Bolivia is one of the coolest and cheapest destinations in South America. Tapashia and Ashvin visited Bolivia during a longterm backpacking trip in South America and noted down all their Bolivia expenses for Bunch of Backpackers (Thank you Tapas and Ash!). Take a look at their overview of costs of backpacking in Bolivia and our budget tips.
This article is part of the Money Matters series in which we ask travelers to keep their expenses for Bunch of Backpackers. Real travelers, real expenses.
COSTS 11-DAY BOLIVIA TRIP*: 400 EURO (537 USD)
DAILY TRAVEL EXPENSES*: 36 EURO (48 USD)
*These daily travel expenses are per one person per day. Including all tours, domestic flights, souvenirs, lodging, food, drinks, entrance fees, tips etc. Excluding international flights.
EXAMPLES OF PRICES IN BOLIVIA:
These prices are per person unless stated otherwise.
Standard Bolivia expenses
One night in a hostel dormitory: 6 euro (8 USD)
One night in a double room in a simple guesthouse: 10 euro (13,4 USD)
A short 10-minute taxi ride: 3 euro (4 USD)
A bottle of water (0,5L) at the store: 0,30 euro (0,3 USD)
A local beer at a bar/restaurants: 1 euro (1,3 USD)
A glass of coca cola in a restaurant: 0,7 euro (0,9 USD)
Lunch at a restaurant: 4 euro (5,4 USD)
Dinner at a restaurant: 7 euro (9 USD)
Notable Bolivia expenses
3-day Salar de Uyuni tour: 90 euro (120 USD)
Death Road: 50 euro (67 USD)
Souvenir and gifts for 20 people: 75 euro (100 USD)
SOME DETAILS ON THIS TRIP:
About the backpackers: Ashvin and Tapashia
Destination and travel period: Bolivia in October 2013 for 11 days.
Visited places: Copacabana, La Paz, Sucre, Potosi and Uyuni
Type of trip: Independently, as a couple
Accommodation: standard (guesthouses and hotels)
Transportation: budget (with the cheapest available modes of transportation)
Food: budget (local places and cheap western places)
Exchange rate at the time of travel: 1 euro = 8,60 BOB (Bolivian Boliviano)
BOLIVIA BUDGET TIPS:
- Compare prices of tours and always check what is included
- Eat at local eateries and avoid touristy restaurants in La Paz
- Haggle and bargain at the Bolivia (souvenir) markets and for your accommodation (with exception of hostels of course)