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Prices in Argentina Part 4

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

So we had done the giant circle of the continent from Buenos Aires all the way to the Caribbean coast in Colombia and then west to east from Colombia through Venezuela and into Brazil. We had gone along the Amazon river and out onto the eastern coast. And then we had traversed north to south through the vastness of Brazil. It felt like a great achievement. And we had luckily avoided being mugged in Brazil or kidnapped in Colombia. The only bad things to happen to use were really bad stomachs in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador and one of our day bags being snatched in Salta in Argentina.

hen we first arrived in Buenos Aires there was snow in Patagonia. Now it was November and Spring time in the deep deep South. We still had a month left before our return flight to Japan and so after a party night in Buenos Aires we subjected ourselves to gargantuan bus journeys to get to the fiery land at the end of the world. Below are our expenses.

Our budget of $60 for two people would have been enough if we had had the time to move slowly south. Sadly time was against us and so yet again we started going seriously over budget. At least the bus tickets were cheaper than for the equivalent length of journey in Brazil; and, the exchange rate had changed in our favour.

At the end of the post are the running totals for the costs of the journey.

02/11/09, Puerto Iguazu

Bus to Brazilian immigration = 5 Reals ($3)
Drinks = 5 pesos
Bus from the border to Puerto Iguazu = 5
The gap between Brazilian immigration and Argentine immigration was a 40-minute walk in the blistering sun with full packs.
Supermarket = 78
Camping Costa Ramon = 30
The tourist information in town recommended this camp site which was in a poorer area of town. We were the only people staying. Despite it being only spring in Argentina the weather was steaming hot like Brazil.
Beer = 10

Total = $37.6 = 140 pesos (82 under budget)

03/11/09, Puerto Iguazu

Bus from campsite into town (1.50 per person) = 3
Bus to Iguazu Falls (5 per person) = 10
Entry to Iguazu Falls (60 per person) = 120
Boat tickets (75 per person) = 150
We had heard that the boat trip to the edge of the falls was well worth it so we bought tickets at the earliest opportunity. It turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. We got very wet and close to the falls but it was a very quick ride. Not good value for money.
Drinks and fags = 16
Drinks = 8
Camera film = 31
Bus from falls back to town (5 per person) = 10
Supermarket and lunch in supermarket = 50
Bus to campsite = 3
Camping Costa Ramon = 30
Internet = 5.40

Total = 436.4 (214.4 over budget)

04/11/09, On bus to Buenos Aires

Fags = 9.50
Bus from campsite to town = 3
Bus from Puerto Iguazu to Buenos Aires (195 per person) = 390
Lunch = 36
Drink = 3
2 lomito sandwiches = 18

Total = 459.5 (237.5 over budget)

05/11/09, Buenos Aires

We got a free ride on the underground train from the terminal to our youth hostel because they were about to go on strike and wanted to clear all the passengers first.
Lime House (30 dorm bed per person) = 60
Lime House had put their prices up by 3 pesos since our last visit at the beginning of our holiday.
We changed 600 pounds sterling Travellers` Cheques at the American Express Office at the rate of 1 pound to 6.132 pesos.
Fags = 10
Supermarket = 42
Phone call to re-confirm flight = 1
Beer = 10
White = 80
Booze = 35
Fags = 5

Total = 243 (15 over budget)

06/11/09, Buenos Aires

Fags = 4.75
Lime House = 60
Bus tickets from Buenos Aires to Puerto Madryn (201 per person) = 402
Supermarket = 24
Fags and drink = 14
Voucher to reserve hostel in Puerto Madryn = 18

Total = 522.75 (294.75 over budget)

07/11/09, On bus to Puerto Madryn

2 panchos = 6
Fags = 20
Supermarket = 43
Taxi from Lime House to bus terminal = 15
Tip = 2

Total = 86 (142 under budget)

