South America on a budget

Q. My husband and I have wanted to travel to South America for some years, but are on a limited budget. How can we travel around South America without breaking the bank?

A. A great way to save money when travelling in South America is to visit some of the lesser-known countries. Brazil and Argentina have become more expensive as they are now popular tourist destinations. Countries such as Colombia and Bolivia can often offer a truly authentic South American experience at a fraction of the cost.

If you do decide to visit some of the lesser known places in South America, it is important to note that there are fewer safety nets in place for tourists. It is therefore important to check the safety warnings for those countries, before you depart, at the Smartraveller website.  

Another great way to save money is to avoid the larger tourist destinations. Discover local markets, visit small galleries and museums, and eat the local food. By immersing yourself in the local culture you can have a truly unique experience, without being charged a premium to be shuffled past major attractions with the other tourists.