Latin America

How much does it cost to travel in South America for 3 months?

This is a very, very, rough guide, but should help you construct that all important ball park figure when saving for your trip. All prices were, to the very best of our knowledge, were correct at the time of publishing.
Remember, there are so many variables, including where you go, how long you are staying for, how much comfort you prefer, what you want to do, and, how much you can party, so the general rule for travelling is – the more money you can take, the better!

What can you Expect to get in South America for your Money?

Ok, so we’ve chosen an amount of time, let’s break it down. For the purposes of this post we’re dividing the time up as follows: 5 weeks in Brazil, 3 weeks in Argentina, 2 weeks in Bolivia and 2 weeks in Peru.

Brazil

Average Cost of Accommodation in Brazil

The average cost of rooms in Brazil is around £12 per night (Rio and Sao Paulo bump the price up) so for 5 weeks will average out at approx £420.

Average Cost of Food in Brazil

Meal on the go: £4
Sit down 3 course meal for two people: £20
McDonalds meal: £4.50
500ml bottle water: £0.40
Bottle of Coke: £0.70
Local beer: £1.10

So, if you based your budget on eating three ‘meals on the go’ a day, as well as a couple of bottles of coke and a couple of beers that would cost you around £16 a day on food, which would total around £546 for 5 weeks in Brazil.

If you did want to push the boat out and swap a ‘meal on the go’ for a sit down meal say, 3 times a week, and add an extra couple of beers to your treat too, you can expect to add around an extra £123 to your total making it £669 for 5 weeks.

A Few Activities in Brazil

My choice of the must do activities in Brazil include:

– Rio to Ilha Grande fr £183 for 4 days
– Rio Favela tour fr £22
– Take a Christ the Redeemer tour and watch the sunset at Sugarloaf Mountain
fr £36

Bringing your total for 5 weeks in Brazil to: £1,171
(with the cost of 3 hostel nights taken off your total as accommodation is included in the Ilha Grande tour).

Argentina

Average Cost of Accommodation in Argentina

Argentina is one of the more expensive, if not the most expensive, country to visit in South America. You can expect to pay, on average, £14 for a night in a hostel but expect this to rise if you visit the larger cities and decrease slightly as you get off the beaten track.

Taking his average, 3 weeks in Argentina would cost around £294 for hostels.

Average Cost of Food in Argentina

Meal on the go: £6
Sit down 3 course meal for two people: £22
McDonalds meal: £5
500ml bottle of water: £0.90
Bottle of Coke: £1.10
Local beer: £1.20

Again if you based your budget on eating three ‘meals on the go’ a day, 2 bottles of coke and 2 beers that would cost you around £23 a day on food, which would total around £475 for 3 weeks in Argentina.

Stretch your budget even further and swap a ‘meal on the go’ for a sit down meal 3 times a week, and add an extra 2 beers and you can expect to add around an extra £57 to your total making it £532 for 3 weeks.

A Few Activities in Argentina

My choice of the must do activities in Argentina include:

– Tango show with dinner fr £53
– Visit the vineyards of Mendoza fr £90 for 3 days
– Visit the end of the world Patagonia fr £191 for 5 days

Bringing your total for 3 weeks in Argentina to: £1,005
(with the cost of 7 hostel nights taken off your total as accommodation is included in the tours).

Peru

Average Cost of Accommodation in Peru

Cuzco is the most expensive place to stay in Peru, closely followed by Lima. £10 a night is a realistic average price for accommodation here, meaning for a 2 week visit you’d be looking at around £140.

Average Cost of Food in Peru

Meal on the go: £2
Sit down 3 course meal for 2 people: £13
McDonalds meal: £3
Bottle of 500ml water: £0.30
Bottle of Coke: £0.45
Local beer: £1

If you’re looking to stick to basic meals then 3 ‘meals on the go’ a day, plus 2 bottles of coke and 2 beers would cost you somewhere in the region of £9, meaning you would spend around £126 for 2 weeks in Peru.

If you want to treat your self a little more, then swap a ‘meal on the go’ for a sit down meal 3 times a week, add an extra 2 beers and you’ll add around an extra £45 to your total making it £169.60 for 2 weeks in Peru.

A Few Activities in Peru

My choice of the must do activities in Peru include:

– Visit Lake Titicaca 1 day homestay fr £45
– Inca Trail fr £599 for 7 days
– Colca Canyon fr £123 for 3 days

Bringing your total for 2 weeks in Peru to: £952
(with the cost of 9 hostel nights taken off your total as accommodation is included in the tours).

Bolivia

Average Cost of Accommodation in Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the cheapest countries to visit in South America. Capital La Paz is the most expensive place to stay as you would expect, but if you head out of the city, the price of hostels drops considerably a good ball park figure for a night in a hostel in Bolivia is £8 per night.

So, 2 weeks at an average of £8 a night will cost you £112.

Average Cost of Food in Bolivia

Meal on the go: £1.30
Sit down 3 course meal for 2 people: £8
McDonalds meal: £3
Bottle of 500ml water: £0.55
Bottle of Coke: £0.55
Local beer:
£1

Here we go again, three ‘meals on the go’ a day, 2 bottles of coke and 2 beers would cost you approximately £7, meaning you would spend around £98 for 2 weeks in Bolivia.

Splash out a little more and swap a ‘meal on the go’ for a sit down meal 3 times a week, add 2 extra beers and you’ll add around an extra £28.20 to your total making it £126.20 for 2 weeks in Bolivia.

A Few Activities in Bolivia

My choice of the must do activities in Bolivia include:

– Visit the Salt Flats fr £173 for 3 days
– Cycle the ‘Death Road’ fr £86

Bringing your total for 2 weeks in Bolivia to: £453
(with the cost of 2 hostel nights taken off your total as accommodation is included in the tour).

If you’re looking to live the dream in South America make sure you take a look at our cheap flights and our huge selection of adventure tours – most of which include transport, accommodation and activities making budgeting super easy!
Need more inspiration? Head over to our Latin America guide and take a look at our tours.