Tom seems like a practical guy.
I mean c’mon, after reading all of the terrible reviews on LoungeBuddy, you practically have to stop at the Copa Club in Juan Santamaria International.
Ever the hopeless optimist, I figured the lounge couldn’t be all bad…
To me, it was like any other lounge – a quick respite from the normal airport hustle. I understand the folks that travel constantly; they’ll have a different opinion of lounges, and will probably have more experiences to compare with any given lounge. For me though, a lounge is just a spot to relax and grab a few snacks. Hell, I didn’t even know lounges existed until I started travel hacking!
I used Rocketmiles to book a hotel for the first time this past trip – the lovely Hotel Santa Maria Inn, on the outskirts of Alajuela.
For those of you that aren’t aware of the site, Rocketmiles essentially acts as a travel agent, charges a bit extra, and throws some airline miles your way for the hassle.
Here’s my experience.
Our last days in Peru found us coming full circle, one more day in Lima before flying home to Boston. When we finally got into our hostel, it was about 11PM on a Saturday night. Every one in the hostel was already asleep! Well, not everyone, we ended up hanging out with some folks from Australia, England, and Canada before meeting our Peru Hop tour guide to go out.
Boston isn’t New York or Tokyo. I’m used to “going out” around 10PM, and getting back by 2AM (and that’s if it’s a really crazy night). People in Lima don’t even leave the house until 1AM! We were out until 5 in the morning, with a much needed pit stop at a very Peruvian McDonald’s…
The next day, we woke up late, and wandered down to Mistura 2015 to experience Latin America’s biggest food festival.
First stop? Lima.
Unless you’re coming to Peru overland, or from a closer destination like La Paz, you’ll probably be flying into Lima. We flew about 6 hours from Boston to Panama City, and then 4 more hours to Lima, on Copa Airlines. I have to tell you, Copa was awesome. They had excellent customer service and the in-flight food was decent. Plus, your first two checked bags fly free, even though we didn’t check any bags on the way there.