Cost of living in Arequipa, Peru

List of prices in Arequipa, Peru. Current as of Jan 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district S/. 10
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) S/. 14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast S/. 7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk S/. 3.96
12 eggs, large S/. 4.44
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes S/. 2.50
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese S/. 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples S/. 4.29
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes S/. 2.11
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket S/. 4.87
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality S/. 29
2 liters of Coca-Cola S/. 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day S/. 2.09
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area S/. 2,058
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area S/. 1,046
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat S/. 233
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area S/. 1,661
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area S/. 890
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio S/. 418
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) S/. 93
40” flat screen TV S/. 1,575
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) S/. 300
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) S/. 8
Hourly rate for cleaning help S/. 13
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) S/. 107
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) S/. 107
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) S/. 213
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes S/. 149
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new S/. 33,593
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas S/. 3.08
Monthly ticket public transport S/. 63
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) S/. 29
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) S/. 20
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) S/. 23
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) S/. 95
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) S/. 23
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) S/. 11
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) S/. 18
4 rolls of toilet paper S/. 3.53
Tube of toothpaste S/. 3.84
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city S/. 19
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub S/. 41
2 tickets to the movies S/. 27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) S/. 94
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert S/. 91
1 cocktail drink in downtown club S/. 14
Cappuccino in expat area of the city S/. 12
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) S/. 9
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB S/. 1,755
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) S/. 0.49
1 month of gym membership in business district S/. 89
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes S/. 10
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 161 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: January 17, 2019.

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