OK. Here's a list of resources. Getting to South America, and particularly to Brazil, doesn't have to be expensive. From the West Coast of the U.S. it's possible to get to Brazil for less than $600 RT (often cheaper). From the Midwest and East Coast, it should be less, sometimes close to $400. From Europe it's possible to find flights for €600, too. The following are U.S. resources. Please feel free to add to these if you find something good. Europeans/Canadians are also encouraged to post good sources of cheap fares there. It never hurts to check out www.travelocity.com, www.orbitz.com and www.expedia.com to see what they're offering. Ditto your favorite airline's own website, which may have some super-special available just when you're planning on traveling. Another poster here suggests www.travelzoo.com Unfortunately, these sites may not have cheap fares available for exactly when you want to go. All is not lost. In many large cities there are "ethnic" travel agencies available that cater to the local immigrant communities. Almost always they offer very cheap fares that aren't advertised or published elsewhere. However, you don't have to be an immigrant to take advantage of them. You just need to scout out the local publications, shops and restaurants catering to people from the country you're interested in traveling to for the names and phone numbers of agencies specializing in cheap travel there. For Brazil, the granddaddy of them all is BACC in New York. Visit them online at www.brazilianvacation.com Others include www.brol.com, and www.yessites.com/brazil/index.asp Some agencies on the West Coast (they can arrange for tickets and fares from other locations) are: Brazil Air (Los Angeles) -- (800) 441-8515 www.brazilair.com Brazil Tours (Sherman Oaks) -- (800) 927-8352 www.braziltours.net Cheviot hill Travel (Los Angeles) -- (310) 202-6264 or (818) 501-4426 www.cheviothillstravel.com Tropical Travel (Walnut Creek) -- (800) 787-6742 firstname.lastname@example.org Tropical Travel (Oakland) -- (888) 727-2745 www.tropicaltour.net (Local Brazilian friends have used this agency.) Paulo Travel (San Francisco, on Market near Castro) -- (415) 863-2556 or (800) 994-8446 www.paulotravel.com (I've used this agency myself, and they're prominent in the local Brazilian community.) Pão de Açucar -- (415) 751-0100 or (800) 378-1886 www.sugarloaftravel.com Current fares being advertised as of this date by these agencies from the West Coast range from $539 to $590 round trip. These agencies also offer one-way tickets for about $350. So check them out, and up, up and away. . .