Spring Break is right around the corner! Have you decided on where to travel? Consider South America as your destination. From backpack-style travel all the way to lavish 5-star travel, South America is among the top destinations. Despite being a famous travel destination, South American countries are not as expensive as you think they are.
Surprisingly, you need less than $50 per day (excluding accommodation) to enjoy South America to the maximum level. Now, another question is, where should you travel in South America since there are 12 countries in the continent?
Don’t worry! We have curated 5 most affordable South American countries for you to put a pin on this coming Spring Break!
Peru is a country located in the western part of South America. This beautiful country is known for its ancient ruins of the Inca Empire, mostly because Peru is the Land of the Incas. The Inca Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. Traveling in this country is not a hassle for you, monetary-speaking. With only an average of $16 per day, you can use your money on a lot of exciting things.
If you are planning to visit Lima, the capital of Peru or Machu Picchu, prepare to add-on extra pocket money, because they are two of the most touristic places in Peru. Still, it won’t cost you more than $50 to travel to these two locations. For something more lowkey, but still beautiful, you can go to Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Peruvian Highlands and Huacachina.
Yes, the homeland of the infamous Galapagos Islands is also on the list. This beautiful country is the closest point to the sun with its mesmerizing Chimborazo Volcano standing tall at the Equator. Though it is a high-demand touristic destination, Ecuador is among the cheapest countries in the world to travel to. Without having to dig your pocket to its maximum level, you only need to prepare $16 per day to enjoy Ecuador in a budget-friendly way.
Visiting Galapagos Islands will be more expensive since it is the most famous destination in Ecuador. For one day there, you need at least $45, but it’s worth the price. If you want to experience the life of a city-person in Ecuador, pay a visit to its capital, Quito. Quito is a city where modern meets vintage, where the remains of Spanish Colonization stand tall in-between the current buildings in the area. Compared to Galapagos Islands, Quito is friendlier to your pockets.
For the average of $13, you can enjoy a whole day in Quito, equipped with meals during your trip. Other than these two destinations, we recommend you to visit Montanita, a small coastal town to enjoy the beach life, or Baños, heated-thermal hot springs. Both locations still cost less than $50, so travellers can still enjoy Ecuador without having high-budgeted expenses.
The first thing that comes to our mind when we talk about Chile is Easter Island. Other than Easter Island, there’s another fact you should know about Chile. It is the longest country in the world! Wow, what a nice place to travel, right? Chile is one of the cheapest countries to backpack in, depending on where you are travelling to. One day in Chile will cost you the average of $34. If you are planning to travel below $50 per day, Chile is definitely the right choice for you. Especially if you love coastal scenery, we have found your match!
Valparaiso is a major city and seaport in Chile, it holds a historical value and at the same time it has an urban design and architecture all over the area. Also known as “The Jewel of the Pacific”, Valparaiso is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Now you’re intrigued to visit this beautiful place, aren’t you? No need to sweat, for the average of $13, you can have a pleasant trip to see the colorfully-painted houses and the landmarks of Valparaiso. Other than Valparaiso, you should opt to see the beautiful, relaxing and laid back beach resort city, Arica. Kick backing and lounging at the beach in Arica will only cost you $15 per day. So, ready to venture Chile?
Colombia is super duper duper cheap! Trust us when we say this. Shakira’s own beautiful country is one of the cheapest places to travel in South America. Colombia is classed as a “megadiverse” country, ranked 2nd most biodiverse country in the world. This country is located at the northern part of the South America continent and it has a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Carribean Sea. To have an adventure on this land of Shakira, prepare $10 for a day! Wow, what a number, right!
There are top three cities in Colombia you should definitely step your feet on. First, it’s Cartagena, a colonial city that is packed with beautiful and romantic scenery along with history. Stroll around the city with only $14 per day and be a part of the diverse community. Secondly, you need to visit Salento. Salento is known for its coffee and natural scenery. So for those who are looking forward to escaping the city lights and the traffic, consider Salento to visit.
With only $9.28 per day, you can definitely enjoy the quietness of Colombia. Last but not least, Medellin, the modern city of Colombia. Once labeled as the most dangerous place, but no more after being revamped. It’s safer now, so don’t worry! For only $6.15 per day, you can enjoy the life of a modern citizen in Medellin!
Of course! Argentina should definitely be here. With its outstanding glaciers and football players, you should consider Argentina as your country of destination. Nature-preserved destinations of Argentina are to die for, but have you seen Buenos Aires? The cosmopolitan capital city of Argentina is the home of the Eclectic European architecture and so many tourists from the globe come to visit Buenos Aires. Don’t worry, with only $28 per day, you can enjoy the cosmopolitan life of Buenos Airean within your budget!
Argentina is also known for its vineyards! Who can say no to wine and more wine? Not us, of course! Mendoza, Argentina is known for its divine vineyards. It is the largest wine-producing area in South America. Not only that, Mendoza is decorated with a to-die-for scenery, especially the Andes that stretched out on the horizon. You can hike, ride a horse, even paraglide in Mendoza, and yes there are several wine-tasting attractions in the area. For only the average of $8.26, you can definitely explore this beautiful city. But, if you’re looking to experience these attractions, you can have a few more dollar bills in your wallet for precautions.
And that’s it from us! Now get your travel diary ready and book the flight ticket to these countries!
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