A Machu Picchu Anniversary: Avianca Business Class Lima – Cusco

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After the great breakfast in the Club Lounge, we checked out and had the front desk arrange a taxi to the airport for us. Shortly, we were back at LIM.

It’s so busy there that they have security at the doors and will only let passengers in. We had to dig out our passports to gain entry to the check-in area. The check-in was quick because no one was using the Ejecutiva (Business) Class queue.

We then went upstairs to where security is located. It is a mad house because everyone is basically saying their goodbyes right in front of the entrance to security. We had to dodge so many people. Security was quick and easy and, eventually, we were at our gate ready to board.

TACA 805
Lima (LIM) – Cusco (CUZ)
16 February 2014
Depart: 10:25 am
Arrive: 11:45 am
Duration: 1hr 20min
Aircraft: Embraer E-190
Seats: 1D, 1K (Business Class)

Joann and I were the very first passengers to board the regional jet that fit only 96 passengers. There were only 2 other people in Business and Economy wasn’t full either.

The seats were fine, just like most domestic First Class recliner seats. Business Class has a 1-2 layout. We sat on the right side so we could sit next to each other.

Avianca E-190 Business Class to Cusco

Avianca E-190 Business Class to Cusco – Single Side

For an 80 minute flight, the food was great – simple and fresh. It was a cold plate featuring chicken and some type of salsa. It was better than some meals I’ve had in domestic First in the States.

Avianca E-190 Business Class to Cusco

Avianca E-190 Business Class to Cusco

All throughout the flight, we were treated with breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains. Upon approach, there were amazing views of the city of Cusco.

Avianca E-190 Business Class to Cusco

Avianca E-190 Business Class to Cusco

Avianca E-190 Business Class to Cusco
As soon as we landed and inhaled that thin air 11,000+ feet above sea level, the first thing on my mind was where to get coca tea or oxygen or anything that would prevent altitude sickness!

Once we collected our checked bag, we went outside to look for the driver that we had arranged with our hotel. There weren’t as many taxi drivers as Lima airport so he was easy to spot and we were on our short journey to Palacio del Inka.

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

A Machu Picchu Anniversary: Avianca Business Class New York (JFK) – Bogota – Lima

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Our trip once again started off at JFK Airport as we were graciously dropped off by my parents very early in the morning. I was glad to be flying Business Class because the check-in queue for Economy was dreadfully long.

The Avianca check-in agent could only check our bag to Lima, instead of all the way to Cusco, so we’d have to retrieve it for our short overnight in Lima.

The security line was quite long so we decided to bypass the Star Alliance lounge in Terminal 4. Had we had enough time, we would have been granted access to the Swiss Air Lounge. If you find yourself flying Star Alliance and wondering what lounges you have access to, just use the Star Alliance Lounge Finder.

Regardless, we were ecstatic to be leaving this:

Snowy & Icy NYC

Snowy & Icy NYC

Avianca 21
New York (JFK) – Bogota (BOG)
15 February 2014
Depart: 6:40 am
Arrive: 12:39 pm
Duration: 5hr 59min
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Seats: 5J, 5K (Business Class)

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