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Cost of living as a backpacker in Argentina/Chile/Bolivia

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1. Posted by Carys_Lapwood (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I'm heading to South America in April and will be backpacking around Argentina, Chile and Bolivia for 6 weeks from the start of May until mid-June.
I'd really appreciate ANY information on the cost of backpacking in these countries from more seasoned travellers, plus any hints or tips for a first-timer! I'm specifially interested in cost of day to day living as a backpacker, including cost of hostels (info on dorms or private rooms are both appreciated), cost of groceries and eating out, and drinks in bars/going out, plus any other information you think is useful.

Thank you so much - any advice you can give would be hugely appreciated!

2. Posted by Atacames08 (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!


I've been doing lots of research on this for an upcoming trip. I've learnt that Chile is really expensive, Argentina a close 2nd ( inflation very high) and Bolivia quite cheap. I would probably budget Chile $100+ , Argenina $70 and Bolivia $40 per day. HostelWorld is a great site for checking accomodation costs.

Have a great trip


3. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Bolivia is very cheap, the 'standard of living' much higher in Argentina and Chile but no backpacker or budget traveler need spend $70 to 100 a day there, if frugal and you avoid restaurants, purchase food in markets, prepare in your lodging place, eat out once or twice a week, if you drink, learn to limit your alcohol intake and your money will go fa a free e book for travellers to download freely from internet.