Hi I was wondering if anyone out there knows of cheap ways to get around South America. Me and my partner will be getting into Santiago, Chile and wanted to see as much of the continent such as Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela before heading over to Caribbean. Any info on rough price or any help with past experience will be greatly appreciated.
Flying between countries can be expensive in South America. Domestic flights are more reasonable, particularly in Brazil, with GOL and TAM. If flying in Chile, Sky Airline usually is cheaper than LAN. There are many bus routes; and some are excellent, particularly in Brazil and Chile. There is a lot of information online.
If you need to cover great distances, it's probably better to fly. That's particularly so in Brazil. But I have a friend from the UK who currently is traveling in Brazil by bus, going south from Rio to Sao Paolo to Florianopolis, Iguacu Falls, Campo Grande, etc. I've also traveled by bus in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Paraguay and other South American countries.
I looked at your travel map and see that you're planning to visit Venezuela. Since you're from the UK, you should check your government's Web site on travel to that country: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/venezuela. In particular, read the section on safety and security; and air travel. Note that many airlines have reduced service; and there is much political and economic turmoil there. Venezuelans have advised me not to travel to their country at this time.
I'm flying to Santiago in February to travel to Patagonia, viewing it by land and sea in both Chile and Argentina.
[ Edit: Edited on 23-Jan-2016, at 20:43 by berner256 ]