South America budget?

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1. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hey guys!

have just decided on the spur of the moment to go to south america upon seeing a cheap flight to Buenos Aires ($1200 from sydney), but have a few questions for all you knowledgable a nd experienced travellers!

Im planning on going to Argentina, Brazil and Mexico for 2-3months... so Im wondering approx how much you guys think i would need? atm my budget for 2 months equates to about $70 a day, for 3 months about $45 a day...

I have a good friend in mexico and brasil, so will be staying with them for perhaps 3 weeks altogether, cutting a few costs... ive been travelling before, lived in germany for a year and holland for 2 years and never had any money so am used to travelling on a tight budget and prefer to do it that way to allow my travels to last longer... Ill also be couchsurfing when i can (another cost cutter). however im not totally stupid and can see that $45 a day is a bit tight! but am i used to european prices or can this be done in sth america??

any advice would be much appreciated!!


2. Posted by tricky (Respected Member 323 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi, for starters Brazil is more expensive than Argentina and I don't know about Mexico.

However, for my trip in SA which was 2 years ago now (how time flies) I budgeted $60 US per day and I lived like a king in that I did what I wanted when I wanted pretty much. I visited Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Peru.

I think if you stick to bigger dorms when you stay in the more expensive area's then $50 per day is doable.

I would err on the side of closer to 2 months than 3 if I were you and enjoy every minute.

I have never couch surfed mind you so I guess that would have been a massive saving given accom was about 1/5th 1/4 ish of the budget probably.

Travel everywhere you possibly can by bus too. Certainly in Argentina the buses are very good in the main and I didn't find the Brazillian one's too bad either albeit not quite as good as Arg.

Looking at it now I think you might even manage to get close to your 3 months with the accom savings you will make. Good luck and enjoy.

3. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

thanks tricky!! makes things alot easier when im told i can actually do the trip with the money i have... i may end up just going for 2 months, as im planning on going to vietnam with a friend for 17 days in august and also south africa in december for another friends wedding - any extra money will be welcomed haha!

would you suggest taking travellers cheques (i never ever used them in europe.. does anyone ever use them anymore??) or just using my australian atm card and taking out cash when i need it?

4. Posted by i c e (Full Member 326 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Mexico is very inexpensive if you do it right. Sounds like you will be fine. If your travelling alone that should be plenty. I would just recomend have some emergency funds set away becuase you just never know what can happen and things always cost more than you think..


5. Posted by tenazau2 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I am Argentinian, living in Buenos Aires. If you have any doubt about prices, places or whatever it is, I can Help You!.

Best Regards


6. Posted by Bazzaboy (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi!!! a $1200 fare from Sydney--i wonder is it Aerolineas Agentinas cos same fare ex Melb is $1300--am off to MEX & CA in May so had to decide between two--i will look at the Aerolineas fare late 2010 or early 2011 but would hope you post a resume on your adventure for fellow travelers to check out Have a gr8 journey

7. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

yup same airline!