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Old 04-28-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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If it helps, I'm from Northern Ontario, Canada so I know it will certainly be cheaper. However, I reaaaaaalllllllyyyyy want to visit Buenos Aires and make my way north west through Cordoba and Mendoza, Chile and up in to maybe Peru.

People say it's up there in Latin America for expenses, but I would like to know if it's comparable to say, Mexico? I've only been to MX (DF, Morelos, Puebla, Quintana Roo) and Nicaragua in Latin America, so I'm trying to gage from that if possible.

I am a low budget, backpacker type so think in terms of hostels, hospedajes, cheap filling food, affordability of night life, public transport, etc. Of course I'd like to do the parilla and wine thing at least once.

Also, if you know anything about Chile's cost in Santiago and northwards...please don't hesitate.

Thanks,

Jesse
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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You would love it here! BA is great, Córdoba and Mendoza are beautiful and i heard Chile and Peru are too. Plus, there are tons of tourists here in BA and a lot of hostels for you to chose from, for a variety of prices. Trip advisor (google it) is really good for this stuff.

I wouldnt know how prices are compared to Mexico, but i can tell you public transportation is CHEAP any way you look at it (buses might be among the cheapest in latin america? only $1,70 -and i mean in pesos not dollars, in dollars it would be like 0,10), subway, eventhough is more expensive than buses, is still cheap (only 2,50 pesos). Comparably, food in supermarkets its REALLY expensive, and eating out too, but if you compare eating out vs buying your food in supermarkets and cook it, then eating out suddenly does not seem too expensive (the difference is minimal, since buying food here is so damn expensive).
For example, 2 months of electricity with air conditioning full blast here cost 40 pesos, and a pack of 200 grams of chicken breast cost THE SAME. It makes no sense.

But i wouldnt know how to compare to other countries. Google is your friend for that. I know BA is cheaper than Brasil, for example, and probably cheaper than Chile and Uruguay. But is getting more expensive. For locals at least. However, since the peso devaluates more and more every month and the dollar and euro are worth much more everyday, it might get cheaper for the tourists.

To put you an example on eating out in dollars: you can eat in a really good restaurant parilla, delicious food, good wine, dessert, etc, for 10 dollars a person if you use the dollar blue as a reference (wich is almost 10 pesos a dollar) then it is cheap for you but not for us (100 pesos).

Anyways, i wont be able to properly compare the prices to Mexico or most other places in latin america cause i have no idea of the prices there so you can google about that .
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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Thanks Sophie,

What about intercity busses?? They seem quite costly, unless there are maybe different class options or better ways around the country.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Hilton, Buenos Aires (Executive Floor single-room suite): $259
Restaurant in the Hilton: $?
Car and Driver: ?
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:02 PM
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Here is some general information Cost of Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prices in Buenos Aires.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Really great link, jw2!
but the OP needs to take in count that those prices and in the "official" exchange (wich is around 5 or 6) and not in the "blue" exchange, in where your dollars are worth DOUBLE! So, instead of an inexpensive meal being 10 dollars, it would be 5, etc.

the blue dollars you can exchange them in the florida street, there are a lot of people offering to exchange to the blue currency. So you will get 1000 pesos for your 100 dollars, instead of getting 500/600.

they are "illegal" but a lot of people use it cause its clearly more convenient
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