Brazil Pt XIV: Cost Summary

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Brazil was the most expensive country of the trip; we spent nearly 1300 SGD each for our 6 days there.

Brazil cost

Cost breakdown

Accommodation
Average cost/person/day: 72.92 SGD

Accommodation took up one-third of our cost in Brazil and it was mainly due to our accommodation in Rio. World Cup was the peak period and we were actually quite lucky to find a rather reasonably-priced place in a convenient neighbourhood.

Activity
Average cost/person/day: 51.94 SGD

The greatest expenditure was the World Cup ticket which was 175 USD each. Both Iguaçu National Park (49.52 BRL) and Christ the Redeemer (51 BRL) aren’t cheaper either and added to the activities’ cost.

Air ticket
We were lucky to get the domestic flight between IGU and GIG for 140 USD. World Cup was the peak travel period around Brazil and the price was more than doubled when I checked closer to the travel date.

Food
Average cost/person/day: 25.90 SGD

Self-catering helped us save quite a bit of money and the places that we ate in weren’t particularly posh places. The food bill still came up to be almost 26 SGD per day though.

Transportation
Average cost/person/day: 10.93 SGD

Relied on public transportation in Brazil mostly (bus in Foz do Iguaçu and metro in Rio) and we only took cabs to and from the airports.

Shopping

Havaianas and bacalhaus!

Argentina Pt XXI: Cost Summary

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Argentina was where we spent the most time in and it was not surprising that we spent quite a bit in the country; each of us spent almost 1200 SGD each for our nine days there.

Cost breakdown

Cost breakdown

Air tickets
The biggest expenditure (35%) was due to the two domestic flights that we took. Considering the alternative was 20+ hours bus ride, we had no choice but to pay for them.

Food
Average cost/person/day: 26.03 SGD

Accommodation
Average cost/person/day: 25.63 SGD

Food and accommodation costs were both pretty reasonable (around 20% each), considering the number of days we spent in the country. We ate and lived pretty well for the budget. Food cost was pulled up by our meal at La Brigada.

Transportation
Average cost/person/day: 20.93 SGD

The bulk of the transportation was from our car rental around Salta. It wasn’t as cheap as in the US and we paid about 80 SGD per day for a basic car. Otherwise taxis and subte were generally affordable around Buenos Aires and the only thing that I felt overpaid for was the taxi from Iguazu airport to the national park.

Activity
Average cost/person/day: 9.94 SGD

We didn’t spend a lot on activities as most of them were affordable. The bicycle tour was probably the best-value-for-money; Iguazu probably the least due to the closure of the Garganta trail.

Chile Pt VI: Cost Summary

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We had three days in San Pedro de Atacama and spent a total of around 300 SGD each.

Cost breakdown

Accommodation
Average cost/person/day: 33.44 SGD

After Peru and Bolivia where activities were the biggest expenditure, accommodation was once again where we spent the most on in Chile.

Transport
Average cost/person: 45.32 SGD

Our 20,000 CLP bus from San Pedro de Atacama to Salta was the only transport expenditure that we had n Chile.

Food
Average cost/person/day: 29.06 SGD

Food was a close second to accommodation. We had quite a few meals which were around 20 SGD per person.

Activity
Average cost/person: 64.63 SGD

Our cycling excursion to Valle de la Luna and the tour to El Tatio Geysers were the contributors to this category.

Misc
Average cost/person: 3.63 SGD

Laundry (most expensive of the trip).

Bolivia Pt VI: Cost Summary

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We had four days in Bolivia (two in La Paz and another two in/around Salar de Uyuni) and spent a total of around 600 SGD each.

Cost breakdown

Visa
Cost/person: 71.65 SGD

We got the Bolivian visa on arrival at Kasani (55 USD) and had to pay the stamping fee of 15 BOB (<3 SGD) when we exited to Chile.

Accommodation
Average cost/person/day: 31.75 SGD

The only paid accommodation was at LANDSCAPE B&B Home where we stayed for two nights (64 SGD per night).

Air ticket
Cost/person: 173.17 SGD

The Amaszonas flight between La Paz and Uyuni cost us 173.17 SGD each.

Transport
Average cost/person: 10.64 SGD

Our paid transportation was limited to taxis around La Paz and to and from the airports (La Paz and Uyuni).

Food
Average cost/person/day: 4.60 SGD

Our food cost were really low because the meals were included in the Salar de Uyuni tour. We also self-catered when we were staying at LANDSCAPE B&B Home.

Activity
Average cost/person: 270.40 SGD

Our 3d/2n Salar de Uyuni tour (1,200 BOB) was the biggest expenditure in the Bolivian part of the journey (44%). Food, transport and accommodation were included though. Our tips to guides and admission charges also contributed to this category.

