or two maximum.

Here are my estimated costs of living one month in Puno, Peru as a temporary visitor.

Some of the estimates could be reduced. For example, if you rented a furnished apartment by the month, it could be cheaper. Or, you could get a nicer place for the same amount of money. These expenses are based upon the Old Town area of Puno. You can rent a furnished 1 bedroom apartment in Old Town Puno for about s/800 to s/1600 per month (250-550 USD) depending on how nice and how close in you want to be.

Monthly Cost of Living, Puno, Peru, Ecuador ($USD)

Expense

Cost

Low

Medium

High**

Airbnb

$15.00

0

14

30

Moderate Hotel

$35.00

0

12

0

Backpacker Hostel

$8.00

30

3

0

High End Restaurant

$12.00

1

4

8

Neighborhood Restaurant

$5.00

30

44

48

Food Cart

$1.00

30

12

4

Subway/Train/Metro

$0.50

20

26

8

Bus

$0.50

20

10

0

Taxi/Uber

$2.00

6

10

20

Total

Per Month

$464.00

$972.00

$834.00

Total

Per Day

$15.47

$32.40

$27.80

**In the above table, the high cost of living in Puno is lower than the medium cost of living because an Airbnb apartment is cheaper than a moderate hotel room.

For more information about how the above “Cost of Living Monthly Multiplier” works, please visit the bottom of this page at Vagabond Buddha. The above table does not include alcohol, excursions, or extras, and it is for one person. These costs are based upon eating outside your accommodations twice a day. If you stay in the Airbnb apartment, you might be able to save money cooking more. But that depends on what you cook and whether you would otherwise eat in Food Carts, Neighborhood Restaurants, or High-end restaurants. Some of the expenses remain unchanged when you add another person. I am not guaranteeing anything. These are just my notes from my personal travel.

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