As of May this year British Airways will resume their non-stop flight from London to the Peruvian capital, Lima. The last time there was a direct flight between these 2 important capitals was back in 1982 so it is a route which has long been overlooked but thankfully times have changed and the popularity of Peru as a tourist destination has made BA rethink their flight schedule.
The daytime flights will depart from London’s Gatwick airport on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during the summer and then twice a week during the winter. The flight duration is around 12 hours and 30 minutes and the return service will be a night flight.
Peru closed its airspace to British Caledonian flights in 1982 to show their support to Argentina during the Falklands War and no British flights have flown there since. There are direct BA flights to both Argentina and Brazil but the west side of South America has been somewhat neglected. BA believes it will turn out to be a popular route because of the world class tourist sites found in Peru such as Machu Picchu. They have recognised that Lima is an important gateway to some of the best tourist experiences South America has to offer. Also Lima has become very popular with the explosion of Peruvian cuisine and has rapidly established itself as a stopover worth making. This new route also makes good business sense for any UK companies who wish to invest in Peru’s growing market.
Not only does Peru have Machu Picchu and the Inca trail but there are other pre-Columbian sites to see, wonderful lodges to stay in the Sacred Valley outside Cusco, Arequipa and the Colca Canyon and of course there is Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Don’t forget the Amazon region with the riverside lodges and the luxury river cruises on offer there.
As Peru is going to get that little bit easier from the UK, why not make it your big trip of 2016. Have a look at Historic Haciendas for some inspiration on places to stay.
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