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How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia update

It seems like just yesterday I did out last budget post but alas, we’ve managed to make our way through another five countries over the past two months. We are still running well below our budget of $200/day. Over the past two months, we’ve had a few major expenses as well, shipping the truck from Panama to Colombia (required to get around the Darien Gap) and a trip into the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. From a fuel perspective, we saw

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Costa Rica update

Beautiful beaches, great food, U.S. prices… That pretty much sums up Costa Rica. We spent three weeks here and loved it. However, it certainly was not cheap. We averaged $182/day. However, we did have two larger expenses which were school for the kids for two weeks as well as an unplanned visit to the doctor for an eye infection + insane Rx prices. Most food at restaurants was no different than going out to eat in the U.S. and groceries

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Guatemala/Honduras/Nicaragua update.

Hi all, we’re making good time through Central America so it’s time for another budget update for Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. We’re still way under our projected budget of $200/day but creeping up on our per day averages. Guatemala was a surprise in that we expected similar prices to Mexico but things were quite a bit more expensive. Honduras looks expensive below but that is only because we spent little time in the country and had two full fuel tank

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? Mexico update.

We just made it into Guatemala so it’s time for another budget update through Mexico. We’re still way under our projected budget of $200/day but with shipping to Colombia and back to the United States yet to come, that is to be expected. We ended up spending 47 days in Mexico and found the prices to be fairly inexpensive, especially hotels. With the very hot weather, we’ve been doing less camping than expected but rather splurging for a hotel when

How much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? United States update.

So, how much does it cost to drive the Pan-American Highway? We tried to generally answer this question for ourselves before we left on our trip but it’s tricky. It appears to primarily depend on two factors, how quickly you do the trip (i.e. fuel used per day) and how much camping you do. There are one thousand different ways to do the trip and we saw estimates ranging from $50/day to $250/day. Since there are four of us, we’d