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RTW Pt.3: Wonders Of Peru! TA LIM-CUZ R/t  
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
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RTW Pt 3: Wonders of Peru! TA LIM-CUZ-LIM

Introduction

Welcome dear readers to my 3rd report in the around-the-world series! This report will cover my trip to the Peruvian Andes mountains, along with pictures from Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and Cuzco. These flights were booked, so finally we were safe to get on the flight! Hopefully you don’t mind the pictures from the Andes in between the flight reports, if you don’t want to see them just skip over and keep on with the later flight. If you missed earlier parts, they’re at the end of the report.  Background

After years of planning, me and my dad finally decided to go around the world on ID/Standby tickets.
We decided to go to Machu Picchu, Peru in South American and then some Asian Cities.
This was the proposed flight schedule (B means booked):

Icelandair 631 KEFJFK 30/3/2012 Boeing 757-300
United 1116 EWRIAH 31/3/2012 Boeing 737-500
United 854 IAHLIM 31/3/2012 Boeing 767-300ER
TACA Peru 7 LIMCUZ 1/4/2012 Airbus 320-200 (B)
TACA Peru 101 CUZLIM 2/4/2012 Airbus 319-100 (B)
United 855 LIMIAHSFO 2/4/2012 +1 Boeing 767-300ER
United 837 SFONRT 4/4/2012 +1 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 503 HNDHKG 8/4/2012 Boeing 747-400
Cathay Pacific 701 HKGSIN 10/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Thai 873 SINBKK 12/4/2012 Boeing 777-300
Cathay Pacific 771 BKKDEL 14/4/2012 Airbus 330-300
Air India 102 DELBOM 16/4/2012 Boeing 777-300ER (B)
Oman Air 691 BOM – MCT 19/4/2012 Boeing 737-800
Oman Air 102 MCT – DXB 19/4/2012 Boeing 737-800
Emirates 3 DXBLHR 21/4/2012 Airbus 380-800
Icelandair 455 LHRKEF 21/4/2012 Boeing 757-200

But as many of you know, you never know on ID tickets and the actual route has been way different then the planned one so far. Luckily I always made plan B and even C. But that will come in later reports.

I was really looking forward and this was shaping up to be a trip of a lifetime!


The report

I keep going where I left off last time. After a 4 hour sleep that felt like 5 minutes, it was time to go to the airport. We loaded our bags into the hotel Audi taxi and drove away to the airport.

Our room at the hotel. The signature Westin bed, those are amazingly comfortable!
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View out of my window
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Some arty stuff...
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Inka Cola advertising. I tried this drink later on, and it was disgusting!
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As we had checked in the night before, we walked straight thru security. Security was very well organized and amazingly smooth, much better than most US and European airports. There were still around 20 arrivals at 6-7 am, so just amazing work to do it, securely and well, but smoothly and quick, at a place like this. Well done LIM!

We went to the PeruRail ticket office at LIM airport and asked the agent about our reservation from Cuzco to Aguas Caliantis via Ollantaytambo on a bus+train. To our surprise, he didn´t find it in his computer. That meant we had to try get them in Cuzco, and it wasn‘t even safe that we would get a seat! >:I

It‘s really hard to see planes from the boarding area in LIM. I found out in Cuzco the reg was N478TA. When checking in online the night before I saw that my flight would not be operated by my scheduled 320 but had been downgraded to a 319. Totally ok as I only have 2 flights on the 319 (BA 1x, 4U 1x) while I have 18 on the bigger 320 (B6 16x, U2 1x, VY 1x).

As I said, it’s hard to see planes from the boarding area.
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Flight information
Date: 1. April 2012
Airline: TACA Peru (T0/TPU)
Aircraft: Airbus 319-100
Registration: N478TA
Flight number: TA 007
From: Lima – Callao Jorge Chavez International Airport, Peru (LIM/)
To: Cuzco (Machu Picchu) International Airport, Peru (CUZ/)
Runway at origin: 15
Runway at destination: 28
Sched/Act departure: 5:40/6:02
Sched/Act arrival: 7:10/7:25
Blocked time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Flight time gate to gate: 1 hour 23 minutes (6:02 – 7:25)
Flight time RWY to RWY: 1 hour 8 minutes (6:16 – 7:24)
Seat & Class: 18A, Economy Class (Y)

