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  1. #2890
    Quote Originally Posted by Golfinho  [View Original Post]
    Everybody knows the discount carriers are in Asia and Europe. The domestic Colombia routes are cheap, though. Two years' ago, in January no less, I flew from Bogota to Leticia, walked across the border to Tabatinga and took a non-stop to Manaus that was less than 100 usd. Otherwise, the Brazil routes are a good way to use up your Star Alliance miles, though you get your best value for them on inter-Africa flights. BTW, how do you find the time for a job?
    Leticia, Colombia and Tabatinga, Brazil, that seems like the other end of the world. What's that area like?

  2. #2889
    Quote Originally Posted by Eszpresszo  [View Original Post]
    and also offers cheap flights to other destinations on the continent. Something tells me there has to be a better way. Any suggestions or insights would be appreciated.
    Everybody knows the discount carriers are in Asia and Europe. The domestic Colombia routes are cheap, though. Two years' ago, in January no less, I flew from Bogota to Leticia, walked across the border to Tabatinga and took a non-stop to Manaus that was less than 100 usd. Otherwise, the Brazil routes are a good way to use up your Star Alliance miles, though you get your best value for them on inter-Africa flights. BTW, how do you find the time for a job?

  3. #2888
    International airfares are greatly influenced by government policy and less about competitive, market prices. First and foremost, you have governments that restrict the number of international flights. Then the portion for taxes assessed on an international fare can be ridiculous depending on the country of destination and the country of departure.

    For some reason, it's become expensive over the years to fly from my U.S. city to Toronto and Montreal (where the mongering laws are far more lax). A similar distanced flight inside the USA will be far cheaper. Yet, both Toronto and Montreal have ambitious tourism boards, but the national governments seem to try to kill travel between the two countries.

  4. #2887

    Prices from Europe

    The US prices are outrageous. KLM is selling return tickets to Rio from where I live in Europe at EUR 550 (USD 640). I paid EUR 644 (USD 750) for my ticket to Rio, because my return flight is from Sao Paulo.
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  5. #2886
    Quote Originally Posted by Eszpresszo  [View Original Post]
    When I search flights to GIG, there are all kinds of out of the way routes to Brazil when you look for the cheapest fares. And when you live in Dallas, taking a flight to Toronto, Chicago or Newark to catch a direct flight to Brazil seems incredibly stupid. Something tells me there has to be a better way. Any suggestions or insights would be appreciated.
    Flew Avianca from ORD to GIG in July. Connected in Panama, Avianca's Hub. Cost was $843, (purchased about 1 month before.) I've usually flown on American Airlines: ORD. MIA. GIG. But this route felt a little shorter, maybe because Panama is a 7 HR flight to GIG, vs 8 hrs from MIA. Avianca will also let you bid for upgrades to Business class if you purchase an economy fare. (Assuming there are unsold Business class seats.) I also use Hopper.com to check on when fares may be cheaper.

    Also best fares are found 45 to 90 days before you fly and check for fares on a Tuesday.

  6. #2885

    Cheaper flights to Brazil.

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChange  [View Original Post]
    I do not know what it is but it seems there are never any cheap airfairs. I can get to Paris or Medellin or even Montevideo for 500 round trip. But for some reason, Brazil is always high, I think the chepaest I ever got was 950.

    What gives? IS there a travel hack to get a cheaper flight to Rio? Leaving from a certain city? I tried Azul even leaving from Ft Laudreal and it's still cost a pieace. I would visit rio more often if the airfair wasn't soo ridiciollus!

    Let me know any tips you guys have found.
    I have had that same question. Its cheaper to get to SE Asia now than Brazil, where the poon and a lot of other things are a bit cheaper, apparently (not to mention you don't need to shell out for a visa). I can afford the ticket to be sure. But, I want to have an extended trip in Brazil now that my new employer is giving me a lot of paid time off. And speaking of Asia, here is a travel hack I found when trying to find the cheapest way to Bali. But I hope there is a Latin American version of this trick.

    Getting to Bali from the US is expensive, while its like taking a cheap flight to Cancun for the Australians. On the other hand, for an Australian to get to South America, it is rather expensive for them. Flights to DPS with a single connection were suddenly $1000 USD or more, and involved a long layover, regardless of whether you went over the Pacific or over the Persian Gulf. Kuala Lumpur, (code KUL) is a cheap destination to reach and it is well served by the "Big Three" of the Persian Gulf. Flights from there to Bali (or anywhere else in SE Asia) were cheap, less than $100 RT on different regional airlines. So KUL was my connecting hub and my hobby zone on both ends of the trip (yes, you can monger well in KL, though not like in BKK). So I found the sweet spot for low airfare costs and a fun weekend on both ends of the journey.

    Now, that I went off on that tangent, I will get to the question at hand. I was wondering if there is a Latin American equivalent to KUL. That is, an airport that is inexpensive to get to, and also offers cheap flights to other destinations on the continent. The key feature of KUL is that it is home to AirAsia, a low cost airline. When you book a flight through KUL, internet search engines don't include low cost carriers like Batik, Malindo and AirAsia. Is South America any different? Last I looked BOG was the busiest airport in South America. Does it host budget regional carriers? I can get there cheap on Spirit and AeroMexico. And its a mongering capital, as well.

    When I search flights to GIG, there are all kinds of out of the way routes to Brazil when you look for the cheapest fares. And when you live in Dallas, taking a flight to Toronto, Chicago or Newark to catch a direct flight to Brazil seems incredibly stupid. Something tells me there has to be a better way. Any suggestions or insights would be appreciated.

  7. #2884

    More Economic flights to Rio from US?

