Flying to South America is possible from wherever you are in the world.
For most travellers you will fly into a major South American hub and take an onward flight to your destination.
We can help look for international and South America flights and offer competitive prices.
Note: It is often better value for travellers from outside the UK and Euro zone to buy international flights from a flight agent in your country of residence.
We can still get good deals on flights within South America (see below).
Contact us for help and advice.
Air passes in South America
Lots of international airlines have partnerships with carriers in South America.
Good deals can often be found by buying a South America air pass, especially if your international airline has a partnership with the South America airline.
The rules and fares are incredibly complicated, please contact us and we will be happy to provide quotes and advice in conjunction with our tours.
Below we have included a guide to flights in and around South America.
International flight guide
From UK regional airport KLM and Air France are good options connecting in Europe. American and United may offer connections via the USA.
From the UK Direct flights from the UK:
From mainland Europe
Flights to most South American capitals from different European hubs; Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Frankfurt and Rome.
You can fly with KLM, Air France, Avianca, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Air Europa, Iberia, LATAM, Boliviana, Swiss or Aerolineas Argentinas.
From the US
Flights to most South American capitals are available from Miami, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta & Houston.
Airlines that operate between the USA and South America are Delta, American Airlines, United, Spirit, Avianca, LATAM and Copa.
Direct flights available to Santiago and Buenos Aires, then change for any other destination within South America.
Check Qantas, LATAM and Air New Zealand.
From Canada to South America you can get direct flights from Toronto into most major hubs in South America. Air Canada has direct flights.
From South Africa
If you are travelling to South America from South Africa there are flights with LATAM and South African Airways between Johannesburg and Sao Paulo and then connections with other carries to mother cities.
From Middle East
There are flights with Emirates, Qatar and Turkish.
There are no direct flights from Asia to South America. Connections via Europe, North America or Australia.
Domestic flights in South America
There are a wide range of carriers in South America and most capital cities are well connected. Lots of international airlines have partnerships with carriers in South America.
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, has two airports:
1) Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza “Ministro Pistarini”, commonly known as Ezeiza. The majority are international flights.
2) Aeroparque Internacional “Jorge Newbery”, commonly known as Aeroparque.
Domestic flights and some international flights to neighbouring countries. If you are connecting from an international flight to a domestic flight or vice versa, make sure you know which airports you are flying in and out of and that you have plenty of time to connect between airports. A taxi, in reasonable traffic between the airports, will take approximately an hour.
Most major cities in Argentina have airports and have flights connecting them with Buenos Aires. The domestic network is like a wheel with Buenos Aires the hub and the cities at the end of the spokes. This means that flying from one regional city to another will probably mean a connection in Buenos Aires.
There are direct flights linking Iguazu to Salta, Mendoza to Bariloche, Bariloche to El Calafate and El Calafate to Ushuaia.
Main carriers are: Aerolineas Argentinas, Austral (part of Aerolineas Argentinas), LATAM. Routes and schedules are subject to frequent changes.
Bolivia’s airports for International Flights are La Paz and Santa Cruz.
BOA serves, Cobija, Cochabamba, La Paz, Santa Cruz, Sucre, Tarija.
Smaller aircraft are used by: AMASZONAS serve Tarija, Sucre, La Paz, Rurrenabaque, Uyuni, Trinidad, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz
Sao Paulo is the main entry and departure city for people travelling to and from Brazil, followed by Rio de Janeiro. Other cities such as Salvador, Manaus and Florianopolis do offer international and regional flights.
Brazil covers nearly half the surface area of South America. The country is covered by a web of domestic air routes linking most cities.
The principal domestic airlines are LATAM, GOL and AZUL.
Chile’s hub airport is the capital Santiago located in the centre of the country. This is where the majority of international flights arrive and depart.
Due to Chile’s thin, long geography, domestic flights are divided into those north and those south of Santiago. If you wish to fly between cities which are north and south of the capital you will need to change planes in Santiago.
Easter Island flights depart from Santiago.
Antarctica and Falklands flights depart from Punta Arenas. La Paz in Bolivia is also served from Iquique and Arica.
Domestic flights in Chile are operated by LATAM, Sky Airline and JetSmart.
Ecuador’s international gateway cities are Quito and Guayaquil.
