Almost all international flights into Peru touch down at Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chvez, on the northwestern fringe of Lima. Flying times are for nonstop flights to Lima: from Miami 5 hours 45 minutes; Houston 6 hours 45 minutes; Los Angeles 8 hours 35 minutes; and New York 7 hours.
Airlines now include departure taxes on international and domestic flights in the cost of tickets.
The least expensive airfares to Peru are priced for round-trip travel. Airlines generally allow you to change your return date for a fee; most low-fare tickets, however, are nonrefundable.
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Peru's main international point of entry is Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chvez (LIM), on the northwestern fringe of Lima. It's a completely modern facility with plenty of dining and shopping options, and flights that arrive and depart 24 hours a day. There are ATMs and currency exchange offices in the main terminal and the arrivals terminals. These are nowhere to be found in the departures terminal, so do your banking before heading through security.
Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez (Av. Faucett s/n, Lima. 01/517–3100. www.lap.com.pe.)
If your hotel doesn't offer to pick you up at the airport, you'll have to take a taxi. Arrange a ride with one of the official airport taxis whose companies have counters inside the arrivals area of the terminal. A taxi to most places in the city should cost no more than $20-$25 USD. It's a 20-minute drive to El Centro, and a 30-minute drive to Miraflores and San Isidro. During rush hour (8-10 am and 5-9 pm), driving times in Lima can double, so plan accordingly.
Dozens of international flights touch down daily at Lima's Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chvez, mostly from other Latin American cities. There are also plenty from the U.S. American flies from Miami, United flies from Houston and Newark. Delta has daily flights from Atlanta, and Spirit flies from Fort Lauderdale. The South American-based airline LAN flies from Los Angeles, Miami, and New York's JFK. Air Canada flies from Toronto.
If you're flying from other Latin American cities, you have a wide range of regional carriers at your disposal. LAN has flights from most major airports in the region, as does Taca. Brazil's TAM flies from Sao Paulo. Copa, affiliated with United, flies from its hub in Panama City. Aeromxico flies from Mexico City, Aerolineas Argentinas flies from Buenos Aires, Avianca from Bogota, and Taca from San Jos, Costa Rica.
With four mountain ranges and a large swath of the Amazon jungle running through Peru, flying is the best way to travel from Lima to most cities and towns. LAN, the carrier with the most national flights, departs several times each day for Arequipa, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Cusco, Iquitos, Piura, Puerto Maldonado, Tacna, Tarapoto, and Trujillo. LC Peru flies to Andahuaylas, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Hunuco, Huaraz, and Tingo Maria. Peruvian Airlines flies to Arequipa, Cusco, Iquitos, Piura, and Tacna. Star Per flies to Andahuaylas, Ayacucho, Cusco, Hunuco, Iquitos, Juliaca, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Talara, Tarapoto, and Trujillo. Taca flies to Cusco.
LAN operates the majority of domestic flights within the country, frequently with service several times a day between major destinations, but its fares skew higher than the competition. LAN does offer lower fares—and you can see them on its website—but only residents of Peru are eligible to use them. Likewise for Taca's low-cost fares on the popular Lima-Cusco route. If you buy a restricted-fare ticket, you will have to pay a $178.50 fee at check-in.
Aerolineas Argentinas (Dean Valdivia 243, Of. 301, San Isidro, Lima, 27. 800/333–0276 in North America; 01/513–6565 in Lima. www.aerolineas.com.ar.)
Aeroméxico (Pardo y Aliaga 699, Of. 501-C, San Isidro, Lima, 27. 800/237–6639 in North America; 01/705–1111 in Lima. www.aeromexico.com.)
Air Canada (Italia 389, Of. 101, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 888/247-2262 in North America; 01/626-0900 in Lima. www.aircanada.com.)
American Airlines (José Pardo 392, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 800/433–7300 in USA; 01/211–7000 in Lima. www.aa.com.)
Avianca (Edificio Torre Roja, Los Sauces 364, 1st Floor, San Isidro, Lima. 800/284-2622 in North America; 01/440-4104 in Lima. www.avianca.com.)
Copa (Centro Empresarial Torre Choca, Esquina Canaval y Moreyra con Halcones, Of. 105, San Isidro, Lima, 27. 800/359–2672 in North America; 01/610–0808 in Lima. www.copaair.com.)
Delta Airlines (Víctor Andrés Belaúnde 147, Of. 701 Edificio Real 3, San Isidro, Lima, 18. 800/750–3284; 01/211–9211 in Lima. www.delta.com.)
LAN (José Pardo 513, 1st Floor, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 866/435–9526 in North America; 01/213–8200 in Lima. www.lan.com.)
Spirit Air (Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez, Callao. 800/772–7117; 01/517–2536 in Lima. www.spiritair.com.)
Taca (José Pardo 811, 4th Fl, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 800/400–8222 in North America; 01/511–8222 in Lima. www.taca.com.)
TAM (Alcanfores 495, Of. 507, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 888/235–9826 in North America; 01/202–6900 in Lima. www.tam.com.br.)
LC Perú (Pablo Carriquiry 857, San Isidro, Lima. 01/204–1300. www.lcperu.pe.)
Peruvian Airlines (José Pardo 495, Miraflores, Lima. 01/716–6000. www.peruvianairlines.pe.)
Star Perú (José Pardo 485, Miraflores, Lima, 18. 01/242-7720. www.starperu.com.)
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