Right Whale

Right Whale

08/11/09, Puerto Madryn

Breakfast = 17.50
Hostel Sentir Patagonia (45 per person for 2 nights minus 18 for the booking voucher) = 162
Beer and pepsi = 11
Day excursion to Peninsula Valdes (270 per person) = 540
Supermarket = 33

Total = 763.5 (535.5 over budget)

09/11/09, Puerto Madryn

Tip to guide = 20
Supermarket = 22

Total = 42 (186 under budget)

Valdez Peninsula

Valdez Peninsula

10/11/09, On bus to Rio Gallegos

Bus from Puerto Madryn to Rio Gallegos (175 per person) = 350
Fags = 10
Razors = 7.80
Lunch = 28
Water = 1.50

Total = 397.3 (169.3 over budget)

11/11/09, El Calafate

Bus from Rio Gallegos to El Calafate (53 per person) = 106
Café in bus station = 47.50
Tip to luggage handlers = 2
Supermarket = 64
Hostel Coihue (25 per person) = 50
Supermarket = 64
Tour of Perito Moreno Glacier (75 per person) = 150
If you get a group together and rent a car and get to the National Park before 7am it is much cheaper because the park rangers haven’t arrived and you can enter for free,

Total = 483.5 (255.5 over budget)

Moreno Glacier

Moreno Glacier

12/11/09, El Calafate

Hostel Coihue = 50
This was a hostel that wasn’t in any guide book. At the bus station we were accosted by several people working at the various hostels. This was the cheapest place.
Beer = 6
Postcards = 8
Fags = 9
Supermarket = 45
Bus from El Calafate to Ushuaia (233 per person) = 466

Total = 584 (356 over budget)

13/11/09, Ushuaia

Coffee = 10
Tip to baggage handler = 0.50
Hostel Patagonia Pais (45 per person) = 90
This was a comparatively expensive hostel and the staff were offish
Supermarket = 41

Total = 141.5 (86.5 under budget)

14/11/09, Ushuaia

Hostel Patagonia Pais = 90
Baby oil = 12.60
We changed $500 @ 3.6 per 1$
Plane tickets from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (544 per person) = 1088
The plane back was a bargain compared to the expense of buses to get to the bottom of the world; not to mention the extreme amount of hours on the bus.
Bar = 33
We watched England beat Argentina at rugby in the bar.
Fags = 9
Supermarket = 21

Total = 1,253.6 (1,037.6 over budget)

15/11/09, Ushuaia

Hostel Patagonia Pais = 90
Taxi to Glacier Martial = 10
We shared the taxi with 2 French lads from the hostel. We climbed well up into the snow line to the edge of the glacier which we couldn`t see because it was covered in snow.
Supermarket = 32

Total = 132 (84 under budget)

16/11/09, Buenos Aires

Fags = 10.50
2 pots of honey = 13.40
Supermarket = 21
Pub = 14
We had to hang around on the cold streets of Ushuaia waiting for our plane. The staff at the hostel were a miserable rude bunch who just wanted us gone even though they severely overcharged for their crap hostel.
Lime House (30 per person for a dorm bed) = 60
Beer = 39

Total = 157.9 (56.1 under budget)

17/11/09, Buenos Aires

Lime House = 60
Christmas presents = 240
Supermarket = 28
We changed 400 pounds of travelers` cheques at 6.27 per pound.
Boat from Buenos Aires to Colonia in Uruguay (41 per person) = 82
Supermarket = 21
Beer = 10
Fags = 11

Total = 452 (218 over budget)

Running Totals

Argentina $1,079, Bolivia $1,016, Peru $1,904, Equador $594.15, Colombia $1,000, Venezuela $1,039, Brazil $4,415 and Argentina $1,683

Total Spent = $12,730 US Dollars

Total Budget = $10,260

Total Difference = $2,470 OVER BUDGET

So near the end of the holiday we were two and a half grand over budget. Lucky for us we bought some extra cash and a credit card. In this part of the journey the tour of Valdes Peninsula, the day out at the Iguazu Falls and the long bus journeys tipped us well over our budget. Still had to be done