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Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean flights in south america

1. Posted by bhansen5 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

I will be studying in Santiago, Chile this coming semester and intend to do some traveling after the semester is over. I am having trouble finding cheap flights from country to country in South America. For example I would like to find flights from Santiago to Rio, Lima, Buenos Aires etc. I also want to find a way to get Costa Rica but it seems to be impossible. Does anyone know anyone good websites or airlines that are affordable. Also does anyone know a good website for trains and buses. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

2. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 10y

Try any of the following airlines. You can probably google search their websites as I can't remember most of them:

Aerolineas Argentinas/Austral
LAN Chile
LAN Peru
Copa Airlines

No proper rail network in South America.

There are many different inter-country coach services in South America most offering good value and cama(bed)seats. The one I can think of at the moment is Andesmar. They can get you from Santiago de Chile to Buenos Aires via Mendoza. Not sure of the prices off-hand though as they may have changed since when I last used them.

3. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

Taca and Copa offer South to north coupon flights from South America to Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize or Cancun then return home Tickets must be purchased abroad, best to contact a travel agent specializing in Latin America or a consolidator like Exito Travel in advance and arrange an open jaw ticket.

4. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 10y

COPA and LAN have good last minute deals.

LAN Chile has flights to Lima,Buenos Aires,Quito....

sunny regards

5. Posted by ivan76 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

I believe a few airlines have deals where you buy a coupon worth so many miles (0-1500, 1501-2500,... I think) that cover several countries. I'm pretty sure TAM and Aerolineas Argentinas have such a deal, but others might.

6. Posted by martinSWE (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

Hi guys!
How much are air tickets in SA?
And thouse "mile tickets" you're talking about, how do they work? Prices???
I'd like to fly from Peru to Honduras or San Salvador...
something like that it possible to find tickets for 200$ or less??
Tusen tack!=)

7. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

Tickets bought in SA for travel within Latin America are very expensive, buy your tickets on line or thrrough a travel agency-consolidator specializing in Latin Travel such as Exito Travel before you depart.
Taca Central American Airlines flies in and out of Lima to San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) everyday, the coupon flights are generally from the South to Northbound flights check out their web site, usually there are stops in Panama, San Jose, CR etc. If one has some 1000s of miles that may be transferred best consult a travel agent with a Sabre system.

8. Posted by martinSWE (Budding Member 16 posts) 10y

THanks for the info.
Still seems a bit too 700$ LIMA-San José or LIM-Managua...
but anyway, cheers!

9. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

Really no "cheap" flights within SA or SA to CA. Best well before you depart try and purchase all your flights and connecting flights in one package. The cheapest option from SA to CA is usually Quito or Bogota to Panama try The Panamanian Airlines, from Panama the Bus to Costa Rica and Nicaragua and return.