There are currently in excess of 30,000 people searching for flights from Minneapolis−Saint Paul International to South America every month, which just goes to show that Midwesterners have plenty of love for the tropical lands, wild jungles, throbbing post-colonial capitals and sun-kissed beaches the region has to offer. But hey, with the snowy climes of Minnesota sitting at their back, who can blame them?
Unfortunately, sealing a bargain deal on flights to the continent down south can sometimes be a tad tricky, with the best-priced seats selling quickly and nonstop routes into many Latin cities proving to be bank busters to say the least. That's precisely why Hopper's expert flight team have worked hard crunching all the numbers, bringing readers this list of the 10 cheapest air connections currently running between MSP and South America.
Just hovering above the $1,000 mark, yet still offering an attractive average price tag of $1,069 round trip to Midwesterners looking to escape their landlocked home for some of the most celebrated beachfronts in all of South America, are these connections to the festive, fun-loving, samba-driven, sandy metropolis of Rio de Janeiro. Flights on the route are actually cheapest when going indirect with Air Canada, while American Airlines and US Airways also have some pretty sweet deals!
From Rio we head just a short way down the paradisiacal Brazilian coastline to Sao Paulo, which trumps its north-eastern metropolitan neighbor to ninth place on this list with an average round-trip flight price out of MSP of $990. Again, it's Air Canada, American Airlines and US Airways that come in as the cheapest carriers on the route, all with indirect connections into the city's Guarulhos International Airport. (Oh, and don't forget the sandals and sun cream, because there are beaches aplenty too, from glorious Sao Sebastiao to secluded Ilhabela out at sea!)
For Minnesotans looking to trade the local beauties of Voyageurs for the more adventurous reaches of the soaring Andean cloud forests, or the artistic collections of Minneapolis' famous galleries for the crumbling remnants of the ancient Inca civilization, these connections into the runways of the Peruvian capital are perhaps the perfect choice. They are currently selling for around just $979 round trip, with indirect flights on budget carrier Spirit Airlines coming in as the cheapest, closely followed by Colombian flag carrier Avianca.
Whether you hit Venezuela this year to gawp at the majestic cataracts of the Angel Falls, explore the wild bluffs of the Canaima National Park, catch some Caribbean rays on the sands of Los Roques, sip potent tequila tipples on the Isla Margarita, or ride the rolling surf at Naiguata, then these indirect air connections are sure to help save some bolivars on the journey into town. Expect to pay around just $978 for tickets on the route, going indirect with American, Avianca, Sun Country, United or US Airways.
A perfect alternative gateway into Ecuador for travelers who've been unable to find bargain seats on the more popular route connecting MSP with the country's capital at Quito (also on this list), these flights into sprawling Guayaquil promise easy access to the legendary stretches of South America's west coast, from the beaches of La Libertad to the sprawling mangroves and winding waterways of Manglares Churute to the east. Travelers can expect to pay around $945 for round-trip tickets into town, with Colombian national airline Avianca figuring as the cheapest.
Touting some of the most intrepid hiking tours in all of South America, it's hardly surprising that Guyana is now one of the world's most celebrated destinations for eco-tourism. These indirect flights with Caribbean Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines or Air Canada will place travelers in the curiously Anglo-Dutch capital of Georgetown, from where it's easy to break out and explore sites like the roaring Kaieteur Falls, the wandering course of the Rupununi River and the wild savannah plains of Upper Takutu — all for just $882 round trip!
Cascading its way down the Andean ridges and lush hillsides of the Guayllabamba Valley in a mishmash of crumbling Spanish churches and colonial cobblestones, the majesty of Ecuador's high-perched capital is rarely lost on travelers. Some come to spy out the shimmering pre-Columbian relics encased within the Museo del Banco Central, others for the soaring panoramas atop the Pichincha Volcano or for the hiking trails and otherworldly sights of the Cotopaxi National Park. If that's got you thinking, then be sure to check out these bargain connections from MSP, which fly indirect for an average of just $871 round trip!
The first — but certainly not the last — destination in Colombia to make this list hails in from the region of Antioquia, right on the cusp of the continent where South America joins Mesoamerica to the north. Not only does the city's location make it the perfect starting point for travelers looking to follow the backbone of the Andes all the way down through Peru, Chile and Argentina, but airfares into town are a real bargain for Midwesterners this year, with budget carrier Spirit Airlines boasting an average price tag of just $548 on its indirect routes.
Forget the stacked burgers and Southeast Asian staples of Minneapolis' Eat Street for a moment and consider instead the culinary creations of Colombia: those meaty empanadas, that earthy ajiaco broth, the colorful murrapos and sugar-apple salads. If your mouth is watering (and let's face it, it should be!), then don't miss your chance to check out the foodie strips of the nation's capital this year by taking one of these bargain flight connections out of MSP to Bogota, flying indirect on Spirit Airlines for the cheapest tickets overall.
The cheapest South American destination on offer to fliers departing out of the Twin Cities this year will come as a welcome and wallet-friendly treat for any Minnesotans who've been pining to break away from the landlocked reaches of the American Midwest for a bit of coastal holidaying. That's because Cartagena's colonial majesty and 500-year-old castles are balanced by oodles of scintillating Caribbean beaches and by the lively seaside strips of La Boquilla, while flights into town will cost around just $489 when going indirect on Spirit Airlines!