People who visit Peru often book flights from city to city to avoid long bus rides across the country, but many travelers often overlook an important detail for their journey: baggage allowances for domestic flights in Peru.
If you're planning to fly between multiple destinations in Peru, you'll need to take into account what luggage you'll be allowed to take with you on domestic airlines before choosing what bags to bring and how much to pack inside them.
Most of Peru's domestic airlines allow at least one item of hand luggage and at least one checked piece (free of charge). By having the right kind of daypack and backpack (or suitcase), you can avoid excess baggage charges and reduce your overall travel costs.
Note: Items such as knives, penknives, box cutters, knives with folding or retractable blades, ice picks, scissors and other sharp-edged objects are not allowed in hand luggage on Peru’s domestic flights.
StarPerú is based in Lima and offers routes between the city and Iquitos, Huánuco, Cusco, Pucallpa, Tarapoto, and Puerto Maldonado in Peru as well as flights to Santiago, Chile. Founded in 1997, this airline started as a cargo company but shifted to a commercial transit model in 2004. Baggage allowances for StarPerú are as follows:
- Hand luggage: One piece, up to 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds). You may also bring a personal item on the plane.
- Checked baggage: Free for up one piece of luggage weighing up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds).
- Excess baggage: Anything beyond the checked baggage limits is considered excess baggage, for which you’ll have to pay $2.50 per additional kilogram up to 32 kilograms (70.5 pounds), luggage heavier than that will not be permitted on the plane.
Based in Santiago, Chile, LATAM Airlines is one of the largest carriers in South America, with flights within Peru, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Columbia. Formerly known as LAN Airlines South America, LATAM was originally founded in 1929 and went through several iterations and services during its long history of operations until eventually privatizing into a major passenger airline company in the 1990s. Baggage allowances for LATAM Airlines are as follows:
- Hand luggage: One piece, up to 8 kilograms (17 pounds) for economy and up to 16 kilograms (35 pounds) in premium economy or premium business. The maximum dimensions are 55 centimeters (21.65 inches) tall, 35 centimeters (13.78 inches) wide, and 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) deep. Passengers can also carry one personal item no larger than 45 centimeters (17.72 inches) tall, 35 centimeters (13.78 inches) wide, and 20 centimeters (7.87 inches) deep.
- Checked baggage: Depending on your flight class, it costs $11 (or more depending on the route) to check the first bag, $25 for the second bag for domestic flights in most of Peru when they are purchased more than 6 hours before the flight. When purchased less than 6 hours before the flight the first bag costs $30 and the second costs $40. Bags weighing 23-32 kilograms (50-70 pounds) will incur a $30 excess weight charge. Bags weighing 32-45 kilograms (70-99 pounds) will have an additional $60 charge (for a total of $90). Oversized luggage (larger than 158 linear centimeters) will have an additional charge of $35).
- Excess baggage: For the third bag and any additional bags, passengers will be charged $70.
Formed from the merger of Avianca from Columbia and TACA from El Salvador in 2004, Avianca Holdings has headquarters in Bogota and several subsidiaries including Avianca Peru, which provides domestic flights between most of Peru's major cities. Luggage allowances on board Avianca flights include:
- Hand luggage: One piece, up to 10 kilograms (22 pounds) with a sum of its external dimensions (height + width + depth) not exceeding 115 centimeters (45 inches). A small personal item is also allowed.
- Checked baggage: Free for one piece up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) with a sum of its external dimensions not exceeding 158 centimeters (62 inches). Overweight luggage up to 45 kilograms (99 pounds) is $15.
- Excess baggage: Bags larger than 158 centimeters (62 inches) and less than 230 centimeters (90.5 inches) total will be charged $80 per piece while each additional bag 23 kilograms (50 pounds) and under is $45. A second bag that is overweight costs $60. A third piece of luggage and every item after that is $55 per piece unless it is overweight or oversized in which case it costs $70 per piece.
Headquartered in Lima, Peruvian Airlines was founded in 2007 and provides flight routes to Arequipa, Cusco, Iquitos, Juaja, Piura, Pucallpa, Tacna, and Tarapoto in Peru and La Paz in Bolivia. Baggage allowances for Peruvian Airlines flights include:
- Hand luggage: One piece, up to 8 kilograms (17 pounds) on some flights and up to 5 kilograms (11 pounds) on others, both measuring no more than 40 centimeters (15.75 inches) tall, 32 centimeters (12.6 inches) long, and 20 centimeters (7.87 inches) deep. Overweight hand luggage will be checked and you will be charged $30.
- Checked baggage: Free for up to 23 kilograms (50 pounds) between two pieces of luggage.
- Excess baggage: Additional bags and overweight baggages costs $30.