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Cost of Travel in South America – complete breakdown

Cost of Travel in South America - complete breakdown

Full journey finances replace December 2018 for all South America

During the last couple of years we’ve got visited South America a number of occasions with the fee various drastically relying on size of journey and nations visited. Our longest journey was a 13 month shoestring price range backpacking journey via Latin America. We additionally explored South America as mid-range backpackers and extra snug finances vacationers. On this article we talk about value of touring every nation in South America with totally different touring types Backpacking, Backpacking on a Shoestring Finances and Vacation fashion journey

It is very important keep in mind that there’s a dramatic variation in worth between nations when planning a visit.  Bolivia, Equador and Peru are historically seen because the cheaper nations to journey, every extensively traveled by a big numbers of finances vacationers. Chile, Brazil and Argentina are comparatively costlier, virtually reaching European costs. Colombia is kind of mid-range between the 2 teams and the price of journey in Venezuela is so low it’s in a finances journey class of its personal. Remember that crime is a really practical consideration when touring right here and buying and organizing something is troublesome on this torn aside nation.

On this publish

  • Journey price range for each nation in South America
  • Finances for
    • Backpacking
    • Shoestring Backpacking
    • Vacation fashion journey
  • We talk about for every nation in South America
    • Lodging
    • Transport
    • Actions
    • Price range
    • Visa charges

Backpacking South America on a Shoestring price range

-Touring on a really tight price range we spent $3881 in 275 days (over eight months) so a mean finances of $14.11 every per day.We camped lots, hiked most of the hottest trails on the continent unbiased and did loads of hitchhiking. This was in 2016, so even when adjusting at a really steep inflation price it’s nonetheless potential to do that for lower than $20 per day.

Backpacking finances isn’t solely depending on worth!

-The price of journey on a shoestring price range in every nation shouldn’t be solely depending on worth. Some examples; Chile is an costly, however protected nation that could be very tenting and hitchhike pleasant and it’s potential to hike unbiased. In distinction Bolivia is an affordable nation, however crime is usually a drawback and actions are costly. Consequently we spent extra per day in Bolivia than Chile.

Backpacking Finances for South America

-A Snug backpacker’s finances when sleeping in a hostel dormitory mattress, cooking for your self or consuming in low cost native eating places, being selective on actions and touring with public transport ought to be round $35 per day, so $1000 per 30 days.

All the small print and ideas packing for a backpacking journey you’ll discover on this submit. ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓

Vacation price range South America

-Giving an estimate for vacation journey isn’t actually attainable; double the backpacking determine for a cushty, price range vacation journey, double once more for touring in additional luxurious. I attempt to give some costs for particular person nations.

Journey Finances per nation in South America

  • Argentina
    • Vacation $60-100
    • Backpacking $30-40
    • Shoestring $20
  • Bolivia
    • Vacation $50-100
    • Vacation Backpacking $30-40
    • Shoestring $20
  • Brazil
    • Vacation $80-120
    • Backpacking $35-45
    • Shoestring $25
  • Chile
    • Vacation $100-150
    • Backpacking $40-50
    • Shoestring $20
  • Colombia
    • Vacation $40-80
    • Backpacking $35-45
    • Shoestring $20
  • Equador
    • Vacation $40-80
    • Backpacking $30-40
    • Shoestring $20
  • Paraguay
    • Vacation $50-70
    • Backpacking $25-35
    • Shoestring $15
  • Peru
    • Vacation $60-100
    • Backpacking $30
    • Shoestring    $20
  • Uruguay
    • Vacation $ 70-100
    • Backpacking $50 – 60
    • Shoestring $25
  • Venezuela
  • The Guianas

Evaluating Value in South America by way of the Massive Mac Index

The Huge Mac Index compares the financial system of various currencies by evaluating the price of a Massive Mac in several nations.  You’ll be able to see in response to the Huge Mac Index Uruguay is the costliest nation with a Massive Mac costing barely lower than it does within the US, Argentina is the most cost effective nation.

big mac index south america 2018 stingy nomadsThe worth of a Huge Mac in numerous South American nations.

