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1. Posted by Saaa (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y


In May next year I wanna start my first around the world trip and my stays in South America will be Peru, Chile and Brasil.

Now I'm not sure how many money I need for each country, because I think I have a smaler budget.

How much I have to calculate for a night in a cheaper hostel in these countrys?
Or how much the trip in Peru to Machu Picchu would cost?

Can anyone help me?




2. Posted by Danielsw25 (Budding Member 50 posts) 7y


Chile and Brazil are two of the most expensive countries in SA unfortunately. I had to change some plans of my own because of this. But a quick scan of hostels for the major cities of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Santiago, Chile put hostels at about $10 - $20 a night, with the average coming in close to $12 for the cheaper ones with $10 or so being the absolute cheapest.

Peru is slightly cheaper, with many hostels coming in at $8 or so for Lima.

Keep in mind, these are the more populous cities which tends to make them more expensive. For example, Arequipa in Peru was coming in closer to $6 or $7 for a night. While the differences aren't huge, they can add up over time.

Also, I have been doing a lot of research on the Machu Picchu trip myself, and I don't think you are going to find it for less than $380. It is commonly more, but I did manage to find a tour for that price from what looked to be a pretty reputable company. Unforunately, I can't recall which one it was (I need to look this up again!). Also, it is normal to tip guides and porters from what I read as well. And if you are going to want a porter to carry YOUR gear, that runs about $50 or more depending on the company.

Those prices are for the 4 day hike up the Inca Trail. Keep in mind, they only allow 500 travelers per day to start on it and the busy season starts in July if I remember correctly. It is a good idea to book your tour at least 3 months in advance from what I have been reading, and in your case, maybe even sooner as you will be near the busy season.

Also, I would imagine you to be flying into Lima, so you are looking at another couple days of travel by bus as well as the bus fares, which will set you back another $150 or so as a rough estimate.

Hope this helps.


3. Posted by RachC (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

I was at machu picchu 2 days ago. I didn´t do the inca trail (rainy season is my excuse!) but i went by train and it cost me $119 round trip plus 140 soles for entry to the site. You can get cheaper train tickets, as i went there ion the vistadome train (with the windows in the ceiling so you can see all the mountians in the sacrted valley - food included) and the backpacker service back. You can get a bus and then the local train from Urubamba which works out a lot cheaper and is pretty stress free. basically, if you aren´t planning on doing the inca trail, you can get to Machu picchu pretty cheaply if you do it independantly rather than through a travel agency. I also advise you to get to machu picchu early and register to walk up huana Picchu (the mountian you see in the background on the ´typical´MP photos.) They only allow 400 people a day to climb it (200 at 7am and 200 at 10am), and it is a hard climb but worth it to see the clouds lifting and machu picchu coming into sight from above. Amazing.

Safe travels!

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