Traveling South America by car from Colombia
It should be noted that Colombia has a minimum wage by law that is within the 260 dollars per month and with a percentage of lower cost of living than New York by 60%, which not only benefits the Colombians themselves, but also foreigners.
In percentages, Mexico is considered 70% cheaper to live compared to the rest of the countries in Latin America, and 73% compared to other countries in the world; much of this has to do with the fact that the country has the highest GDP in the region. This has not exactly been well invested, but it allows Mexicans to have a stable quality of life.
As we indicated before, the quality of life in terms of expenses is different among the cities of this country, especially when compared to the most touristic cities such as Tulum, which has resorts and exclusive hotel chains.
How much money is needed to tour South America
Here are the expenses that are NOT included in this budget:Starting in Europe, we have to cross the Atlantic to visit South America. It is a long way and airfares are not very cheap. We flew from Barcelona to Montevideo and had a 5 hour layover in Sao Paulo. We reduced the flight costs with a thorough research on the internet and comparing all the options available. We tried different dates, airlines and cities of origin. It’s a bit of work but well worth the effort and patience. Click HERE to find a cheap flight
Easy, living in the Furiosa, a beautiful Camper van. A beautiful house.Creating new projects to get funding in any country and changing habits that help us to save when it comes to cooking, sleeping, carrying out revisions and maintenance of the vehicle, mechanics, supplying and many more things that can be found detailed in our second book “Guide to Living the Van Life”.
Budget for traveling in South America by car
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.
Travel through South America from Colombia
FoodEating in Bolivia is very cheap. For me, the best option is to do it in the market stalls or in the places where they put “family lunch”, where they will serve you starter + main course + soup + dessert for USD 3 or less. Depending on where you come from, maybe the first few days you will find that they are not the cleanest places, but there is no doubt that the food is very fresh since most of the people eat there and there is a large rotation. ExcursionsThe most likely thing that will make your budget skyrocket in Bolivia are the tours you take, as there are some places you will surely want to visit that you cannot go alone, such as the Uyuni Salt Flat, for example, a classic 3 days / 2 nights tour to the Uyuni Salt Flat will cost you between USD 80 – 120, plus the entrance fee to the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Reserve, which costs another USD 22. This can be reduced by bargaining (as I said before, it is essential in Bolivia), getting a price if you travel with someone else and not entering the Reserve, but to give you an idea, the excursions are what can add the most to your budget.Discover 16 things to do in Bolivia, the cheapest country in South America and be sure to read these tips to combat altitude sickness.2- Paraguay