Budget for traveling in South America by car
Chile is a fascinating destination that enchants all travelers who arrive there. It offers many adventure activities, diverse landscapes, an immense wine production and rich gastronomy. In addition, San Pedro de Atacama is considered by scientists as one of the best places on the planet to observe the stars.
If you decide to travel to Chile, you can also visit the houses of the poet Pablo Neruda, Easter Island or Rapa Nui, with its large stone statues or Moai, and taste, in addition to wine, the pisco sour, typical drink of the Chilean country.
Mexico is also one of the best countries to visit in Latin America. You will find a lot of history that will transport you to different times. You can, for example, visit colonial cities, such as Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Querétaro and Morelia. The country mixes different cultures with many colors and beauty that make Mexico a destination full of traditions, such as the well-known celebration of the Day of the Dead.
You can also visit the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, its many museums, especially in Mexico D.C., take advantage of its beaches, its food – already named Intangible Heritage of Humanity – the local handicrafts and its landscapes.
It is advisable to have a more or less defined route and buy the tickets with time to find the best fares. Of course, remember that these low prices usually have very high penalties, so make the purchase when you are very sure that you will be able to make the trip.
And for the snacks on the way, in the market places you will find juicy olives of different types and dried fruits and nuts at very good prices since they are sold by weight, and of course, the famous and exuberant Chilean fruits.
The costs of these tours are usually quite affordable, and if you already went through the market and bring your own food to stock up during the day, you will have almost no more expenses during the tour.
Another alternative for those who enjoy sports is hiking. This way you can get to know impressive landscapes and it is an activity that, besides the cost of the guides and food, does not cost more than the effort you invest in a few days of walking and rewarding visits.
Traveling South America by bus
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.
Requirements for travel in South America
Do you want an amazing vacation but are on a tight budget? You don’t need to fly to another continent to do it, in South America there are fantastic places to visit. Here are 8 cheap destinations to visit.
But the panorama is very different in other beaches and in the city center. You can find rooms for two people from 15 dollars a night in hostels, while mid-range hotels start at 30 dollars.
If you like adrenaline, a good option is to visit the WMDR Yungas Road, a scenic road that you can ride a bike or walk. It has incredible high altitude landscapes and beautiful waterfalls.
In this place you can also find fairly inexpensive accommodations: a double room in a hostel costs from 10 dollars, while a mid-range hotel can cost 30 dollars per night.