La Carretera Alta: The Budget


For those who might be interested in embarking on a South American overlanding/climbing adventure of their own, this document will provide a comprehensive list of our expenses. We’ll start by detailing the pre-trip outlays, as well as a prediction of costs for big ticket items throughout the trip. Once underway, we’ll update this document on a monthly basis.

A few additional points:

  • All costs are in $AUD
  • All costs are given as a total for the expedition, regardless of whether they were incurred by an individual or by both participants
  • Estimates are given for a 12 month period
  • For insurance, we’ll be giving scant detail apart from the cost of each individual policy. However, we’ll soon put together an entire article devoted to this subject
  • For climbing equipment, we’re assuming that anyone putting together a trip like this would be in a similar boat to us, which is to say that they are already in possession of most the necessary gear but would need to make a handful of additional purchases. We’ll eventually get around to compiling a comprehensive gear list as well
  • If you have any questions regarding more intricate details (daily expenses, fuel mileage etc), feel free to get in touch with us directly

Estimates:

  • Food/Drinks – $10,000
  • Fuel – $4300
  • Shipping from Houston, TX to Cartagena, Colombia – $3000

Pre-Trip Expenses:

  • 2005 Toyota Hiace Van plus accessories – $12,000
  • Notebook Laptop – $400
  • Storage in Australia – $1500
  • Vaccinations – $1960
  • Promotional Magnets – $100
  • First Aid Kit and Medication – $300
  • International Drivers License – $80
  • New Passport – $300
  • ESTA (USA Visa) – $28
  • Flights from Melbourne, Australia to Las Vegas, NV – $2800
  • 3 nights accomodation in Las Vegas – $180
  • 3 days car hire in Las Vegas – $150
  • New climbing equipment purchases – $3000

Total: $11,998

Insurance:

  • Search and Rescue – $1300
  • Medical – $3000
  • Baggage/Equipment – $550
  • Travel Insurance (USA) – $400
  • Comprehensive Auto – $1000

Total: $6250

GRAND TOTAL:  $18,248

Last updated December 2017
by Ryan Siacci and Morag Stewart

 

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