Okay, so this is the trip I have in mind for between 5 and 6 months:
Argentina (excluding Patagonia)
Ecuador (excluding Galapagos islands)
Is £5000 ($8000 USD) about right for that? (Flights to and from the region not included in this. The £5000 would be purely for travelling through the continent).
I would stay in hostels, and travel everywhere by bus. I'm happy to buy food from supermarkets on occasion if this is cheaper, but would rather stick to street food, budget places to eat, etc.
I would do some of the big tourist attractions (Inca Trail, Salt Flats, Iguazu falls) but not Galapagos Islands, Easter Island. I would spend time in the major cities and towns and hit a few beaches too where possible.
I'm 29 years old so I won't be out partying constantly but would certainly like to have few beers here and there along the way with fellow backpackers.
If you're wondering why Brazil isn't included it's because that country is SO big and SO expensive, I think it might warrant a separate trip by itself.
There's SO much conflicting information out there and so much of it is out of date, that it's very hard to know what's accurate in terms of costs.
Based on the information and I've provided, I would be very grateful to receive opinions of my £5000 budget idea.
Thank you so much!