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Cost of Travel in South America – complete breakdown

Cost of Travel in South America - complete breakdown

Complete journey finances replace December 2018 for all South America

During the last couple of years we’ve visited South America a number of occasions with the fee various significantly relying on size of journey and nations visited. Our longest journey was a 13 month shoestring finances backpacking journey by means of Latin America. We additionally explored South America as mid-vary backpackers and extra snug price range 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 Price range 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 price range vacationers. Chile, Brazil and Argentina are comparatively costlier, virtually reaching European costs. Colombia is type of mid-vary between the 2 teams and the fee of journey in Venezuela is so low it’s in a price range journey class of its personal. Remember that crime is a really practical consideration when touring right here and buying and organizing something is troublesome in this torn aside nation.

On this submit

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

Backpacking South America on a Shoestring finances

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

Backpacking finances shouldn’t be solely depending on worth!

-The fee of journey on a shoestring finances 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 could be 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 must be round $35 per day, so $1000 per 30 days.

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

Vacation finances South America

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

Travel Price range 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 Cost in South America by way of the Huge Mac Index

The Massive Mac Index compares the financial system of totally different currencies by evaluating the fee of a Massive Mac in totally different nations.  You possibly can see in accordance with the Massive Mac Index Uruguay is the costliest nation with a Massive Mac costing barely lower than it does in the US, Argentina is the most cost effective nation.

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

How to decide on lodging on-line

We advocate utilizing to e-book lodging it’s how we do it most of the time;

-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 pals of the proprietor that stayed there, I attempt to go for greater than 50 critiques

-read the critiques! Give attention to issues which might be essential 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 may also be explored by cruise ship, for a spread 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 price. 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 acquired rid of the official change fee so far as we’re conscious. Argentina, like Chile, is protected, with high-quality services, the closest you will discover to European in South America. Yow 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 resorts 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

Travel Finances for Argentina

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • Midrange Vacation price range
  • Shoestring price range
    • $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 finances by hitchhiking, tenting and couchsurfing, like Chile it’s a protected nation permitting to journey in such a fashion.


  • Meals is certainly one of the highlights in Argentina. They’ve a status for good steak, wine and mate and that is nicely deserved. Steak in a restaurant and on the barbecue was first-class.
  • 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 tons of dulce de leche on Maria biscuits throughout hikes.  Ice cream and alfajores sweets is one thing to not be missed! The highest of the vary 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 pair of 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 price range 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 quite a bit 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 the simplest 6000m peaks to climb, cycle probably the most harmful street in the world 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 mountaineering and tenting on our personal, as a result of muggings and robberies. So touring on a shoestring price range Bolivia ended up costing us greater than many different nations on the continent. When you nevertheless journey by bus and keep in hostels throughout your travels Bolivia will in all probability be your least expensive nation.

Bolivia -The Uyuni Salt desert was one of the highlights of South America! South America travel budgetBolivia -The Uyuni Salt desert was one of the highlights of South America!

Travel Price range for Bolivia

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

We spent BOB 2020 ($ 294) in  15 days, thus BOB 135  ($ 19) every per day together with all meals, transport and different bills, however when you solely subtract the fee 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 principal course, a drink and typically a small desert.
  • Need to eat a Bolivian type set meal gone upmarket? Attempt ‘Popular Cocina Boliviana’ in La Paz. Bolivian meals gone Gourmand fashion, nice worth for what you get at about 50 BOB ($7) for a set meal
  • We frequently purchased meals on the market and cooked for ourselves, greens some fascinating and scrumptious fruit was very low cost right here. You possibly can often discover a meal on the market anytime of the day, we loved the breakfasts.
  • You must eat a pair of salteñas(the Bolivia model of empanada) or  tucumanas (a deep pal salteña) 3BOB ($zero.50)
  • Don’t drink the faucet water in Bolivia.


  • Roads are fairly harmful in Bolivia use a good firm comparable to MEM or El Dorado
  • Cost for a a method bus ticket between La Paz and Sucre an 11 hour, 700km experience 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 ‘death road’ value is about $80
  • Salar de Uyuni tour of the salt flats
  • Climb the 6000m peak of Huayana Putosi costs differ 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 price range. 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’ll be able to apply at a neighbouring nation (e.g. Peru) SA passport holders it’s free, US residents $160.

BRAZIL journey value

Brazil is a unbelievable nation to journey with some of probably the most extraordinary locations to go to in South America, don’t miss the wild Amazon, the superb wild life of the Pantanal or the unreal vibe and seashores of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil isn’t low cost, regardless of many poor individuals staying in favelas; meals, lodging and vacationer actions are some of the costliest in South America. Inequality right here is very large, just like my residence 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.

Travel Finances for Brazil

  • Backpacker’s price range
  • 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 finances 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 potential.


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 at the very least at some point in advance.

Native public transportation prices 2-5 BRL per journey. Uber works nicely 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 price range lodge BRL 135 ($35)
  • Keep in luxurious 5star lodge from BRL460 ($120)

The South of Brazil vs the North

The South is rather more costly than the north, our price range was $15 avg till we reached Rio! There are some “must see” vacationer points of interest in and round Rio de Janeiro which are 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’ll be able to 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 in the north to the south of Patagonia. The landscapes are jaw dropping, from the driest desert in the world to the superb mountains and glaciers of Patagonia. We did fairly a couple 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 a superb purpose, many individuals stroll it however it’s really spectacular. Meals, lodging and transport all make Chile costlier than some 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 pictures of over 2 months that we spent in this superb nation is more durable than touring right here on a $13 per day price range!

