Chile is definitely the most expensive country we have been in South America, by far! Of course, prices are lower than in Europe or in North America, but are much higher than Brazil or Argentina, not to talk about Venezuela, Peru and of course Bolivia.
We have spent on average 57.4 Euros or approx. 82 USD per person per day! The only good point is, we stayed there only 16 days… We spent on average 27 Euros or 39 USD per night for accommodation, even though we were not in the bigger cities and we often downgraded our standards and stayed in rooms with shared bathrooms in really budget hotels.
Two excursions strained the budget particularly: the three day / three night cruise from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales with Navimag, which costs 370 USD per person in the lowest category and trekking the “W” in Torres del Paine, which cost more or less 400 USD for our four day / three night tour per person. Ouch!
So we are glad we followed the advice of the many fellow travellers, who told us: “Do Chile as fast as you can!”
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