Review: LAN Peru A319, Lima – Cuzco

In a region with frequent flights between Lima and Cuzco, we hopped a short flight with LAN Peru to easily connect between the two cities.

This post is one chapter in our trip to Peru and Chile via Air Canada Executive First (Business Class). This trip was booked using Air Canada e-upgrades to upgrade into Air Canada International Executive First class. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Review: LAN Peru Airbus 319, Lima – Cuzco

Soon our tour took us to Cuzco. I had read lots of stories about the Cuzco airport so I was eagerly looking forward to our flight. We had booked this air travel part of the tour separately. I had attempted to book on Taca, but had lots of difficulty completing the transaction, and lots of two tier (Peruvian resident only) fares with some confusing terms. In the end I gave up an booked on LAN Peru via their website. 

LAN Peru  
LA 2034 – Economy (V)
LIM-CUZ (Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport – Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport
August 21, 2011
11:40 AM – 1:00 PM
Booked: Airbus 319 
Flown: Airbus 319 

The boarding for the LAN flights was quite organized chaos. The LAN check-in desks were separated into National flights (actually international South American flights) and USA. Check in was mandatory using a kiosk, then a line up to weigh and drop the bags. LAN was strict on the bag weight and I had to remove a ski boot that was travelling with me to come under the 50 lbs limit. The lines were everywhere with people cutting in for no particular reason to only 3 check in agents.

The flight itself was a quick hop lasting almost an hour. We got a small snack box and a drink.  The service was much like any short hop in the Americas. Drop down screens provided the entertainment for the brief flight, which included the usual moving map.

The approach into Cuzco was neat as the plane flew into the valley and banked a large left turn. The baggage area was a small two or three belt area designed for smaller aircraft so it was a little chaotic was we collected our bags. Security was quick with no delay and no immigration as it was a domestic flight. 

In closing:

The LAN Peru flight was a super reasonable short flight. The flight was book ended with some crowded airport experiences. Either way, we were happy we went with LAN Peru in the end and even earned a few AAdvantages miles along with our journey in the end.

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