Review: LAN Peru A319, Cuzco – Lima

Our hop back down to Lima was on the convenient LAN Peru flights that ran on a frequent basis.


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, Cuzco – Lima

We arrived at the airport for our return flight. I had heard some horror stories here about flights being cancelled due to the elevation of the Cuzco airport.

LAN Peru  
LA 2020 – Economy Class (V)
CUZ – LIM (Cuzco Alejandro Velasco Astete AirportLima Jorge Chavez International Airport)
August 25, 2011
12:20 PM – 1:25 PM
Booked: Airbus 319 
Flown: Airbus 319 

The check in was the same mess as Lima, but on a much smaller scale. Despite being a large tourist attraction, the amenities at the Cuzco airport were nowhere near as nice as the Lima airport. 

There wasn’t much on offer on the public side except a priority pass lounge. We waited on the public square outside while waiting for our flight. There were the usual souvenir stalls across the parking lot, which opened at 10 AM for those last minute souvenirs. Ms World Traveller 73 bought a small ceramic pair of pigs that commonly adorn the roofs of Peruvian homes for good luck. There is a joke in there somewhere but I didn’t dare. Boarding was through an outdoor ramp, which I always find more fun than an air conditioned hallway.

When we arrived back in Lima, the lock on Ms World Travellers 73’s checked bag was broken clean off. Strike two! There was no damage to the zipper, so it was either cut off or got snagged on a belt as it passed through. Fortunately, nothing was taken this time either. We didn’t file a report. 

Conclusion:

Like on the way out, LAN Peru was a quick hop that met our needs. The service ran on time and the flight was without any major incidents. Earning AAdvantage miles was also an added bonus.


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