Budget for South America trip - opinions?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 21, 2008 3:58 PM Last Post By: gelizond
Feb 19, 2008 1:31 PM
Budget for South America trip - opinions?Hello
My husband and I are planning on spending around 5 months in South America beginning in August, possibly followed by several weeks in Central America. Our daily budget is quite low and I wondered whether people thought it would be enough - we hope to stay mostly in private rooms in hostels/cheap hotels and eat out sometimes but not all the time. Minimal flying, and we will budget extra for long distance bus travel, the inca trail, trips into the pantanal and to San Rafael Glacier and a few weeks of Spanish classes. Our daily estimates per person by country - is this doable?
Central America (very rough estimate, no plans for this yet) $50
Thanks for your help
Feb 19, 2008 2:20 PM
1Prices in Buenos Aires. They are expressed in pesos.
Jorge Daniel Barchi.
Feb 19, 2008 7:02 PM
Invest in a copy of Lonely Planet - S-America on a Shoestring (or similiar), and for central america also - at $30-$35 each they are good value and the errors are rare. They give rough prices for everything in your travels, food, lodging, transport, entertainment etc.
The budgets you listed per person along with your brief description of travels seems totally do-able.
In these countries you can live really really cheaply (much less than your budget but often you get what you pay for).
Disclaimer; I haven't been to Brazil yet, have heard it is the most expensive country in S-A.
Feb 19, 2008 8:48 PM
Feb 19, 2008 11:30 PM
4Yes - your budget is fine. You may spend a bit more in Brazil and less in Argentina - even with the recent inflation, but overall its a good guideline - and especially considering that you plan to allow even more for transport, you should find yourself very comfortable and maybe even coming home without spending your budget which is the best way to do it.
I noticed that poster number 1 recommends the LP SA on a shoestring. I'm a fan of LP guides, but I actually found FootPrints better for a multi-country guide to South America. especially if you want to get a bit away from the LP backpacker dormitory tour. The LP "Trekking Patagonia" is pretty good tho'.
Feb 20, 2008 2:00 AM
5Thanks for these replies - good news! I have a copy of LP for SA already but had heard that average prices might be a bit low, so wanted to check with people who'd been recently. Is there a footprints guide for Central America? I might look at it nearer the time (assuming we make it there as well!)
Feb 20, 2008 7:41 AM
Feb 20, 2008 7:42 AM
Feb 21, 2008 3:58 PM
8If you want to be comfortable in Brazil, you have slightly under-budgeted. The US dollar is the weakest it has been in Brazil for 9 years. Some cities you can make it on $60 a day in Brazil including hotel, but many others no way (rio, sao paulo etc etc).
Peru you might have slightly over budgeted. (But don't skimp on the food in Peru...it's worth eating well) It would be a crime against humanity to eat canned pasta in the hostel in Peru just to save $6.
Bolivia is dirt cheap. Doable.
Argentina fine too.
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