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Affordable Travel Destinations in Latin America

For backpackers looking for entertainment on a budget, Latin America is a region where they can find enjoyable destinations without having to spend a lot.

Here are four Latin American destinations that can be visited on a very low budget.

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Ecuador

Quito is one of the most important cities and is considered the center of the indigenous Quechua culture of the Andes. In addition, it is one of the most economically accessible for tourists who appreciate its colonial streets, its gastronomy and its hospitality without having to incur large expenses. . Besides Quito, Ecuador offers other affordable places for travelers looking for entertainment in beaches, rainforests, active volcanoes, traditional markets and many cultures.

The rural areas of this country, located in the middle of the world, are highly recommended for backpackers as they offer unique experiences such as discovering the communities that inhabit them, as well as their ancient traditions, such as the making of traditional clothes, the food indigenous, and even the Quichua language, spoken in many of these regions. For those who like hiking, it is highly recommended to do a climb (two days) by the Iliniza Norte volcano which offers spectacular views for photography enthusiasts. Another great adventure is the ascent of Cotopaxi, another of Ecuador’s emblematic volcanoes.


Quito Classic Mini Adventure
In Quito, the capital of Ecuador, backpackers find handicrafts and food at affordable prices. (Photo: via GAdventures).

Peru

Marcahuasi is one of the places most visited by those who do not have a lot of budget to travel to Peru. On this site, travelers can enjoy experiences like trekking and rock climbing. Tourists can enlist the help of native guides to the area, who kindly offer food and an explanation of the site at a very reasonable cost. In addition, the experience includes spending the night camping, visiting natural monuments, the lagoon of Machu Cachu and, of course, enjoying the flora and fauna of this fabulous place.


Peru: from Lima to Lake Titicaca
Travelers from Latin American communities find high-quality produce and cuisine at low prices.

Another highly recommended site is Churín, a thermal spa that can be visited, at very affordable costs, on tours around Huancahasi and Picoy, the hottest thermal springs in the region. Other sites that can be visited inexpensively in Peru are the vineyards of the city of Huaral, the old town of Antioquia, Lunahuaná, for adventurers in search of extreme sports, and Tarma, a site surrounded by flowers in the heights of the Andes, among others.

Bolivia

La Paz, the capital of this beautiful South American country, offers multiple options to spend a great vacation in attractive places and restaurants where travelers do not have to spend too much. In this city surrounded by mountains, it is highly recommended to take excursions to enjoy its lush nature on forest paths, to camp next to fabulous lakes and to taste typical dishes prepared by friendly villagers from rural communities.

Among the experiences that the traveler cannot miss in Bolivia, the Tren de la Muerte (Train of Death) stands out in which tourists travel comfortably, although without luxury, but without spending much. During his tour, they have the opportunity to visit different communities and have fun experiences in the great outdoors. Other places that the backpacker can visit in Bolivia, without spending too much, are the emblematic Lake Titicaca, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Huyan Potosí, El Choro Trekking, Tiwanaku, Chacaltaya, Valle de la Luna and Valle de las Anime, among others.

Mexico

Mexico City is a great option for backpackers who have decided to travel on a budget. The historic center of the Mexican capital has countless places of interest, such as museums (free on Sundays), archaeological sites, colonial architecture, excellent gastronomy and cozy places to listen to music and cocktails.


Central Mexico and Yucatan: Mexico City, Oaxaca
Mexico City has many places of interest where the traveler does not have to spend much.

Nearby are the impressive pyramids of Teotihuacan that the traveler can reach on board economical buses with tours of the archaeological area that also offer different places to enjoy good food at affordable prices. Two hours from Mexico City is the city of Puebla, an extraordinary example of Spanish colonial baroque.

This place is also accessible on board an economical bus service that can be supplemented with city tours, guide explanations and food at very affordable costs. Other cities that can be enjoyed without spending a lot of money are Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende, Querétaro, Guanajuato, Mérida, and Toluca, among others. All offer great cultural, gastronomic and fun experiences for the adventure-seeking traveler.