A Shoestring Traveller’s Guide to Patagonia

A Shoestring Traveller’s Guide to Patagonia

Patagonia, a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America comprised of the Andes mountains, deserts, pampas, and grasslands. This mysterious secluded region is widely unfamiliar to many Americans. However with a well established network of incredible tourist destinations, hiking trails, and backpacking spots, Patagonia is starting to make a name for itself in many world travelling circles. While these may seem like the biggest attractors for many visitors the real Patagonia offers an incredible uniqueness to the regions around it. Framed by majestic towering mountains, breathtaking wildlife, and a varied array of scenery, Patagonia is not to be missed. Here are a few helpful tips to maintaining a budget, in what many say is an expensive South American region to travel.

Traveller’s Guide to Patagonia

Traveller’s Guide to Patagonia

While travelling through Patagonia is far more expensive than travelling through many of it’s neighbors like Bolivia and Peru there are ways around the high prices. When you travel is crucial in keeping your trip in budget. Travelling during obvious busy seasons like Patagonia’s summer (which occurs between December and February) may seem like a great idea. This is when the weather is warmer and most pleasant. However many other travellers are having the same exact idea! Not to mention Patagonia’s summer lines up perfectly with America’s holiday season! Here’s a little known secret that might prove helpful! Travel during the shoulder seasons, like between September and November for example or between the months of March and May. These are far better options for travelling on a budget.

Transportation can be expensive when travelling. Keeping transportation cheap when visiting Patagonia is key to the overall success of your visit. Be selective about how you travel around! Thankfully Patagonia has a sound infrastructure of buses which many backpackers take full advantage of. During peak season the prices go up of course not to mention the fact that they are so widely used there might not even be any room! Keep in mind you can book online. Buying in the bus terminal for a few days in advance is always a good idea. A few other cheap options for transportation include travel by boat, ferry, bicycle, and if absolutely necessary — hitchhiking!

Luckily there are plenty of affordable and even cheap options for accommodation in this fascinating South American region. Cabanas include fully-equipped kitchens and bathrooms and are the most common of affordable accommodations in the area. They typically cost less than $50 a night! Hotel prices are also incredibly cheap with prices going as low as $14 a night. If you’re really on a budget there are plenty of affordable official campgrounds in towns and national parks.

Before you start your journey to the region of Patagonia, start with a journey to the store Patagonia! There you can stock up on everything you need for your budget friendly trip to South America including sleeping bags, high quality backpacks, outdoor clothing, activewear, fair trade certified items, and so much more. You can also shop by activity, making it easy to get everything you need for your next adventure.

Hopefully these budget friendly tips have helped you in your journey to Patagonia!

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