Post # 1
We really really want to go to Peru for our honeymoon, but I just don’t know if it’s in our budget. What I’m seeing for flights is ridiculous. We would really really like to keep it at around 3k, but can go up to 5k. We don’t want to go up to 5k, but I’m not seeing any way to avoid it. Especially since Machu Picchu and Nazca Lines are a must for us. Any tips on honeymooning to Peru for less?
Post # 3
No tips, but I reeeeaaallly wanted to go to Peru too!
I was tempted to apply for a travel scholarship but that would mean I’d be gone for a year…FI was sad so I said I’d pass if he promised to take me those places ASAP.
We’re honeymooning in the DR b/c we’re gonna need some peace and quiet after everything…but no so long after that I want to see this beautiful world!
Hope it works out!
Post # 4
I usually use the forums on Fodors.com for travel advice. If you look under South America you will find people who have traveled to these locations countless times and know them like the back of their hand. I’ve never been to Peru, but the ‘experts’ on those forums have advised me many times on European countries and often have tips for saving money and traveling on a budget.
Post # 5
You may see the flight and hotel cost drop if you go slightly off-peak, at the end of September or October. November is the official start of the rainy season, though I’ve read that for the last few years it hasn’t started till December.
What is insane airfare? I almost went on a pre business school trek with UMich in 2010 and when I was looking at airfares over the summer for an August timeline it showed in the mid-600s from Detroit, which is a more expensive airport to fly out of usually. Are you somewhere that you have to take an expensive domestic flight to get to an international hub?
We are doing Peru for our honeymoon (timeline dependent on whether or not we have to go to Amsterdam for a wedding) and for October I am budgeting 4K for the two us, probably much less because we have tons and tons of United and Chase Sapphire points. We will be hiking the Inca Trail though, and going for a week, which drops the cost significantly.
The South American deals on Travelzoo are always good: http://www.travelzoo.com/vacations/south-america/
Post # 6
We have to fly out of Lexington, so I think that adds to our costs. So far I’m looking at 3k flights for the both of us. We could wait to go in September, as that’s our 7 year dating anniversary. We’re getting married July 13th, and were wanting to fly out on the 14th. Flights out of Lexington are showing upwards of $1500 pp in July.
Post # 7
I’ve never been to Peru but I want to go so badly and whats holding me back is costs as well (since we’re saving for a wedding and have a ton of weddings to go to a $3k trip isnt in our immediate future) but this site is really great:
I use their sister site often (europeandestinations.com) for trips to Europe. They set base packages then you can upgrade to different hotels, flight times etc. I also live in NYC so its easier to get flights and 3 airports so I’m sure that keeps my prices down but you could try to price it out!
Post # 8
@Love.Letter: Hey! I can be useful here! Yay!
I lived in Peru for 20 years and travel there often (going in May). What kind of tips to do you want? I can give you hotel info, flight into, places to go, restaurants you MUST try if you like seafood, meats, or pastas, and all that fun stuff!
Ask right ahead! It would help to know how many days you plan on, if you want to stay in Lima or not, and where in Peru you want to visit (I know you said Nazca, the surrounding areas are Paracas and Ica and Huacachina for you to stay at there. Paracas has some beautiful resorts and I can hook you up with my travel agent who is throwing in free breakfast and massage with our deal!).
Also, I just went to Machu Picchu with my FH (for the second time -it’s that cool!) last year, and staying in little towns in the Andes. It was really magical. Let me know if you are interested in that as well!!!
So excited for you!
Post # 9
@Love.Letter: That’s too much! Are there other airports around you? We got tickets for 700 pp from SF in May… But July is high season. Still though, try other airports. Or another thing I have tried is a flight to Miami or Dallas, and then the flight to Lima from there. Flights from MIA are usually pretty cheap (400-600).
Post # 10
Peru is on our honeymoon list too, subcribing to this!
Post # 11
@MsSven: That’s awesome! I am happy to help (proud Peruvian 🙂 ).
You can also check out these sites for reliable information in English on many things Peru:
They have forums and travel section 🙂
But please feel free to ask me!
Post # 12
Now that I think about it, we went in July last year too… and I think we paid about 800 for our tickets on United, and racked up the miles too. July is winter down there but it never gets too cold unless you go all the way up to the top of the mountains, like Puno.
It was the PERFECT month to go to Machu Picchu because it was sunny and warm but not too hot. It was only too hot for me because like I wore boots, like a dummie. People were in shorts and tank tops though.
Another thing I recommend is short-term apartments in Lima. I have always gone that route. You get a NICE apartment in a safe neighborhood (Miraflores is the way to go), and it’s half the cost. Plus you get a cleaning service, fully equipped kitchen, and everything you might need. I have tons of resources for those and I can let you know which one I am staying in (again) in May if you’d like info on that!
Post # 13
If you go to Machu Picchu, you’ll be based out of Cusco, about 50 miles away and you’ll need to catch a plane there from Lima. Flights within the country can be expensive. 7 years ago, I paid $300 to go from Lima to Cusco, but the alternative is a frightening, 24 hour long bus ride through winding mountains with few stops. Cuzco was very cold in the winter and I was not prepared for it, but I’m from California. You might also feel a little dizzy because the elevation is very high. My flight from Los Angeles cost $800 and was the cheapest I could get in June.
Post # 14
Use Air BnB or other sites to get nice places to stay for cheaper than hotels. Hostels with private rooms are also great! My husband and I have traveled all over the world like this and loved it! (we did an 8 month honeymoon for $20k).
Avoiding packaged tours and using local transport will also save a ton of money. Organized tours are usually ripoffs geared towards people who arent comfortable finding their own way. Get comfortable with it, and save a lot of money!
Also, it’s probably too late now, but if you had planned ahead a bit more, you could have signed up for AAdvantage credit cards and both gotten 50,000 mile bonuses. That would have meant free airline tickets on one of American’s partners (we’ve flown to/from Asia and New Zealand for free this way).
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I did volunteer work in the Sacred Valley for a while in 2006.
Here’s one tip: don’t book your flight from Lima to Cuzco ahead of time. We went right up to some desk (it was the regional Taca or Lan booth) and booked there. It was $70! And it was literally a paper ticket.
I would stay in the Miraflores section of Lima, but you don’t need too many days in Lima!
You’ve gotta see the markets of Pisaq, Cusco and Machu Picchu! It will be an amazing trip!
Don’t wear or bring ANYTHING valuable. The pickpocketing/ petit robbery is very common down there.
Post # 16
Seems others are offering a lot of help.
My dad is Peruvian and goes every year to visit. He does the “name your price” thing on priceline and from NYC (with 1-2 short layovers; one in the South or P.R and typically one in S.A) he pays $500-600 round trip for it. Yes, he does leave/arrive at an odd hour- but it’s worth it.
Don’t forgot their summers are opposite of ours. My cousin Gia just was at the beach last week. I have not been at the in many years, but it’s cheap to be there; food and hotel. My dad stays (sometimes) at a small motel in Miraflores- where he is from and pays $40/night. I also second the usual; don’t look like a tourist, take off you engagement ring, negotiate prices everywhere you go- esp. w/ cab drivers.