I haven't been in 12 years but I am looking forward to returning to Brasil.
Our airfare was $878 p.p., round trip, from Minneapolis to Sao Paulo on Continental. The cruiseline air was $600 without deviation. We opted to do our own. Once we did the deviation, paid the deviation fee and the added charge it would probably have been more expensive than what we paid.
South America air isn't bad. It's about equal to Europe.
I personally believe that South America will become the new Europe, especially with the weak dollar against the Euro and the Pound. It's also a place that offers the history of Europe with the beaches and eco-tourism not found in Europe. There are also many cruise options that offer one way cruises that take in the Panama Canal and or give you the fun of Rio and you only have to go through one longer flight.
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We did Buenos Aires to Valparaiso Xmas of 2002 on Celebrity Zenith. We had a great time and especially liked days at sea almost every other day.
Buenos Aires was amazing and we really liked the glaciers and many of the Chilean ports of call. The highlight for us was the two penguin rookeries. All said, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Our airfare was in the $800 range round trip open jaw from Portland, oregon.I hope this helps.
David and I have been to South America and Central America at least 10 times. We have also been to many parts of Mexico on at least 20 separate vacations. I love Hispanic cultures and wish that I could have been born in a country with so much culture and tradition. If one wants to see "family values" they only need to go to a country with Hispanic traditions somewhere south of the U.S. border. Or so it seems to me.
In the U.S. we talk about "family values." The people in these cultures live the story and "walk the Walk."