Personal information

My 216th flight overall, 8th in 2012
My 1st flight on TA, 1st on TA 32S, 1st on TA 319
My 21st flight on 32S, 3rd on 319, 1st on N478TA
My 23rd airline
My 41st airport


A look at the plane from the jetway
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Yup, the 319
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A LA 319 bound for CUZ too, CC-CPJ
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CC-CPJ pushing backk
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Fleet page, as I said, I‘m not an expert in finding typos like PH so can’t help on this one either  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00498.jpg
Our nice wing
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CC-CQL, another 319, coming to the neighbour gate – it was going to CUZ too! 5 flights every half an hour it seems... (both Peruvian and Star were going around 6am)
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LAN has a nice livery! Definitely not euro white...
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Ok legroom
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It‘s getting brighter
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Pushing back
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N491TA, a fellow TA 319
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Some locals – many exotic registrations I catched this day! http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00514.jpg
N984TA, a TACA E90
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N520TA, another fellow TACA 319
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Nice local lineup - 2 P9 (Peruvian) 733s, OB-1960-P and OB-1961-P, and 2 2I (Star) BAes/ARJs, OB-1943-P and OB-1885-P
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OB-1961-P in a special Peru scheme (Adam/Checo77 flew in a 732 in the same livery earlier)
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CC-CPO, another LA 319, taxiing past
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OB-1877-P, a Star BAe 146 (or Avro?)
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Commanding taxi
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Taxiing past some locals (I2 + P9)
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We waited for a Star Peru BAe/Avro and a LAN 319 to takeoff and then it was our turn

Takeoff video (sorry for the typo in the flight #   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25QLM5-e5bY

Climbing out into the beautiful clear skies above the polluted city air
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This city is huge!
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Beautiful light
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Some football stadium in Lima, not sure of name (Adam, can you help me on this one?)
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Haze over the city
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Unfortunately for pictures the window was scratchy, but the views were beautiful!
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Zoomed in pictures were clearer
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Snowy peak
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*Snowy peaks  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00558.jpg
Beautiful mountains!
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The highlands – I just couldn’t stop shooting! At least as good as flying over the Alps, if not better. The Andes are really beautiful!
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We got a breakfast, free of charge. Impressing for an one hour flight! The bread was tasty, not so the cookie though.
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Starting our descent
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Zoom in on the wingtip
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And then another drink service. Impressive!
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One peak, many clouds
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Holding for CC-CPJ to land (the LAN 319 we saw in Lima)
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It‘s likely that many of you know that the approach into Cuzco is one of the most exciting ones in the world. You descend just by the mountains into the Cuzco valley, take a 180° turn tight by the mountains onto short final, and you are often still turning when you land. As we started descending steeply, I was super thrilled and excited! 

Speedbrakes up
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Landing video (A MUST WATCH): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wgdJOisuIo

Stopped at the gate
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Here‘s a really interesting bird: OB-1864-P, a DHC-6 Twin Otter owned by Andes Air
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Ejecutivo Class looks nice – sorry for the blurriness, taken while disembarking
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Reg check: 478 it says on the gear, so N478TA it is.
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LAN traffic – they run this place
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We got to the PeruRail desk in Cuzco, but their bus to Ollantaytambo, the train station in use for trips to Machu Picchu until April 15th, was full and their train onwards too. We checked the IncaRail desk and yes, they had seats but the tickets to be bought in Ollantaytambo. So we hopped in a taxi and went there! Although it was only 8am here, the early wakeup call and the 5 hour time difference home made me think it was past noon and I was pretty tired after sleeping only 4 hours + 2 hours on the flight.

