My friend from Spain was about to pay her round trip flight Lima – Cajamarca (1) on-line, when she realized there were two different fares: one for Peruvians and other for foreign passengers.
At first, I thought this would be happening due to the fact that there is only one airline that flies from Lima to Cajamarca. However, I was surprised to find out that this airline (LAN) applies the same policy in Cusco even though three other airlines fly to this city.
These three companies are Star Peru, Taca, and Peruvian Airlines, and fortunately, the fare of them are the same for Peruvians as well as for foreigners.
In Lan´s office, I was told that the aim of this policy was to promote round trip domestic flights. For example, a round trip Cusco – Lima on september 30 costs US$124.48 for a Peruvian citizen. The same flight on the same date is US$379.00 for a foreign visitor (2).
It is important to mention that this discount (for Peruvians) does not apply for one-way flights which cost US$189.50 as a unique rate.
Different Rates in the City too:
Nonetheless, this is not the only case of different fare, and I want to tell my own story now. I have recently changed my residence from Lima to Cusco. From that day on, I am granted free entrance to Cusco´s attractions. Previously to that, however, a guard always invited me to come over the cashier in order to pay an admission ticket (the so-called Boleto Turístico).
Some churches such as the Cathedral, San Blas, Compañia de Jesus, and the Merced applies a similar scheme: free entrance for Cusqueños and residents though the difference here is that Peruvians as well as foreigners pay the same fare. It is true, nevertheless, that you can attend masses without any problem.
What do you think about this?
(1) Cajamarca is an Andean city located to the north of Peru near the border to Ecuador. It is famous because here the last Inca Atahualpa received the first Spaniards which eventually would mark the end of the Inca culture.
(2) Take notice these rates might have changed.
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