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Book Now! May Is The Cheapest Month To Visit These 3 Latin American Destinations

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There’s never really a bad time to explore the wonders of Latin America, but if you’re trying to get the most out of your travels and save a little bit of money in the process, too, timing your visit right can make a world of difference.

And according to Kayak, the perfect month to explore three of the region’s most coveted hotspots is quickly approaching!

View of Rio De Janeiro

The company’s data-based “Best Time To Travel” tool estimates that May is the ideal time to visit Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay because of lower prices, fewer crowds, and dreamy weather. So, if you’ve yet to make those reservations, you’ll need to move quickly!

And if you don’t believe me, come with me as I take you through all the perks that come with exploring these three gorgeous countries in May, as well as some rough estimates of what you’ll pay in travel and accommodation if you do decide to go on a last-minute trip to Latin America this spring.


With temperatures that average 64°F (18)°C and tons of crowdless attractions to explore, Brazil in May is nothing short of a traveler’s paradise – not to mention it’s cheaper, too!

Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Seeing as flight prices this upcoming month will start at just $172, even the most budget-conscious of travelers will get a chance to enjoy its iconic sights.

In fact, as of the time of writing this article, these are the average prices of round-trip economy tickets from eight of the biggest U.S. cities to Brazil (keep in mind that while these numbers are subject to change over time, the difference shouldn’t be too drastic over the course of a month):

Rio De Janeiro Airport
City Of DeparturePrice Of The Average Economy Ticket (May)
New York$514
Los Angeles$477
San Francisco$636

And by the looks of it, accommodation is set to be even cheaper, with plenty of gorgeous hotels offering rooms plus a hearty breakfast at just under $60 a night


Next up we have Chile, a country known for its fantastic food, awe-inspiring sights, and the fact that in May, it becomes the ultimate budget-friendly heaven.

Japanese Park in Santiago, Chile

Finding cute little apartments for just a little over $20 or $30 is not at all uncommon, and for less than $50, you’ll not only get into some of Booking’s most highly-rated hotels, but you’ll probably get breakfast thrown into the package, too.

As far as airfare is concerned, these are some of the lower-end prices for round-trip tickets you can expect this May:

A woman holding her passport and ticket, waiting to board an airplane
City Of DeparturePrice Of The Average Economy Ticket (May)
New York$533
Los Angeles$351
San Francisco$400

I also want to quickly mention that if you want to visit Chile during the spring-summer months but still avoid the dreaded wet season, May is your last chance to do so.


Last but not least, we have one of Latin America’s most massively underrated destinations – Uruguay.

Montevideo, Uruguay

The often-overlooked country not only boasts the same stunning sights you’d expect in, say, Brazil or Argentina, but it’s also one of the safest places you’ll find in the entire region (along with Chile).

I do want to point out, however, that travel costs to Uruguay, in general, are a bit higher compared to the two other countries, but one thing remains true – May is the cheapest time to book those tickets.

Booking flight, buying plane tickets online

Take a look at how much you can expect to spend on yours depending on where you’re located:

City Of DeparturePrice Of The Average Economy Ticket (May)
New York$650
Los Angeles$890
San Francisco$871

Aside from offering the lowest airfare, May also promises dreamy springtime weather and quiet streets to those quick enough to book their trip in time.

Car parked in a cobblestone street in Colonia Del Sacramento, Colonia Department, Uruguay, South America

What’s more, travel isn’t the only cost you can cut back on if you schedule your Uruguay visit next month.

A quick Booking search will tell you there are some great little apartments for rent starting at just $35, whereas more traditional, facility-filled hotels rarely exceed the $120 mark.

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Wednesday 10th of April 2024

Agree on Uraguay and Chile. Brazil is a mess.