I had spotted 17 planes, 14 in LIM and 3 in CUZ

Airport exterior – quite different from the almost plastic terminals in the western world
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Cuzco landmark
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A “classy” LAN office inside the “small” city (900.000 residents, Icelandic population x3!)
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Bikes on the car, “normal”
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Amigo, as we called our bus driver
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Many much, much worse houses than these were here along the way to Ollantaytambo but these are still not good. Nice mountains behind.
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Crossing Urubamba river which runs into the Amazon
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I wouldn‘t wanna live here at all
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Beautiful mountains everywhere!
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There is always a donkey at the street in Iceland too... (not)
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The modern IncaRail ticket office  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00646.jpg
A tiny litte river which runs into the Urubamba – runs behind the office
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More beautiful mountains
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A lovely little homeless dog
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Checking in into Hotel Samanapaq, the hotel owner is a great guy! Recommend it rather than staying around Machu Picchu
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*Ollantaytambo Te Queiro Limpio, not Ollantaytamba as I said earlier   
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The train station
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Our one and only carriage which was our home the next 2 hours. They played Elton John songs on panflute without pausing the whole time! Quite annoying.
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Urubamba
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A big (and nice) surprise – leather seats! They were extremley comfortable, didn’t expect such seats aboard a little train company in the Andes! Like having a BBJ on a domestic flight deep in S-America...
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Beautiful landscape
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This could well be the Amazon if you didn‘t know better
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Great view from Machu Picchu!
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Machu Picchu! This place is really amazing! Along with it‘s history, it is a real delight architecturally.
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Me in front of it  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00708.jpg
Me and my dad (taken by our guide)
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Me and my dad together with an amazing view behind us
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M.P.
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The Urubamba river runs way down in the valley
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I took around 150 pictures of this amazing place, but I‘m just gonna post a “few” here

We stood inside these doors with the peak behind and the outcome was really nice
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No Andes without a lama  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00761.jpg
One of the most amazing views I‘ve ever had – look down into the valley, the forests, river and the mountains with a rainbow over it
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Sun litting up the mountains
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Look up at the pyramids
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One of my favourite pictures from there, this view is really amazing!
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After walking down from M.P. I ate the worst pizza I‘ve ever tasted in Aguas Caliantis, the town where the train station is located. They used jelly instead of pizza sauce! And as if that wasn’t enough, they mixed ketchup with the jelly!   

The main plaza in A. Caliantis
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The pizzeria I hate – I mean, how can you can get a pizza wrong?   
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Our train back to Ollantaytamba
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The nice room at Hotel Samanapaq
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After a deserved good nights sleep, I woke up, got breakfast and took a walk around town with my dad. Then we packed our bags and left again for Cuzco.

The church in Cuzco
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The other church in Cuzco
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Cuzco´s main plaza center (Plaza del Armes)
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We ate at a local food restaurant with a view over the plaza. I had beef and it tasted very good.

We took a taxi to the airport, went through security and sat down in the airside area.

Star BAe/Avro
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Our plane, N521TA, the scheduled 319, arriving
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Another look at it – the A32S has some kind of a “baby face” (don’t know why, it just feels like it)
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Flight information
Date: 2. April 2012
Airline: TACA Peru
Aircraft: Airbus 319-100
Registration: N521TA
Flight number: TA 101
From: Cuzco (Machu Picchu) International Airport, Peru (CUZ/)
To: Lima – Callao Jorge Chavez International Airport, Peru (LIM/)
Runway at origin: 10
Runway at destination: 15
Sched/Act departure: 14:45/14:29
Sched/Act arrival: 16:10/15:35
Blocked time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Flight time gate to gate: 1 hour 6 minutes (14:29 – 15:35)
Flight time RWY to RWY: 0 hours 59 minutes (14:32 – 15:31)
Seat & Class: 8A, Economy Class (Y)

Personal information

My 217th flight overall, 9th in 2012
My 2nd flight on TA, 2nd on TA 32S, 2nd on TA 319
My 22nd flight on 32S, 4th on 319, 1st on N521TA


Look outside the window of my preselected seat, 8A
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The IAE V-2500 engine
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Hi again nice little Andes Twin Otter!
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Pushback
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LAN 319 CC-CPX
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Takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFEWqvIZp-Q

Climbing into the clouds

Flights flown: 280 - Airlines: 40 - Airports: 64 - Next flights: KEF-BOS-EWR-PBI-TPA/SFB-KEF
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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11859 times:

Some more mountains, I’ll never get enough of them!
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As on the last flight, there was meal service. The pita bread filled with beef was nice, while the cinnamon roll wasn‘t to my liking. Still, nicely done TA! Again, we also got another drink service later on where I again had OJ. Nice TA!
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Enough legroom!
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Closeup on the wingtip
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Descending over the sea
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Coming over the coast with an island in the haze
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Speedbrakes
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The pilot must‘ve went down to fast on final approach, because suddenly the plane rotated way to quickly, and I got 1-2 Gs on me! Like being in a rollercoaster! Luckily the pilot could handle the situation, took a 360° turn to descend instead and went back on final.   

