The final cost
Trip Start Oct 15, 2012
69Trip End May 17, 2013
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please note all amounts are in New Zealand Dollars unless otherwise stated.
So the basics we spent $26,535 for the two of us in around 6 1/2 months (excluding the period while Gabriella went to Antarctica) or $136.07 per day or just under $4,000 per month including flights, insurance and the cost of traveling around not to mention almost $1,000 in bank fees!
In terms of place on a per day basis for the two of us
- Argentina: $100
- Bolivia: $104
- Chile: $113
- Uruguay: $143
- Peru: $142
Some points though.
- Argentina was made cheaper by the fact we exchanged USD on the black market otherwise would have been far more expensive (around $25-$50 a day more). Also we did not have the same level of sight and activities we had in other countries (on a percentage basis less than half of what we spent on the same category in every other country) but somewhat balanced out by the fact transport costs were higher.
- Both Peru and Uruguay were impacted by having one extremely expensive activity. In Peru's case The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu which made up around 30% of our overall Peru spend but something I imagine most people visiting Peru doing. In Uruguay's case the Estancia was almost half our spend but not something everyone would necessarily do.
- Chile and Bolivia are roughly representative. You could spend more or less in each depending on what you did and how you lived.
Our most expensive activities were
- Machu Picchu, Peru, $1,425
- Navimag, Chile, $1,050
- Estancia, Uruguay, $781
- Jungle Tour, Bolivia, $716
- Road Trip around Salta, Argentina $635
- Spanish Lessons, Bolivia, $607
- Pampas Tour, Bolivia, $327
- Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, $310
In terms of where we spent our money:
Sights and Activities: 34%25
Spanish lessons: 3%25
It should be remembered this is for the total trip and it did vary from country to country. For example while food was relatively similar across all countries, sights and activities were a much higher factor in Peru and Uruguay and to a lesser extent Bolivia, Spanish was solely confided to Bolivia and hence a larger portion of its total. Chile was very close to the overall averages however Argentina had higher Accommodation and Transport spends but a significantly lower spend on sights and activities.
we are conscious of costs but dont stick to to much of a budget, but generally somewhere around $60 a day each is what we plan (excluding flights etc)