The Rough Guide to South America on a Budget

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The Rough Guide to South America on a Budget is the definitive guide to making the most of this great region without breaking the bank. Backpackers, career-breakers, gap-year travellers and those who simply want more bang for their buck will find in-depth information catering to their needs, with in-depth, area-by-area comprehensive listings covering the whole South America.

The Rough Guide to South America on a budget covers: Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Ecuador; The Guianas; Paraguay; Peru; Uruguay; Venezuela.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Practical information for budget-conscious explorations of South America, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Buenos Aires to city breaks in big-hitting tourist areas, like Rio de Janeiro.


Packed with essential pre-departure information including all relevant country entry requirements, how to get around, health guidance, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes around different regions, which help inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences. Whether you have a week, 10 days or more, our suggested itineraries will help you make the most of your trip in South America within your time frame.


Combined with in-depth descriptions of all the key sights and painstakingly researched recommendations for the best hostels, hotels, campsites, cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs in Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela and many more - The Rough Guide to South America on a Budget reveals the continent in all its glory, without breaking the bank.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for hiking, cycling, boat trips, diving, surfing or wildlife spotting.


Written by our expert authors with Rough Guides' trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, this budget guide to South America will help you make the most of your trip to South America.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Historic Center, Salvador and the spectacular Inca Trail.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys. Find your way around Brasilía, Cusco and many more locations in South America without needing to go online.


Rough Guides' rundown of Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Mendoza and Patagonia's best sights and top experiences will help you make the most of your trip to South America even if time is short.


Each country chapter provides a fascinating overview of the place's history, plus there is a handy language section for each tongue spoken.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780241311776
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 1/31/2019
Pages: 944
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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3.8 out of 5, 29 global ratings

Amazon Customer

very good buy

Reviewed on November 07, 2022
Paperback | Verified

Grandson was travelling so this was very useful

Amazon Customer

South America here they come

Reviewed on September 26, 2019
Paperback | Verified

Another map to add to the gift to friends who fancy a tour of S.America

Amazon Customer

No free ebook as promised.

Reviewed on July 14, 2019
Paperback | Verified

Do not order this guide if you really want the free ebook too. The paperback copy just delivered to me is missing the QR code, and instructions, normally printed on the rear inside cover.

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