Thinking of going traveling in South America? Here is our budget for a seven week trip through Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.
Roughly speaking Chile costs as much as traveling in New Zealand, USA or Europe; Argentina is quite affordable and Bolivia and Peru are dirt cheap.
We shopped around on many websites to find the cheapest international flights. For when we wanted to travel, Qantas actually offered the cheapest return flight at $1700 NZD. The plane was run by LAN Airways.
We had one internal flight with Aerolineas Argentinas which cost us $800 NZD each.
We budgeted about 100 USD per day in Chile and Argentina, and 50 USD per day for Bolivia and Peru. This worked out to be reasonably close to what we ended up spending.