There's a reason that Miami is hailed across the globe as the veritable 'The Gateway to the Americas,' and while it's certainly got something to do with the city's own mishmash of cultural centres—from little Havana to the well-to-do American mansions of Coconut Grove—it's also due to its formidable wealth of transportation links with destinations right across the continents to the north and south.
Indeed, locals of the Magic City have long enjoyed some of the best air connections with South America in the world, and they've certainly made the most of it—with over 200,000 people now searching for flights from MIA to the countries on the continent each month. If you're one of them, be sure to check out this lowdown of the 10 cheapest going.
Unlike its historic namesake across the Pond, Venezuelan Valencia is a throbbing economic centre of shimmering high-rises and manufacturing plants—hence the nickname: 'Capital industrial de Venezuela'. However that's not to say it's without its pulls, because nearby lurk the ancient petroglyphs of Vigirima, the old Paez Mansion and the hiking trails of Casupo Park! What's more, flights are nice and cheap, with indirect return trip fares from Miami costing an average of just $631!
Few cities in South America inspire wanderlust like the Peruvian capital; a sprawling mass of colonial treasures, modern skyscrapers, bustling backpacker bars and boho beaches, all encompassed by the soaring Andes to the east and the concomitant treasures of the great Incan empire. Currently, tickets into the Jorge Chavez International Airport are priced at around just $629 for fliers departing out of Miami, making them the ninth cheapest heading to south America from the Magic City overall!
With no fewer than seven separate airlines currently making regular flights between the Miami International Airport and the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas, there's plenty of healthy competition for customers on the route. That's helped to bring prices down in recent weeks too, with average fares to the volcano-shrouded city now coming in at just $615 round trip. For the cheapest seats, be sure to check out the indirect offering from Avianca and Panamanian flag carrier, Copa Airlines.
Introducing Ecuador to this list in grand fashion is the riparian coastal city of Guayaquil, where the bubbling strips of the Malecon 2000 tick over to samba and salsa and the seafood is amongst the tastiest in all of South America! If that's got you thinking, then be sure to check but these bargain air connections into town, which cost an average of just $549 round trip from Miami International, going indirect on Grupo TACA or Avianca for the best deals overall.
An old favourite for backpackers hitting the tourist trail through the Andes down to Peru and Chile, Quito's northern position on the continent and its high-perch on the course of the Pan-American Highway (not to mention that UNESCO-attested centre and energetic nightlife scene) make it the perfect starting point for travels through South America as a whole. What's more, return trip flights into town will set Miami locals back just $481 this year, with the cheapest routes going nonstop on Aerolane.
Forget hitting the Interstates for a Mardi Gras in New Orleans and don't even start on the party strips Miami Beach has to offer, because Barranquilla is the veritable home of the South American carnival. Travellers eager to hit the Caribbean coast town for the festivities in February or March should be sure to consider these super-cheap air connections out of MIA, which are currently selling for an average of just $475 round trip, going indirect on Avianca for the best bargains overall.
It's just a short 3.5-hour hop across Cuba and the Caribbean Sea for Miami locals looking to hit the breezy colonial city of Cali in the south of Colombia, with the cheapest tickets going on the South American nation's flag carrier, Avianca, for an average of just $450 round trip. Once on the ground, culture vultures can seek out the gothic faces of the La Ermita church, adrenaline buffs can opt for some kitesurfing on Calima Lake, and foodies can test their taste buds with a cacophony of mango viche, fruit-filled cholados and packed empanadas. Nice.
In a top five that's dominated by Colombian destinations, Bogota—the country's high-perched capital—surely has to make an appearance! So, here it is, that city in the skies—more than 2,600 meters up in the Andean hills and awash with rustic colonial cottages, pre-Colombian treasures and earthy arepas-touting holes-in-the-wall. For travellers out of Miami International this year, tickets into town will cost around just $450 round trip, going indirect on AeroMéxico for the cheapest seats overall.
In many ways Colombia's own answer to the Magic City of Miami, Cartagena is loaded with fashionistas and trendy types, all weaving between the beaches of Playa Blanca and Bocagrande. However, history and culture is indelible here too; coral stone forts loom on the hillsides; colonial treasures lurk in the town, and museums display artifacts from the times of the Spanish Inquisition. If that sounds like your kind of thing, then be sure to check out these nonstop flights to the Rafael Nunez International with Avianca, which sell for an average of just $390 round trip!
Trumping both New York and Tel Aviv to the top of the Wall Street Journal's 'Innovative City of the Year' awards back in 2013, the city of Medellin—Colombia's second largest—has come along leaps and bounds since the dark days of the 1990s—when it played host to the notorious drug cartels of Pablo Escobar. Today the town is littered with interesting museums, like the Museum of Antioquia and its wealth of native treasures, and hums with a youthful, student vibe, making these $346 indirect flights with Copa Airlines a real steal for Miami locals!