So how much does it cost to travel South America for 50 days?

In an effort to make this blog useful, what follows is a spending summary to give fellow travelers an idea of how much it cost us to travel through Peru, Chile, and Argentina. We are frugal travelers which means we don’t spend a lot of money on things like souvenirs, fancy meals, fabulous hotels, or first-class tickets. We do, however, like to maximize the bang for our buck; this requires planning and research on our part. We are a couple, and this gives us an advantage when traveling as we can split everything 50/50. In fact, a shared double room often tends to work out cheaper than the cost of a dorm bed.

“Day Trips” includes admission fees, taxis, public transit fares, etc.
“Transport” is the cost of transportation between cities: buses, trains, boats, etc.
“Spending money” includes things like beer money, gifts, laundry, and sundries.

This budget is based on a trip we took. View the details of that trip here:
How We Conquered Half the Pan-Am Highway in 2 Months for $2000

The numbers which follow are on a per person basis.

Peru

23 Days

        PEN (S/)      CAD ($)
Accommodation504.50196
Food368.85143
Day Trips608.40237
Transport btw. cities182.5071
Spending money93.4036
TotalS/1757.65$683

Chile

15 Days

          CLP ($)      CAD ($)
Accommodation116,164246.40
Food75,100159.30
Day Trips30,74065.20
Transport btw. cities65,152138.20
Spending money35,08774.40
Total$322,243$683.50

Argentina

10 Days

          ARS ($)      CAD ($)
Accommodation506101.50
Food568.15114
Day Trips459
Transport btw. cities32966
Spending money479.40
Total$1495.15$300

South America Total

50 Days

          CAD ($)
Accommodation543.9
Food416.3
Day Trips311.2
Transport btw. cities275.2
Spending money119.8
Total$1666.40