Sunday, July 12, 2015

Los Angeles-Peru-Bolivia Budget & Itinerary


This was the itinerary that worked for my time and budget. This may not be the best itinerary for your travel style or your budget. I am a backpacker, but I also want comfort (di na bagets eh :P). Some hard-core backpackers would scoff at flying instead of taking a bus. But hey, my time is more important that my money!


Those are airport codes there. I flew to get from one point to another.

My Los Angeles-Peru-Bolivia Itinerary:



Flight
Location
Activity
Accommodation
Day 0
MNL-LAX
Flight to US
Flight
Flight
Day 1

Los Angeles, California
Beverly Hills Tour, Rodeo Drive, recover from jet lag
USA Hostels Hollywood
Day 2

Los Angeles, California
Hollywood Sign Tour
USA Hostels Hollywood
Day 3

Los Angeles, California
Getty Museum
None. Midnight flight to Lima
Day 4
LAX-LIM
Lima, Peru
Arrive in Lima. Explore Plaza de Armas
Lima Backpackers, Surco
Day 5
LIM-CUS
Ollantaytambo, Peru
Early morning flight to Cuzco. Pisac Ruins. Pisac Market. Ollantaytambo.
Hotel Iskay, Ollantaytambo
Day 6

Ollantaytambo, Peru
Morning: Maras, Moray, Salineras. Afternoon train to Aguas Calientes
Ecopackers Machu Picchu
Day 7

Aguas Calientes, Peru
Machu Picchu. Afternoon train to Cuzco.
Kamila Lodge, Cuzco
Day 8

Cuzco, Peru
Explore Cuzco. Shop for souvenirs in Peru.
Kamila Lodge, Cuzco
Day 9
CUS-LPB
La Paz, Bolivia
Morning flight to La Paz. Walking tour in La Paz.
Hostal Ananay, La Paz
Day 10
LPB-UYU
Uyuni, Bolivia
Morning flight to Uyuni. Rest. Shop for supplies. Book Salt Flats Tour.
Hostal "Oro Blanco", Uyuni
Day 11

Uyuni, Bolivia
Salt Flats Tour Day 1.
Salt Flats Uyuni
Day 12

Uyuni, Bolivia
Salt Flats Tour Day 2
Salt Flats Uyuni
Day 13

Uyuni, Bolivia
Salt Flats Tour Day 1. End of tour. Back in Uyuni
Hostal "Oro Blanco", Uyuni
Day 14
UYU-LPB, LPB-LIM
La Paz, Bolivia Airport
Flight day
Airport & Airplanes
Day 15
LIM-LAX
Los Angeles, California
Morning arrival in LAX. Rest. Shop in Citadel. Watch Phantom of the Opera in Pantages
Friend's House - Norwalk, LA
Day 16

Los Angeles, California
Shopping day: Trader Joe's, Target, Camarillo Outlet
Friend's House - Norwalk, LA
Day 17

Los Angeles, California
Palos Verdes, Santa Monica
Friend's House - Norwalk, LA
Day 18
LAX-MNL
Flight to HK

Flight
Day X
LAX-MNL
Arrive in MNL

Flight






























































 Expense Breakdown


Pre-trip costs. I booked all of these using each provider's website. These were paid before the trip.



Item
Cost (PHP)
Forex Amount
Amaszonas LPB-UYU-LPB
   14,906.23
BOB 2,272.00
Peruvian Air CUZ-LPZ
     5,775.45
$ 128.62
Lan Airlines tickets
   58,920.69
$ 1,312.64
Peru rail
     5,252.20
$ 117.00
Peru rail
     2,873.19
$ 64.00
MNL-LAX ticket via CX
   45,383.35
$ 1,025.42
Canon Camera Battery
     2,650.00

