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by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Royal Canin Cat food in Lima
Replies: 3
Views: 683

Re: Royal Canin Cat food in Lima

Any idea where I can get Royal Canin cat food (preferably near Barranco, Lima)? I've got an old beast of a cat with intestinal issues and that's the only brand that seems to not cause big issues. Thanks! There's a pet shop at the market at Óvalo Higuereta that sells all kinds of imported pet foods....
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border Hopping - Help!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1733

Re: Border Hopping - Help!!

Sorry, you are out of luck. You will be denied entry in Peru, and will get a stamp in your passport, and a permanent block in the Peruvian immigration system to return within 5 years. They are really strict, and it doesn't depend on the immigration official. ( Read the forum for more horrorstories ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Level with me about moving to Peru?
Replies: 18
Views: 2333

Re: Level with me about moving to Peru?

If you even have to ask that question, you're going to have a hard time. Come and visit for a month, look at the prices in supermarkets, prices for children's products compared to, say, Walmart or Target, what the traffic is like, the cost of housing in safe areas and the pay scale for jobs you thin...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Visa Renewal new Time Frame
Replies: 29
Views: 5648

Re: Visa Renewal new Time Frame

Hi Polaron. The second poster didn't actually say he overstayed, he said he'd just lost his TAM, which isn't that serious, as immigration keep computer records of those who enter and leave Peru. Passports are stamped as well. Also, it may depend on which country he is from. There are also stricter v...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6985

Re: Has PPK won?

Looking statistically impossible for her to win now unless she's planning on stirring things up, perhaps another fujigolpe.
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Has PPK won?
Replies: 27
Views: 6985

Re: Has PPK won?

It's possible that Keiko's strong overseas following in the last election was more anti-Humala than pro-Keiko, so how they vote this time may be anyone's guess. Although, taking three days to sack Joaquín Ramírez looks bad in anyone's eyes. Was it incompetence, indecision, bad advice, or a demonstra...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jun 02, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping from Amazon/Ebay in US to Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 3359

Re: Shipping from Amazon/Ebay in US to Lima

My experience was that usually the postage was about the same price as the book itself, presuming it's average weight, with Amazon, which still made it cheaper than Peru. But why don't you use Kindle? Even if you don't have an Amazon Kindle, you can download it to a tablet. The books are cheaper, th...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun May 01, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Presidential Election
Replies: 70
Views: 15314

Re: Peru Presidential Election

Kuczynski will make the rich richer and the poor poorer. He will only support his kind of people. What would you say his kind of people are? Lepers perhaps. If you look at his family background, his father was renowned doctor who set up a leper colony near Iquitos, so hardly establishment backgroun...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Return plane ticket?
Replies: 7
Views: 1739

Re: Return plane ticket?

It's the airline that probably won't let you board if you don't have a return ticket.
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: how much do you spend on menu?
Replies: 17
Views: 5560

Re: how much do you spend on menu?

The goblins took him away for telling fairy tales.
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Weakness in the $
Replies: 8
Views: 1224

Re: Weakness in the $

Peru has always been a part of the countries that are pegged to the dollar (via the Bretton Woods agreement). They exchange can never go below 2.5. Gringolandia is correct, and the only reason why the dollar keeps slightly surging is your seeing worldwide sell-off of silver and gold contracts to br...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cycling In Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Cycling In Lima

Alan, my apologies, disgrace was too strong a word. I was a bit worked up about the issue. I know in these cases that it's best to sleep on it and write a considered response the day after rather than fire off the first thing that enters my brain. I guess that's the problem with the internet and for...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 31, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cycling In Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Cycling In Lima

I think you hit the nail on the head. Where else will a cyclist be able to ride their bike safely? Unfortunately it is to the detriment of the pedestrians. What bothers me the most is when there is a bike lane but the cyclist is still on the sidewalk. Anyways, since the police here don't really enf...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Mar 31, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cycling In Lima
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Cycling In Lima

I recently heard about a friend's young daughter who was hit by a cyclist on the pavement/sidewalk outside their house and had to go to hospital, nothing serious thankfully. However, the way it happened seemed pretty disturbing. The cyclist, a respectable looking person, late 20s, with a nice bike a...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet Speed & Reliability
Replies: 48
Views: 19654

Re: Internet Speed & Reliability

I got a letter from Movistar say they're increasing the speed from 20 to 40 mbps in my area for only 10 soles extra a month. Now, if their service and customer service were more reliable and I didn't have several down days a month, I'd be rather happy. Still, on the positive side, even if they get c...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Round Trip...or One-Way???
Replies: 69
Views: 13184

Re: Round Trip...or One-Way???