How to decide on lodging on-line

We advocate utilizing to guide lodging it’s how we do it more often than not;

-check for lodging with a score above eight in your worth vary

-make positive the situation is sweet, in case you are prepared to spend time on transport it’s often a bit cheaper

-check that the property has many critiques, typically a spot has a score of 10 given by Three buddies of the proprietor that stayed there, I attempt to go for greater than 50 critiques

-read the critiques! Concentrate on issues which are necessary to you

Reaching South America is now simpler than ever earlier than with many flights to a mess of locations everywhere in the world’s most exiting continent. Each the east and west coast can be explored by cruise ship, for quite a lot of exiting itineraries take a look at Jetline Cruises.

Need to see what locations we expect are absolutely the highlights of South America?

ARGENTINA journey value

On the time of updating this publish (November 2018) Argentina is an affordable to journey once more! With the change fee going from ARS 17 to 37 for one USD in lower than a yr items and providers priced for locals dropped in worth by about 50%. I’m not going to enter the yo-yo state of Argentina’s financial system, however in our visits right here went from low cost too costly to low cost once more. Till December 2015 the Argentinian Peso had a hard and fast trade fee. Just like Venezuela this created an enormous US greenback black market the place you may purchase 50-100% extra pesos per greenback. This stopped when Argentina removed the official trade price so far as we’re conscious. Argentina, like Chile, is protected, with top of the range services, the closest you will see to European in South America. You will discover bargains  now  on all native produce, meals in native eating places, drinks in native bars, Argentinian wine and beer, even Argentinian beef is reasonable and anticipate to pay much less for museum admissions, taxi and bus rides and native guides and excursions.

Mendoza and Bariloche are considered the costliest locations to journey in Argentina and hostel costs right here was undoubtedly larger than in Buenos Aires. Mendoza is famend for its wines, however tasting Malbecs at totally different estates is certainly not a finances exercise, anticipate to pay $150-200 for an organised tasting tour of the three main wine areas; Maipú, Luján de Cuyo, and Uco Valley. Doing it unbiased you are able to do it for about half, however will certainly see and style much less.

Flights and inns are priced in dollars, so right here you aren’t going to seek out large bargains.

Argentina, it takes careful traveling to see these amazing sites on a budget! South America travel budgetArgentina, it takes cautious touring to see these superb websites on a price range! South America journey finances

Journey Price range for Argentina

  • Backpacker’s price range
  • Midrange Vacation price range
  • Shoestring finances
    • $15 per day (no this isn’t a typo, learn on)

We spent ARS 4238 ($ 212) in 17 days, thus ARS 297  ($ 13.97) every per day together with all meals, transport and different bills. Throughout our final go to to Argentina the peso was a lot stronger, we nonetheless managed to backpack it on a really frugal price range by hitchhiking, tenting and couchsurfing, like Chile it’s a protected nation permitting to journey in such a fashion.


  • Meals is certainly one of many highlights in Argentina. They’ve a fame for good steak, wine and mate and that is nicely deserved. Steak in a restaurant and on the barbecue was firstclass.
  • A pleasant Bife de Chorizo (sirloin steak) is about ARS 500 ($13) in a restaurant in Buenos Aires.
  • Argentinians are hooked on Dulce de leche (caramel/boiled condensed milk), huge containers are low cost. We ate a lot of dulce de leche on Maria biscuits throughout hikes.  Ice cream and alfajores sweets is one thing to not be missed! The high quality sweets Cachafas Afajores and Freddo ice cream is value shopping for as soon as to style. Falling again on Grido ice cream and Guymallen alfajores for a fraction of the worth is an effective price range technique.


Regardless of the beneficial foreign money for touring the bus costs that I discover on-line continues to be excessive. A bus from Santiago to Bariloche is about $70 for a 24 hour bus experience, not that less expensive than what we skilled a few years agol The buses are very snug and by taking an evening bus it can save you on lodging.

We broke our hitchhiking data in Argentina by touring virtually 4000 km in 2 rides from Punta Arenas in Chile all the best way to Buenos Aires. This journey would have value us $180 by bus. I can’t advocate  hitchhiking across the cities it took us 2 days to get out of Buenos Aires!


In Buenos Aires a dormitory mattress in a hostel prices $6-10. A finances double room begins at $25. Tenting at El Chalten prices about $5  per day, a dormitory mattress in a hostel right here begins at $10.


