El Salvador to South America: best routes
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 19, 2013 9:42 AM Last Post By: anillos_de_satu...
Feb 18, 2013 8:14 PM
I live in Bangalore, south India. I love to travel ~ and write, and meet new people.
In late 2013- 2014, I'm planning to explore El Salvador, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador on a shoestring budget over at least three months.
I need to figure out:
~ what is the easiest/ cheapest route to get to El Salvador? via Ecuador? via Brazil? or is the only possible route via the US?
~ does it make sense to explore South America from Argentina northwards, to fly back to India from El Salvador?
~ or would it be more intelligent to arrive in El Salvador from India, when make my way south to Argentina/ Chilean Patagonia?
Any clues would be much appreciated.
Feb 19, 2013 5:02 AM
1There is no cheap way to get between Central and South America. It is easiest to fly between the two areas as there is no road connecting the two, so its either fly, or take a sailboat between Panama and Colombia, about $550PP and 5-7 days. You can also take a series of busses and cargo boats, but this is a more raw and not for everyone way to cross, requires a fluid schedule and some roughing it. Usually to fly is between $500-$900 oneway between CA & CA depending on the country, regional airlines serving ES are TACA and COPA, and all the majors from the USA, usually via Miami, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas.
I am not aware of any flights between Central America and for near east, you need to get to either the USA, or Mexico to avoid the transit Visa issues in USA if a connection is needed thru the USA airports.
You also need to check the Visa requirements for ES and the other countries for an Indian Passport holder, as I think you need a Visa prior to visiting, and ES may not have a Consulate/Embassy in India.
Feb 19, 2013 5:25 AM
2I am curious as to why you would single out El Salvador as the only country you wish to visit in the Central America region?. You are certainly adding cost and complexity to your itinerary as detailed in #1 above. Many people focus on either Central OR South America because of this, but it can be done of course if you have the money and the time.
If I was you I would fly into a major South American hub such as Rio or Santiago de Chile depending on flight deals and explore from there. Traveling "on a shoestring" will probably prevent you making it to El Salvador from there...
Feb 19, 2013 5:44 AM
Feb 19, 2013 7:22 AM
43 months isnt much for south america. you should save that for a later, longer trip. you could do justice to central america in 3 months. id check flights into mexico city.
Feb 19, 2013 9:06 AM
Feb 19, 2013 9:42 AM
6what is the easiest/ cheapest route to get to El Salvador? via Ecuador? via Brazil? or is the only possible route via the US?
If you want to fly out of India and without going through the USA, an option would be to purchase a ticket from India to London or Frankfurt (or Paris or anyother main European hub) and a separate ticket from London or Frankfurt (or anyother main European hub) to San Salvador with Iberia (changing planes in Madrid). Be careful to choose an European airport served by Iberia, most of the main ones are served by Iberia but they are ending some routes (e.g.: Athens) so be aware.
If you finally visit El Salvador and South America and you don't want to go through the USA, it would be a good idea to pruchase an open-jaw ticket out of Europe (outbound to San Salvador, Inbound from Brazil, Argentina or whereever you end your South America trip) and a return one from India to that european airport.
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