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Cheap Flights to South America

South America overview

When is the best time to fly to South America?

Peak season:

Why book flights to South America? From the melancholic Argentine tango, to the ancient Inca ruins of Bolivia, South America’s traditions and cultures are unique in the world, and offer an experience like no other. Most travellers choose to visit the two largest countries in the continent, Brazil and Argentina, simply because they are the most diverse but there are plenty of other fascinating destinations. Bolivia nestles between the Andes and the Amazon rainforests making it an ideal base to visit both, while Peru’s Machu Picchu is a major drawcard for many tourists. Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela in the north may lack ancient wonders but make up for it in natural beauty spectacular landscapes, tropical rainforests, and pristine beaches. South America has four climatic zones: temperate, tropical, dry and cold, with differing peak seasons for each country. Mid-­December to early March is peak season for Argentina and Brazil when the weather is hot and humid. Peru has complicated weather but high season coincides with the dry season from May through October and most people choose to book flight tickets in July and August. For Bolivia the dry season between May and October is also preferable. For northern countries such as Venezuela peak season is November through February when winter hits Europe and North America.

Off season:

Different countries have different off seasons in South America but in general the best time for off season travel is during the southern hemisphere’s winter months (June to August). In saying that central and southern Chile experiences heavy snowfall from June to September so should be avoided. For Peru and Bolivia the low season is from December to March which is the rainy season. This is when prices for flights to South America and accommodation are considerably lower.

When is the best time to book a flight to South America?

When considering the best time to book flights to South America you should take into account the climatic variations of the country or countries you are visiting. Spring (September to November) can be a good time for many places with mostly dry weather and mild temperatures. Certain events can also disrupt travel plans if you turn up without booking in advance, Easter and the lead up is especially busy with cities like Rio inundated with millions of tourists for the famous Carnival. For specific activities such as walking the Inca Trail or visiting Galapagos Islands bear in mind that you will need to book your permits at least five to six months in advance.

How long is the flight to South America?

Flights from Sydney to South America: 18 hours 35 minutes.

Flights from Melbourne to South America: 21 hours 05 minutes.

Flights from Brisbane to South America: 21 hours 10 minutes.

Flights from Perth to South America: 1 day 3 hours.

Which airlines operate flights to South America?

Depending on your destination when booking flights to South America you should be able to find several airlines that make the trek across the Pacific Ocean including Qantas, Air New Zealand LATAM Airlines Chile and China Airlines. If you’re travelling to Brazil or Argentina expect a stopover in Santiago in Chile for refueling.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

South America is well set up for international flights with some of the busiest airports being: São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil, El Dorado International Airport in Columbia Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago and Jorge Chávez International Airport in Peru. Once landed you should be able to get to the city centre in a timely fashion by bus or taxi depending on the traffic and/or weather. Domestic air travel is the safest way to fly between countries and a great way to view the mountains and rainforest.

South America insider information

  • South America has a lot to offer those who thirst for adventure and natural wonders - Peru’s rain forest at Jungle Ultra provides the base for one of the toughest marathons on earth.
  • See Brazil’s magnificent wildlife in the Pantanal, the largest flood plain in the world. Visit the home of the endangered Hyancinth Macaw and watch jaguars, giant armadillos, capybara and the Brazilian Tapir pass you by.
  • It’s important to know and respect the different customs of the place you visit, stay in the know in South American with this helpful guide on how to tip.
  • Experience the Latin flavour with Argentinian-style hot dogs that can come marinated in sauces like chimichurri (yum).
  • The Mexicans tend to be resourceful when it comes to breakfast food chilaquiles, which consists of leftover dinner tortillas and salsa so you can eat freely without being judged for having Mexican food twice in a row!

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How much do things cost in South America?

Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 1.34
Bottle of wine
$ 12.54
Cheap meal
$ 4.48
A dozen eggs
$ 1.74
Sao Paulo
1 bedroom apartment in city centre
$ 847.12
Bottle of wine
$ 12.51
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 6.25
Large bottle of water
$ 1.12
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
$ 2.52
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
$ 1.57
Bottle of wine
$ 9.69
One-way ticket (local transport)
$ 0.58
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
$ 5.70
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
$ 2.95
1 hour taxi waiting fee
$ 15.33
Large bottle of water
$ 1.45

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