There weren’t visa charge for Russians or South Africans. Australian, US and Canadian passport holders don’t require a visa, there was a reciprocal payment to enter Argentina, I perceive that was just lately cancelled.


  • Hike and Camp at El Chalten, the route and tenting on route is free.

BOLIVIA journey value

Bolivia is one other South American nation with rather a lot to supply adventurous vacationers. It is called the most cost effective nation in South America and is thus nice to journey in case you are on a price range. In case you like to get your adrenaline pumping there are some distinctive alternatives in Bolivia, one of many best 6000m peaks to climb, cycle probably the most harmful street on the earth and do some spectacular hikes.

Meals and lodging have been low cost in Bolivia, however actions and excursions have been costly like in all different nations. We have been discouraged from climbing and tenting on our personal, as a consequence of muggings and robberies. So touring on a shoestring finances Bolivia ended up costing us greater than many different nations on the continent. In case you nevertheless journey by bus and keep in hostels throughout your travels Bolivia will in all probability be your least expensive nation.

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Journey Price range for Bolivia

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • Midrange Vacation finances
  • Shoestring finances

We spent BOB 2020 ($ 294) in  15 days, thus BOB 135  ($ 19) every per day together with all meals, transport and different bills, however should you solely subtract the price of the three day Uyuni tour, Bolivia value us lower than $14 per day.


  • Dormitory mattress in a pleasant hostel in $7
  • Double room in finances lodge $25
  • Keep in luxurious 5star lodge from $200


  • Just like Peru a set menu “menu del dia” at native eating places is sweet worth for cash at round 20 BOB ($Three). It’s usually a important course, a drink and typically a small desert.
  • Need to eat a Bolivian type set meal gone upmarket? Attempt ‘Well-liked Cocina Boliviana’ in La Paz. Bolivian meals gone Gourmand type, nice worth for what you get at about 50 BOB ($7) for a set meal
  • We frequently purchased meals on the market and cooked for ourselves, greens some fascinating and scrumptious fruit was very low cost right here. You’ll be able to often discover a meal on the market anytime of the day, we loved the breakfasts.
  • You must eat a few salteñas(the Bolivia model of empanada) or  tucumanas (a deep pal salteña) 3BOB ($zero.50)
  • Don’t drink the faucet water in Bolivia.


  • Roads are fairly harmful in Bolivia use a good firm similar to MEM or El Dorado
  • Value for a a method bus ticket between La Paz and Sucre an 11 hour, 700km journey are as follows:
  • 45 ($6.50) for a seat on an area bus.
  • semi-cama seat (140-degree reclining seats) Bs 117 ($17)
  • full cama seat (180-degree reclining seats) Bs. 180 (US$26)

Well-liked Actions in Bolivia

These actions are expensive, however why come in case you are not going to expertise this stuff?

  • Cycle the ‘dying street’ value is about $80
  • Salar de Uyuni tour of the salt flats
  • Climb the 6000m peak of Huayana Putosi costs range between $150 – $300


You are able to do this unbiased when you’ve got a motorcycle, bicycle or Jeep. In any other case like us you’ll have to take a tour. It was costly, however superb. The usual tour takes Three days and most excursions take you to the identical websites. The most cost effective tour we might discover was $93 (BOB 645) with and extra $29 (BOB 206) for park charges. This considerably inflated our finances. Most premium excursions value between $150 – 200

Our Uyuni saltflats on a backpacker price range information.


  • In La Paz take a collectivo BOB 6 ($1) and go and stroll across the lovely Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) entrance is BOB 20 ($Three).
  • Go to the fascinating witches market in La Paz, it’s free.
  • In Sucre stroll to “7 Cascadas” (7 Waterfalls) outdoors the town.


US and South African passport holders do require a visa. You possibly can apply at a neighbouring nation (e.g. Peru) SA passport holders it’s free, US residents $160.

BRAZIL journey value

Brazil is a implausible nation to journey with a few of the most extraordinary locations to go to in South America, don’t miss the wild Amazon, the superb wild lifetime of the Pantanal or the unreal vibe and seashores of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil shouldn’t be low cost, regardless of many poor individuals staying in favelas; meals, lodging and vacationer actions are a few of the costliest in South America. Inequality right here is very large, just like my house nation South Africa, I couldn’t assist to continually examine Rio to Cape City.

brazilSuperb Brazil, Iguazu Falls, mountaineering round Ilha Grande, Rio De Janeiro and two weeks on cargo ships on the Amazon.