Landing video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkE3XnygDZ0

Taxiing to our gate bypassing a LAN 319
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Lima
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00937.jpg
N982TA – the new TACA logo is nice!
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00938.jpg
The ass of another TA 319  http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00939.jpg
CC-COZ
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00941.jpg
Bye N521TA! It was nice to meet you.
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CC-COU
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00944.jpg
CC-CPK
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00945.jpg
Aeropuerto International Jorge Chavez
http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00947.jpg
Hotel Costa de Sol Ramada Lima airport and the bar where we stayed on our long 8 hour layover
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http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s436/SRQKEF15/DSC00949.jpg

I spotted 14 regs that day, 3 in CUZ and 11 in LIM. Of these 14 I saw 13 in this report and 1 the following evening.

Afterthoughts

TACA had nice, well padded seats, great service on short flights and were all in all nice. Machu Picchu and Peru in whole were amazing, gotta get down there and have a longer stay someday! Highly recommend going there!

Rgds and thanks for reading,
Sveinn  

Earlier reports
RTW Pt. 2: I'll Get To Peru Somehow! QK/UA YYZ-LIM (by SRQKEF May 4 2012 in Trip Reports)
RTW Pt 1: To New York...or What? FI KEF-YYZ (by SRQKEF Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
To The Mainland For Sports! Pt 2 BA+FI MUC-LHR-KEF (by SRQKEF Mar 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Going To Mainland Europe For Sports! Pt. 1/2 (by SRQKEF Feb 24 2012 in Trip Reports)



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11811 times:

Fantastic pictures. Thank you.

Did you feel OK when you arrived at Cuzco. Apparently the height can make some feel sick.


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 11769 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 2):
Fantastic pictures. Thank you.

Hi lychemsa, thanks!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 2):
Did you feel OK when you arrived at Cuzco.

You got tired very quick if you ran, jumped or something like that but nothing more. If I had been longer in Cuzco itself I probably would've felt bad though.

Rgds, Sveinn



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User currently offlineaeroperu89 From Peru, joined Mar 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11740 times:

Hello Sveinn

Again, great report! Really cool pics of the peruvian highlands and Machu Picchu too. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Cusco. Just a few things I wanted to add:

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Inka Cola advertising. I tried this drink later on, and it was disgusting!

I laughed so hard when I read this, because it's pretty much what foreigners think of Inka Cola. It's actually my favorite drink   but everyone say it's an acquired taste.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
This city is huge!

It's funny because visitors are always surprised of how big Lima is  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Some football stadium in Lima, not sure of name

That is the "Estadio Nacional" (National Stadium) which has been recently renovated. (Local government is really trying to improve the city, but as you got to see... there's a lot of work!)

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
LAN traffic – they run this place

They actually "run" most of the airport in Perú!

Thanks for sharing your trip! Looking forward for more

Saludos,
Diego


User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11556 times:

Great report and that train does look comfy - shame about the Elton John music playing though =/

Still, looks like lovely scenery and Taca seems like a decent carrier (and their service looked impressive for a short flight!)

Look forward to the rest of the reports! 


User currently offlineeaa3 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1015 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11525 times:

Great report Sveinn. This trip looks incredible. I look forward to seeing the rest of your report.

kveðja,

Egill

[Edited 2012-05-06 10:48:56]

User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1826 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 11460 times:

Hi Sveinn

Thanks for the interesting report. Machu Pichu really looks like a stunning place to visit. It all looks so green and lush. Quite amazing. You're lucky both you and your dad could take the time off to go on such an epic trip together!

There don't seem to be that many people up top. I would have thought the place would be crawling with tourists. Did you go off season or is it simply because Machu Pichu is not so easy to reach?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11173 times:

Hi,

Another nice part of the RTW series of trip reports!
TACA seemed to have pleased you on this flight. Seating looks ok, but a bit cramped on longer flights
Nice pics of the Andes, really breathtaking! Quite surprised by the train company as well.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11155 times:

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
Again, great report! Really cool pics of the peruvian highlands and Machu Picchu too.