Medicine Supply
       212.50

Tripod
         88.00

Monopod
       150.00

8 GB Memory Card
       300.00

Groceries
       350.00

Uniqlo Airism Pants
       990.00

Groceries (snack stash)
       206.90

AXN Sports Shades
       699.75

TOTAL
 138,758.26

 
Notes:
  • I bought an extra camera battery and memory card in preparation for the Uyuni Salt Flats Tour. A very good decision. The battery lasted for 5 days even though I was taking tons of photo per day.
  • I bought some pants that will work out for hiking, but also something that I can wear aside from that. Uniqlo Airism pants turned out to be really comfortable (I scored them at a sale).
  • There are four flights in the Lan Airline ticket that I booked: LAX-LIM, LIM-CUZ, LPB-LIM, LIM-LAX. The price of a round trip LAX-LIM, LIM-CUZ was $1,199. I had a flight in La Paz and the fare increased to $1,312.64. Not bad.
  • The roundtrip flight from La Paz to Uyuni is expensive: cost me $332. There is a night bus from La Paz to Uyuni which costs way less than that, around $30. Even though I would consider myself a seasoned solo traveler and a lot of other backpackers do the bus ride, I was a bit iffy when I read horror stories about the bus (then again, maybe MY imagination just went wild). Feel free to take a bus for a fraction of the cost.

LOS ANGELES:




Los Angeles
USD ($)
Food
  72.99
Tours
      70.00
Accommodation
  119.00
Transportation
93.00
Miscellaneous
30.00
Total, US
384.99

Notes:
I stayed at a friend’s house for 3 nights in LA.
Because I had really good friends, I had some free meals too!
 


PERU
PERU
USD
PEN
Food

344.10
Tours

519.00
Accommodation
77.00
36.00
Transportation
104.00
325.00
Miscellaneous

3.00
Total, Peru
181.00
1,227.10

*I paid some expenses in USD because I didn’t want to withdraw additional Peruvian Soles.

BOLIVIA
BOLIVIA
 USD
 BOB
Food
       - 
362.000
Tours
       -  
913.00
Accommodation
29.00
490.00
Transportation
        -  
201.00
Miscellaneous
          -  
10.00
Total, Bolivia
29.00
1,976.00


 Summary:
Item
USD
PEN
BOB
PHP
Food
72.99
344.10
362.00
-  
Tours
  70.00
519.00
  913.00
        -  
Accommodation
225.00
  36.00
490.00
        -  
Transportation
197.00
325.00
  201.00
        -  
Miscellaneous
  30.00
    3.00
 10.00
1,620.00
Total
594.99
1,227.10
1,976.00
1,620.00
Forex
  45.00
  15.00
   7.00

In PHP
26,774.55
18,406.50
13,832.00
1,620.00
Total expenses during trip, PHP



60,633.05
Pre-trip cost, in PHP



        138,758.26
Grand Total, PHP



        199,391.31


I like pie charts. So here's one reflecting the expense breakdown:


 

Food – a mix of restaurant food and street-priced food, bottled water
Tours – Machu Pichu guide, Pisac ruins guide, entrance tickets, tips to guides, entrance fees,
Accommodation – hostels. I chose some nights to have a solo room with ensuite bathroom.
Transportation – plane fares, buses, trains, cabs
Miscellaneous – travel tax, toilet fees, shower fees, parking


You will spend seventy percent (70%) of the budget BEFORE you actually fly - that computed by dividing the pretrip costs over the total expenses. Yes, that’s 70%. Not a typo there. Flying to South America is expense coming from this this side of Asia. I don’t think the tectonic plates will move in this lifetime to bring South America closer to Asia (and that is a scary thought). You can hope for Cebupacific to fly that route and wait for a seat sale. Or hope that you’ll be assigned in that side of the world.

I took the most proactive route: I saved like crazy for the trip - instead of placing my destiny on luck just to save on airfare. 

I'll discuss the details of the bookings in the next blog post.

1 comment:

  1. can i have a copy of your tickets for this trip, im planning to do the same route, but im already 55 years old by then i just want to know if your itinerary suits me.

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