transportation to and in Peru - flights from US and from Lima to Cusco

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US citizens traveling to Peru
Visa not required for stay of up to 90 days.
A valid U.S. Passport is required.

Transportation: Lima to Cusco

Please note: We are finding that American Airlines offers some fares from te US all the way to Cusco, Peru.  After landing in Lima, passengers continue on LAN to Cusco.  If you are able to find such a ticket, your combines cost of flights all the way to Cusco is generally much cheaper than buyer US to Lima and then Lima-Cusco.

Updated: July 6, 2010

If your fare is only to Lima, then you also need passage to Cusco,


 Bus travel from Lima to Cusco is available.  Transit time is 19-20 hours. Cost is $40-70 one way depending on the class of seat you purchase. It's adventurous, inexpensive, and you see a lot of country. Tradeoff is it can be tiring. If you're interested in trying the bus, consider breaking up the trip into two days, so you have a good rest along the way.

Flights - about 70 minutes

Lima airport code - LIM
Cusco airport code - CUZ
The dates of the Sacred Valley tour = Aug. 23-30, Machu Picchu optional extension = Sept 1-2

Taca Airlines
I just found flights on Taca, round trip, in August, 2010 at  $168.00 including taxes.
Taca only flies in the morning.  Book soon, Taca  flies to Lima to Cusco just a few times a day and they sell out of seats. Book the latest morning flight you can. If your flight from the US is late and you miss an early Taca flight you probably won't be able to transfer to a later Taca flight that day because they sell out. Hence, book a later flight to allow plenty of time in case your flight from America is delayed.

I also recommend travel insurance if you book a Taca flight.  Then if you miss your flight, the insurance company will reimburse you should you need to purchase a ticket on another airline with same day travel.  I have purchased travel insurance from Travel Guard and needed it due to a missed Taca flight.

LAN Airlines

Lan has many, many daily flights from Lima to Cusco.  To book a flight on LAN from the US expect to pay $500 or more round trip.  You can purchase a ticket at the airport once you get to Lima, at lower fares.

No travel insurance is needed if you chose the option to purchase your Lan ticket in the Lima airport since you don't risk missing flight that you previously purchased a ticket for.

In case you need to lodge in Lima.  Find some suggestions here.

Flights from US to Lima

We are happy to discuss travel options with you. You need to book a flight into Lima, Peru. And then travel on to the Sacred Valley in Peru, near the city of Cusco.

Frequent Flyer miles
Jeffrey and Cielle have each traveled to Peru 4 times using AA frequent flyer miles earned from using Citibank Credit cards.  Look for options under the "travel Rewards" link

One great card they offer has these rewards
  • Earn 25,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after $750 in purchases within the first 4 months
  • Earn 1 AAdvantage® mile for every $1 spent on purchases
  • Pay no annual fee for 12 months & $85 thereafter

We have traveled to Peru on American Airlines for as little as 35,000 frequent Flyer miles. With this new card you will have more than 70% of the miles you need to book a flight to Lima from Cedar Rapids

Purchasing airfare to Lima, Peru
As of May 6 there is a pretty good sale on tickets by LAN, here:   These are from LAX and Miami. Air-Tran serves Miami at quite reasonable rates.

and then on to Cusco
From Lima you will travel by plane or bus to Cusco to arrive by late morning on August 23.