Journey Finances for Brazil

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • Midrange Vacation price range
  • Shoestring finances
  • $25 per day
  • We spent BRL 2429  ($754) in  44 days, thus BRL 55 ($ 17) every per day together with all meals, transport and different bills.
  • Don’t take a look at our finances and assume it’s an low cost nation, Brazil could be very costly. Our avg price range for Brazil was good as a result of we spent 12 days on a sluggish boat/cargo ship on the Amazon throughout which we couldn’t spend cash. We hiked round Ilha Grande island for 5 days, that was superb and really low cost. We camped when attainable.


Lengthy-distance buses are a handy, however they’re expensive a bus journey from Rio de Janeiro to Foz  do Iguazu (19 hours) beginning at BRL 270 ($70). Purchase your ticket a minimum of someday prematurely.

Native public transportation prices 2-5 BRL per experience. Uber works properly in 11 Brazilian cities.

We did hitchhike typically, however getting rides in Brazil weren’t all the time straightforward and we typically ended up taking the bus.


  • Dormitory mattress in a pleasant hostel in Rio begins at about BRL30 ($eight)
  • Double room in finances lodge BRL 135 ($35)
  • Keep in luxurious 5star lodge from BRL460 ($120)

The South of Brazil vs the North

The South is far more costly than the north, our price range was $15 avg till we reached Rio! There are some “should see” vacationer points of interest in and round Rio de Janeiro which might be costly, e.g.  cable automotive as much as Sugarloaf Mountain  BRL120 ($30), entrance Christ the Redeemer statue BRL 43 ($11) should you hike up it’s a bit cheaper, entrance Foz do Iguacu BRL 65 ($ 17)


  • Cruise down the Amazon on a slowboat.
  • Do a free strolling tour in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Free in Rio.
    • go to Copacabana seashore
    • Stroll across the favelas
    • Go to Parque Lage.
  • Hike round Ilha Grande with a tent, we solely had every week, however you possibly can simply spend Three weeks strolling round this paradise.


UK, South African and New Zealand passport holders don’t require a visa for entry into Brazil. $160 USD, Canadians $65 USD, and Australians $35 USD. want visas.

 about our travels in Brazil

CHILE journey value

Chile was our favourite nation touring in South America, we spent Three months exploring from the Atacama desert within the north to the south of Patagonia. The landscapes are jaw dropping, from the driest desert on the earth to the superb mountains and glaciers of Patagonia. We did fairly a number of superb hikes in Patagonia and if trekking is your factor, add this place to your bucket listing. Torres Del Paine is probably the most well-known hike round right here for an excellent cause, many individuals stroll it however it’s really spectacular. Meals, lodging and transport all make Chile costlier than a few of its neighbours.

Chile - picking so few photos of over 2 months that we spent in this amazing country is harder than traveling here on a $13 per day budget! South America travel budgetChile – choosing so few photographs of over 2 months that we spent on this superb nation is more durable than touring right here on a $13 per day finances!

Journey Price range for Chile

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • Midrange Vacation price range
  • Shoestring finances
    • $15 per day (no this isn’t a typo, learn on)

We spent CLP 653 600 ($ 979,50) in  82 days, thus CLP 11 970  ($ 11.95) every per day together with all meals, transport and different bills

It’s an costly nation, however a tremendous place to backpack on a finances. How might we journey right here with so little cash? Tenting, hitchhiking and couchsurfing. Chilean individuals are unreal, we have now many tales about their incredible hospitality. We by no means used public transport in Chile hitchhiking hundreds of kilometers, it was protected and straightforward and we met some superb individuals.  We did many multi-day hikes right here and since we did it on our personal it was very low cost.


Transport is a serious expense when touring right here, the buses are fairly costly, particularly whenever you get to Patagonia. The Carraterra Austral is usually gravel street so the journey from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales takes 34 hours by bus, costing $80.

Flying is usually a greater choice than the bus, when you go to Puerto Natales to hike Torres del Paine it’s a lot quicker.

Hitchhiking labored incredible for us in Chile all the best way from probably the most Northern to Southern cities, San Pedro de Atacama to Villa O’Higgins.