Misc
Average cost/person: 3.00 SGD

Shower and use of toilets.

Peru Pt XIV: Cost Summary

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We had six days in Peru (two each in Ollantaytambo, Cusco and Puno) and spent a total of 700 SGD each.

Cost breakdown

Accommodation
Average cost/person/day: 24.59 SGD

Peru was much cheaper than Japan and US in terms of accommodation. Picaflor Tambo was most expensive at 60 USD per night. Cheapest was the Airbnb room in Cusco at 21 USD per night. All came with breakfast which allowed us to save more on food.

Air ticket
Cost/person: 112.37 SGD

The domestic flight between Lima and Cusco cost us 112 SGD each. We had used Avios to redeem them.

Transport
Average cost/person/day: 12.68 SGD

Transportation wasn’t expensive as well, considering there were two long distance bus rides. The tourist bus between Cusco to Puno on Wonder Peru was the more expensive one at 36 USD while the bus between Puno and La Paz cost only 30 Peruvian Soles (PEN). We also had return trips from Cusco to Ollantaytambo on collectivos for 10 PEN per person each way. There were also some taxi rides in Cusco which was usually around 3 to 5 PEN.

Food
Average cost/person/day: 14.27 SGD

The most expensive meal that we had in Peru was at Marcelo Batata for 84 PEN (around 20 SGD per person). The rest of the meals were less than 10 SGD. We could use the kitchen of our Airbnb host at Cusco and we made a simple meal there.

Activity
Average cost/person/day: 43.10 SGD

Visiting Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu is expensive. After taking into account the cost of getting to Machu Picchu, the excursion came up to over 240 SGD. The other excursions that we took in Peru was Raqchi (10 PEN) and Uros Island (20 PEN).

Shopping
Average cost/person: 6.07 SGD

We bought too many llama key chains.

Misc
Average cost/person: 3.53 SGD

Toilets, laundry and change for buskers.

USA Pt VII: Cost Summary

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We had three days in Los Angeles and spent a total of 760 USD (or 477.02 SGD each).

Cost breakdown

Visa
Cost/person: 14 USD or 17.54 SGD

Singaporeans are eligible for the US visa-waiver programme but we were required to apply for ESTA (14 USD). We applied for ours a month before departure and were approved immediately.

Accommodation
Average cost/person/day: 51.20 USD or 64.16 SGD

Like in Japan, accommodation was our single biggest expenditure. My friend K got me a really good rate (92 USD/night) at Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles with breakfast included.

Transport
Average cost/person/day: 29.56 USD or 37.05 SGD

Our transport for our time in LA was a Toyota Yaris from Hertz. Rental was 116.80 USD for three days and gas was 31.10 USD. The remainder (27.50 USD) were spent on parking.

Food
Average cost/person/day: 13.81 USD or 17.30 SGD

Breakfast was provided at our accommodation so we only had to spend on lunches and dinners. There were a few meals which we skipped because we weren’t hungry. My friend K also gave us a treat when we met, further lowering our food cost. The most expensive meal was at True Food where we spent around 25 USD each.

Activity
Average cost/person/day: 24.16 USD or 90.83 SGD

Warner Brothers VIP Tour (58.50 USD each) and the baseball game between LA Angels and KC Royals (14 USD each) were the only attractions/activities that we had to pay. Most of the places that we went to had no admission fee (Hollywood, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Santa Monica).

Communication
T-mobile SIM card with three days’ worth of data cost us 20.90 USD.

Japan Pt V: Cost Summary

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We were in Tokyo for around 20 hours and spent a total of 18,500 JPY (or 114 SGD each).

Cost breakdown

Accommodation
Average cost/person/day: 40.76 SGD

35.7% or 6,600 JPY was spent on our night at Hotel MyStays Inaricho and was the biggest expenditure for this leg of the trip.

Transport
Average cost/person/day: 27.91 SGD

We spent 2,260 JPY each on public transport for our airport transfers and traveling around Tokyo, making it the second biggest expenditure. Tokyo’s public transportation isn’t the cheapest and our train to Narita Airport was already 1,030 JPY.

Food
Average cost/person/day: 23.54 SGD

The only paid meal that we had in Tokyo was the disappointing sushi lunch at Tsukiji market. We also bought some chocolates at a supermarket and we spent around 1,900 JPY each in total. We saved on dinner by eating at the ANA Business Lounge before our flight to LAX.

Shopping
Average cost/person/day: 21.24 SGD

Technically these were foodstuff such as Kitkat and most of which were bought as gifts for my friend K in US.

Misc
We bought an incense at Asakusa Temple for 50 JPY.