It is generally known South America is more expensive than Asia, and Peru is more expensive than Bolivia. But how expensive? Bunch of Backpackers noted all expenses on a recent 3-week trip in order to give an idea of how much money we spend. So take a look below and find out what it cost to travel Peru and Bolivia.
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 16-DAY TRIP PERU*: 1170 USD (850 euro)
DAILY TRAVEL EXPENSES PERU*: 68 USD (50 EURO)
COSTS 6-DAY TRIP BOLIVIA*: 239 USD (175 euro)
DAILY TRAVEL EXPENSES BOLIVIA*: 40 USD (29 EURO)
*These daily travel expenses are per 1 person per day. Excluding international flights.
Including all tours, souvenirs, lodging, food, drinks, entrance fees, domestic flights, tips etc.
EXAMPLES OF PRICES AND COSTS TO TRAVEL PERU:
A bed in a 6p / 23p dorm: 12 USD / 7,6 USD (8,76 euro / 5,56 euro)
A bed in a local guesthouse: 4 USD (2,92 euro)
A short taxi ride: 1,4 USD – 3,62 USD (1 euro – 2,64 euro)
Water: 0,50 USD (0,37 euro)
Fruit juice: 1,4 USD (1,02 euro)
Beer: 4 USD (2,92 euro)
Lunch at local restaurant: 1,8 USD (1,32 euro)
Dinner at local restaurant: 3,6 USD (2,63 euro) (12 must try dishes and drinks in Peru)
Lunch ‘western style’: 10,9 USD (7,96 euro)
4 day jungle tour to Machu Picchu: 228 USD (167 euro)*
1 day Canyon del Colca tour: 43 USD (31 euro)
Massage: 8 USD (5,84 euro)
Bus from Cusco to Puno (6h): 18 USD (13,15 euro)
* Inc. entrance fee Machu Picchu, ziplining Cola de Mono (6 ziplines), accommodation, food, transport, mountainbiking, train etc
EXAMPLES OF PRICES AND COSTS TO TRAVEL BOLIVIA:
A bed in a 14p dorm: 16 USD (11,69 euro)
Water: 0,7 USD (0,5 euro)
Dinner at steakhouse: 5,8 USD (4,24 euro)
Coke: 0,8 USD (0,58 euro)
Abseiling La Paz via Urban Rush: 22 USD (16,07 euro)
1 day tour Salar de Uyuni: 102 USD (74,53 euro)
SOME DETAILS ON THIS PERU & BOLIVIA TRIP:
About the backpacker(s): A 27-year old female travelling with 2 friends
Destination and travel period: Peru (16 days) and Bolivia (6 days) in September 2013
Places visited: ‘gringo’ trail independent style (we mainly visited touristic places such as Cusco, Machu Picchu, Pisac, Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, Isla del Sol, La Paz, Salar de Uyuni, Arequipa, Huacachina and Lima). Nothing was booked beforehand except for one domestic flight.
Type of trip: Independent
Lodging: budget (dormitories or small guesthouses)
Accommodation: budget (mainly hostels)
Transportation: budget (cheapest available modes of transportation –> local buses for small distances and local cama or semi cama buses for longer distances. All overland except for one flight from Lima to Cusco.
Food: budget (local places and cheap western places)
Exchange rate at the time of travel: 10 peruvian sol = 3,62 USD / 2,64 euro, 10 Boliviano = 1,46 USD / 1,07 euro (rates on oktober 19th 2013 on the exchange rate website XE)
FINAL REMARKS AND BUDGET TIPS!
- Eat at local places (we found food and drinks in hostels to be quite expensive)
- Compare prices for tours
- Use multiple small local buses (this will take longer, but is often much cheaper)
- Go off the beaten track
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