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Student flights from the UK to South America
South America is full to the brim with phenomenal natural wonders, entrancing archaeological sites and incredible cities. It’s the latter you’ll see first when flying in, whether you’re landing in Argentina’s Buenos Aires, aka the steak capital of the world, Peru’s Lima, Chile’s Santiago, or Brazil’s Rio De Janeiro. All are packed with unique attractions and things to do, and all serve as jumping off points for additional adventures deeper inside their respective countries.
Lima, for example, is most people’s entry point into Peru, but the main reason for many people who visit is to hike the world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Similarly, if you want to see Bolivia’s vast salt flats, you’ll need to hop on a flight to its capital, La Paz, first. Some cities are reason enough to visit in their own right: take Rio, for example, surrounded with jaw-dropping scenery and boasting seriously epic beaches.
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What are the main South America airport hubs?
The major cities of the various countries in South America double as the continent’s main air transport hubs, with notable examples being Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro in Brazil, Bogota in Colombia, Santiago in Chile, Lima in Peru, Caracas in Venezuela and Buenos Aires in Argentina. Keep in mind that you can fly in one hub and out another, so for example if it's an overland adventure you’re after, you could enter the continent via Bogota and exit it via Buenos Aires.
How to fly from the UK to South America
The UK is well connected to hubs in South America, with frequent direct flights going from places like London to destinations all over the continent. Airlines including British Airways, the UK’s flagship carrier, fly direct from London to cities including Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil, Lima in Peru, Bogota in Colombia, and Buenos Aires in Argentina.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to South America?
Prices based on bookings made 30-60 days prior to departure.
South America universities and campuses
Some of the world’s best universities can be found in South America. One of the top choices is Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo, which often comes top in various ranking tables, and which offers hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Others include the University of Desarrollo and Diego Portales University in Chile, and Pontificia Javeriana University in Colombia.
South America lifestyle and culture
South America is a mishmash of cultures, having been colonised by European explorers in the Middle Ages. Most South Americans speak Portuguese or Spanish, or both, but English is also widely understood. The people love to dance, with the main cultural export in this sense being salsa, and you’re never too far from a street party.
Exploring South America on a student budget
South America has some brilliant attractions that can be enjoyed on a student budget, and this extends to getting around and accommodation, too. Bus travel is a good option for getting around in-destination, and if you book overnight sleepers, you can save on a night’s accommodation. How much money you’ll need a day will depend on the country - Bolivia is generally the cheapest (you can get by on about $20 per day) and Brazil and Chile are more expensive, requiring about $45 per day.