Travelling to Peru

Travelling to Peru has become much easier in recent years with direct flights to Lima from many cities across the world.  We recommend you purchase your international flights to Peru at least 2 months before your arrival.  Generally flight prices rise closer to the journey date.

If you choose to fly to Trujillo or Arequipa there are a several airlines to each destination.

Flights to Trujillo with avianca.com can normally purchase tickets for much lower rates than on their international website,  To benefit from this just put your location as Peru on the website country option.  You can normally get round trip prices of $80 to $110.

Since November 2015  LC Peru have also been flying Lima – Trujillo.  Check  their website as they offer very competitive prices that you can purchase directly in your home country.  Their flight times may also be more convenient to you.

For flights to Arequipa from Lima we believe you can find the most competitive prices with LC Peru

Lima Airport (Jorge Chavez International Airport)

On arrival at Lima Airport it is important that you collect your baggage.  Your baggage will NOT automatically be transferred to either Trujillo or Arequipa.

In arrivals you will automatically be given a free tourist visa for 90 days.  You can request that this is extended up to 183 days.  However, this is given at the discretion of the immigration offer you see.

This is an attractive airport, and has won the title of Best Airport in South America for several years consecutively.  At the airport there are a number of cafes and resturants, some with Wi-Fi.

The airport is open 24 hours per day.  If your flight arrives very late, and you have an early morning flight to Trujillo or Arequipa, you do have the option of staying overnight at the airport.  Many participants have done this without any problem

From Lima airport

You can travel onto Trujillo or Arequipa by air or bus.

If you are staying in Lima for a night or so, most visitors choose to stay in the upmarket  Miraflores district, with its cafes, restaurants and dramatic cliffs overlooking the ocean.   A nice accommodation option there is www.hostalelpatio.netAlso Airbnb.com offer lots of properties

For those choosing to travel by bus we would recommend www.ittsabus.com to Trujillo and www.cruzdelsur.com.pe to Arequipa.

Should you need a taxi to your hostal or bus station we recommend you book a taxi taxidatum.com to travel from the airport.  They provide an excellent an reasonably priced service and will have a driver waiting for you at the airport. Alternatively you can use your Uber Taxi account in Lima.  If you are travelling to the popular Miraflores area you have the airport option of the Lima airport shuttle bus 

Traveling in Peru

Peru is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries on the planet, boasting hundreds of miles of beaches, the Amazon Rain forest and of course the Andes Mountains.  Few program participants come to Peru without seeing at least a little of what the country has to offer.

Most participants travel at least one weekend.  This may be to go trekking and see the glaciers in Huaraz, the Andes countryside in Cajamarca or the soaking up beaches of Mancora.  These weekend destination are easy to arrange and we can help you with all of the details.

Many participants travel to Cusco and Machu Picchu at the beginning or end of their elective program.

Whilst we have plenty of local knowledge at The Medical Elective Network, we are not a travel agency.  If you are interested in taking organized tours or just advice about going to the Amazon Rain forest or walking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; we suggest you talk with Martijn Steijn at www.fairtravel4u.org.  They have provided an excellent and value for money service for many past program participants

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