Best way to travel south america on a budget

Best route to travel through South America

What budget do I need for backpacking in South America? Is transportation very expensive? Is it possible to camp? How do I travel so cheaply? These and many other questions are the most frequently asked when planning a trip for the first time.

There are as many answers as there are travelers. In this kind of guide I will try to share the keys that made Juan and me be able to travel for 18 months with U$D 7 per day between the two of us. The more gas-guzzling/scratchy/broken version of me (and not for that reason unhappy, much less dirty) is about to be revealed.

So if you’re thinking of taking a trip and don’t have a lot of money, put the water for tea (I don’t drink mate), bring your notebook, and stay put. Coming soon is a guide on how to put together a backpacking budget for traveling in South America.

Normally, and regardless of the type of trip, the budget is divided into three basic elements: transportation, food and lodging. The first part (except within the cities) is solved by hitchhiking. Even in countries like Bolivia, where buses are very cheap, we choose to extend the thumb: we do not do it only for economic reasons.

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Thinking of traveling this beautiful continent? Don’t start traveling through South America without reading these tips, recommendations and curious facts. They will be very helpful when planning your trip.

Not everything that the media tells us about South America is like that Not everything that comes out in the mass media is as they want to make it look. It is sad to see how there are so many -so many- people who stop traveling to South America because of the preconceptions generated by the information we receive, what is true is that you have to take more precautions than when traveling in Europe, Asia or Oceania, that is why we recommend: Bon voyage!

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How much? where? how? the TIME available is what mainly conditions the answers. As a whole or in parts, you will like America. 6 months sounds like a lot for a trip but in America it is little, everything is relative. The best thing, of course, is to have no limits.

On the road is also an option if you need it. Go ahead! Many young people leave Argentina with the clothes on their backs and there they go! We traveled with little and enjoyed it to the fullest (read on, we give you the figures).

Traveling is getting easier and easier and anyone can do it, in their own way. America is ready and waiting for you. It’s a good time to travel it. Roads have improved, there is good hotel infrastructure, a large Couchsurfing community in many countries, good buses. Technology has arrived everywhere and so have ATMs. For migratory purposes, traveling through America is not so complicated, there are few countries that require visas (at least with European passport, always check well before) and in general they give 90 days of stay in each country (but not always, we count details country to country).

Traveling South America by car

Latin America has an infinite number of places and cultures to discover. In general, it is an area where it is quite economical to travel, although everything will depend on how much you want to spend and the currency of your country of origin.

And if you plan to visit each of these places, but you want to travel cheaply, the best thing to do is to look for cheap accommodations, without spending too much on hotels, meals or other extra activities that will increase the price of your trip.

If you decide to have a coffee in any of its restaurants or bars, it will be around 12 BOB (1.40 €), while a half liter of beer will cost you 14 BOB (1.70 €). As you can see, it is almost more expensive to drink than to eat, so don’t miss the opportunity to fill up on local food.

Having a coffee and half a liter of beer in this country will cost you the same, an average of $1,30 (1,10 €). Here we can’t recommend you anything, although we have a clear idea of what we would go for…

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