If you’ve been following along my blog, you already know that I was shocked by the prices in Argentina, which I will now explain to you in this article with detailed budget information. I wasn’t aware about the intense 400% inflation that occurred on many key goods 6 months prior to my arrival. I entered Argentina on July 7 and ditched on July 30, 2016. During our visit, the exchange rate was 1 USD to 15 ARS (Argentinian Pesos). That means I spend $618.83 in 23 days, which brings my daily average cost to $26.91. Easy overview:
- Days: 23
- Total money Spent: $618.83
- Average Daily Cost: $26.91
“But wait Nicole! You said this country was expensive! $27 a day doesn’t seem expensive to me and it’s under your goal of $30. What are you complaining about?” Good question you got there. Well, if you consider that I worked 2 weeks out of the 23 days with only having a small food charge every day, now suddenly dividing $550 by 9 days seems more accurate to my expenditure only considering backpacking dates. That equals to $61.11 per day!
What made the cost so high? Transportation. We blew through $431.36 getting around the country. That’s 70% of our expenditure! While accommodation, food, and activity costs were reasonably priced, the transportation made me regret entering. The first time we got quoted a bus fare, we instinctively, out of shock replied: “Are you serious?” We couldn’t digest the dollar signs very well.
Not wanting to lose an arm and a leg visiting various spots, we ended up only seeing 3 places. The detailed cost breakdowns are listed in USD below. Keep in mind that no money has been used on alcohol. Expect $1.6 per beer bottle bought in the store. For more cost of goods click here. If not, enjoy the lovely world of my diminishing wallet recorded in detail (locations in order of dates visited).
Calafate (5 days with total cost of $171. Average daily cost is $34.20.
- Hostel: $33.33 (5 nights)
- Transportation: $93.13
- Busses: $50.13 (initial transportation to the city. 3 busses)
- Taxis: $43
- Food: $22.54
- Meals: $17.97 (6 meals)
- Groceries: $4.57
- Activity: $22 (Glacier Park Entry Fee)
Buenos Aires (16 days with total cost of $308.69. Average daily cost is $19.29.)
- Hostel: $9 (1 night which incl. breakfast)
- Transportation: $257.56
- Airplane: $234.40 (initial flight to the city)
- Bus: $3.53
- Train: $1.60
- Boat: $14.33 (to get to/from WorkAway home)
- Metro: $0.80
- Taxi: $2.90
- Food: $42.13
- Meals: $20.90 (5 meals)
- Groceries: $19.50
- Snacks: $1.73
Iguazu (2 days with total cost of $139.14. Average daily cost is $69.57.)
- Hostel: $20 (2 nights which incl. breakfast)
- Transportation: $80.67 (Busses. $72 for initial transportation to the city)
- Food: $16.47
- Meals: $15.87 (3 meals)
- Groceries: $0.60
- Activity: $22 (Iguazu Falls Park Entry Fee)
I hope I was able to properly express my cost shock to you. I don’t want to discourage a visit. Argentina has plenty to offer, but smart choices come from extensive research. If you want to share your personal cost knowledge and tips for transportation discounts for Argentina, I’m sure other readers will appreciate your information! Please leave your comments in the commenting section below. No diligent backpacker deserves to cry at bus ticket prices.