LATIN AMERICA BACKPACK TRIP! ~SUMMARY~

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In this post I`m going to write about how much I spent in this backpack trip (money spent on flight tickets, food, tours, etc.) and I`ll also write about how I planned this trip around Latin America. I started planning and bought the tickets about 2 months before my departure. At the beginning it was really hard for me to calculate how much money I needed. However, I saved all the money I could, so I wouldn`t run short of it during the trip. As I said before, I have spent almost everything I had saved, but I regret nothing, I would do it again if I could.

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I hope this summary will help people who are thinking about doing a similar backpack trip. Of course, the amount of money depends a lot of the trip style and/or budget. For example: If you want to spend less money you can stay in a cheaper hostel or use free services like couchsurfing; cook to spend less money on food (I have cooked a lot of pasta during the trip to save money lol); choose cheaper tours (it’s not so easy to do a backpack trip like this, so I didn’t want to save money on the tours); wait for cheap flights, etc. And if you want to have a more comfortable trip, and/or enjoy the local cuisine, of course, should increase the budget.

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The amount of money (USD) were calculated from Brazilian Real, so the amount is approximate.

 

SUMMARY

Number of visited countries: 5 countries

Number of travelled days: 44 days

Money spent: about $5.800 USD (R$20.000,00) (details below)

Points (miles) used: 45.600 points

Period: January 8th 2018 – February 21st 2018

Time spent planning: about 2 months

Visited countries: Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, Chile e Argentine

Accidents: 1 twisted ankle, a light car accident (taxi) and a bed bug attack

Lost items: 1 sunglass, 1 bottle of water

Stolen items: 0

Credit cards used: 2

Cameras: smartphone (Moto G4) and GoPro 5 black

Number of photos and vídeos taken: 3.257

Notebook: 0

Unexpected route and date change: 1 (I didn’t go to Uruguay and came back to Brazil earlier than I had planned)

Unexpected hostel change: about 5 changes

Nights spent at a cold airport floor: 2 nights (Lima and Santiago)

Number of hiking courses: 5 (about 10 days)

Souvenirs I bought: post cards of almost all visited places, llama stuffed animal, llama key holder, llama wool sweater and scarf, Andes style chess game, water bottle from Easter Island, Moai ornament, Moai earrings, Argentinian alfajor, Calafate tea, Calafate jam. (I already gave away almost all souvenirs…)

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Money spent on this backpack trip (TOTAL): About $5.800 USD (R$20.000,00)

Estimated amount before the trip: about $4.300 USD (R$15.000,00)

Transport: $2.160 USD (+45.600 miles) (Airplane only: $1.780 USD)

Travel insurance: $175 USD

Accommodation: $815 USD (about $18 USD per day)

Cheapest accommodation:

  • 1º – friend’s house, em Buenos Aires, $0
  • 2º – airport floor, Lima and Santiago, $0
  • 3º – hostel at Cusco, $5 USD

Most expensive accommodation:

  • 1º – room in Easter Island, $46 USD
  • 2º – hostel at Puerto Williams, $34 USD
  • 3º – Room in Havana, $30 USD

Tours/ Hiking courses etc: $1.630 USD (details below)

  • Torres del Paine – $430 USD
  • Inca Trail – $780 USD
  • Uyuni-Atacama trip – $190 USD
  • Concha y Toro Vineyard – $50 USD
  • Easter Island – $170 USD (1 day tour + Stargazing tour)

Souvenirs: about $175 USD

Food and other expenses: about $900 USD

 

I spent about $39 USD per day with accommodation and food. I just added the accommodation expenses with food expenses and divided per 44 (number of days), so the amount of money isn’t accurate. I had planned to spend about $30 USD per day, but I couldn’t manage to spend only that. I also had to change some hostel bookings, and I couldn’t get a refund most times. It is possible to travel without booking in advance, but as was going to a lot of places and I didn’t have much time (yes, one and a half months aren’t a lot if you want to visit many places), I decided to book everything in advance. It was better for me, because I didn’t want to worry about where I was going to stay at each place.

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I still have a lot to share with everyone, so I’m going to write more details on the next posts.

