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To get a better understanding of how much money we’re spending on the road, Lisa created a spreadsheet, breaking out our daily expenses.  We’re aiming for $100 (US) a day, ($50/person), which is very doable, especially in some countries like Bolivia & Peru.  However, there will be other countries, like Argentina & Chile, that will be more challenging if we’re not careful.  We know that at times we’ll be over budget & other times under, so things should even themselves out in the end.

We knew before entering Argentina that it would be one of the most expensive countries on our itinerary & it doesn’t help that we were there for almost 3 months!

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Daily Accommodation Average: $20 per day

It’d be nice to say that we stayed exclusively in hostels during our time in Argentina.  However, Corey still had a few crappy days in Cordoba, so we did spend 4 nights in a hotel.  I realize that doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but at $94 per night, that’s a pretty big hit to the accommodation expenses, especially considering that the average cost per night in northern AR is about $24 per bed.  Luckily, we saved a ton during our stay in San Rafael, since we received free accommodation in exchange for our help.  Six weeks of no fees for room & board was no doubt one of the main contributors to remaining under budget.

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Daily Food Average: $38 per day

Food is expensive in Argentina!  It was very shocking to go from the cheap street food in Bolivia to the pricey menus of Argentina.  Granted, you can find “menu del dias” all over the place, but you do have to be choosy, as some just aren’t very tasty.  I think we’ve had 4 meals of the day that were actually good.  Usually though, it’s pretty gross & you’d be better off going grocery shopping & cooking your own meals.  Which, we finally started doing in Bariloche, the first Patagonian city in Argentina.  Patagonia is just too touristy to eat out every breakfast, lunch & dinner.

I attempted to wake up for the free breakfasts wherever we happened to be staying & we got into a habit of pricing out all eateries if we did decide to eat out.  That being said, we did regress & fall back into eating out often by the time we ended up in El Calafate!

Daily Transportation Average: $15 per day

Another pricey thing in this country is transportation.  Fifteen bucks a day doesn’t sound too bad for transportation, but when you compare the cost for long distance bus tickets in Bolivia versus Argentina, you’ll see that the fares are outrageous!

18 hour bus ride in Bolivia = $24 per ticket

18 hour bus ride in Argentina = $140 per ticket

The most expensive bus ticket was from Esquel to El Calafate, a 26 hour bus ride that cost us a total of $322!  We learned very early on that taxis aren’t much better.  Like most cities in the States, you’re better off taking a city bus.  You might have to ride around for a bit longer, but you’ll be saving a decent chunk of cash.

Daily Entertainment Average: $12 per day

There’s so much to see & do in every part of this beautiful country.  We didn’t even come close to scrapping the surface in terms of site seeing.  There were a lot of things that we missed out on because you have to go through a tour company in order to experience some of the fun touristy activities.

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We’re very happy that we spent money on the Glacier tour & white water rafting in San Rafael.  However, there were times, like the Cachi tour, where it seemed like a waste of money.  Had we gone in with 2 other travelers & rented a car, we could’ve done the same thing on our own, saved some money & still gotten some great pictures!

In the end, we were in Argentina for 78 days & spent a total of $7,296, which averaged out to $94 per day.  It’s great to know that we came in just under budget, but we know now that we could’ve spent even less had we cooked more often.  Hopefully, we learned enough in AR to improve our Chile budget!

 

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We hope you all had a wonderful New Year & that 2013 brings joy & happiness!

Week 9 - Untitled - San Rafael, Argentina

Week 9 – Untitled – San Rafael, Argentina

 

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cachi tour - lc

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the view

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cachi landscape

cheese  the photographer

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cachi panoramic

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We knew that we’d be spending a while in Salta from the minute we drove in to town.  Which is pretty odd on our part considering that is was dark, rainy & chilly when we arrived.  But, there was just something about Salta that made us want to stay for a bit.

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Overall, the weather was nice & humid, which we LOVE!

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The views are absolutely breathtaking!

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The food is awesome!

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The street art is diverse, eye-catching & unique!

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We haven’t gotten sick!

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Every city has some quirks that come with the territory & we definitely had a hard time with a few of these things in Salta.

The daily pace: it sounds like this may be an Argentinian thing, but do to a late & LONG siesta, the people party super late into the early (late?) morning hours.  Siesta starts around 2:00 PM & lasts until 6:00/7:00(ish) PM.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that locals (& travelers alike) are getting ready to go out at 2:00 AM!  If you get in at 4:30 in the monring, you’re the party pooper!

Argentinian Spanish: this is another one of those random things that we didn’t think to research, because we assumed that all South American countries (not including Portuguese speaking Brazil) spoke the same type of Spanish!  For the most part, we were both doing pretty well in terms of basic communication in Bolivia. However, it’s a whole other ballgame in Argentina & I can’t even carry on a basic conversation without asking the locals to repeat themselves.  While the people are patient with my Spanish, it has been quite a challenge!

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All in all, we spent 15 days in Salta and it is the first city that we’ve actually considered a potential place we could call home.  I’m sure there will be other destinations that give it a run for it’s money, but Salta was a great introduction to Argentina!

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Do you want to know the first question we get asked when we tell people about our trip?  “So, where exactly do you two plan on going?”  Let me just tell you that our list has changed several times over the years.  In 2007 this was our original top 10:   

It's a bit messy, but we shared our top 7 cities & Corey's 3 favorites that didn't match up with mine are on the left. The prices were a range of what the 2 of us could end up spending at each place for 7 days.

 

After doing more research those numbers are not accurate as I didn’t comprehend hostel prices at the time (they usually charge by the bed, not by the night).  So, if you’re reading this for your own research, please don’t refer to these numbers.  You can, however, refer to the chart below (found here) which depicts how many days $1000 will give you in each of these countries.   

  

 We always go by top 10 because we know that’s the least amount of places we will visit.  Neither one of us is willing to cut the list anymore than this!  But if we can’t go to (eg: afford) all the places we want, then we will make it to the 10 we can’t live without!  Below are our top 10 lists, but the most important ones to look at are 1-5 for each of us, because those are the destinations that we most want to go to.   

Lisa’s Top 10:   

  1. Indonesia
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Japan
  4. Bolivia
  5. South Africa
  6. India
  7. Malaysia
  8. China
  9. Iceland
  10. Greece

Corey’s Top 5:   

  1. Turkey
  2. Peru
  3. Morocco
  4. India
  5. Argentina
  6. Vietnam/Cambodia
  7. Indonesia
  8. Israel
  9. Mongolia
  10.  Brazil

IF we’re able to go to more places than this we will!  Now, we’d like to know what you think. . . if we can add more destinations to the list what should they be?

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