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User currently offlineUnited1689 From United States of America, joined May 2013, 71 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5196 times:

Hello! Welcome to my second trip report on a.net! This trip report covers my recent trip to Peru, visiting Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. As I enjoy making and reading picture trip reports, I will let the pictures do most of the talking. Enjoy.

When searching for flights, four options came up for the 5 hour flight from Sao Paulo to Lima:
TACA A321
TAM A332
LAN 763
LAN A320

All four of the flights were the same price, so the TAM A330 option seemed best because even though TAM isn't known for being the best airline, the times were great and I could get more miles for my UA Mileage Plus account (TAM is Star Alliance). Also, I had never been on an A330 so I thought it would be nice to add a new aircraft type to my list 

I want to apologize for some of the images screwing up, I am relatively new to a.net and I did not know how to fix them. If you have any suggestions let me know. I hope you can still enjoy the TR even with the images all weird...

From the Great Circle Mapper:


There was hardly any traffic on the way to Guarulhos
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We arrived at the international departures terminal around 6 am.
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Check-in went smoothly, no problems checking our bags. Unfortunately the flight was full and there weren’t many available seats so I was stuck with 33K in the back, right where the fuselage starts to narrow. At least I had a window seat, no?
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Had to exchange some Brazilian Reis for some Peruvian Soles
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Heading towards security
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Going through security was a breeze, nothing at all compared to any US airport!

I did have some trouble when passing through customs because the agent had to go to her office to check my documents because I think she got confused when she saw both my travel and my permanent visa in my passport. This happens every time I go through Guarulhos and it holds me up for almost 15 minutes every time.   
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My flight was leaving from gate 6, but since it was really crowded there and the windows didn't offer good views, I headed to the end of the terminal to see if there was anything interesting.

AZ 772 bound for Rome
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AF 77W to Paris
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IB A346 to Madrid
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JJ 77W
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The tail of a US 762 peeking out... I can't imagine sitting in a US Airways plane for the 10 hours to CLT
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AV A332 bound for Bogota
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Another JJ A332 arrving from Orlando


This part of the terminal was pretty empty after the AF flight left
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I returned to gate 6 to see that my aircraft arrived


JJ8066
GRU-LIM
June 13th, 2013
Seat 33K (window)
Airbus A330-200
PT-MVU
Load: 95%


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When passengers with special needs were invited to board, everyone rushed to get in line.
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While going through the jet way, I looked into the cockpit and saw that the captain was a lady. I've never seen a female wide-body pilot... good for her!

After getting on board, I took the mandatory legroom shot. Legroom was fine (I am 5'11')'
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The aircraft filled up, there were only a few empty seats left.

The safety video started quickly… I liked the little animations TAM had http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3E9WK9pHPdw/UcITYW880dI/AAAAAAAAAzU/8mOOyY7VbYU/s1600/IMG_0580.JPG

Pushing back
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The A330 engine start is pretty quiet... or maybe that is just because of where I was sitting.
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I took a look at the two external cameras the airplane had to offer and saw we were waiting behind another JJ A332 and a G3 73G for takeoff.
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Takeoff mood lighting
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All lined up nicely.


Link to the takeoff video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkcWf9Znc7U

Here we go!


There is our shadow
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Climb mood lighting
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There was the AA 77W on approach from JFK. It’s hard to see in the picture.
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Banking towards Lima
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Safety instructions card
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The man in front reclined and closed my other window... oh well  http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rZW6tJad0os/UcIT-C8-CjI/AAAAAAAAA2U/1SfNE-D8ZmY/s1600/IMG_0614.JPG