Unless you have a work visa, or carnet, the chances are the airline will not let you board the plane with only a one-way ticket.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4536

Re: tipo de cambio

My guess is the sol's strength is probably temporary, but it could last for a few months and it may rise further. Prices for those commodities that Peru exports have jumped recently, which means there could be some respite for the Peruvian economy and a jump in confidence. The reason is China has an...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting jobs and salaries in Peru
Replies: 14
Views: 3996

Re: Getting jobs and salaries in Peru

Hi, Does anybody have information / experience on following. I'm from Western Europe and considering potential migration to Peru. However this leads naturally to question of how to make money in Peru. Following questions: 1) How easy it is get a good job in Peru. Being well of in my own country wou...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: taxis from Airport to Barranco?
Replies: 12
Views: 5245

Re: taxis from Airport to Barranco?

I came across this recently. It's from last year, but I think it's still accurate, although the fares will be cheaper in dollars, as the dollar's shot up against the sol, giving you more bang for your bucks, so 55 soles is now about $15.50 at today's exchange rate of 3.54 soles to the dollar. http:/...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Feb 25, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Magical Cuzco Tours is looking for a Graphic Design and Operations Intern
Replies: 1
Views: 582

Re: Magical Cuzco Tours is looking for a Graphic Design and Operations Intern

So, are we to understand that you want this outstanding candidate, with all these remarkable skills, to work for nothing? Surely the purpose of being an intern is to learn most of these skills. Shouldn't you be offering training? You haven't outlined a single thing that the candidate can gain from t...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4536

Re: tipo de cambio

This week Gestion mentioned 3.6 by June. Seems to be trending up, question is how long and when to convert to soles to ride it back down? I'd say, ask again in five years. There's nothing going on in Peru's economy that's going to boost the exchange rate. You might see the odd small rally, but ther...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4536

Re: tipo de cambio

Okay, the sol is hitting 3.45 to the dollar. Looks like 3.5 is in sight. My thought is maybe it should start to stabilise around now that there has been an interest rate hike in the US, but with all the instability in the world economy, we might be looking at 3.60 or 3.70... good for US tourists an...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Looking for Golden Retriever puppies ADVICE
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Looking for Golden Retriever puppies ADVICE

I realized you said you want a Golden Retriever puppy but have you considered adopting a dog from a shelter? There are many loving wonderful dogs out there just waiting for someone to take them home I'd echo that. There are some wonderful dogs available for adoption. f you want to look for a specif...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4536

Re: tipo de cambio

Okay, the sol is hitting 3.45 to the dollar. Looks like 3.5 is in sight. My thought is maybe it should start to stabilise around now that there has been an interest rate hike in the US, but with all the instability in the world economy, we might be looking at 3.60 or 3.70... good for US tourists and...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Racism in dating and marriage in Peru?
Replies: 6
Views: 1775

Re: Racism in dating and marriage in Peru?

This subject has come up before. Not the most positive of videos...

viewtopic.php?f=33&t=25414&p=131942&hilit=racism#p131942
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost Strike
Replies: 28
Views: 7689

Re: Serpost Strike

A couple of Christmas cards have appeared, but a few packages sent mid-November haven't arrived yet. I'm slightly worried I'll never see them, as I've had several packages disappear with Serpost over the years.
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru's Wall of Shame
Replies: 8
Views: 4216

Re: Peru's Wall of Shame

The photo with the red line also mixes up SJM and Surco. Anyone who has seen either or both areas can spot it: it identifies the SJM side as the one with winding streets and cul-de-sacs, green areas, more spaced-out houses with pools, and empty land between the wall and homes for much of the stretc...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 27774

Re: New immigration law

According to this, it's more likely to be late 2016...

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=28682
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Is it almost always slightly cloudy in Trujillo ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1018

Re: Is it almost always slightly cloudy in Trujillo ?

