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JetBlue’s New Daily Nonstop Flights To Lima, Peru Set To Begin

Back in April of this year, JetBlue Airways announced new daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima, and those flights are set to begin today. The FLL-LIM flight departs at 5:40 PM and arrives at 11:30 PM. The LIM-FLL departs at 12:30 AM and arrives […]

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Update On Argentina’s Reciprocity Fee

The Argentine National Immigration Directorate (DNM) has launched a new online method of payment to enable payment of Argentina’s Reciprocity Fee via credit card. Travelers can now pay this fee through the Provincia Pagos payment system.  All tourists or business travelers must pay the reciprocity fee ($160 for U.S., $75 for Canadian, and $140 for […]

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Big Savings On LAN Flights To South America

LAN’s BIG DEAL Mid-Year Sale offers big savings on LAN flights to South America.  Fly round-trip to Ecuador for $499, Peru for $599, Chile for $829, and Argentina for $899 when you book by June 18, 2012.  Prices are based on departures from Miami, and for travel between September 1 and November 30, 2012.

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Peru Airport Taxes Now Included In Airfare

Peru’s Ministry of Transportation and Communication has announced that all domestic and international Peru airport taxes, which were previously paid separately at local airports in Peru, are now included in the cost of airfare to Peru.  The fees are included in the airfare in order to improve the quality of airport services nationwide.

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LAN Announces New Routes To Easter Island And Iguazu Falls From Lima

LAN Airlines (now know as Latam Airlines Group) recently announced two new routes, direct flights from Lima, Peru to Easter Island, Chile and Iguazu Falls, Brazil, beginning in January, 2011.  These new flights will save time and money for passengers by eliminating connecting flights in Santiago, Chile and either Sao Paulo, Brazil or Buenos Aires, […]

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TACA Airlines Introduces New Daily Nonstop Miami To Lima Flights

TACA Airlines (now known as Avianca) recently introduced daily nonstop flights from Miami to Lima, Peru with connections to other major cities in South America, including Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Asuncion (Paraguay), Montevideo (Uruguay), La Paz (Bolivia), and Santa Cruz (Bolivia). The Miami to Lima flight departs at […]

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Galapagos Taken Off World Heritage In Danger List

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on July 29, 2010 voted to remove the Galapagos Islands from its World Heritage in Danger List.  The Galapagos Islands was placed on the list in 2007.  South American Vacations is pleased that conservation efforts initiated over the last two years are helping to preserve the archipelago for future generations and to […]

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Rail Service To Machu Picchu Reopens

Rail service to Machu Picchu, in Peru, has reopened after months of repairs.  The railway was damaged by flooding and mudslides at the end of January, and service had been partially restored in April.  The mountaintop Inca citadel, with an average of more than 2,000 passengers per day, is the most visited site in South America.

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New Passport Fee Schedule For U.S. Citizens

New passport fees for the U.S. Passport Book, the U.S. Passport Card, and other passport services went into effect July 13, 2010.   The most significant changes are increases in standard adult passport fees from $75 to $110 and standard minor fees from $60 to $80.  Passport cards will increase in cost from $20 to $30 […]

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Update On Chile’s Tourism Infrastructure

We just received this press release from Turismo Chile, the country’s travel promotion department on the status of the country’s tourism infrastructure.  The gist of it is that the Atacama Desert area, Easter Island, and Patagonia were unaffected by the recent earthquake.  In Santiago (Central Region), the airport suffered damage to the passenger terminal, but […]

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Earthquake In Chile

Early in the morning of Saturday, February 27th, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Concepcion, Chile’s second largest city.  So far, the death toll is over 700 people.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends of the victims.  Chile’s capital city of Santiago, which is more than 200 miles northeast of […]

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Update On The Train Route From Cusco To Machu Picchu

The latest information that we have received from Peru indicates that FTSA, the operator of the railroad on the train route from Cusco to Machu Picchu, has made substantial progress in restoring the railroad to working order. So far, the routes from km 82 (Piscacucho) to km 90 and from km 106 to km 110 […]

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