We travelled in Ecuador between 24th-28th of August and 21st of September and 29th of October 2017.This is the budget the time we traveled on the motorcycles, and does not include the 23 days we were on Galapagos. You can read more about all our expenses on Galapagos here: “Expenses in the Galapagos Islands (23 days of travel)”. In total we spend 44 days travelling on our two motorcycles riding from Ecuador through Peru to Santiago de Chile, where we sold the motorcycles, about 3500 miles. All our expenses are included in the overview in this post. Every penny we have spend together or for personal use are included. We are aware that we might have forgotten to add few expenses during our travel – nobody is perfect. Our budget is 66 USD per day including everything. This post covers two time periods 24th-28th of August and 21st of September and 29th of October 2017.In total we spend 165.07 + 2,789.80 = 2954.87 USD in Ecuador (32 days) and riding through Peru (4 days) and arriving in Santiago de Chile (8 days), which calculates into 67.2 USD per day. We use an app called TOSHL FINANCE (https://toshl.com), which we could customize to our travel expenses. We decided to buy TOSHL PRO for 19.99 USD (https://toshl.com/pricing/) which gives us access to an online account where all the pictures are from.
The two left pictures covers the 24th-28th of August and the two pictures to the right covers the 21st of September and 29th of October 2017
To save money we have tried to follow these basic rules (4. edition for Ecuador, through Peru, to Santiago de Chile ending our adventure on the motorcycles)
- The tent camping! Sorry, we are getting tired of living in our tent. After spending 3 weeks on the Galapagos Islands we were tired. We decided to stay at the beach in the small town Montanita, so we had time to relax and exercise. In Ecuador we used Airbnb.com a lot and pre-booked our stay 4 km south from Montanita and in Guayaquil. In Ecuador we found places on Airbnb.com for 10-12 USD per night. A lot of places on Airbnb have discounts if you stay 7 nights or more, so remember to check that out. We still looked for cheap hotels, love hotels and hostals. Driving through Peru in just 4 days we only slept at cheap love hotels (10-15 USD per night for two persons), the worst room was on the fourth floor without a single window, and I the got two electric shocks when using the electric heated shower! Using www.ioverlander.com to find other travelers recommendations for cheap accommodations or we just stopped and asked for the price. We usually get a private room (2 persons) with shared bathroom, because it is cheaper than having a private room with a bathroom. Some places you can negotiate the price, but don’t push it to far. Then we arrived to Chile and the price for a hotel was twice the price or more. So back to camping in the tent. We just wild camped in the dessert as we drove through the northern part of Chile.
- Stay with other people for free. This is possible by using www.adv-rider.com and www.couchsurfing.com. We have also made friends during our trip, and have been invited to stay at their place for free. I Quito in Ecuador we were invited to stay for free with Ali and Juan (Juan is a part of the Horizon Unlimited network in Quito – thank you for your hospitality ). This was also the place we stored our motorcycles during our trip to the Galapagos Islands.
- Cook our own food. It is cheap to eat at the small food stands by the road by it is still cheaper if you cook your own meals. Don’t buy imported groceries they are expensive. Canned food are expensive in Ecuador, so whenever you can cook you own meals from fresh produce, you can save money. When you buy a snack, just buy one and share (do you really need one each?), you never know if it is good, and you can always buy another one after the first one. When you have the opportunity to cook fresh produce the cheapest place to go grocery shopping is at the local markets (Mercado), where you can by pretty much everything. Meat is more expensive, so buy 100-125 grams per person per meal. You can also replace meat with eggs or cheese (the local fresh cheese), which is cheaper. We shopped canned food, oats etc. before leaving Ecuador for the 10 days we drove south to Santiago de Chile.
- Activities: pick the ones which are the most important for you. We try to explore areas by hiking, which doesn’t cost anything (when entering a National Park, there is an entry fee with few exceptions). Some places you have to hire a guide, when you go hiking. Explore the towns and cities by walking around, and don’t spend money on expensive tours fx segway tours. So after we took our PADI scuba diving certificate, we really want to use it. Scuba diving is expensive, so before going we always research if it is the right season and the right place to go fx at the coast of Ecuador it was the right season to dive with the giant manta ray. It is always important to do your own research first – don’t trust the people who are selling the trip to you, because they want to earn money.
Categories for the expensesOverview of how we have spend the 2954.87 USD in Ecuador (32 days) and riding through Peru (4 days) and arriving in Santiago de Chile (8 days), which calculates into 67.2 USD per day. We have used the same categories as we have before. Our expenses have been allocated into 10 categories. The categories are ranked after how much money we spend in each category. Remember we spend 44 day riding 3500 miles. I summed the to time periods:Food and drinks 910.69 USDTransport 508.45 USDAccommodation 487.23 USDActivities 354.65 USDMotorcycle 181.38 USDClothing and footwear 119.71 USDBorder crossing 107.09 USDATM – cash 99.06 USDHealth and personal care 70.06 USDMail 69.08 USDwww.lessismore.one 48.58 USDWhat springs to my mind is that we only used a lot of money on food and drinks 910.69 USD (20.70 USD per day) and our expenses for transport, especially fuel was a lot higher because we drove all the way to Santiago. Expenses for 3 border crossings and maintenance on the motorcycles (getting them ready for sale). We also spend 119.17 USD on some new clothes after arriving in Santiago de Chile, which is the first clothes we have bought, since we started our trip in California, USA. We also had to pay the annual fee for our website and spend 240 USD going scuba diving off the coast in Ecuador. It all adds up !
All the categories have subcategories (called Tags), which makes it possible for us to get a more detailed overview of the expenses within the different categories. In the top each picture you have the total amount of expenses in the category, and underneath you have the amount of expenses allocated into the subcategories. Remember that you can compare the expenses in this post with our expenses for Columbia, Central America and Mexico.
Ecuador between 24th-28th of August 2017 (the first left picture is the overview)
Ecuador, Peru and northern Chile between the 21st of September and 29th of October 2017 (the first left picture is the overview)
In total we are happy, that we almost kept our budget. On the other hand we could have spend less money on “snack and candy”. The money spend on fees getting money out off the ATM are just lost money. Maybe we could have saved a little bit on food, but we don’t think that it would have been a lot. It is all about keeping track for your expenses so you don’t overspend and spend money on the things that are important to you. This was the last post covering our expenses for traveling on our two motorcycles. The next post will cover our expenses for traveling in our new home, a van called “Lance”.