What should I expect to spend????

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1. Posted by sublimeone (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Planning my first trip to SA for the fall and I would like to know how much money I can expect to spend on a monthly basis. Tentative plans include EC, Peru, Bol, Chi, Arg, Bra, Ven.

Now, as a shoestringer, I plan on camping as much as possible, but will stay at hostels in between.

Outside of activities, how much could I possibly spend? LP's SA on a shoestring says about $20 a day. How accurate is this?



2. Posted by georged1 (Budding Member 11 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hard to say, depends of your levels of comfort and spend...

When I was 19 years old I traveled peru and bolivia for 2 months with 200 US... that was extreme as u can imagine.

20 is ok for backpacking (Apart of entrances, flights, buses)

For spending money I normaly recomend my budget/adventure pasengers (I am a tour leader) 28 a day and through experience i found that they spend only 18 as a media (Few drinks, meals , personal expenses, very little shoping)... but i provide everything else (Hotels, tours, guides, flights, buses, boats, trains, etc, etc, etc)

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3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

If you are camping, then I think 20 a day is probably good for Chile, Argentina and Bolivia.

I spent about $40 a day when I was down there, $15-$20 on hotels and $15-$20 on food, drinks and incidentals. I wasn't going cheap at all.

Obviously, the bigger cities are more expensive.