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1. Posted by tyboulder (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I know this has probably been asked many times but my search skillz suck and I can't find an answer. What would the cost to travel around South America average per day given the following: gas for truck (15 mpg), hostel stay only, small inexpensive excursions only, and modestly priced food, etc. w/ little to no shopping/fluff? I know that may not narrow it down much but I'd really like to plan a trip around South America and want to stay for 3-6 months. Can anyone give me a rough idea (maybe a high and low figure) for what it would cost per day to do this? Or even rough estimates of food/shelter/unknowns, etc... Thanks much for any help!~


2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 10y

How are you moving the truck to South America?
It'll cost you a few thousand to ship it from Panama to wherever.
$50 US/day with vehicle minimum including gas/repairs.

3. Posted by tyboulder (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Wow, thanks for the reply-- I guess that goes to show how much I have to learn about my future trip down south... I thought that I could drive my truck onto a ferry (for a few hundred at most) and drive it on into South America. If it'd cost a few thousand I might be better off just buying one down there. As far as cost per day goes- at least that sounds close to what I was expecting (hoping) for. $50 x 90 days (minimum) = $4500 + necessary fixed costs. Hmmm, better start saving. Thanks for the info! Anybody attempted to "drive around South America" before? Is that a rediculous idea? I traveled around Europe for a couple months and totally regret not doing it all by air/rental car instead of the Eurail pass. I think it would have been about the same in cost, but renting a car in Milan and taking it to Rome was some of the most fun I had. And nothing beats a short flight for $40. I love the idea of freedom to stop where ever or make spontaneous detours.

4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 10y

Haven't been Ferries south from Panama for many years now generally people load their vehicles onto freighters and fly to Ecuador or Colombia-a fabulous place BTW.
Believe me South America is much more like where you live than you imagine.
Older/poorer/some awful roads but generally safe and easy to travel in.
Forget the vehicle idea-public transport is well organised and not expensive at all.

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

[i]you are better off if you travel South Amerika by bus.
You will find hostales an backpacker places very inexpensiv,food also.Check the link Cheap accommodation.Forgett the truck,it is much more fun to take a bus.for long distances there are buses with beds.
sunny greetings

6. Posted by tyboulder (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hmm, my whole idea of traveling by truck may have to be tossed out the window-- but you know Americans and thier SUV's.