I checked the price to travel around South American countries (Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, etc) but it is insanely expensive, often taking over $500 to fly to other countries.
For example, I searched for a one-way flight from Santiago to Rio de Janeiro, and for the next three months, the cheapest ticket still costs $340.
The distance between two cities is just 1,816 miles. The distance between Shanghai and Singapore is 2,365 miles and the cheapest ticket costs $111. Shanghai to Paris costs $345 yet takes 5,756 miles.
The other cities in South America follow this pattern as well; the ticket is extremely expensive compared to flights in Asia (East and Southeast) and Europe.
Example (the cheapest one-way ticket for the next 3 months as of 2018-03-20 on Google Flights):
- Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro: $140
- Sao Paulo to Santiago: $284
- Sao Paulo to Montevideo: $232
- Lima to Bogota: $303
- (Buenos Aires to Mexico City: $794)
This makes the whole trip to these otherwise cheap countries no longer attractive cost-wise, and I feel it is even more expensive than traveling around Western Europe for 3+ months.
So why do countries in South America take so much money to travel around?