The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare, three nights' accommodations, hotel taxes, fuel surcharges, and breakfast daily, from $499 per person—plus an estimated $79 in taxes.
When: Aug. 16-Dec. 9, 2008; add $100 for June 18-Aug. 15.
Gateways: Miami; add $460 for Atlanta; $560 for Chicago, D.C.; $620 for L.A.; and $760 for Seattle; additional cities available.
The fine print: Package price includes hotel taxes, fuel surcharges, breakfast daily, and airport-hotel transfers. Does not include airport taxes and fees of $79 per person. Add $25 per person each way for weekend flights. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $100. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: June 12, 2008, is currently listed as the book-by deadline, but Lan plans to extend the sale.
Contact: LANVACATIONS, 800/435-3593, lanvacations.com.
Why it's a deal: A recent Kayak search yielded a $461 round-trip fare on Copa Panama Airlines. For $138 more per person, LAN covers the three-night hotel stay and taxes, breakfast daily, and transportation to and from the airport, all in one booking. Also note that the fuel surcharges are included in this package (normally that would cost you $310), but only if you fly out of Miami. Tip: It will likely be cheaper to book a flight from your U.S. city to Miami than to pay the add-on fee ($460 for Atlanta, for example) for booking through LAN.
Trip details: The Lan Peru Lima Supersaver package begins with a flight on LAN Airlines to Lima, where you'll be transferred to the Mariel Hotel, your base for the three-night stay. The 40-room property is located in the upscale Miraflores district, popular with both tourists and locals for its cafés, boutiques, handicraft markets, and parks. The hotel has a bar, and you get free Wi-Fi in your room. You'll also receive a continental breakfast each day of your stay.
Lima, on the western coast of Peru, is a bustling city that about a third of Peruvians call home. Its patron saint, the Lord of the Miracles, is celebrated in October with huge street parades. The National Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru in Plaza Bolívar has collections of pottery and textiles from all the main cultures of ancient Peru. And the Larco Museum is devoted entirely to pre-Columbian art.
Beyond exploring Lima, you could head south for a day to unwind on the white-sand beaches, surf the Pacific waves, and hang out at a few small cafés and shops. One remote beach is even called El Silencio (although with clubs close by, we suspect it's not quite "silent").
The dry season in Peru is from May to September, with June through August being the driest months. These will also be the busiest months for tourists, so expect crowds. Lima's temperatures remain mild through the year (the average is about 60 degrees Fahrenheit), and there isn't a lot of rain, so it's a pleasant place to visit year-round.
ATMs are now ubiquitous throughout Peru; you can reliably draw cash in local currency at a decent exchange rate at any time of day from streetside ATMs in Lima.
You can change your return ticket with Lan for no additional fee; add on nights in Lima beginning at $52 per room per night.