Going to South America at the end of march, looking at best ways to get around. I'm only there 2 months, so i thought I'd probably fly, although I'm open to suggestions for other means. im flying into Lima, and the flights are booked out from Lima 2 months later.
my main interest is simply Lima in peru to Quito in Equador. seems easy enough, but i wondered what the best way to go about getting the flights was; book them here, or wait till i get there and just pick up a ticket from there?
I might also be able to go to Haiti and do some volunteering work with the disaster area. The admin for that is rolling, so don't worry about that, but my main problem is flights getting me anywhere near there that don't cost an arm and a leg. Obviously i won't be flying into Port-au-prince, but i thought maybe if i could get to cuba and head south... or any other ideas?
Basically if someone has knowledge of the best ways (and cheapest!) to do internal travel in South America, and could send them through, I'd love ya. xxxx
With two months on the Lima to Quito route I wouldn't use any other flight other than the one back from Quito to Lima. Check LAN airline, they probably have good options.
There are no boats from Cuba heading south and I think the best way would be finding flights to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and go overland to Haiti from there. Wouldn't have a clue though what the state of land transport is once over the border with Haiti.
I heard American Airlines will soon be the first one to start flying to Port-au-Prince directly, but I wouldn't hold my breath and I guess it will take much longer before things settle again and there are more flights (from South America for example).
Check the wikipage for the airport in Santo Domingo to see what airlines fly from South America. There are more international airports in the Dominican Republic, but most of them are charter flights from North America and Europe.
Have fun, and great job to do some volunteer work I have to say
ok cheers, you often give useful posts on here, thanks man! appreciate in particular the advice about the boats from cuba. do you think its best to book things now, or wait until I go out there and get a plane from there?
Thanks Jim, you are welcome.
Still, regarding to your last question I don't have a good answer really. Because there aren't any lowcost airlines, it's a bit of luck to either buy it now or later and hope for the best prices. Unlike lowcost airliens, prices don't necessarily rise the closer you get to the date you want to fly (in general that is).
So if you are not flying during peak holiday season, you can wait for some deals.
Best thing would be to subscribe to the newsletters (if they have any) of the airlines that fly to Santo Domingo.