Residents of US, UK, Canada and Australia and  South Africa don’t want visa,  108 different nations achieve this examine earlier than going. Australians need to pay a $117.


That is the nation to journey with a tent, there are campsites in all places.  When there have been none we did some ‘bush tenting’ and even pitched our tent at a gasoline station. We made nice associates couchsurfing and off target saved lots on lodging within the cities this manner. For those who take a look at hostel costs you possibly can see that if you don’t camp lodging in Patagonia will value you a reasonably penny.

  • Tenting CLP 2000-7000 ($Three – 10)
  • Hostel in Santiago. Mattress in dormitory – $9, Normal double room – $36
  • Double room good price range lodge Santiago- $80
  • 5 star lodge Santiago – $200
  • Hostel in Coiyhaique (Patagonia). Mattress in dormitory – $22, Commonplace double room – $60

COLOMBIA journey value

We liked Colombia, good individuals, the individuals are very pleasant, the meals is superb, there are some superior actions to get your adrenaline pumping and the most effective is that it is extremely reasonably priced.

What an journey we had touring in Colombia; I’m a espresso junkie and following a espresso the world’s greatest espresso from bean to cup within the mountains was superb. Lovely nation to discover quite a lot of fascinating locations from colonial cities, nice seashores and the Amazon to a ravishing desert.

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • Midrange Vacation finances
  • Shoestring finances
    • $20 per day
    • We spent 1 851 135 COP ($636) in 31 days, thus 59 714 COP ($20.50) every per day together with white water rafting, paragliding and a aircraft ticket from Bogota to Leticia.

colombiaAt $20 per day every our price range was on the excessive aspect for Colombia, however we did superior issues. Tenting on the airport helped with our finances! South America journey price range


  • Meal at an area restaurant COP 11300 ($Three.50)
  • Meal at a midrange restaurant COP 32 380 ($10)
  • McDonald’s meal COP 16 000 ($5)

We spent little or no on meals by shopping for groceries within the grocery store and cooking within the hostel. You possibly can see precisely how we regulated our finances in our Colombia Finances Backpacker’s Information.


  • Backpacker Hostels
    • Dormitory mattress assorted between 15 000 and 30 000 COP ($5-$10)
    • Superior Hostels
    • Bogota – superior hostel for $5 – Casa Capita Hostel
    • Cartagena – nicely rated, nicely priced – Casa Hostal el Prado

Nice Finances Lodges


Native transport is absolutely low cost. Three main cities in Colombia (Bogota, Cali, Medellin) have mass transit techniques just like these in Europe and the USA. Bogota’s system known as the TranMileno and – brilliant purple buses virtually like a subway. Medellin has a subway, rides lower than a greenback. Public transport within the metropolis $1-2 per day

Buses between cities in Colombia are literally fairly costly. A bus from Bogota to Medellin will value round COP 65 000 ($20)

The price range airline Vivacolombia is an affordable solution to transfer lengthy distances.

Uber is out there in cities and is cheaper than taxis.


  • Journey actions was properly priced in Colombia, it was the one nation we determined to splurge.
  • white water rafting ($40)
  • paragliding ($20)
  • Scuba diving – there are some cool spots from Cartagena with good wrecks and marine life.
  • Don’t miss a tour of a espresso plantation beginning at about 15,000 COP ($5) – Don Elias in Salento is implausible.


UK, US, Canadian, South African, Australian and New Zealand passport holders don’t require a visa for entry into Colombia for stays of as much as 90 days. Visas could be simply prolonged for a further 90 days


  • Transport was costly. We saved quite a bit on lodging by taking night time buses for longer distances, thus saving on an evening’s lodging. We didn’t hitchhike in Colombia (no purpose).
  • Prepare dinner for your self, meals in supermarkets was good and really low cost.
  • Go to museums on Sundays, many are free.
  • Get a ‘Hola Hostel’ card, they’re free, good reductions.


  • Free strolling tour in Medellin – wonderful!
  • Climbing round San Gill – nicely marked Three day path to do by yourself.
  • Stroll round in The Tatacoa Desert.
  • Espresso tasting in Salento, low cost not free, however a should for a espresso lover.

