Backpacking Budget: How Much Does it Cost to Travel Around South America?

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Backpacking around South America is in the plans of many people. But, before starting the trip, planning is mandatory. Here in the blog, we have already given some useful tips for those who are going to venture themselves in this continent. However, in this post we will talk about another common doubt: the backpacking budget.

This kind of trip is usually cheaper, but, it is necessary to plan and take enough money to make sure the trip will be peaceful and free of unpleasant surprises. Thinking about it, we have gathered some tips and information about the budget for backpacking in South America. Check it out!  

The Backpacking Budget Depends on the Traveller

First, it is necessary to understand that the a backpacking budget in South America can vary according to the style of the traveller. The essential outlays of a trip are:  tickets, insurance, transportation inside and between cities, food, accommodation, and the tours.

Some people are willing to give up some conveniences and, due to that fact, have lower expenses. If you are one of them, check some tips to save money on your trip:

  • Tickets: search for it in advance and subscribe to “ticket-finding” websites to be up to date about sales.
  • Transportation inside the city: prefer buses and get over laziness to walf short distances.
  • Transportation between cities: the overnight buses are an alternative to save a night of accommodation. For the most courageous people, hitchhiking is also an option.
  • Accommodation: sleeping in shared dorms at hostel is one of the best economic options. Another option is the Couchsurfing, a platform to find local people that offer free beds.
  • Food: it is possible to save money by eating in more popular restaurants or cooking your own meals.  
  • Tours: this item is the most difficult to runaway. So, choose among those that you really find interesting and talk with local people about free activities in the regions.

Backpacking: Average Budget in Each Country

As well as the style of the traveller, the backpacking budget in South America can vary according to the costs of thing in each country. Therefore, we have listed the average prices (in dollars) of the main items in some countries of the continent:  

Argentina

  • Bed in a hostel: around US$ 12
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: US$ 9
  • Meal at a fancy restaurant: US$ 17
  • Local Transportation: US$ 0,40

Brazil

  • Bed in a hostel: around US$ 15
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: US$ 6
  • Meal at a fancy restaurant: US$ 15,50
  • Local Transportation: US$ 1,20

Paraguay

  • Bed in a hostel: around US$ 8
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: US$ 3,60
  • Meal at a fancy restaurant: US$ 9
  • Local Transportation: US$ 0,40

Chile

  • Bed in a hostel: around US$ 15
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: US$ 7,70
  • Meal at a fancy restaurant: US$ 16,50
  • Local Transportation: US$ 1

Bolivia

  • Bed in a hostel: around US$ 8
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: US$ 3,60
  • Meal at a fancy restaurant: US$ 8,25
  • Local Transportation: US$ 0,30

Uruguai

  • Bed in a hostel: around US$ 14
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: US$ 14,70
  • Meal at a fancy restaurant: US$ 26,70
  • Local Transportation: US$ 1,15

Peru

  • Bed in a hostel: around US$ 12
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: US$ 3,10
  • Meal at a fancy restaurant: US$ 9,25
  • Local Transportation: US$ 0,45

Have you already backpacked in South America? Share your experience?

Source of the costs: Numbeo e 360 Meridianos.
Images: Reciprocity Fees, Epicurious, Soy América.

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