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10,000 USD enough to travel south america 6 to a yr??

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean 10,000 USD enough to travel south america 6 to a yr??

1. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i trying to decide weither ten grand is enough to travel thorughout south america??

2. Posted by phatwilly (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'd sure think so. Im hoping that 2 grand will get me through a few months, so I would certainly think 10 grand would go for quite a while, especially in countries where the local currency is much weaker than the USD

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I was down in Peru in August and it is possible to spend $500 a month and be comfortable. There are places in SA that are cheaper so 10K for a year is more than enough.

4. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It's plenty; my guess is that half would suffice.

5. Posted by vanbest (Budding Member 21 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It really depends what you do there. for example in Aregentina dinner in restaurant costed me 5$ in brazil 18$, airplane tickets is pain, and hostels,
though in Uruguay for example you can find a hotels for 8$ a night

6. Posted by Grazmataz (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If your like me and gunna spend a couple of weeks at Galapogus islands and a month in the amazon on a underground adventure then you may struggle. Ive saved up $25,000 ozzie dollars which I hope will allow me to do these adventures and travel through South America for 6 months and a couple of weeks in Cuba and another month in mexico.

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You should have plenty with that! Most of South America is just soo cheap for food, accommodation, beer, cigarettes, whatever....

Chile and Brazil are the most expensive I found and you will go through 2-3 times as much a day in those countries as you would in say Peru or Bolivia. Argentina falls somewhere in the middle.

Its a good point that if you want to do anything extra-special like a trip to the Gallapagos or Easter Is. or if you want to head down to Antartica then it's a different ballgame.

But I would say with confidence that you can make $10,000US stretch up to a year if you are budget backpacking.

Hope that helps :)