I spent just over 3 months in South America at the start of 2015. When i booked the trip i really wasn’t too sure how much money i would need but i knew i wanted to go and once i have an idea in my head there’s no stopping me!
I knew it was going to be more expensive that South East Asia where i travelled for 5 months in 2014, (see how much i spent there here ) but i hoped it wouldn’t be European Prices.
I visited 6 different countries and it turned out that the way i had booked it meant i started with the most expensive countries and ended with the cheaper ones which worked out pretty well and less stressful than the other way round.
I was on a budget on this trip and did it very ‘backpacker’ style- I always stayed in hostels in a shared dorm, i did most of the trips available, i didn’t spend much money on alcohol as it really isn’t that cheap, on average breakfast was included in the hostel rate, i would eat a lunch out and then cook dinner in the hostel from food i brought in the markets and supermarket, i also did this for snacks and i didn’t spend much money on clothes or souvenirs there either. I didn’t take any flights apart from to get there and leave. I took all buses to get around ranging from 4 hours to 10 hours to 22 hours.
Here is a break down of how much i spent in each country, along with how long i was there for:
Days Spent: 9
Money Spent: £478
Days Spent: 11
Money Spent: £415
Days Spent: 10
Money Spent: £400
Days Spent: 12
Money Spent: £389 including £126 on the 3 day Salt Flats trip.
Days Spent: 21
Money Spent: £670
Days Spent: 21
Money Spent: £555 including £149 on the 4 day Amazon trip
Days Spent: 6
Money Spent: £130
My flights from Birmingham UK > Rio Brazil and Lima Peru > Birmingham UK were £750 with Lufthansa booked via the STA website.
As i mentioned the countries definitely got cheaper as i went along. I think the main thing that effected how much i spent were the prices of the buses- in Brazil, Argentina and Chile they were very expensive, in Bolivia and Peru they were perry reasonable for the distance travelled and in Ecuador they were very cheap- $1USD per hour.
Day trips were another thing that i hadn’t thought about, in each country and in most towns and cities a day trip is involved and you can’t really go and not do it- well you could but that would be pointless, examples were- Rio city tour, Iguazu Falls, Wine tour in Mendoza, visiting moon valley and geysers in North Chile, the Salt Flats tour, biking death road in La Paz, visiting the floating islands on Lake Copacabana, Sand boarding, Machu Picchu, Glacier tour in Peru, Amazon tour in Ecuador.
Overall i loved South America and the money spent was totally worth it!