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Cheap Flights to South America

The scale and power of nature in the continent of South America can be addiction-forming, an addiction many people never escape. You'll realize this the first time that you put your hiking boots on and venture out on an Andean trail to explore civilizational sites that have been around for centuries. The first time that you hear the thunder of a distant waterfall, inhale the scent of the rainforest, spy distant, mysterious misty peaks, or chance upon a frenetic village market, you'll know you can never have enough of it.

Flying to South America

One of the best parts of deciding on South America for your next vacation is that you don't need to plan for a visa. Some countries will simply stamp your passport at the airport or other border control office, and others will issue you a visa; other than a fee that ranges from $50 to $100 at some countries, there is no fuss.

All you need to do is to find the right fare for the flight. Meta-search engines such as Skyscanner offer fast, in-depth searches of hundreds of airlines, and can show you which destination to head to on a budget. This service even offers an entire-month/year search function that is especially helpful as a way to understand what times and airlines are likely to be cheapest. On the departure date calendar, you only need to click on the Whole Month or Whole Year buttons instead of picking specific dates. Using one of these large range searches, it's even easy to notice fares that airlines have mistakenly priced very cheap.

When to go to South America

South America is home to the world's largest land area devoted to rainforests. The continent is known as the "lungs of the world" for a reason. Rainforests, however, attract plenty of rain, and you wouldn't want to be stuck at a time when it's pouring. This means you wants to avoid the time between January and March, summer in the southern hemisphere (unless you want to make it to the Rio Carnaval in February). The rest of the year, the continent remains warm and pleasant.

You need to keep in mind where exactly do you plan to go, however. It's a vast continent with weather extremes. Patagonia, the southern halves of Argentina and Chile, tend to be cold in winter. In general, August, September and October tend to be good times to consider.

It's easy to get around South America

There are so many budget airlines flying around South America, you'll never have trouble with transportation. You can even get an Air Pass, pass that lets you extensively travel on several airlines all around South America (usually international only). A pass for 10,000 km. usually can cost $900. Nevertheless, taking an overnight bus from one city or country to another is one of the best ways to see the spectacular scenery.

Don't miss anything

The Salar de Uyuni, salt flats in Bolivia, the magnificent Las Lajas Sanctuary basilica that seemingly hangs in the middle of a lush Canyon, The River of Five Colours in Colombia, the Galapagos Islands, Easter Island, the canopy walk over the Amazon in Peru, Angel Falls in Venezuela, the Atacama Desert in Chile -- the list is endless. Seeing South America is the work of a lifetime.

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