Price of Travel have put together a “Backpacker Index” which breaks down the costs of visiting cities in South America. This research was formulated via the following elements;
- One night in the cheapest bunk at the least expensive hostel with a good location and good reviews.
- Two public transportation rides per day.
- One paid/famous attraction per day (Every city is loaded with free things to do for budget-conscious travelers, but here we take the average cost of a major attraction in each city for each day.).
- Three “budget” meals per day.
- Three cheap, local beers each day as an “entertainment fund.” Non-drinkers might have dessert and coffee or attend a local music performance instead, so this is a general benchmark that should be proportional for each city.
In addition to the cultural and scenic highlights, the entire area is quite cheap by international standards, at least once you are here. Backpacking in the region can be very inexpensive and mid-range travel can be surprisingly affordable as well. Check out the list, start trip planning and catch the end of summer.