Alright, it’s finally here! A cost breakdown of our entire 10 day trip to Peru. If you haven’t been keeping up or want to “go deep” on what exactly Margie and I did during our trip, you can pick a day below and read the travel log.
Day 1: New York
Day 2: Flight to Peru, Overnight in Lima
Day 3: Lima, Flight to Cusco, Cusco at Night
Day 4: Sites Around Cusco
Day 5: Chinchero Market and Saqsaywaman
Day 6: Traveling to Aguas Caliente
Day 7: Machu Picchu
Day 8: Ollantaytambo
Day 9: Flight back to Lima
Day 10: Lima, Miraflores
Day 11: More of Lima and the Flight Back Home
I found Peru to generally be a pretty affordable country to visit. We split our time between the capital, Lima, and the Sacred Valley. If you stay at only the most touristy places, you might end up paying American-level prices for things. But if you venture off the beaten path just a tiny bit, you can save a lot. We found the Sacred Valley to be cheaper than Lima, although the town of Aguas Caliente puts every other town to shame, as you’ll see.
Throughout this breakdown, I’ll be using US Dollars instead of soles to make this easier on you. I’ll be converting any prices paid in Peruvian soles using today’s currency exchange rate of 3.14 soles to the dollar.
Total Cost: $1,711.66
|2 Tickets||Retail Cost||Discount||Our Cost|
|Avianca Business Class, JFK-Lima||$2,250.34||60,000 United Miles||$83.73|
|Avianca Economy, Lima-Cusco||$368.89||Included in award||$0.00|
|Avianca Economy, Cusco-Lima||$368.89||20,000 United Miles||$0.00|
|United BusinessFirst, Lima-Newark||$2,250.34||60,000 United Miles||$83.73|
|Total Round Trip||$5,238.46||140,000 United Miles||$167.46|
Yes, that is the true cost of our two round trip business class tickets to Lima, and round trip from Lima to Cusco. The $167.46 is the cost of the various fees and taxes on our flights. We used 140,000 United miles, which we earned through credit card sign-on bonuses for United Airline cards and Chase Ink and Freedom cards, all of which have the annual fee waived for the first year, so we spent nothing for the miles themselves. The $5,238 retail price of the tickets was shown on United’s website.
Flying business class is so great, for so many reasons. We actually look forward to the flight! No, we don’t dread it. We anticipate it as any other fun part of the trip! You get to go to the airport lounge and get free food. You get to board before everyone else. You get the best meal on the airplane and “nannies” who attend to your every need. And, more often than not on international flights, your chair turns into a bed! This isn’t a frequent flyer blog. I’m just saying, if you want to do this, do your research and it won’t be much effort. Continue reading