Pirwa Hostal Backpackers Lima
Coronel Inclan Street #494, Miraflores, Lima, Peru
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I will travel from Punta Montt via Santiago de Chile to Lima. It seems that the LAN air ticket (one way) is very expensive. Can anyone recommend some budget airline to me? If I do not take the plane, what is the ground transportation and how long will it take? Thanks for any suggestion.
try to book a return flight and it would be much cheaper then one way.
Correct. One-way tickets are almost always more expensive than returns. You could buy a return ticket and "forget" the return portion.
Budget airlines are almost non-existent in South America.
Apart from LAN try also TACA-they also cover the route Santiago-Lima.
Budget fares are few and far between in South America. How are you getting to Chile? Do you qualify for a one world pass?
If you can't get a pass, have you looked at return fares? It can be much cheaper to buy a round trip ticket and just not use the return. We saved a bunch doing that from Tahiti to Auckland when we went to Easter Island
It's a looong way by road - Puerto Montt to Santiago is 10 hours, Santiago to Lima involves 3 buses or 2 buses and a taxi - Santiago to Arica (Chile) 28 hours by bus - Arica to Tacna (border crossing) 2 hours by taxi and finally Tacna to Lima 22 hours by bus. Realistically you're looking at a minimum of 3 days so what it comes down to may well be time as well as money. Overland is fine if you have plenty of time and a capacity for the sort of Spanish videos they show on buses.
Thank you very much for your information. As I will fly from a continent outside South America on an One World Airline, I should be qualified for the South America Pass. Thanks again.
There is an airline alternative within Chile that you may like to look up. That is Sky Airlines. When I flew from Santiago heading to Peru I took Sky Airlines from Santiago to Arica, crossed over into Tacna, Peru overland and then flew from Tacna to Arequipa (which was where I was heading but you could get a flight from tacna to Lima). All of this was a lot cheaper than crossing the international border by plane.
You can check out Sky Airlines on www.skyairline.cl
There is also a ticket portal www.despegar.cl which sometimes has cheaper flights on it although as previous posters have mentioned, flights within South America are never "cheap".
The LAN S-Am airpass looks like a good deal but keep in mind that it does NOT include the taxes/fees that will be added.
But maybe I'm prejudiced-I have had bad experiences with LAN, in Peru as well as internationally. Monopolists and arrogant. But, again, that's my personal view.
The alternative that kiwigal_1 has given looks quite good. I would certainly consider that option!
Travel Tips for Lima
There are many wonderful wooden balconies in the centre of Lima. The most impressive are in the Plaza de Armas, but if you wander around you will see many others, not so well preserved, but beautiful too.
Covering the balconies with wooden bars let the people living in the house gaze the people passing by in the streets without being seen from the outside...
I mentioned before that Lima does not have weather extremes, there's not a real winter season as in the Northern Hemisphere or very hot summers, having said that, you do need a light jacket or sweater in the evenings, especially between the months of April to November.
The fanciest nightclub in Lima
Located in Larcomar, a nice place place in Miraflores (on the top of a mountain and with a beautiful view of the ocean). Teatriz is one of the nicest nightclubs in Lima. No tennis shoes and shorts. U can wear jeans.
Peruvian Buffet With a View of the Ocean
This restaurant offers typical Peruvian fare in a buffet type arrangement. It boasts a wonderful selection of local, indigenous as well as more mainstream kinds of Peruvian dishes--from ceviche, cau cau dishes, an assortment of meats, to an indigenous type of cornbread with sauce on the side for dessert. To top it all, this restaurant offers a stunning view of the ocean.
I also heard that at other times, the restaurant offers a traditional show for tourists, visitors, and locals alike.
The price is quite modest, between $15-20 per person. With tax & tip--prepare to pay around $25--well worth it for the ample food selection, nice ambiance and good service. There are too many to mention, it's a buffet afterall, and you get various dishes to choose from. The ceviche, salads, various meats, flans and other desserts will sure make your stomach happy and satisfied!!!
biggest Asian population in South America
First off, I have to qualify this tip by saying I generally like to eat nothing but local foods when in another country. But as it turns out, Lima has the biggest Asian population in South America and while walking around its Chinatown, we happened upon a genuine Chinese BBQ. As soon as you enter the place, it's like you have left Peru all together except you have to still order in Spanish....unless you speak Chinese of course. ;) We had already eaten breakfast and it wasn't quite lunch time yet so we just stopped in for some BBQ duck, but the pork came out just after we ordered and looked so good, I ordered some of this too. We must have looked like total gluttons but it was really authentic and qlad we found it.
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