    I do not know what it is but it seems there are never any cheap airfairs. I can get to Paris or Medellin or even Montevideo for 500 round trip. But for some reason, Brazil is always high, I think the chepaest I ever got was 950.

    What gives? IS there a travel hack to get a cheaper flight to Rio? Leaving from a certain city? I tried Azul even leaving from Ft Laudreal and it's still cost a pieace. I would visit rio more often if the airfair wasn't soo ridiciollus!

    Let me know any tips you guys have found.

  8. #2883

    Company you keep.

    Saw this in the Travel Announcement Thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Komo753  [View Original Post]
    Rio de Janeiro from August 19th to November 19th.

    If anyone wants to meet up, just send me a private message.

    I will hit termas, boates and prives.
    Isn't this the same Komo who admitted to making false posts on this forum under multiple IDs?

    Members should probably know that before they think about meeting up.

  9. #2882
    Quote Originally Posted by OldTrack  [View Original Post]
    Here is a hour long convo with a expat who been living in Brazil for that past 15 years. He talk about he total experience of living there and how is the night life and if Brazil is even safe to live. He also talks about the Carnival in Rio https://youtu.be/Nuko5c0w-xc
    Quote Originally Posted by WyattEarp  [View Original Post]
    68 minutes of a long, dragged out discussion much of it very basic information. These guys would be better off producing really tight 10-15 minute clips loaded with insight.
    Yeah but it was a live broadcast but the info is still valuable to a first time traveler. Who doesn't know anything about Brazil except it claim to women.

  10. #2881
    Quote Originally Posted by OldTrack  [View Original Post]
    Here is a hour long convo with a expat who been living in Brazil for that past 15 years. He talk about he total experience of living there and how is the night life and if Brazil is even safe to live. He also talks about the Carnival in Rio https://youtu.be/Nuko5c0w-xc In the future he plans on showing a live broadcast from the beach area in Rio De Janeiro.
    68 minutes of a long, dragged out discussion much of it very basic information. These guys would be better off producing really tight 10-15 minute clips loaded with insight.

  11. #2880

    Info on getting around Brazil and visa.

    Here is a hour long convo with a expat who been living in Brazil for that past 15 years. He talk about he total experience of living there and how is the night life and if Brazil is even safe to live. He also talks about the Carnival in Rio https://youtu.be/Nuko5c0w-xc In the future he plans on showing a live broadcast from the beach area in Rio De Janeiro.

  12. #2879
    Quote Originally Posted by Combo  [View Original Post]
    SP is going to be your best bet, just for sheer numbers if nothing else. Honestly, most of these groups are going to be fairly mixed in with the rest of the population. I used to bone a girl from SP whose Mother was of (East) Indian descent. But you never would have known she was anything other than typical Brasilian unless she told you that.

    There are a fair amount of Lebanese that immigrated to Brasil. They are mostly in S Paulo, but again they are typically pretty mixed with the rest of the population.
    SP was going to be my guess for that reason too. Just looking to check off a couple birds in one trip if I could. Thanks for the confirm though. Still looking forward to the massive variety of Brasil as a whole anyways.

  13. #2878
    Quote Originally Posted by MisterEMan  [View Original Post]
    I am making my very first trip to Brazil, and obviously looking forward to it (I am really looking forward to making some reports too). I have made a lot of planning and I just have one real hard hitting question left. I need me some Arab & Indian Brazilians. Where is a good place to try to find them? I know the major cities, RJ and SP have a fair population of both, but I am having absolutely no luck with my Google-Fu on exactly where. I am looking primarily in SP, but I will soak up any tips on location why'all want to give, as I'm not just going to be there. Thanks in advance everyone.
    SP is going to be your best bet, just for sheer numbers if nothing else. Honestly, most of these groups are going to be fairly mixed in with the rest of the population. I used to bone a girl from SP whose Mother was of (East) Indian descent. But you never would have known she was anything other than typical Brasilian unless she told you that.

    There are a fair amount of Lebanese that immigrated to Brasil. They are mostly in S Paulo, but again they are typically pretty mixed with the rest of the population.

  14. #2877

    Arab & Indian Brazilians.

    I am making my very first trip to Brazil, and obviously looking forward to it (I am really looking forward to making some reports too). I have made a lot of planning and I just have one real hard hitting question left. I need me some Arab & Indian Brazilians. Where is a good place to try to find them? I know the major cities, RJ and SP have a fair population of both, but I am having absolutely no luck with my Google-Fu on exactly where. I am looking primarily in SP, but I will soak up any tips on location why'all want to give, as I'm not just going to be there. Thanks in advance everyone.

  15. #2876
    Quote Originally Posted by Chezz  [View Original Post]
    I enjoy a Caipirinha when I'm in Brazil, but the sugar is literally killing me. Normally back home I order a Vodka & Soda with a lime and I'm good to go. Low calorie and zero carbs.

    On a recent trip to Rio I tried to order a Vodka & Soda (even tried saying Club Soda) and couldn't get anywhere. It was a nice restaurant and the waiter was fluent in English, but he had no clue what I was asking for.

    Does anybody know of a Brazilian version of a Vodka Soda? I've dropped 30 pounds so far, and I know when I return to Rio next week I'm going to be challenged. Thanks in advance!
    I love a Caipirinha too, so when I remember to carry Splenda with me in Brazil, I give them 2 packets, and it's perfectly fine. The taste is slightly different, but I wouldn't say it's worse than the insanely sweet concoction they normally make.

    Not going into the whole debate about the harm of artificial sweeteners vs. Sugar, but it you'd rather enjoy Caipirinhas while avoiding sugar, that's one way. Next time, I'm going to try it with Stevia, which is reputed to be a "natural" substitute, (whether it's healthier or not is another question). It's not as sweet as Splenda, though.

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