I am arriving in Santiago in early September and have a month in South America. I was planning on flying straight up to Lima and spending some time in Peru doing the Inca trail. What would be the best way to get to Lima, can it be done overland? If flying can anybody recommend and cheap airline!?
Thanks for your help.
You can take a comfortable bus, it takes about 2 days but is much cheaper. Probably it's even cheaper, when first travelling to Arica, then across the border to Tacna and take a peruvian bus over there.
Not really any cheap budget tickets, but Lan Chile en Lan Peru have flights.
Why aren't you flying straight to Lima instead of Santiago? And why not see something in between first. The Inca trail is just a few days.
KLM has direct flights to Lima
Lima-Santiago is the cheapest fight between Lima and other more importants cities in South America. 3 or 4 years ago flights did not cost less 300$ , but now prices are very competitive: from 100$ (round trip). LAN has more flights, but can check TACA and GOL too.
Particularly I don't like to travel by bus through Panamericana road, only a lot of sand, both in Chile and Perú, and there is not much different in prices: Santiago-Arica by bus 50-60 $ and Tacna-Lima 35$ (special service).
ehauman where are you finding flights for $ 100, I went to lan today and it was going to cost around $400
just checked LAN,
roundtrip Santiago-Lima-Lima Santiago Nov.15.-Nov.30. incl.taxes $324.00