South America: Tools of the Trade

Getting There By Air: Contact Numbers

Aces: (800) 846-2237
Aerolineas Argentinas: (800) 333-0276
Aero Continente: (800) 359-7378
American: (800) 433-7300
Avianca: (800) 284-2622
Continental: (800) 284-2622
Delta: (800) 241-4141
Ecuatoriana: (800) 732-8277
Guyana Airways: (800) 242-4210
LanChile: (800) 825-5526
Lloyd Aereo Boliviano: (800) 327-7407
Saeta: (800) 827-2382
Servivensa: (800) 428-3672
Suriname Airways: (800) 327-6864
Transbrasil: (800) 872-3153
United: (800) 825-6422
Varig: (800) 468-2744
VASP: (800) 732-8277

Travel Statistics Show Increase in Arrivals

The following are inbound travel figures for U.S. visitors to South America in 1998. Figures are not available for all countries, and some country figures are available only for 1997.

This information comes from the World Tourism Organization, with headquarters in Madrid, as published in Toursim Market Trends: Americas, 1989-1998.

Argentina
U.S. Arrivals in 1998 386,851
Increase '98/'97 8.3%

Bolivia
U.S. Arrivals in 1997 40,423
Increase '97/'96 2%
(The number of nights spent increased 9%)

Brazil
U.S. Arrivals in 1998 526,860
Increase '98/'97 31%

Chile
U.S. Arrivals in 1998 127,654
Increase '98/'97 17.6%

Ecuador
U.S. Arrivals in 1998 124,924
Increase '98/'97 19%

Paraguay
U.S. Arrivals in 1998 15,066
Increase '98/'97 14.5%

Peru
U.S. Arrivals in 1997 141,577
Increase '97/'96 12.7%

Venezuela
U.S. Arrivals in 1998 161,761
Increase '98/'97 5.9%

One Vendor's Opinion: Some Useful Web Sites

Michele Shelburne, president of Miami-based Ladatco Tours, shares with Travel Weekly some of the sites she finds most useful in South America travel planning.

  • The Weather Channel for weather facts (address for South America): www.weather.com/weather/int/regions/south_america.html.
  • Currency converter and information: www.oanda.com /.
  • South American travel warnings and consular information sheets:
  • travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html#e.

  • Events and holiday calendars, moon phases and the like: www.timeanddate.com.
  • Brazil: www.brazilwebtour.com/english/index.htm.
  • Rio de Janeiro: www.if.ufrj.br/general/tourist.html.
  • Chile: www.chilnet.cl /.
  • Uruguay: www.turismo.gub.uy/index-e.html.
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