Hi Diego thanks!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Cusco.

Cuzco was great!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
I laughed so hard when I read this, because it's pretty much what foreigners think of Inka Cola.

hehe, something wrong with the taste  
Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
It's actually my favorite drink

You must have a weird tongue...  
Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
but everyone say it's an acquired taste.

Probably it is. Some people here (not including myself though) love cold shark...it's disgusting! Most foreigners hate it.  
Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
It's funny because visitors are always surprised of how big Lima is

Especially for me as an Icelander. Our biggest place, Reykjavik, has just over 100,000 residents.  
Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
That is the "Estadio Nacional" (National Stadium) which has been recently renovated.

Looks nice.

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
(Local government is really trying to improve the city, but as you got to see... there's a lot of work!)

A LOT of work! Hopefully they will improve it though.

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
They actually "run" most of the airport in Perú!

Haha looked like that in LIM, many flights to many places! Their domestic prices for foreigners are ASTRONOMICALLY high though! 530 $ one way!

Quoting aeroperu89 (Reply 4):
Thanks for sharing your trip! Looking forward for more

Coming as soon as possible!

Quoting planejamie (Reply 5):
Great report and that train does look comfy - shame about the Elton John music playing though =/

The train was great! About Elton...I have enough of his songs for the next year!  
Quoting planejamie (Reply 5):
Still, looks like lovely scenery and Taca seems like a decent carrier

Absolutely amazing scenery! TACA were great.

Quoting planejamie (Reply 5):
(and their service looked impressive for a short flight!)

I was surprised how good it was!

Quoting planejamie (Reply 5):
Look forward to the rest of the reports!

As said above, coming as soon as possible!

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 6):

Great report Sveinn.

Hæ Egill, takk!

Quoting eaa3 (Reply 6):
I look forward to seeing the rest of your report.

Næsti hluti kemur fljótlega!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
Thanks for the interesting report.

Hi William, thank you!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
Machu Pichu really looks like a stunning place to visit.

It was absolutely stunning!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
It all looks so green and lush.

Yes it was beautiful.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
You're lucky both you and your dad could take the time off to go on such an epic trip together!

Absolutely! As he works as an indenpendent aircraft leaser/broker now, he can control his vacations more than before.  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 7):
There don't seem to be that many people up top. I would have thought the place would be crawling with tourists. Did you go off season or is it simply because Machu Pichu is not so easy to reach?

Combination of three factors:

1. The trip down there takes very long...either you have to take a flight + bus/train + another train + bus/walk up or you have to take a flight and walk for 5 days from Cuzco (or 21 days from Lima...   )

2. It had rained all day, so everyone was going down. The skies cleared up about 5 minutes before we came up. Luck! 

3. As the train trail from Cuzco to Aguas Caliantis was facing repairs until April 15th, you had to take a bus from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo and a train onwards from there. Many probably just waited until 15/4 or later and went then.

Rgds, Sveinn



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11149 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Another nice part of the RTW series of trip reports!

Hi Marc thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
TACA seemed to have pleased you on this flight. Seating looks ok, but a bit cramped on longer flights

You can't see it on these pictures, but you could stretch your leg out 5-7 extra inches because the seat pocket is on the upper not lower part of the seat. That meant you could really stretch out! Also, it had generous recline.  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Nice pics of the Andes, really breathtaking!

The Andes were wonderful!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Quite surprised by the train company as well.

They were great! Didn't expect it at all. Glad the tickets didn't work out at PeruRail, those seats were much better.  

Rgds, Sveinn



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User currently offlinePrinair From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 744 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 11119 times:

Amazing pictures! Please keep adding reports.....


PRINAIR : Puerto Rico International Airlines
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11092 times:

Quoting Prinair (Reply 11):

Amazing pictures!

Hi Prinair thanks!

Quoting Prinair (Reply 11):
Please keep adding reports.....

Haha no worries, more coming! Also, when these RTW series are over both some flights on FI and some domestics on Air Iceland will come...  



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11065 times:

seems like one of the pictures from a.net that were supposed to be of N521TA is of a British Cessna...sorry for that  


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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11033 times:

One more thing about the legroom Marc: I'm 1.89 meters (6ft2in) so maybe I'm not a good example for space...  


