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Top 5 Cheap Backpacking Places to Visit

1. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is backpackers’ heaven on earth. Because of the very low cost of living backpackers enjoy their stay and the delicious traditional food. The most popular traditional dish is Sour fish curry, which is made with coconut, chili powder, goraka (a tropical fruit) and white-fleshed catch. Another very tasty traditional dish is Eggplant moju (eggplant pickle). This traditional food includes onions, chilies, sugar, mustard seeds and vinegar. The result is a sweet flavor that will like you very much.

In Colombo, which is the largest city in Sri Lanka, there are popular restaurants with excellent quality of food. Except for the good prices in restaurants and bars, the prices of basics in supermarkets are low.

If you want to stay in a hotel with colonial architecture style in the Colombo area, then the Paradise Road Tintagel Hotel, the Galle Face Hotel or the Maniumpathy Hotel are suitable for you. There are many options for low budget and convenient hotels & backpacker hostels in Colombo.

Travel by train is a great and affordable choice, because you can admire the scenic landscapes of Sri Lanka crossing all the country. Because of the outstanding beauty of nature, Sri Lanka offers a lot of outdoor tours and activities that take place in top attractions and sites around the country.

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2. Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a budget destination, close to Costa Rica, Panama and Belize in Central America. Because of its natural wonders, Nicaragua is an earthly paradise for adventure lovers and surfers. Take part in tours and activities, explore the top Nicaragua’s volcanoes, the Somoto Canyon, the San Ramon Waterfall and discover the ancient Mayan cities and the amazing surfing beaches.

The lovely food in Nicaragua is Gallo Pinto, which is cooked by the most people in Nicaragua almost every day. Fried rice, onion, sweet pepper, red beans and garlic are the cooking ingredients of this food. In restaurants you will find good quality of food without paying a lot. Also, basics in supermarkets are cheap.

If you want to learn about Nicaragua’s history and the colonial period of the country, then Granada is the best place to stay. Stay in the Hotel con Corazón, the Hotel La Polvora, the Hotel Plaza Colon or the Hotel Real La Merced, which are close to the city’s center. Enjoy your travel in Nicaragua staying in magnificent hotels in Granada without spending so much money. You have many accommodation choices, as there are great cheap hotels & backpacker hostels in the city of Granada.

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3. India

India is a very good choice for backpackers, because the cost of living and accommodation are cheap. Enjoy a delicious dinner in a traditional Indian restaurant. The most popular traditional dish is Kadhi (Indian food with yogurt or buttermilk as a base and is typically thickened with gram flour - besan). Many kinds of spices are also used in Indian cuisine.

For travelers, there are many accommodation choices. For budget and convenient sleeps, stay in some of the best hotels in Jaipur. A perfect choice for accommodation is the Pearl Palace Hotel, which is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Moreover, the Mustache Hostel is a good place to stay in Jaipur. If you want to visit the cosmopolitan side of India, then you have to stay in Mumbai, which is the home for the famous Bollywood actors. Also, another good option for travelers is the accommodation in New Delhi.

India is a huge country with so many attractions. Some of the most famous top sights are Taj Mahal, which is located in Agra, and the inhabited Holy City of Varanasi that dated back to 8th-century BC. India has a rich cultural heritage. Another important holy place is the main attraction of Amritsar (1577), the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), which has been opened since 1604. In addition, the Golden City of Jaisalmer, which is an oasis of splendid old architecture in the Thar Desert, is a must-see sightseeing. Finally, the Red Fort (1648) in New Delhi is worth a visit.

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4. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a small country with magnificent beauties of nature. This outstanding country is a mixture of amazing rainforests, picturesque rocky coastlines and beautiful mountains. Puerto Rico is one of the best travel choices for outdoor lovers, who want to take part in activities and tours exploring top sights and historic places of the country.

Puerto Rico is also an affordable travel destination, where travelers live unforgettable experiences without spending much money. A nice place to stay is the historic city of San Juan. Because of the colonial history of San Juan, you will find colonial-style hotels & backpacker hostels that dated back to 19th century. One of the most popular colonial-style hotels is the Decanter Hotel in the old city’s center of San Juan. Another great budget hotel is the Da House Hotel that is also located in the old city of San Juan.

The restaurants have good prices and the quality of food is excellent. Eat a delicious and romantic dinner in the Mario Pagan restaurant in San Juan. Some very tasty traditional dishes are the Lechon asado, which is a spit-roasted suckling pig, and the Asopao de pollo that made with chicken, rice, green olives, peas and tomatoes.

In the UNESCO-protected site of San Juan the El Morro fort was constructed (1539) by Spanish colonists and it is one of the largest Spanish forts in the Caribbean Sea. Another must-see sightseeing in San Juan is the San Cristóbal fort that was built during 1634-1790.

Take a chill day trip to the well-known Island of Rincon and enjoy outdoor activities, like surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and whale watching. Except for the Rincon Island, another extraordinary destination is the Isla Culebra, which is a very small island with picturesque coasts and exotic beaches.

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5. Mexico

A lovely destination for backpackers is Mexico. The cost of living and accommodation in Mexico city are cheap and travelers can enjoy traditional dishes and convenient sleep.

Many people like Mexican cuisine, because of its flavorful ingredients, such as corn, chili peppers, tomatoes, cocoa, and vanilla. The most well-known Mexican dish is Burrito. The ingredients for Burrito are a flour tortilla filled with Mexican rice, refried beans and meat. Other popular Mexican dishes are Carne asada (roasted beef), Quesadilla (tortilla filled with melted cheese) and Taco (the including ingredients are a corn or wheat tortilla with beef, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese). Eat in affordable Mexican restaurants and enjoy traditional dishes.

A popular hotel in Mexico is the One Ciudad De Mexico Alameda Hotel with clean, compact rooms including breakfast. Another good hotel choice is Bristol Hotel, where you will find friendly service and comfortable rooms. In addition, there are cheap backpacker hostels if you want to save more money.

The rich culture and history of this country attract travelers from all over the world. Mexico is famous for Aztec and Mayan ruins of old ancient cities. Some of the most important historic sites are Guanajuato, Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. Moreover, the most-visited places for vacations are Cancún, Puerto Vallarta and Playa del Carmen. Take part in tours and activities exploring top attractions and UNESCO-protected historic sites around Mexico.

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Some other backpacking destinations worth visiting are Nepal, Cambodia, Malaysia, Iceland and the Philippines.

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