See our full Colombia Price range Backpacker’s Information 

EQUADOR journey value

Situated between Colombia and Peru, Equador straddles the equator on the Pacific aspect of South America, Equador is a small, however numerous nation most well-known for the Galapagos Islands, which sparked the genius concept of evolution in Charles Darwin. It’s maybe the most cost effective place from which the Amazon jungle might be explored. In Quito you possibly can straddle the equator or go purchasing for genuine souvenirs within the Otavalo market Three hours away. Up for journey? Climb the 5897m  Otopaxi volcanoe or experience down from 4500m on a mountain bike! The wonderful thing about Equador for backpackers is that it’s pretty low cost to journey right here with a lot of well-priced lodging and journey actions.

  • Journey Vacation $40-80
  • Backpacking $30-40
  • Shoestring $20


  • You’ll be able to eat at an area restaurant for $Three-5 and within the markets for lower than $2.
  • European meal (hamburger/pizza) round 10-12 USD.
  • For a meal at a mid-range restaurant about $25


Lengthy distance buses are a superb deal for lower than $2 per hour travelled.


In Quito a dormitory mattress in a hostel begins at $four. A finances double room from $12 and you may keep in a 5 star lodge for $130


United States, Canada and most European nations can journey to Equador visa free for as much as 90 days.


  • Sadly going to the Galapagos islands is a really expensive train even which can value at the least $1000 even for probably the most stingy nomads. Flights, conservation charges and ferries alone is spherical $500.
  • When you store round you are able to do a Three day native Amazon tour for about $120
  • Stand over the equator at Quito
  • Go to the Otavalo market.
  • Climbing indenpendent

PARAGUAY journey value

I’ll undoubtedly not name Paraguay ‘a vacationer paradise’, one of many least visited nations in South America, with little journey infrastructure solely has a handful of recognized vacationer locations. Getting ‘off the crushed monitor’ and experiencing native tradition are the preferred vacationer draw playing cards on this small land-locked nation. Probably the most well-known cities are Asuncio, the capital and widespread level of entry by aircraft and Ciudad del Este, the second largest metropolis on the border with Brazil and Argentina and well-known for buying, principally low cost and knock-off or pretend items. We entered the town from Iguazu. English shouldn’t be extensively spoken, so a primary information of Spanish could be very useful round right here

Journey Finances for Paraguay

  • Backpacker’s price range
  • Midrange Vacation price range
  • Shoestring finances

We spent PYG 191 000 ($ 34) in Three days, thus 63 666 PYG ($12) every per day together with all meals, transport and different bills.

We didn’t spend a lot time in Paraguay. I purchased some electronics in Ciudad del Este for reasonable. The Itaipu dam is situated near the town, the second largest dam on the earth is a pleasant website to go to from the town, the tour is free. The dam is among the seven Engineering Wonders of the World. The huge community of waterfalls that they flooded to construct the dam would have been even nicer. Apparently it was greater and extra spectacular than Iguazu


  • Dormitory mattress in a pleasant hostel begin at $13
  • There are only a few hostels, they’re fairly costly
  • Double room in price range lodge $30
  • Good worth for double rooms in case you are two individuals sharing
  • Keep in luxurious 5 star lodge from $65
  • For $65 you will get a double room in a prime 5 star lodge


In depth bus community connecting cities and cities, don’t anticipate luxurious buses. Taxis are properly priced, motorcycle taxis are low cost.

 PERU journey value

Peru continues to be one of many cheaper nations to go to in South America internet hosting a few of the continent’s most well-known points of interest. The 2 hottest highlights are definitely the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the multi day climbing path ‘The Inca path’ main as much as this archaeological marvel. Peru has a lot extra to supply, go to the fascinating artificial islands of Lake Titicaca, discover the Amazon from Iquitos, take a look at Lima or log on at Mancora. Peru is a dream vacation spot for trekking with a staggering array of trails winding by way of the Andes. These spectacular mountains supply much more than simply the Inca path; we spent a month in Cusco alone, performing some implausible trekking like Salkantay, Choquequirao and Ausangate. In case you do these treks unbiased it’s filth low cost, what an awe-inspiring expertise!

Journey Price range for Peru

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • Midrange Vacation price range
  • Shoestring finances

We spent PEN 2008  ($592) in  37 days, thus Sol 54.20  ($ 15.95) every per day together with all meals, transport and different bills.

trekking peruTrekking in Peru was very low cost, we had a tremendous time and noticed some unreal locations!