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11001 times:
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Hi, Sveinn

Amazing photos of Machu Picchu and Cuzco ... I'd love to visit. It looks absolutely beautiful!

Looks like Taca provided a nice service; you can't ask much more than a good seat and a good snack on a short flight like LIM-CUZ!  

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10984 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
Amazing photos of Machu Picchu and Cuzco ...

Hi Matthew, thanks!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 15):
you can't ask much more than a good seat and a good snack on a short flight like LIM-CUZ!

Absolutely!



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 10715 times:

Sveinn,

I honestly wouldn't know where to start with your more than beautiful report so I will do it from here:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 1):
Me in front of it

Thumps up for the Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands t-shirt! As a basketball fanatic I am all about the promotion of the sport.  
Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Inka Cola advertising. I tried this drink later on, and it was disgusting!

Really? I've had it recently in a Peruvian restaurant in Chicago and I loved it. Reminds me of the Scottish IRN-BRU soda.


On a serious note, I loved your photos and your nice description of events. I'm looking forward to the next segments.

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us,

WBodyroga



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User currently offlineOB1783P From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10471 times:

Great TR, and the video was excellent.

When I went, there was live Inka music at the luggage carousel in Cuzco! The sky is so clean in Cuzco, you feel like you have new eyes.



I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 777 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 10471 times:

Hey love the TR. I took the exact same flights when I went to CUZ and up to Maccu Pichu, brings back loads of memories, well done


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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 10350 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
I honestly wouldn't know where to start with your more than beautiful report so I will do it from here:

Hi Widebodyroga, thanks!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
Thumps up for the Körfuknattleikssamband Íslands t-shirt!

Hehe thank you! If you're over 6 feet and only 14 years old, you have to play...  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 17):
Really? I've had it recently in a Peruvian restaurant in Chicago and I loved it.

Each to his own  
Quoting OB1783P (Reply 18):
Great TR, and the video was excellent.

Hi OB1783P, thanks!

Quoting OB1783P (Reply 18):
When I went, there was live Inka music at the luggage carousel in Cuzco! The sky is so clean in Cuzco, you feel like you have new eyes.

That's nice! Yeah,the air is very clear up there.

Quoting EIRules (Reply 19):
Hey love the TR.

Hi EIRules, thanks!

Quoting EIRules (Reply 19):
I took the exact same flights when I went to CUZ and up to Maccu Pichu, brings back loads of memories, well done

Nice! Hope you had a good time.

regards, Sveinn



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10200 times:

Excuse me 1 more question:

I thought they control how many people can go to Machu Pichu every day so you have to book in advance?


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 10175 times:

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 21):
I thought they control how many people can go to Machu Pichu every day so you have to book in advance?

Yes, you have to. (Or that's how I understood it.) We did it some days before, printed it out and showed the printout at the bus station in Aguas Caliantis. There we paid for it and exchanged it for a paper ticket.  

Rgds, Sveinn



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3270 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10042 times:

Very nice Sveinn, and great that you made it to Machu Pichu - I'm going to have to go someday!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
OB-1961-P in a special Peru scheme (Adam/Checo77 flew in a 732 in the same livery earlier)

Love that livery!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
A big (and nice) surprise – leather seats! They were extremley comfortable, didn’t expect such seats aboard a little train company in the Andes! Like having a BBJ on a domestic flight deep in S-America...

Looks very comfy

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
The pizzeria I hate – I mean, how can you can get a pizza wrong?

A lesson I've learnt whilst travelling is to avoid non-local food (unless the place has a good reputation) as invariably "western" food is terrible. In Mexico I had a pizza that had enough cheese to cover at least four pizzas (no kidding). Horrible!



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9728 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Very nice Sveinn

Hi Gabriel, thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
I'm going to have to go someday!

Highly recommend it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Love that livery!

yeah, it's nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
A lesson I've learnt whilst travelling is to avoid non-local food (unless the place has a good reputation) as invariably "western" food is terrible. In Mexico I had a pizza that had enough cheese to cover at least four pizzas (no kidding). Horrible!

