Peru - budget reflection

Such a great country and despite getting some less pleasant service it still stays at the top of our list. We loved it.

I was worried, that our travel calculations were way off for Peru and we will spend way over our budget. But, I was pleasantly surprised. The idea was to spend half of the time in Peru on a very tight budget and the other half on midrange. Instead we were on a midrange the whole time and still got under our daily estimate.

We spent 34 days in Peru plus 4 days in the Amazon stayed in private rooms at all times, took a great amount of taxis, ate out almost all the time (even few pricier restaurants) and were not worried about expenses. Due to frequency of tragic bus accidents the buses we took were on the high end. Most commonly we saved on activities, as we found plenty of cheaper alternative ways to do them; such as walking instead of taking the train to Machu Picchu.

As activities connected with wildlife are important to us, we visited the Amazon rainforest. We did not skimp on getting the cheapest tour operator; rather we choose a good one (one of the most eco friendly lodges on Tambopata river) and decided to do a shorter stay in the jungle. Quality is more important to us than quantity, at least at wildlife activities.

Our estimated budget for Peru was 20.50 GBP per person per day and it proved to be very easy staying under it.

COST PER STAY

Sum per person including visa

Estimated total cost: 1203.00 GBP

Actual cost:  1244.00 GBP

Off budget: - 41.00 GBP

COST PER DAY (per person) excluding Amazon

Estimated per day: 20.50 GBP (no visas needed) MIXED BUDGET

Actual cost: 18.26 GBP MIDRANGE BUDGET

COST PER DAY (per person) whilst in the Amazon (including the flight to Puerto Maldonado)

Estimated per day: 126.70 GBP

Actual cost: 155.75 GBP

The route (googlemymaps)

The route (googlemymaps)