A helicopter service from Cusco to Aguas Calientes is now available for those who like to pay extra money to get maximum comfort. This service was provided by a 12 passenger helicopter by Heli- Cusco.
Don't be confused, it may be a ingredient of cocaine, but still Cocoa leaves is perfectly legal to buy in Peru. But it is illegal in most of the neighboring countries, so don't carry the cocoa bag with you while leaving Peru and entering another country.
Boleto (Boleto Turístico General, or BTG) is the admission tickets to some sites in around Cusco. If the sites which are included in this ticket matches with what you have in your plan, it is wise to purchase the Cusco Tourist Ticket.
Inca Stone Wall
Jorge Chávez International Airport is the only International airport in Peru. The airport is only 30 minutes from the Central Plaza of Lima.
A good number of International airlines have flights to and from Jorge Chavez int'l Airport. American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines fly from USA cities. British Airways, Air France, Iberia Airlines, Aeroflot and KLM fly from Europe.
Other airlines like Aces, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Aeropostal, Avianca, Copa, Cubana de Aviación, Ecuatoriana, Lacsa, Lan Chile, Lan Perú, Lloyd Aero Boliviano, Mexicana, Servivensa, Saeta, Taca, also have flights to and from Lima airport.
Jorge Chavez International Airport at Lima
Flying to Lima
If you are in US or in Europe, you are lucky, as you can get direct flights to Lima from these places. Flights to Peru depart from New York, Atlanta, Houston, Miami and Los Angeles in USA. If you are Canada, you can fly directly from Toronto.
There is no direct flight from London to Lima. If you are in England you have to stop at Europe mainland or in USA. Actually only Madrid and Amsterdam have direct flights to Lima. People of other cities have to stop at those two cities or in USA before landing at Lima.
IF you are in Oceania or Asia you have to stop at Europe or At USA.
If you are South America, you can get easily direct flights to Lima, as all major South American cities have direct flights to Lima. You can fly directly from Buenos Aires, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Quito, Caracas, Guayaquil, Panama, La Paz, Mexico city and San Jose .
Direct flights to Lima, Peru from USA and Europe
Name of Airline
Continental Air Lines
Delta Air Lines
Lan Airline ( Peruvian)
JFK, NY, USA
Los Angeles, USA
How expensive the flights are!
Return Flights (Economy class) from Europe are as costly as US $ 1200.00-1300. If you are flying from USA, you may get a return flight to Lima within $600.00. Usually flights from Miami to Lima is only $400.00. You can add the fare from your city to Miami. For the flights peak season is May to September. So probably you will not get cheap rates on these dates.
Getting Connection to Domestic flights
A good number of people don't stay in Lima. They pass the night at airport and take the morning flight to Cusco or other cities. Here I discussed the Domestic Airlines of Peru and their destinations.
People sleeping at Lima Airport
Lan Peru is the largest airline company in Peru. It has flights to Arequipa, Caracas, Chiclayo, Cusco, Iquitos, Juliaca, Piura, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Tacna, Tarapoto and Trujillo. This one is the most expensive in Peru. But their standard is much better than the others. If you are in a tight schedule then you know that at least LanPEru will be on time.
Aero is comparatively cheap airline in Peru. It has flights to Arequipa, Cajamarca, Cusco, Iquitos, Piura, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado and Tacna, Tumbes.
Star Peru has domestic flights to Arequipa, Chiclayo, Cusco, Iquitos, Juliaca, Pucallpa, Tarapoto and Trujillo.
Taca Peru is also a cheap airline in Peru. You can move to Cusco by this airline.
Reaching city from Airport
City is not far from Jorge Chavez International Airport. You can move by mainly taxis. You can also rent cars from airport or take tour buses. If you want to go to central plaza, which is the city center, it would be around 30 soles, or 10 US dollar. It would be only 50 soles or 17 US$ to Miraflores, Lima's business center. Try to take the registered taxis.