Me and my wife plan to travel in South America in January/February. We want to visit Brazil, Argentina and Chile. And I have a couple of questions regarding airpasses. I hope you can give us some hints about it.
We will fly from Europe (not with Aerolineas) to Rio, and flying out from Natal, Brazil. We will stay in SA about 45-50 days. Itinerary should be something like this: Rio - Iguacu (by bus), Iguacu-Buenos Aires (fly), Buenos Aires - Ushaia or El Calafate (fly), El Calafate - Bariloche or Trelew (fly), Bariloche or Trelew - Santiago (by bus), Santiago da Chile - Salvador da Bahia Brazil (fly) and Salvador-Recife-Natal (by bus).
I was serching a lot about airpasses, and it seems that cheapest otions for us are the two Aerolineas airpasses: Aerolineas South America Airpass (not clear, can I fly only using Aerolineas with this airpass; if so, my last flight must be Santiago-Rio, since they don't fly to Salvador) and Aerolineas Mercosul airpass.
For my itinerary it should cost US$715 (for 6500 miles with Aerolineas South America Airpass) or US$825 (for 6200 miles with Aerolineas Mercosul; maybe it could be $695 for 5200 miles if I skup some flight).
Do you have some advices about my itinerary, and the best/cheapest airpass?
What companies' flights can we use with Mercosul airpass? Since Varig is not operating (or operating partialy), can we use TAM flights (some web sites include TAM instead of Varig, se we are confused a bit)?