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IFE map
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I took a nap and missed the meal service. I slept for around an hour and a half. By the time I woke up, we were just crossing out of Brazil.
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I like the mood lighting. It changed over the course of the flight.
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We took a significant diversion to the south and this added about an hour to our flight time.
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They served more drinks as we got close to Lima
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The peanut bag was so small, probably had no more than 10 peanuts in it.
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I went to check out the bathroom during the decent, it was pretty dirty, more than usual for an airplane economy bathroom   
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Door 4R
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We started our decent over the coastline so I had a great view of the Andes
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Getting close to Lima
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A short in flight video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLc2zONmLuY&feature=youtu.be
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Flying over Lima
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We needed quite a bit of help getting down.
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Going through the clouds
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Link to the landing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdBaFJhVVJI
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FBW off.
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The usual swarm
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Come unload my bags!
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Cargo door open
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The TAM flight to Lima was very enjoyable, the airplane was fine and comfortable enough for the 5 hour flight, the IFE was great and I loved the external camera views as well as the mood lighting.

Classic ceviche in Lima   


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[Edited 2013-06-21 07:59:45]


The act of "driving" is only possible with a manual transmission.
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User currently offlineUnited1689 From United States of America, joined May 2013, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

OFF TO CUZCO

The next morning it was very foggy out… typical Lima.
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There was some traffic driving to the airport, but it was nothing compared to Sao Paulo traffic http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rj9-8qHxJTo/UcIVJ6IJ-8I/AAAAAAAAA78/2hxuOsXsHHc/s1600/IMG_0676.JPG

Welcome back to Jorge Chavez Intl
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There were lots of people checking in for domestic flights.


Security was easy; they even let me bring my water bottle through.   
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My gate was number 7.
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It was downstairs.
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The area was packed.


LA2027
LIM-CUZ
June 14th, 2013
Seat 8K (middle)
Airbus A319
CC-CPL
Load: 100%


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Boarding started quickly, and soon I found myself on a bus.


I had never seen a 732 before... (I am 15 so the thing looked ancient to me)
CC-CPL will be taking me to Cuzco today.


Inside. Amazingly I didn't get told to stop taking pictures on the ramp...


I was seated in the forbidden middle seat, but I managed to grab a few pics before the window passenger arrived.


Filling up


Legroom was a little tight although not a problem as the flight was only 1hr 15min.


The takeoff roll was 34 seconds... I always count if I'm not recording it from the window.

Cabin in flight; they showed some sort of promotional video for Peru. We cruised at FL330.


This is the best in flight pic I could get... sorry.


The service started late and we were already descending by the time I got my snacks.


There were a few delicious items in the box... plus Inca Kola 

Because of the high field elevation at CUZ, the landing speed was noticeably fast! Not a problem though 'cause the runway is over 11,000ft long..

People disembarking as usual


I went to the cockpit and found the first officer programming the FMS for the return trip to Lima.


Field elevation is high, 10,800ft.


Another 732… must be fun to fly those old things.


Baggage claim area was tiny and crowded


Views from Cuzco


Town of Urubamba


Delicious coca tea


On the way to Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu


Inca Bridge


Fried guinea pig... a Peruvian specialty. Delicious.


Sacred Valley


The time in Cuzco and Machu Picchu was great, but sadly it was time to return to Sao Paulo. This time I had a quick two hour layover in Lima instead of a day.

Back at the airport


Lots of people returning to Lima


They had LAN candies at the check in counter  

Again I was able to bring a water bottle through security.
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An AN-32?


Yep!


BAe-146 bound for Lima also


TACA EMB-190 just arriving from Lima


Our CC-CPM has arrived


Boarding was organized into two lines, one for people seated in rows 12-24 and the other for people seated in rows 1-11. I was sitting in row 4.


LA2018
CUZ-LIM
June 18th, 2013
Seat 4B (middle)
Airbus A319
CC-CPM
Load: 90%


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He's nice and clean


Again legroom was a bit tight but fine for the short flight.


Once again I was sitting in the middle but managed to grab a few pics of outside


Takeoff and climb were very slow due to the high altitude.

The window passenger took some pictures for me during flight


Cabin


I fell asleep and before I knew it we were on the ground


Last look at CC-CPM


At the baggage claim. We had to collect our bags even though we were connecting.


