How to get to Peru from Canada; where to start?

How to get to Peru from Canada; where to start?

The 20-second summary:

  • Peru is home to Machu Picchu, one of the 7 world wonders and also the Amazon Rainforest
  • Canadian passport holders do not need a visa for Peru
  • Air Canada offers direct flights to Lima, Peru from Toronto and Montreal
  • Lima is a major airline hub for other South American destinations
  • Lima, Peru can be reached from most Canadian cities with one stopover

Read below for more details:

As the number of travelers to Peru in general grows, this is also true for those travelers coming from Canada to Peru and its famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.


A Peru vacation from Canada used to start with a stopover before reaching Lima but this is no longer necessarily true. If you would be traveling from Canada to Machu Picchu, more particular from Montreal or Toronto you can reach Lima in one go.

Air Canada earlier this month started operating direct flights to Lima, Peru from Montreal. For several years now Air Canada has direct flights between Toronto and Lima but now added a second direct connection with Montreal. This not only shows the interest from canadian travelers for Peru South America but also that the airline believes this is a stable success and start of a new story of intercontinental connections between these two countries.

Therefore we are glad to announce that for those looking to explore majestic Machu Picchu, awe at the beauty of Lake Titicaca or hike the depths of the Amazon Rainforest, they nowadays have dozens of options. We first of all have the direct flights with Air Canada either from Toronto or Montreal but for those coming from other major cities in Canada such as Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary or Quebec can also get to Peru with only one stop. Following we will go over the airlines that offer this route and the stopover they make;

  • Air Canada; Toronto or Montreal

  • American Airlines; Dallas

  • United Airlines; Newark

  • LATAM; JFK (New York) or LAX (Los Angeles)

  • Avianca; El Salvador

  • Interjet; Mexico City

All of these international flights arrive to Lima, the capital of Peru. From Lima one has to take internal flights to your next destination. Peru has a good network of local airports and airlines that serve most of the country, even some of the further corners of this diverse country. Places such as Iquitos, on the shores of the Amazon River in the far north of Peru can be reached with a two hour direct flight from Lima. To reach the other end of the country, the Southern border with Bolivia, one can fly to Juliaca at about 1 hour drive from Puno, the starting point for visits to Lake Titicaca and the Uros Floating Islands. From here it is also easy to cross into Bolivia and visit La Paz or the unique Uyuni Salt Flats. For those traveling to Machu Picchu the best option is to fly to Cusco, and from here start their trip to Machu Picchu. Cusco is the old Inca Capital and gateway to this impressive Inca citadel. From Cusco one can visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas en route to the train station from where you can take your train to Aguas Calientes for their Machu Picchu tour. You can also hike the Inca Trail or any of the other hikes that will lead you to the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu, discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.  

Lima’s International Jorge Chavez Airport is one of the main airport hubs connecting the South American continent so from here it is easy to fly on directly to other main cities such as Buenos Aires, Foz do Iguazu, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago de Chile, Bogota, Sao Paulo, Quito and La Paz.

So, if South America has been on featuring on your bucket list for some time, and you would be coming down from Canada we are glad to announce that the world has just become a little bit smaller for you.  

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