Myself and my boyfriend are planning on travelling South America next year, we will be spending 6 months there and plan to do Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venzuela (and Mexico). The majority I plan to do overland on public transport, staying in hostels and eating cheap and we plan to see the main highlights in every country, obvioulsy I am aware that some countries are hugely cheaper than others but we have been told a grand a month would be enough (each). So getting to the point could anyone advise if 6 grand would be enough for 6 months or has anyone done it cheaper???? (This is purely accom, trips, food and travel money) Reply to this
You don't say if this is 6000 each or if it's US$ ,pounds or Euros.With US$6000 ,each, you can do it fairly easily but it will be a budget trip.Either of the other denominations it will be alot more comfortable Reply to this
I think they have said each. It's in brackets.
1000 per month will be perfect. If it's in £'s even better. $'s would be a struggle but possible. We spent about 60 a day each in Brazil, 40-50 in Argentina and Chile.
25 each will do Peru and Bolivia.
We didn't scrimp or scrape so it can be done cheaper. We did always watch how much we were spending though and stuck within our means.
I see Uruguay is not on your list. When your in Buenos Aires it's only a 3hr boat journey to Colonia. Definitely worth it.
Enjoy South America. The best place to travel in my opinion. : ) Reply to this
when we were there our budget was £500 each per month. We managed to get by on this very easily, travelled on public transport, bought the odd internal flight, ate well in restuarants everynight, and also did some skiing and all othe day trips on offer.
what you overspend in one country you'll save further down the line.
we didn't really scrimp on things but didn't go overboard either so a good balance! Reply to this
We had a budget of £1000 each when we went and had absolutely no problems at all. In Bolivia we were spending about £100 a week each. Insanely cheap!
The most expensive country, by far, was Brazil and so it's worth having money aside for there. Reply to this
I agree with Wanderly about Uraguay.Beautiful freindly country.You just have to ignore the racism.
Both6month trips to Sth Am I've taken around US$12000.I lived comfortably and had couple grand left when arrived home.I ALWAYS travel overland ,no flights, but I do enjoy my own room with cable TV ,hot water ect.These are around US$20 night in most of Sth Am.Bakpakers can be as cheap as US$3 so the trip can be done alot cheaper if you don't care where you sleep.I don't touch alchohol or drugs though .Even with $2 bottles of wine ,$3 grams of coke and $2 bags of marihuana ,its these habits that will eat up your $
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We had a nice time in Uruguay but it depends how long you have. Personally, I'm not sure Colonia is worth the visit alone. However, if you oush on further into Uruguay (it's nice and small) head for Punta del Diablo - lovely beach, with great surfing if you like, and you can rent a great cabana for the same price as a hostel!
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