Travel options in Peru
I'm thinking of travelling around Peru's interior a bit but was hoping I could call upon your collective wisdom to figure out the best options to do so economically. My preference is to take flights and from what I can see Star Peru seems to be the cheapest of the airlines? (LAN and TACA's flights are a no-go by virtue of their scandalous surcharges). I was wondering if there are any tricks to getting the best deals?
Aside from flights, I would take buses if the prices were considerably better. However, all the websites for the bus firms seem pretty pathetic, often I can't even locate the prices and the itineraries! What is with Peruvian websites and the propensity for not advertising prices online?! I mean are you supposed to turn up on the day not knowing how much it will cost, or have to resort to calling them when there's no good reason why the info shouldn't be recorded electronically?? (sorry for the rant but it's a pet hate of mine). I digress...what I really want to know is which companies people have had good experiences with and whether a return works out cheaper than two singles (logic would suggest yes i imagine)? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
As for locations, I fancy either the jungle or Cusco but I'm aware that it's currently the rainy season....does this really put a 'dampener' on any trip to these places or would the weather conditions be bearable this time of year?
I'm also thinking of flying to Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, or Argentina and making a trip around those places with my GF....in this case, where are the best flights usually to be found? I know that South American flights are very expensive in general but we wouldn't have enough time to take such a long trip using buses.
Thank you very much in advance...