Travel Finances for Chile

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • Midrange Vacation finances
  • Shoestring price range
    • $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’ve got many tales about their unbelievable 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 once 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, in the event you go to Puerto Natales to hike Torres del Paine it’s a lot quicker.

Hitchhiking labored implausible 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 verify earlier than going. Australians need to pay a $117.


That is the nation to journey with a tent, there are campsites all over the place.  When there have been none we did some ‘bush camping’ and even pitched our tent at a gasoline station. We made nice pals couchsurfing and off track saved lots on lodging in the cities this manner. When you take a look at hostel costs you’ll be able to 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 finances 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 perfect 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 in the mountains was superb. Lovely nation to discover a spread of fascinating locations from colonial cities, nice seashores and the Amazon to a stupendous desert.

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • Midrange Vacation price range
  • Shoestring price range
    • $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 price range! South America journey finances


  • 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 in the grocery store and cooking in the hostel. You possibly can see precisely how we regulated our price range in our Colombia Finances Backpacker’s Information.


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

Nice Price range Inns


Native transport is absolutely low cost. Three main cities in Colombia (Bogota, Cali, Medellin) have mass transit methods just like these in Europe and the USA. Bogota’s system known as the TranMileno and – shiny purple buses virtually like a subway. Medellin has a subway, rides lower than a greenback. Public transport in the town $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 finances airline Vivacolombia is an affordable method to transfer lengthy distances.

Uber is obtainable 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 unbelievable.


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 might be simply prolonged for a further 90 days


  • Transport was costly. We saved rather a lot on lodging by taking night time buses for longer distances, thus saving on an evening’s lodging. We didn’t hitchhike in Colombia (no cause).
  • 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 complete 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 in the Otavalo market three hours away. Up for journey? Climb the 5897m  Otopaxi volcanoe or journey 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 tons of nicely-priced lodging and journey actions.

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


  • You possibly can eat at an area restaurant for $three-5 and in the markets for lower than $2.
  • European meal (hamburger/pizza) round 10-12 USD.
  • For a meal at a mid-vary 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 price range 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 a minimum of $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.
  • Mountaineering indenpendent

PARAGUAY journey value

I’ll undoubtedly not name Paraguay ‘a tourist paradise’, one of the least visited nations in South America, with little journey infrastructure solely has a handful of recognized vacationer locations. Getting ‘off the beaten track’ and experiencing native tradition are the preferred vacationer draw playing cards in this small land-locked nation. Probably the most nicely-recognized 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 purchasing, 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

Travel Finances for Paraguay

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • 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 in the world is a pleasant website to go to from the town, the tour is free. The dam is one of 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 nicely priced, motorcycle taxis are low cost.

 PERU journey value

Peru continues to be one of the cheaper nations to go to in South America internet hosting some of the continent’s most well-known points of interest. The 2 hottest highlights are for sure the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the multi day mountaineering path ‘The Inca trail’ 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 means of the Andes. These spectacular mountains supply much more than simply the Inca path; we spent a month in Cusco alone, performing some incredible trekking like Salkantay, Choquequirao and Ausangate. When you do these treks unbiased it’s filth low cost, what an awe-inspiring expertise!

Travel Finances for Peru

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

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 so much 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


  • One of the best place for lunch is a menú at one of the native eating places. A Peruvian menú is a set meal together with a starter (usually soup or a small salad), a essential 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 in the world, a bit above our price range at spherical $200 for a 17 course meal, however we heard concerning the magic chef Martinez serves right here, culinary artwork taking you from 20m under sea degree to 4000m above.
  • Some hostels embrace breakfast, often easy (sure learn not sufficient). We drank so much of tea in the mountains of Peru. Most hostels give limitless free coco tea because it helps with altitude illness.
  • McDonald’s meal about PEN16 ($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 ($25) for the 22 hour experience.
  • Shorter journeys of round 2 and a half hours have been about PEN 10 ($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 special 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 one of the best. 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 top of the range beef and other people dwelling on Mate, type of an excellent Argentina, this isn’t too far off. The preferred locations to go to in 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 house). 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.

Travel Price range for Uruguay

  • Backpacker’s finances
  • 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 well-known 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 one of 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 are usually not that loopy and staying in a hostel with cooking amenities is the most cost effective approach 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-metropolis 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 around the globe. As soon as one of the richest nations in South America, with  large oil reserves, as a result 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 arduous 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 fee was $1=B6, on the black market you can nevertheless purchase B700 with $1! Because of this a Coke will solely value 27c on the black market fee, however you’ll pay $33 for a similar Coke on the official trade price! In case you deliver 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 in the world. Sadly this downward spiral has simply continued for Venezuela with inflation at over 800 000% in October 2018

currency venezuelaAs a result of of the trade price in Venezuela, vacationers with US dollars have quite a bit of cash. These are 50B notes (virtually $10 notes).


Our common price range 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 shouldn’t be straightforward and the nations are bills, they’re skipped by most travellers in South America for these causes. We briefly set foot in Guyana mountaineering 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 by means of 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 in the nation.

-Travel Price range French Guiana

French Guiana is a really costly nation, whilst a price range traveller you will discover it onerous 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 referred to 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.

-Travel 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 finances of spherical $60 per day.

– Guyana situated between Venezuela and Brazil, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in 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 in the world (Kaieteur Falls). There’s an unimaginable variety of animals in the Amazon jungle and savannahs in Guyana, you’ll be able to 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.

-Travel Finances Guyana

It is best to have the ability to discover lodging in a guesthouse for about $40 per night time. and get away with a price range of spherical $70 per day.

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Travel Safety Cash Belt

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

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