Haha I try to do that most of the time, but unfortunately there are only pizzerias and mexican restaurants in Aguas Caliantis and the train left at 9 pm. Maybe I should've chosen the mexican one...  

rgds, Sveinn



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 25, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 9648 times:

Hi Svenn

again, very nice report and beautiful pictures of the Cusco region!!!

No comment on the report, as its perfect!! I just have a note to this though:

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Inka Cola advertising. I tried this drink later on, and it was disgusting!

Noooo!! How can you say that!!?? Inka Cola is the best drink ever!!! After I tried it for the first time, I don´t want any other soft drink!!!  

Take care,
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 26, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 9490 times:

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 25):
again, very nice report and beautiful pictures of the Cusco region!!!

Hi Adam, thank you really much!

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 25):
No comment on the report, as its perfect!!

Again, thanks! Means alot to me  
Quoting Checo77 (Reply 25):
Noooo!! How can you say that!!?? Inka Cola is the best drink ever!!! After I tried it for the first time, I don´t want any other soft drink!!!

Haha, it just has some strange taste to it...maybe I would like it if I lived down there...  



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6569 posts, RR: 55
Reply 27, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 9243 times:

Hi Sveinn!

Thanks for a great report with amazing pictures of Macchu Picchu!

It looks amazing and I can't wait to go there. Hopefully in February next year.

TA seems great and I'll probably fly them there but on ZED tickets.

Looking forward to read the next part. I've been a way on trip so a bit of catching up to do.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 28, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9213 times:

Hi Sveinn,

nie report of this little side trip to Machu Picchu. It really is beautiful. I visited in 2001 as part of a backpacking overland trip around South America. We took the train from Cusco itseld to Aguas Calientes on a daytrip, though I gather the train no longer starts in the city. The bus ride up and down the mountain from the station was an experience, and on the way down a local boy would run down the hill, waving at the bus at each switchback, then ask for money at the bottom. More amusing than most of the begging children in the town, of which there were many. Like you say, well worth a longer trip!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6808 posts, RR: 77
Reply 29, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9216 times:

Hi Sveinn,

great report with many stunning pictures, well done! After coming back from my latest Asia trip, your report was the first one I clicked at and it was a good decision.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Fleet page, as I said, I‘m not an expert in finding typos like PH so can’t help on this one either

Well, I cannot read the text, but the CFM engines on the A320s and A321s are definitely wrong. They are all equipped with IAEs. There are at least two A319s with CFMs in the fleet though.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
LAN has a nice livery! Definitely not euro white..

I can only agree.

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Some locals – many exotic registrations I catched this day!

No doubt about that!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
OB-1877-P, a Star BAe 146 (or Avro?)

BAe 146-100 - very rare!

Quoting SRQKEF (Thread starter):
Me and my dad together with an amazing view behind us

Amazing picture!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1063 posts, RR: 15
Reply 30, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 9049 times:

Hi SRQKEF,

Thanks for the wonderful report! Landing at CUZ looks amazing! I think I may have heard of the approach somewhere, but I can't remember. Thanks for sharing!

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 31, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8985 times:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
Thanks for a great report with amazing pictures of Macchu Picchu!

Hi Lars, thanks!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
It looks amazing and I can't wait to go there. Hopefully in February next year.

It was! You should definitely go there, it's truly amazing.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 27):
TA seems great and I'll probably fly them there but on ZED tickets.

They're really good! Unfortunately TA doesn't have a ZED agreement with FI.

Quoting signol (Reply 28):
nie report of this little side trip to Machu Picchu.

Hi signol, thanks!

Quoting signol (Reply 28):
We took the train from Cusco itseld to Aguas Calientes on a daytrip, though I gather the train no longer starts in the city.

It has moved there again, there were repairs on the Cuzco - A. Caliantis railway that were done around 20/4.

Quoting signol (Reply 28):
Like you say, well worth a longer trip!

Absolutely! Maybe one day...

Quoting signol (Reply 28):
The bus ride up and down the mountain from the station was an experience, and on the way down a local boy would run down the hill, waving at the bus at each switchback, then ask for money at the bottom. More amusing than most of the begging children in the town, of which there were many

Must've been an experience!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):
great report with many stunning pictures, well done!

Hi PH, thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):
After coming back from my latest Asia trip, your report was the first one I clicked at and it was a good decision.

