Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 22, 2017
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Deals in South America

There’s a lot to be said for travelling to South America right now. Besides the obvious — picturesque villages high in the Andes, the Amazon rainforest, Rio de Janeiro’s beaches — the continent is getting more accessible and cheaper. Despite the recent hike in fuel prices worldwide, the price of flights to South America is relatively cheap; flying from New York to Cartagena, Colombia or Lima, Peru, on a US-based budget carrier like Spirit Air (www.spiritair.com) costs about the same as most several-hour trips within Canada.
     Colombia, which was plagued by violence for years, has become for the most part a safe destination, meaning that the resort-filled region around the beautiful port city of Cartagena is once again a tourist draw. The nearby Hotel Las Americas has off-season rates of under $200 a night (www.hotellasamericas.com.co).
     South America has also become the hottest emerging destination for cruises, according to the 2008 Cruise Holidays Travel Trends Survey; major cruise companies like Norwegian (www.ncl.com), Holland America (www.hollandamerica.com) and Royal Caribbean (www.royalcaribbean.com) offer deals year-round. For example, a 19-day cruise starting in San Francisco and heading along the Pacific coast of South America can go for under $1000.

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