What Does It Cost To Fly Between Major Latin American Cities?

 

Toward the end of my first jaunt around Latin America, my money started to run out.

 

I'll admit it: I planned poorly.

 

One of the reasons for this is due to the fact that I was totally unaware of the cost of flights between major Latin American destinations. 

 

I'd either woefully underestimate flight prices, or end up paying too much for last minute flights due to a lack of foresight.

 

I don't want this to happen to you.

 

Below, I've made screenshots of typical flight prices between major Latin American cities. Keep in mind that these prices will vary depending on the strength of the dollar and the time of year, but it should still provide you with some context for planning your next trip.

 

Let's get into it!

 

 

What Does It Cost To Fly Between Major Latin American Cities?

 

Mexico City to Bogota

$130 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bogota to Lima

$270 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lima to Santiago

$100 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santiago to Buenos Aires

$100 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro

$250 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rio de Janeiro to Panama City

$700 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panama City to Mexico City

$400 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's Recap:

 

Mexico City to Bogota = approx.                       $130

Bogota to Lima = approx.                                    $270

Lima to Santiago = approx.                                 $100

Santiago to Buenos Aires = approx.                  $100

Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro = approx.        $250

Rio de Janeiro to Panama City  = approx.        $700

Panama City to Mexico City = approx.             $400

 

TOTAL = $1950.00

 

So, if you wanted to explore Latin America starting from Mexico City and working your way south to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago, you're looking at a total flight cost of around $2000 USD.

 

I've even taken the liberty to make this extremely shitty-looking map to show you what a trip like this would look like:

 

 

No need to thank me.

 

Another Option...

Another option would be flying south from the United States and working your way back up north. 

 

Let's see what something like that might cost you:

 

*Note: I used New York as an example of an American city, but prices to and from these places should be more or less similar for any major city in the United States.

 

 

New York to Rio de Janeiro

$ 530 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires

$170 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buenos Aires to Santiago

$130 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santiago to Lima

$120 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lima to Bogota

$300 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bogota to Mexico City

$160 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexico City to New York

$200 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let's Recap:

 

New York to Rio de Janeiro = approx.                  $530

Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires = approx.            $170

Buenos Aires to Santiago = approx.                      $130

Santiago to Lima = approx.                                     $120

Lima to Bogota = approx.                                         $300

Bogota to Mexico City  = approx.                           $160

Mexico City to New York = approx.                       $200

 

TOTAL = $1610.00

 

Let's say you want to check out Panama City instead of Mexico City.

Well that's not going to be a problem, but it will cost you slightly more:

 

 

Bogota to Panama City

$230 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panama City to New York

$270 USD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swapping Mexico for Panama will add approximately an extra $140 to your trip.

TOTAL = $1750

 

...I'll spare you the shitty map this time around.

 

And there you have it!

 

A very general idea of what it might cost you to fly to major cities in South America and Central America. 

 

Use this as a guide for budgeting, but be sure to double check flight prices for yourself.

 

Last but not least, here are 4 websites I recommend for finding cheap flights to South America:

1) Skyscanner

2) Skiplagged 

3) Google Flights

4) Kayak

 

See you down there.

 

Until next time,

Vance.