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BUDGETING
& EXPENSES

Expenses vary depending on accommodations, personal preferences, and how you spend your free time. The table below includes examples of local prices to help plan your budget. Please note, these are example prices only.

Participants should consider snacks, drinks, toiletries, medications, travel, tours, social activities, and emergencies. Please note that host families include meals, but not snacks.

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru, though small family-run stores and markets may not accept them. ATMs are very accessible in every country.

Budgeting in Latin America
ExpensesGuatemalaPeruCosta Rica
Meals – Dining Out (Lunch)$3-$6/meal$3-$6/meal$5-$10/meal
Meals – Dining Out (Dinner)$10-$25/meal$10-$25/meal$15-$30/meal
Meals – Groceries (Apartment stays)$30-$50/week$30-$50/week$60-$90/week
Drinks – Bottled Water (2 Liters)$1-$2/bottle$1-$2/bottle$2-$4/bottle
Drinks – Local Beer$2-$4/beer$2-$4/beer$2-$4/beer
Drinks – Mixed Drink$2-$4/drink$2-$4/drink$4-$7/drink
Toiletries – Shampoo$4-$6/bottle$4-$6/bottle$5-$8/bottle
Toiletries – Toothpaste$2-$3/tube$2-$3/tube$3-$5/tube
Laundry Service$2-$4/kilo$2-$4/kilo$5-$8/kilo
Medical – Doctor’s Appointment$20-$30/visit$20-$30/visit$50-$75/visit
Medical – Ibuprofen$3-$5/10 Tablets$2-4/10 Tablets$6-$10/10 Tablets
Medical – Antibiotics$10-$20/Rx$8-$20/Rx$40-$60/Rx
Transportation – Public BusLess than $1/rideLess than $1/ride$1-$2/ride
Transportation – Taxi$2-$5/ride$1-$2/ride$3-$10/ride
Tours – Half-day Tours$20-$70/tour$20-$50/tour$50-$100/tour
Tours – Full-day Tours$70-$150/tour$50-$350/tour$100-$350/tour
Tours – Multi-day Tours$100-$500/tour$150-$500/tour$200-$600/tour

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