Traveling Central / South Chile - Feb - March Costs?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 30, 2013 12:44 PM Last Post By: ecco
Apr 25, 2013 4:11 AM
Traveling Central / South Chile - Feb - March Costs?Hi there,
I wonder how expensive chile really is for backpackers. Im considering a travel to central / south chile, do a lot of hiking ( torres, lake district), maybe a side tirp or two to argentina. Staying in cheap hostels, local food, buses and so on Also its gonne be february / march.. But not doing it the dirt cheap way.. I usually spent around ~900 €, which comes to 1.200 US for a month in Colombia or Venezuela.
How much should I count for a trip to chile? Is it a lot more of trouble to look for traveling cheap in chile then in other countries?
Any advice / experience appreciated.
Apr 25, 2013 5:05 AM
1Questions about costs are always very tricky to answer. Very very tricky.
There is no denying that Chile is one of the continent's most expensive countries, definitely on a par with Argentina and Brazil. It is a modern, advanced economy with a relatively high standard of living and there is no basis for expecting it to be 'cheap'. During high season, prices rise as demand does.
We spent three months Chile from Isla Navarino to Arica. Costs in Chile didn't 'shock' us because we'd spent the previous three months in equally pricey Argentina! In Patagonia, we were paying, on average, $15,000-25,000 per night for double rooms in nice-ish hospedajes or hostels. We don't 'do' dorms but I guess these would be a fair bit cheaper. In heavily touristed areas like Torres del Paine costs can be pretty high: park entry fees, camping fees (in the park up to $8,000 pppn at the non free campsites like Los Cuernos) quickly rack up. Eating and buses are two things I found relatively good value - fixed menus in fire-station restaurants (it's a Chilean thing) can cost as little as $5-6,000.
Basically, it's not Colombia, but it's not Australia or Switzerland either! We spent about US$3,000-3,500 per month in Chile, for two, and doing lots of excursions (paragliding, canyoning, climbing, horse riding...). Most things are per-person (even rooms) so you might not be that much higher than your budget for one. Go expecting the worse and you'll be pleasantly surprised. That always works!
You can get an idea of accommodation and transport prices yourself by visiting Hostelworld.com, and the websites of big Chilean bus companies like Bus Sur, Pullman and Tur-Bus. That way there won't be any nasty surprises.
On the flip side, the southern third of Chile is one great big adventure playground for outdoors enthusiasts. We hiked our hearts out between Tierra del Fuego and Pucón - and walking is cheap. Plenty of suggestions for treks, with photos, on our blog.
My #1 tip: don't miss Chiloé. Not everyone likes it but we certainly did.
Edited by: polyglot25
Apr 25, 2013 5:44 PM
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Apr 26, 2013 6:07 AM
Apr 26, 2013 6:34 AM
5Well it is possible to travel cheap in Chile. First of all you can buy food in supermarkets. Restaurants are generally expensive except for some cheap lunches in major cities. Second, Southern Chile has lot of family accomodation which charge a price per person, so cheap if you're alone (often cheaper than hostel dormitories), most of those places are not on the Internet. Third, if you go trekking, you can camp for free or very cheap in the nature; only the Torres del Paine comes expensive.
BUT February is very high season. Busses cost much more than in low season, and it may be difficult to find a cheap room.
Apr 26, 2013 8:04 AM
6Yes $40 per day was on the low side. I traveled outside of high season when buses where much cheaper which makes a huge difference. TdP on the cheap will still work out at $50 per day approx once you add in all the park fees etc. Very true what Willampsie says about family run accommodation. Look around on arrival to find the cheapest places. Agreed that Chile is at least a bit cheaper than Argentina.
Apr 29, 2013 12:03 AM
Apr 30, 2013 12:44 PM
8March will be cheaper than February. Schools go back in the first week of March, marking the end of the long Chilean summer holidays. Prices drop for some things, especially accommodation. I'm spending about $50/day, staying in hostels, cooking sometimes, restaurants sometimes, taking some tours. You can certainly do it cheaper but may need to miss some things.
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