Breaking Down our Travel Budget JetSetting Fools

Breaking down the travel budget: 44 days in South America

By nature, I’m a saver, but now that we are travelling full-time without any income, we’ve become spenders. As the self-appointed CFO of our Jetsetting Fools operation, we are spenders on a budget of $100 per day – total for both of us. Our major categories of expenses are: Accommodations, Food, Drinks, On-ground Transportation, Entertainment, Medical, and Miscellaneous. After 44 days in South America, we’re breaking down our travel budget.

Breaking down our travel budget: Lodging

Total Spent: $2,001 USD / Average Daily Spent: $45.47 USD

Accommodations account for more than half of our total spent. Our most expensive stay of $63 per night was at the Hotel Weisserhaus in Puerto Varas, where we stayed for two nights. We ranked it as having the most comfortable bed, biggest bathroom and – as a bonus – it included a fabulous, filling breakfast complete with French press coffee. Our least expensive room was a studio apartment in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires at $38 a night. While it was a studio, it was quite spacious with a kitchenette, dining table, and sitting area. The bonus: everything in it was brand new. read more

Border crossing from Argentina to Chile JetSetting Fools

Border crossing from Argentina to Chile

From Bariloche, we were heading west to Puerto Varas, which meant we would be encountering a border crossing from Argentina to Chile. We had a few options as to how we would make the crossing.

The glossy tourist office brochures suggested to make the trip via a picturesque lake crossing. As enticing as that sounded, there were a few sticking points for us: 1. If the weather is terrible, the views are terrible…and the weather forecast was (you guessed it) terrible. 2. The more we read about how this actually takes place – on a bus, then a boat, then a bus, then a boat – sounded like a day of herding cats. And 3. The cost of $280 USD per person would have thrown our budget out of orbit. read more

Bariloche Sights JetSetting Fools

Bariloche sights beyond the main attractions

Traveling to new cities every couple of weeks (sometimes days!) has me on my toes – and my nose constantly in a map. It doesn’t take much for me to get all twisted around and head in the complete wrong direction for a few blocks.

Thankfully, Kris is a human compass, almost always pinpointing exactly where we are headed before I even open the map from the tourist office. To see the Bariloche sights beyond the main attractions, every day he found new routes between our home and the town center. read more

Bariloche Craft Beer JetSetting Fools

Bariloche craft beer: The Brews of Bariloche

Not only is Bariloche, Argentina saturated in exquisite natural beauty, it also boasts a hefty number of local breweries. It’s like Bariloche and I were made for each other (and I haven’t even mentioned all the chocolate shops!). Most of the Bariloche craft beer, called cerveza artesanal, is produced on a small scale using fresh, natural and local ingredients (most importantly the mountain water). Available in the brewpub from which it’s named, we looked forward to making an “Ale Trail” around town over the course of our stay. read more

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Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche

La Catedral de San Carlos de Bariloche, “Nuestra Senora del Nahuel Huapi,” sits grandly with its steeple high in the clouds on a hill surrounded by evergreens near the banks of the lake. It is impossible to miss from almost any point in Bariloche, yet – we found – difficult to actually enter, as we couldn’t find mass times or visiting hours posted anywhere.

When we finally timed it right and were able to go inside, we were treated to an extraordinary sight. The stone work and stained glass combined to create an atmosphere of rugged sprays of color. read more

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Operation Llao-Llao Hotel

We’ve read much about the highly acclaimed Llao-Llao Hotel (pronounced ‘Sh’ao-‘Sh’ao) and thought we’d sneak a peek at the resort that has an air of a finer-things-club. So, off we went on the #20 bus to the banks of Lago P. Moreno Oeste on the west end of Bariloche to infiltrate the most luxurious hotel in town, the Llao-Llao Hotel. 

My first impression of the slightly secluded mountain resort was that of the hotel in The Shining. Howeverthe views from this hotel far surpassed those in the movie…and no frightening “All work and no play” Jack Nicholson was sighted. Originally built in 1938, the Llao-Lloa Hotel burnt to the ground within a year, but was rebuilt and reopened in 1940. It was practically left to squatters in the late 70s and it wasn’t until the mid-90s that it finally became the highly awarded hotel it is today. read more

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The Patagonia Museum in Bariloche, Argentina

With rain forecasted and a fierce, cold wind racing across the lake, it was a perfect indoor kind of day…to the Patagonia Museum in Bariloche we went! Located right in Centro Civico, it houses exhibits about the natural history of the area, as well as the cultural history of the people (Information in English is provided throughout).

Inside the Patagonia Museum in Bariloche, the Natural History Room hosts many mounted specimens replicating the creatures that inhabit the area. The Cultural History area contains artifacts dating back 13,000 years and documents leading up to current times. While not a must-see destination amongst the stunning natural beauty of the region, for $3 USD and a break for our legs from trekking, it made for a good stop. read more

One month in South America Video JetSetting Fools

One month in South America

We have been traveling for one month in South America. Twenty-eight days ago, we touched down in Montevideo, Uruguay as the start to our year long ‘Round the World journey. Since then we traveled within Uruguay to Colonia del SacramentoPunta del Diablo. From there, we took a boat to Argentina to discover Buenos Aires and Bariloche.

What we have experienced so far has been amazing – from the stunning sites and scenery to the friendly people, tasty food and local bebidas. Muchas Gracias to all those who are following our adventure as we fly by the seat of our pants, amor!
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Parque Municipal Llao Llao Bariloche Argentina

A walk in the park: Parque Municipal Llao-Llao in Bariloche

The well-maintained paths at the Parque Municipal Llao-Llao in Bariloche, Argentina lead to incredible vistas set within their natural landscapes. The park is about an hour away from town (by an inexpensive bus ticket of about $1) and entrance to the park is free to visitors.

On the last forecasted sunny day of our stay in Bariloche, we wanted to be on the trails at Parque Municipal Llao-Llao. With only a map from the Bariloche TI office, which provided a rough outline of the three main trails, and a few vague tips from our internet research (with hints like, “look for the ‘Green Jesus’ as the trailhead marker”) we determined our route and set off for a full day of exploration.   read more

Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche JetSetting Fools

Cerro Catedral and Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche

The weather is turning cold in a hurry, but that didn’t keep us from exploring. On one bus route the city center, we could see two sights: the most prominent of peaks, Cerro Catedral and the Gruta Virgen de las Nieves in Bariloche.

Cerro Catedral in Bariloche

The Cerro Catedral in Bariloche is a well-known ski resort and, I’m sure, hopping in full winter. During our visit in the fall, it was mostly shut down, except for the gondola and a few restaurants.

Skipping the gondola ride to the snowy peak ($20 each? Did I mention we were on a budget?!), we walked along the streets of the village and then warmed up in the cozy ski lodge for a bottle of wine ($9 shared) – view included. read more