Sep 21, 2009

The Truth About AN1H1 in Peru

AN1H1 flu or "Swine" flu has been making news and causing widespread concern for several months. This week, has an excellent article from Ryan Maves M.D., a doctor who works at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Detachment (NMRCD). Because much of the news about AN1H1 has been sensationalized by the media, Dr. Maves article goes a long way in explaining how AN1H1 and influenza in general should be regarded by private citizens and the measures being taken by those in the health care industry to combat it. Like any illness, AN1H1 should be taken seriously, but Dr.Maves concludes that AN1H1 is manageable and isn't a reason to fear traveling to Peru or any other country in the world. To find out more,click on

LAN Surprises Tourists with $178.50 Fee

Imagine that you are about to take the vacation of a lifetime. Despite the demands of a busy work schedule and the difficulties of the current economic recession, you've managed to somehow scrape together both the time and the money necessary to travel to Peru and visit the greatest of the world's wonders: Machu Picchu. You're on a tight budget, but you've made it to Peru and you're standing at the Jorge Chavez International airport waiting to board your flight to Cusco when the LAN representative says, "I'm sorry, but you have to pay another $178.50 or we're not letting you get on the plane."

What do you do? You aren't exactly in a position to argue. Chances are your boss back in America or Europe or wherever you're from expects you back on the office on Monday morning, and if you don't catch this flight to Cusco now, you're never going to see the miraculous lost city.

Unfortunately, this is exactly what's been happening to tourists as result of a new LAN policy that went into effect for tickets purchased after September 1st.

Confused? Well, let me back up.

You see, for a long time, everybody's known that LAN has a much cheaper ticket available from Lima to Cusco for residents of Peru. To verify this, simply go to the LAN website and do a search for a flight. Here is a screen shot when you do a search for Lima-Cusco on September 30th as a resident of the USA click on: