The web spat out far too many flight options which caused a number of head hurts along the way. But, we finally decided to go with British Airways from Dubai via Heathrow, to Madrid then on to Lima. The reason we picked this flight was mainly because of the leaving and arriving times and figured that the time in between will be a mix of sleeping, eating and waiting i.e. a bit of a blur.
Going with the same airline all the way seems to have some benefits including; collecting air miles (although actually using them is another matter), luggage transfers (the airline will send them onto the next flight rather than having to check in again) and generally keeping things simple.
Our last flight will be Lima to Cusco but that will be booked nearer the time as the flights are every half an hour with many different airlines.
So the journey looks like this:
Leave Dubai at 9.30am and arrive London Heathrow at 2.05pm – 7 hrs 35 mins
Layover: 2hr 45min
Leave LHR at 4.30pm and arrive Madrid at 8pm – 2 hrs 20 mins
Layover: 4hr 20min
Leave Madrid at 00.30am and arrive in Lima at 5.35am the next day – 11 hrs 55 mins
Total time: 28hr 55min
Nearly 22 hours in the air and 7 hours waiting time, not including Cusco flight.
There are 6 or 7 flights per day to Cusco from Lima, and the flight time is about 50 minutes.
I hope the movies are good!