For us doing plenty of hikes made Peru cheaper no more costly. Doing unbiased hikes prices have been minimal.  Throughout hikes lodging was free and meals was very low cost.


  • Dormitory mattress in a pleasant hostel in $6
  • Double room in finances lodge $40
  • Keep in luxurious 5star lodge from $120


  • The most effective place for lunch is a menú at one of many native eating places. A Peruvian menú is a set meal together with a starter (usually soup or a small salad), a most important course, a drink and typically a small dessert. The worth is about PEN 10 ($Three)
  • Are you a foodie? Go to ‘Central’ restaurant in Lima, the nr 1 restaurant in South America and nr four on the earth, a bit above our price range at spherical $200 for a 17 course meal, however we heard concerning the magic chef Martinez serves right here, culinary artwork taking you from 20m under sea degree to 4000m above.
  • Some hostels embrace breakfast, often easy (sure learn not sufficient). We drank a variety of tea within the mountains of Peru. Most hostels give limitless free coco tea because it helps with altitude illness.
  • McDonald’s meal about PEN16 ($four.50)
  • Native beer PEN 6/ $1.eight


  • Bus journey in Peru is properly priced with totally different choices and costs. A bus journey from Lima to Cusco in a pleasant bus with wifi begins at about PEN80 ($25) for the 22 hour journey.
  • Shorter journeys of round 2 and a half hours have been about PEN 10 ($Three).



  • Machu Picchu entrance is $47 together with Machu Picchu Mountain. Machu Picchu is superb regardless of the 4000 vacationers a day, a should see.
  • I like to recommend skipping the Inca Path, hike a unique route. There are numerous superb hikes round Cuzco and a number of other choices to hike to Machu Picchu. The Inca Path is probably the most well-known and most touristy, this doesn’t make it the perfect. See our Salkantay to Machu Picchu, an alternate route article for extra on the subject.

Peru is a tremendous tradition and journey expertise; actions will probably be your largest expense, go for it! It is going to be an expertise you’ll treasure eternally.


URUGUAY. journey value

Uruguay is called an costly nation with high-quality beef and other people dwelling on Mate, kind of an excellent Argentina, this isn’t too far off. The preferred locations to go to within the nation are Montevideo, Punta del Este, Colonia, Punta del diablo, and Cabo Polonio Rocha. The nation is predominantly a summer time seashore vacation spot, which is nice since going to the seashore is free. Kitesurfing is a well-liked exercise and don’t miss consuming an area steak and drink some matet (the mate straw is a cool present to take residence). Most vacationers arrive in Uruguay by ferry straight from Buenos Aires ($56). The ferry is dear and we determined to hitchhike the great distance round, it took a very long time. The nation’s small measurement and environment friendly bus system permits for straightforward exploring of the entire nation.

Journey Price range for Uruguay

  • Backpacker’s price range
  • Midrange Vacation price range
  • Shoestring finances

We spent UYU 3954  ($ 140) in 7 days, thus 564 UYU ($20.50) every per day complete, we did some hitchhiking and tenting.

The sculpture on the beach- Los Dedos (“the fingers”), a famous work by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal.The sculpture on the beach- Los Dedos (“the fingers”), a well-known work by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal.


  • Consuming in eating places could be very costly, however like Argentina consuming a steak is among the should do issues in Uruguay. Chivito (Uruguay’s basic steak sandwich) goes for about US$10, consuming in a midrange restaurant $25 with a drink and double that for consuming in a prime finish restaurant with wine.
  • Lunch in an area restaurant value about UYU 350 ($12). A Mcdonald’s meal is about UYU 280 ($10). Buying and cooking the costs usually are not that loopy and staying in a hostel with cooking amenities is the most cost effective method to journey right here.


  • Dormitory mattress in a pleasant hostel begin at $10
  • Double room in price range lodge $35
  • Keep in luxurious 5star lodge from $160


All of the cities and cities in Uruguay are related by an in depth community of bus routes. The distances are brief and we have been stunned that transport is comparatively low cost. The inter-city buses are trendy, clear and cozy and it was superior that these buses have fairly good Wi-Fi.

  • Native bus experience in Montevideo US$1
  • Lengthy-distance bus rides are about US$7 per 100km travelled.

