Peru (mainly Lima) has direct flights to and from cities all over the Americas, as well as continental Europe. Other locations require a connection.
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Located in the port city of Callao, Lima’s Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez has terminals sparkling with shopping and services. A major hub, it’s serviced by flights from North, Central and South America, and two regular direct flights from Europe (Madrid and Amsterdam). Check the airport website or call for updated departure and arrival schedules for domestic and international flights. Cuzco has the only other airport with international services (within South America).
Peak season From most places in the world, South America can be a relatively costly destination. The high season for air travel to and within Peru is late May to early September, as well as around major holidays. Look for lower fares outside peak periods.
Discounts Shopping around online can turn up cheaper tickets. Students with international student ID cards – the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is one widely recognized card – and anyone under 26 years can often get discounts with budget or specialty travel agencies. A good option to check out is STA Travel (www.statravel.com), with offices around the globe.
Tax Tickets bought in Peru are subject to a 19% tax (included in the ticket price).
Reconfirming flights It is essential to reconfirm all flights 72 hours in advance, either by phone or online, or you may get bumped off the flight. If you are traveling in remote areas, have a reputable travel agent do this for you.
Santiago (Chile) tends to be the most common gateway city from Australia and New Zealand, though some carriers connect through the US as well.
South American Travel Centre In Melbourne, this agency specializes in travel to Latin America.
There are direct flights to Lima from Toronto, but most trips require a connection in the US or Mexico City.
There are direct flights from Amsterdam and Madrid, but connections through the USA, Central America or Colombia are often cheaper.
There are direct flights to Peru from a large number of Latin American cities, including Bogotá, Leticia, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guayaquil, La Paz, Mexico City, Panama City, Quito, Rio de Janeiro, San José (Costa Rica), Santiago (Chile) and São Paulo.
LATAM, Copa and TACA are the principal Latin American airlines that fly to Lima.
Flights from the UK or Ireland connect through gateway cities in continental Europe, North America and Brazil.
There are direct (nonstop) flights to Lima from Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. In other cases, flights will connect either in the US or in Latin American gateway cities such as Mexico City and Bogotá.
Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.