Trek the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu, uncover the almighty Amazon jungle and the wilds of Patagonia, or hit up Carnival in Rio de Janeiro - South America is a colourful and otherworldly place where you can experience a dynamic and powerful culture. From ancient ruins to wine regions and cities where the streets are filled with music, South America will bring spice to your life and a smile to your dial. Book your cheap flights to South America with Student Flights and you'll have more cash to live it up in Latin America. And if you're under 26, a student or a teacher, the pesos in your poncho will go even further! You'll be able to score Black Market Flights deals for even cheaper airfares!
Do you want the good news or the bad news first? The bad news is getting from Australia to South America is further than you think with some airlines flying the long way round. However, the good news is these routes are often considerably cheaper than the more direct options. Most international flights from Australia to South America disembark in Buenos Aires or Lima and from there you can connect to regional and national airlines plus long-distance buses to get you to your final destination. For transport from major airports to the nearest city centre, there will always be a taxi, bus or train service. For more information about the airlines that fly to South America, see our airline guide.
Argentina's Buenos Aires has the nightlife, the tango and all the makings for a lively city holiday with a neighbourhood feel. Santiago in Chile is a cosmopolitan city where the coffee flows and your biggest decision any given day will be whether to ski or swim. Peru's Lima is often overlooked as tourists head straight to Machu Picchu, but South America's oldest city has many virtues of its own with over five centuries of architecture. And what's not to love about the glitz and glamour of Rio de Janeiro - the city evokes an old-time charm blended with a laidback city by the beach vibe.
South America is kind to the budget traveller; you can travel on a shoestring by public bus to really mix with the locals. Tours may take you through the Galapagos Islands, learning to surf in Rio or exploring the mesmerising desert-like salt flats in Bolivia. Any trip to South America would be incomplete without a trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - along the way you'll get to sandboard, whitewater raft and check out historic capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco. Perhaps you're in the mood to learn to salsa dance and chill along the Copacabana? Ain't no shame in that - there is plenty of adventure and culture to be had in South America's capital cities too. Our South America cheap tours and holidays offer even more options.
For more things to see and do here, check out our South America guide. And if you're after recommendations and packages for your South America holiday, chat to our knowledgeable Student Flights consultants or fill out the enquiry form.