Domestic destinations from Quito are Coca, Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Galapagos (Baltra), Galapagos (San Cristobal), Guayaquil, Loja, Manta and Santa Rosa.
Domestic destinations from Guayaquil Cuenca, Esmeraldas, Galapagos (Baltra), Galapagos (San Cristobal), Latacunga, Loja, and Quito.
Domestic carriers are AVIANCA, TAME and LATAM.
Peru’s international gateway is Lima although you can fly from Cusco to La Paz, Bolivia and from Arequipa to Santiago de Chile.
There are domestic flights to Peru’s major cities from Lima. There are also flights from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, Puno and Arequipa as well as between Julica and Arequipa.
Flying between Peruvian cites will more than likely mean a connection in Lima.
The main domesitc carriers are LATAM, AVIANCA, Star Peru and Peruvian. LC PERU operates flights with small aircraft to smaller cities from Lima such as Huaraz and Pisco.
Paraguay’s international gateway airport is Asuncion. LATAM offers domestic flights between Asuncion and Ciudad del Este.
Guyana’s international gateway is Georgetown airport.
Domestic flights in Guyana are operated by small aircraft which have strict weight restrictions.
Flight schedules can also easily be affected by weather conditions. Any domestic flights will usually be included in your itinerary.
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We had an absolutely amazing trip and everything was perfect.
Highlights – there were loads of highlights. We loved Quito – especially the morning we went up the Teleferico. We could see for miles over the city to snow capped Volcanos beyond. Our Equador guide and driver were brilliant – Miguel and Memo. They went out or their way to make sure we saw as much as possible – we wouldn’t have seen or learned as much without them. We saw humming bird, toucans, tangers and a fantastic bird of prey sanctuary that wasn’t on the original schedule.
The Galapagos Islands were amazing. Again we saw so much and the guides were brilliant. They were so enthusiastic about their islands, the animals and conservation.
Accommodation etc – the hotels were all excellent. We loved the quirkyness of the hotel in Quito. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The Septimo Paraiso eco lodge in the cloud forest and the Hacienda Las Palmeras near Otavalo were great – the food at Las Palmeras was really excellent. The airport hotel was spotless and friendly but the set meal of Spaghetti bolognese wasn’t great to be honest. We ate in some lovely restaurants and the guides picked some lovely places to stop for food.
Sol y Mar on Santa Cruz was lovely too.
We loved Hotel Albemarle on Isabela. It was a perfect place to spend 5 nights. The rooms were comfy, clean with lovely balconies and views. There were some really good local restaurants, especially Coco surf, recommended by Tania, our Isabela guide.
The company that did our trip to Los Tuneles were fantastic. The guide was so enthusiastic and determined that we would see loads of wildlife. He took loads of photos with his gopro then downloaded them all for us for free when we got back. The lunch on the boat that day was chicken and rice which all three of my kids said was the best lunch they’d had all holiday. It might have been because they were all cold and knackered – they even took the hot sweet tea on offer.
I hope we benefitted the local communities. We enjoyed our trips to the coffee plantation and the chocolate factory and certainly brought plenty of chocolate and coffee back with us. I would like to think that the money we spent goes in someway to help conservation efforts and to keep the cloud forests and the Galapagos Islands as special and unique as they clearly are.
We picked Andean trails because you are based in Scotland and seemed to understand out requirements and came up with a perfect sounding itinary. Flying from Galsgow via Amsterdam worked well and for us was definitely the quickest and easiest way to get there.
Everything worked out perfectly. We had a totally brilliant time. I think it is all still sinking in...
L. Keany, UK, Aug 2019
» 4-day Ecuador Family Holiday
The highlight of the climb was the whole experience from meeting the crew to training on the glacier to getting as far as I did.
Hats off to the crew. They all did a great job - everyone of them. Osvaldo was great throughout the entire few days; Alex the cook made some great food with some of the other climbers in the high hut commenting about how good the food looked. Thanks also to the porter Adrian.
I thought the climb was pretty tough overall considering the altitude. Had to catch my breath a few times. Osvaldo was great though and went at a pretty steady pace with lots of guidance.
I chose Huyana Potosi because it was an achieveable 6,000m peak. I didn't summit but enjoyed the whole trip.
Mike Stringfellow, Aug, Aug 2019
» Climb Huayna Potosi in Bolivia
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