5 Cheapest Destinations to Backpack in South America 2020

Destinations to Backpack in South America

Are you looking for affordable destinations to travel in 2020?

Several travel bloggers have recognized South America as one of the cheapest and the most fun destination for someone traveling from the United States. Instead of spending all your money on flights, you can make a truckload of savings by visiting a destination that is closer to the United States and also more economical. 

A return flight from the US to Thailand will cost you approximately $700-$800, whereas you could save more than $500 by choosing a South American country for backpacking. Ultimately, backpacking is all about frugal living. So, why spend all your hard-earned money on air travel?

Here Are the 5 Cheapest Destinations to Backpack in South America

1) La Paz, Bolivia

La Paz is one of the biggest cities in Bolivia. It is surrounded by rivers and mountains. The location itself makes it one of the favorites among backpackers. Although the overall quality of life is not as great in this country, La Paz and Santa Cruz are two places where a backpacker can stay without any frills. If you plan to live frugally, you can easily get through the day by spending not more than $50.

Accommodation cost (per day): $ 25

Food expenses (per day): $ 5

2) Santiago, Chile

Santiago is another place frugal travelers love to visit. A pint of domestic beer here costs less than $3. This city was founded in the year 1541 by the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Valdivia. Since then, it has been the capital city of Chile.

Accommodation cost (per day): $100

Food expenses (per day): $ 15

3) Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires can be a perfect affordable alternative to a European city. Those desiring to experience a rich culture and tradition can visit this Argentine city. Compared to other places like San Jose and Cusco, this place is pricier. But visiting this place is worthwhile.

Accommodation cost (per day): $13

Food expenses (per day): $60

4) San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica. It was founded the year 1736 by the order of Cabildo de León. Unlike other South American cities, San Jose is more civilized and has strict regulations. Breaking the rules can get you in deep trouble. 

However, for a backpacker, there is plenty to explore. The National Theater of Costa Rica, The Museum of Pre-Columbian Gold, and the football club Deportivo Saprissa are some of the landmarks.

Accommodation cost (per day): $ 50

Food expenses (per day): $ 15

5) Cusco, Peru

Cusco is another destination in South America where one can have a hearty meal in less than $3. The historical remains of the Inca empire draw tourists, historians, and backpackers to this place. You can enter most of the museums and art galleries for less than $10. The Ruins of Sacsayhuaman is one of the most popular destinations here.

Accommodation cost (per day): $25

Food expenses (per day): $ 5


For backpacking, most people choose Europe or South East Asia as a destination. Few are aware of the amazing value South American countries have to offer for a frugal traveler. You will be surprised to learn that in 2015, 96.6 million foreign tourists visited South American countries. The number of visitors is one the rise.

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