VENEZUELA journey value

Touring to the gorgeous, harmful and destroyed nation of Venezuela is strongly discouraged by each overseas workplace all over the world. As soon as one of many richest nations in South America, with  large oil reserves, on account of political corruption and civil unrest it turned a rustic with large social and financial issues.

We had a good time touring right here late 2015, the nation was already in misery and empty outlets, corrupt police and non-existent service made it exhausting to journey right here. It was nevertheless very low cost, we have been touring on cents, whether it is moral to journey to Venezuela is one other scorching potato.

We spent VEF 107 999   ($155) in 29 days, thus VEF 30723 ($5.31) every per day together with all meals, transport and different bills.


Once we have been right here, September 2015, the official change price was $1=B6, on the black market you can nevertheless purchase B700 with $1! Which means a Coke will solely value 27c on the black market price, however you’ll pay $33 for a similar Coke on the official change fee! In case you convey money it’s an unbelievably low cost nation to journey. If nevertheless you draw cash at an ATM or pay by bank card on the official price it’s perhaps the costliest nation on the planet. Sadly this downward spiral has simply continued for Venezuela with inflation at over 800 000% in October 2018

currency venezuelaDue to the trade fee in Venezuela, vacationers with US dollars have some huge cash. These are 50B notes (virtually $10 notes).


Our common finances was $5.31 a day every all inclusive.


US residents want visa, $30 for 90 day a number of entry visa


Most issues, don’t get robbed.

Extra about our travels in  Venezuela

 THE GUIANAS journey value

Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana collectively referred to as the Guianas are three territories situated on the North Japanese coast of South America . Attending to the Guianas just isn’t straightforward and the nations are bills, they’re skipped by most travellers in South America for these causes. We briefly set foot in Guyana climbing in Venezuela, however since it’s European territories we didn’t need to undergo visa processes to journey right here. Since we didn’t journey via the Guyanas I’m together with this based mostly on what I heard and located on-line.

 – French Guiana is part of France, and thus of the EU, right here you enter the EU whereas nonetheless standing in South America. There usually are not many touristy websites within the nation.

-Journey Finances French Guiana

French Guiana is a really costly nation, whilst a price range traveller you can see it exhausting to get away by spending lower than $80 per day. Since there isn’t any backpacker amenities anticipate to pay over $50 per night time for lodging.

– Suriname was previously generally known as Dutch Guiana, the smallest nation in South America solely has a inhabitants of 550 000, Dutch is the official language and other people drive on the left hand aspect. Over 90% of Suriname is roofed in primeval rainforest and there are some superior fauna and flora to expertise right here, river dolphins, 1000 pound leather-based again turtles laying their eggs on the seashore and the gold footed tamarind monkeys.

-Journey Finances Suriname

Suriname feels like the most cost effective of the three, you need to have the ability to discover lodging for underneath $25 and get away with a price range of spherical $60 per day.

– Guyana situated between Venezuela and Brazil, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean within the north is South America’s solely English talking nation. This yr (2018) Guyana was a well-liked vacation spot underneath journey bloggers. Touring unbiased I heard Guyana is a really troublesome nation to get round in. Guests go to see the unimaginable nature, with websites just like the tallest free falling waterfall on the planet (Kaieteur Falls). There’s an unimaginable variety of animals within the Amazon jungle and savannahs in Guyana, you possibly can see the huge freshwater fish, Arapima, big anteaters, piranhas, tarantulas and even jaguars in case you are a birder the greater than 900 species of unique birds makes this a bucket listing spot.

-Journey Finances Guyana

You must be capable of discover lodging in a guesthouse for about $40 per night time. and get away with a price range of spherical $70 per day.

Useful stuff to pack for a Monster Journey!

Good journey and mountaineering Backpack – you need one thing that’s straightforward and cozy to hold, that may be a good mountaineering pack if you’ll Patagonia, however that’s straightforward to open like a great journey pack.

That is onerous to seek out, an excellent mountaineering backpack that isn’t simply prime loading.

Journey Safety Cash Belt

No one will know you will have cash on you! Journey Safety Cash Belt

Water just isn’t alway drinkable and bottled water might be costly,  we save some huge cash with our life straw in a bottle This superb gadget is tremendous useful in case you are going climbing unbiased.

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