 

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TOP 10 – PLACES/EXPERIENCES OF MY LATIN AMERICA BACKPACK TRIP

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This backpack trip was certainly one of the best decisions I ever made. I went to places I dreamt to visit, got to know wonderful people and had amazing experiences. I spent almost all money I had saved, but I do not regret anything. As my mom used to tell me: one day your money may end, but your knowledge and experiences will remain.

 

Here are the best 10 places/experiences of this trip:

 

#10   VARADERO, CUBA

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I am not really fond of going to the beach, but the beaches at Varedero, in Cuba, were amazing. The first time I saw the light blue sea of Varadero, I didn`t know what to say. I went on an one day trip by bus, from Havana by myself. When going to the beach, I think it is more enjoyable to go with friends and family, but I could enjoy it alone as well.

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#9   UYUNI-ATACAMA DESERT EXCURSION, BOLIVIA AND CHILE

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Many people who are visiting this area also do this excursion. It takes about 3 days, in a 4×4 car, usually with the driver and 5-6 passengers. Many things can happen during this trip and the hotels are not that good, but I really enjoyed this trip. It even snowed in the desert! To drive in the “middle of nowhere” by car with fun people and amazing views were one of the best experiences I ever had.

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#8   HAVANA, CUBA

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In Brazil, it is quite common to hear the expression “Go to Cuba!” when you support socialist thoughts. I think you should really “go to Cuba!” Havana was the first city I visited in this backpack trip. I was a bit nervous, as I didn`t know what I was going to see there. Cuba is a socialist country and “mysterious. ” I stayed in a casa particular (like AirBnB) and got to know a bit more about the Cubans life.

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#7    CONCHA Y TORO VINEYARD, CHILE

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Since the day I saw an article about vineyards in Chile, I was curious to visit one. I went to Concha y Toro Vineyard (where the famous Casillero del Diablo is made), close to the capital Santiago. We can taste the wine and grapes, and of course, learn about the history and production of Concha y Toro wines.

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#6   W TREK – TORRES DEL PAINE, CHILE

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W Trek is one of Torres del Paine National Park trekking courses. This course is usually done in 3-5 days. One day I want to go back to do the O course, which can be completed in about 9 days.  I had twisted my ankle few days before the trekking, so my feet hurt. It was really exhausting, but it was a unique experience. Many times I asked myself: “Why am I doing this? I can’t do it anymore, I want to get out of here”, but in the end, the fatigue turned into satisfaction.

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#5   CICLYNG AT ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE

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I never thought someday I would ride a bicycle in the middle of the desert. All this happened after I met some people at the hostel. A girl said she was going to Vale de la Luna (Moon Valley) by bicycle, so another girl said she wanted to go together. I had booked a van which was going to take me there, but I decided to cancel it. Later we invited two more people, so the five of us, from different nationalities, who had just known each other at the hostel went on this adventure. It was amazing.

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#4   USHUAIA, ARGENTINE

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I was really excited to be “in the end of the world.” Ushuaia is known to be the southernmost city of the planet. In Chile, I visited Puerto Williams as well, which also fight for the title of southernmost city. I went to Patagonia on February, one of the warmest months of the year, and the average temperature was 10ºC. In Ushuaia I saw many penguins in their natural habitat. They were really cute.

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#3   INCA TRAIL, PERU

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Inca Trail is a hiking course of 4 days, which take us to the famous Machu Picchu. It was rainy season, so we walked in the rain for 3 days. In the last day, when we finally reached Machu Picchu, the sun decided to come out, so we could see one of the most famous postcards of the world. My whole body hurt, but I could feel a great sense of achievement.

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#2   EASTER ISLAND, CHILE

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Easter Island is known to be the most remote inhabited island of the planet. I love those mysterious places, full of history and hard to access. Nowadays it became much easier to visit those places, but I was lucky to be able to get a ticket during Tapati, a festival to celebrate the native traditions. At the island I also joined a stargazing tour. That night sky was the most beautiful sky I have ever seen. The history of the people of this island are incredible, and the weather was very nice.

 

 

 

#1   SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA

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Salar de Uyuni is well known between travellers. When I got there I understood why. It was rainy season, when the salt flat is filled with water, making a natural mirror. It is said it is the place where sky meets the ground. Many times I looked at the horizon and didn’t know where was the sky and where was the ground.

 

 

 

 

I am going to write the details of this backpack trip in the next posts. So if you want to follow the details, stay in touch 🙂

 

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