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User currently offlineUnited1689 From United States of America, joined May 2013, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5171 times:

THE RETURN TO SAO PAULO

After returning landside, we checked in for our TAM flight back to Sao Paulo.


Departure board


Our gate was number 17, but because it was small and crowded I went to find a seat elsewhere to find better views of the airport.


I found a seat next to this LA 763 bound for Caracas.


Looks like a highway out on the ramp...


Our A330 will be parked here.


732


A319


Look who showed up!


Take me home PT-MVF


Our flight ended up being delayed for almost two hours. During which the Jetway was removed from the aircraft and engine #1 was started, as well as the FBW system which the pilot was moving all of the control surfaces back and forth many times.

TACA A319 in the old livery


Another ancient 732 in the background


When boarding finally did start, they only thing the gate agent said (in Spanish) was "all passengers for TAM 8067 board immediately!" This caused everybody to run and get in line, and actually this process was incredibly efficient, as everyone was on board in under 10 minutes.

JJ8067
LIM-GRU
June 18th, 2013
Seat 34K (window)
Airbus A330-200
PT-MVF
Load: 90%


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Business Class seats.... they look old and worn


View out of a window in Business


View out of 34K


This aircraft was much older than the other 330, and the legroom was good except for two things... there was a massive IFE box and the leg rest sort of dug into my shins.


Massive IFE box


Checking to make sure our seatbacks were up and tray tables locked…
CM 73G arriving from PTY


The IFE was older than the Incas... only two options, the movie or navigation.


BAe-146 cargo varient


Time to go


Starting taxi


More AN-32s


Link to takeoff video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8fzeQWUM18&feature=youtu.be


Cabin during climb out. No mood lighting  

In flight service started.


The food was the best I have ever been served in economy! It was a chicken-potato thing.


Going over the Andes


Short in flight video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQtAWvQrPU&feature=youtu.be


Started to get extremely turbulent and we slowed down a bit too


Sun is starting to set


Goodbye daylight


Rear galley in the tail section… it’s kind of cool.


The cabin was very dark, but the IFE screens were all so bright. It would be impossible to sleep on an overnight flight I bet.


I was playing AirTycoon 2 on my iPad 

Almost home


Passing over Campinas


Sao Paulo is really huge


Coming in for a landing. The A330 is silent when the engines are idle!


Touchdown


The windows started fogging up so it was difficult to take good pictures, however this was the AA 77W.
JJ A320 with Sharklets   


We could not have parked further from the terminal.


Disembarking


Business class had been virtually empty on the flight and the seats did not look used.


Not as big as a 777 though...


The engine needs some paint. It needs an "i" and an "L"


People still pouring out


Thank you PT-MVF! Although you really need to have your insides freshened up.


TAM tails look good with the logo lights on.


Going into customs


The whole trip was great and I had an awesome time with all the aviation. So overall, LAN provided an excellent product for the short hop from Lima to Cuzco, and TAM was fine for the 5 hour flight across South America. However I do not think I would choose to fly on TAM for long-haul flights because of the conditions of the aircraft being not so great for an long flight. Therefore I pass that on to you, TAM is fine for shorter flights but I probably would not recommend it for anything over 5 hours.

Thanks for reading, and again I am disappointed that my pictures were all messed up! Sorry  

-United1689

[Edited 2013-06-21 08:00:30]


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Hey

Interesting report,
Thanks for putting it on.
Quite impressed about TAM's refurbed A330! looks great


GReetings

Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineLanPeru From Peru, joined Jun 2001, 645 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

Thank you so much for your trip report!

I ESPECIALLY appreciate all your pictures and videos. I was wondering what the loads would be like on the A330, on the route to LIM. I know that the Peruvian economy is growing, but it has been a while since I have been and since my owning indicator of the changes is the news, I am not sure how much is hype.

LIM is special, a little crazy, and I love it.

Thank you again, and thank you for all the pictures!


User currently offlineRAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 584 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3033 times:

Excellent trip report, buddy !

Thanks for sharing !

Regards



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