Thanks, means alot to me  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):
Well, I cannot read the text, but the CFM engines on the A320s and A321s are definitely wrong. They are all equipped with IAEs. There are at least two A319s with CFMs in the fleet though.

Should've seen that myself...  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 29):
BAe 146-100 - very rare!

Wish I could've booked them! Unfortunately their website didn't take foreign credit cards, maybe I should've tried harder...  
Quoting Initious (Reply 30):
Thanks for the wonderful report!

Hi Initious, thanks!

Quoting Initious (Reply 30):
Landing at CUZ looks amazing!

It is! Like a baby Kai Tak inside a valley  

rgds, Sveinn  



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2472 posts, RR: 53
Reply 32, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6741 times:

Dear Sveinn,

What a great adventure to The Wonders of Peru! Truly marvelous journey!   


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The signature Westin bed, those are amazingly comfortable!

Pillows! Pillows everywhere!

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Inka Cola advertising. I tried this drink later on, and it was disgusting!

What a pity! How do you compare it to let say, Coca Cola?

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Some locals – many exotic registrations I catched this day! 

How exciting! Truly spotter's heaven!

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The Andes are really beautiful!

I believe you!

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The bread was tasty, not so the cookie though.

Pity about the cookie. It looks yummy!

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As we started descending steeply, I was super thrilled and excited! 

Thank you for sharing it on video!

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Cuzco landmark
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The church in Cuzco

Beautiful!

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A “classy” LAN office inside the “small” city

The office itself is worth a visit.

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A big (and nice) surprise – leather seats! They were extremley comfortable, didn’t expect such seats aboard a little train company in the Andes! Like having a BBJ on a domestic flight deep in S-America...

What an indulgence of a train ride to Macchu Picchu! How about the food and beverage service?

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Beautiful mountains everywhere!
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Some more mountains, I’ll never get enough of them!

Soo stunning!

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Machu Picchu! This place is really amazing! Along with it‘s history, it is a real delight architecturally.

 Wow!  Wow!  Wow!


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No Andes without a lama   

Cute!

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Me and my dad (taken by our guide)

Nice photo.

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Look up at the pyramids

Breathtaking!  Wow!



Thank you so much for sharing! You just whet my appetite to come over to Peru myself!


Best wishes,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26994 posts, RR: 57
Reply 33, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6535 times:

Hi Sveinn  

Been really enjoying your reports. Keep up the good work and hope to see more of yours in 2013 .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 885 posts, RR: 1
Reply 34, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6430 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 32):
Dear Sveinn,

What a great adventure to The Wonders of Peru! Truly marvelous journey!

Hi Suryo, thanks for reading and for the kind words!  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 32):
What a pity! How do you compare it to let say, Coca Cola?

Well, I think the drink itself would be ok if it wasn't for the high chlorine taste in it.

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How exciting! Truly spotter's heaven!

Absolutely!

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Pity about the cookie. It looks yummy!

Yes, it looks good. Unfortunately it was a bit dry.

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The office itself is worth a visit.

Haha true. 
Quoting akhmad (Reply 32):
What an indulgence of a train ride to Macchu Picchu! How about the food and beverage service?

Food: A sandwich and then cookies.
Beverages: 3 drink runs with a choice of water and a variety of juices.
Not bad for a 2hr train ride!  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 33):
Been really enjoying your reports. Keep up the good work and hope to see more of yours in 2013 .

Hi Philip!

Thanks for the kind words  
Hope to upload some more this year, although I'm expecting 2013 to be way quieter than 2012 (at least in the flight and travel regard). Have some reports from 2012 that I haven't yet posted though and hope to post some of them soon.  

Regards!
Sveinn  



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User currently offlineA333MSPtoAMS From United States of America, joined Sep 2013, 164 posts, RR: 2
Reply 35, posted (11 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

great TR. I flew Lan Peru back in 2002 from LIM to CUZ and found them pretty nice.

I am taking advantage of a recent price war between UA and DL from each other's hubs and will fly for $440 to LIM in march, and again on to Cusco (and to rehike the Inca Trail). I debated for a long time about going between Lan or TACA. I already booked the flight with LAN, only because I have a lot of flying time with them already, but after reading this I am wishing I was trying out TACA.



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