Inflation in Argentina

Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
Trip End May 2010

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Friday, January 16, 2009

A little travel tip for those of you planning to go to Argentina: things arenīt as cheap as they used to be. We expected prices to rise since the publishing of our South America on a Shoestring travel guide in 2004, but we found some price increases were astronomical. Our couch surfing host thought inflation this year will be about 25%, and Argentina saw inflation of about 20% last year. Inflation in Buenos Aires is a little higher than youīll find in rural towns, however. Costs are still cheap compared to US standards, so donīt worry too much about this. Just donīt expect things to be dirt cheap.
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nconroy on

Cost Variation
As you will find, prices in Argentina (and Chile for that matter) are a lot higher than many other places in South America, albeit cheaper than America. And yes, sometimes Lonely Planet is wrong on recommendations and prices. By a factor of 10 at times! Your best bet is to ask someone on the ground in the area you are traveling in or to for up-to-date prices and recommendations!

Happy travels to all! Good points, Ben and Lindsey!

gregch on

Re: Cost Variation
I'd peg them for another government default in 12-18 months!

johnsolaro on

Steak inflation
Hopefully the overall steak inflation rate hasn't been too bad since it sounds like you're really enjoying those :)

therunningdog on

Run on steak
The anti gluten craze has caused a major run on steak worldwide, especially in Australia. This is the major reasons for price increases.

granola1 on

Milky Way
Ahh yes. The majestic Milky Way down there. I remember when I was in Santiago Chile last year, as I slept out under the stars in my Marmot mummy bag, wearing my Columbia jacket, the feeling of utter awe and inspiration as I saw the majesty of the stars and realized just how small we are here on earth and what a fragile ecosystem it all is.

Later the next day, as I donned my urban sombrero and headed into town. Once sidled up next to one of the local gauchos at a tasty local tapas bar, I realized that the stars probably weren't so great, and that my feeling of awe was probably induced by the amoebic dysentery that I had caught a few weeks earlier.

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