Well, it rained in Lima last night, so my hopes aren't high for this summer. I'm expecting humid and cloudy. Maybe Trujillo will have better luck.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost Strike
Replies: 28
Views: 7689

Re: Serpost Strike

Apparently the strike is over, however, when normal service resumes is anyone's guess, as there must be a fairly big backlog. If you have Christmas cards to post, my guess is if you hurry down today, they'll get there in time for mid-January.

http://www.serpost.com.pe/
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Is it almost always slightly cloudy in Trujillo ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1018

Re: Is it almost always slightly cloudy in Trujillo ?

The weather is probably cloudier than usual because of the el niño weather phenomenon, which will probably last into late next year, although you could find it getting hotter and more humid in January. Traditionally Trujillo was sunnier than Lima, but everyone I know up there these days says that in...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Transferring money to Peru (From the UK)
Replies: 6
Views: 2231

Re: Transferring money to Peru (From the UK)

If you don't have a Peruvian bank account to transfer money to, it sounds like Western Union is your best bet. In fact, it looks like the best of a bad bunch. What's worth exploring is that there was a thread on the forum about using Azimo here and as far as I understand it, they'll send you dollars...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Renewing a British Passport from Peru on a tourist visa
Replies: 3
Views: 602

Re: Renewing a British Passport from Peru on a tourist visa

Looks like you're over-complicating a very simple process. I applied for a new passport here in Peru a few years ago and it was all very quick and efficient, although, as Adrian says a little more expensive than you'd expect. I just filled out the forms online -I think they sent it to Brazil to proc...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: how much do you spend on menu?
Replies: 17
Views: 5560

Re: how much do you spend on menu?

Best cheap eats I've had in Lima was Tai-i on Petit Thouars, although it wasn't by any means remotely close to the best food I've had in Lima. The place itself is nothing special, a bit rough around the edges, but the food was okayish and I never got ill, which can be a problem in Lima's cheap (and ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: airport taxi xmas day / new years eve
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: airport taxi xmas day / new years eve

Yes, they should all be running as normal. Christmas day tends not to be as big a celebration here compared to Noche Buena. Agree about Green Taxi. I've never had any problems with them. Their prices are listed at their desk, so you can see beforehand what you're paying, so no haggling. I'd avoid th...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dollars AND Soles - Why?
Replies: 11
Views: 2289

Re: Dollars AND Soles - Why?

Hi Stephen, although 4.78 soles to the pound is better than what you'd have got six months ago, it's not that great. I'm currently getting 5.07 with my Norwich and Peterborough debit card and there are no fees to take out money from a cash machine outside the UK. I understand that it's annoying to c...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost Strike
Replies: 28
Views: 7689

Re: Serpost Strike

Thanks for your responses, everyone. That's interesting to note that at least some offices are open, although I don't have a tracking number for any of the packages I'm expecting. I've also got a few things to post, but even if I can find an office open, I wonder if they're just going to sit there u...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where, how and when to pay visa overstay fine at Lima airport
Replies: 8
Views: 4204

Re: Where, how and when to pay visa overstay fine at Lima airport

You pay the charge when you go through migraciones and hand in your TAM, so there's no delay, as paying the fine will just be a part of the normal process of leaving the country. There's a specific booth at the far end of migraciones which takes payments. If you want to make things speedier, just ma...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 03, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Serpost Strike
Replies: 28
Views: 7689

Serpost Strike

Does anybody have any idea how long the Serpost strike will last? Or even if they are anywhere near coming to an agreement with the workers?
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dollars AND Soles - Why?
Replies: 11
Views: 2289

Re: Dollars AND Soles - Why?

Just expanding on Alan's remarks, the Nuevo Sol replaced the Inti, which replaced the original Sol, both of which suffered crippling rates of inflation. Just to give you an idea of how bad it was, the Inti reached 5,000% inflation in the late '80s. So, given that kind of recent history, it's no surp...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Nov 24, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4536

Re: tipo de cambio

Okay, so 3.4 PEN to the dollar's looking close - it's been bumping around between 3.37 and 3.38 recently - perhaps 3.5 by Christmas? Or some time in spring? http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/USDPEN:CUR And Sterling is hovering around 5.09 to 5.11 - this may look high by recent standards, but go back fu...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: By bus from Lima to Sta.Cruz/Bolivia
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

Re: By bus from Lima to Sta.Cruz/Bolivia

fanning wrote:Or a cheaper option, fly to Juliaca for around US$ 125 return, and then by bus to La Paz. That will shorten the bustime, and still is affordable.


This is also a great idea. It's not far to La Paz from Juliaca and you can stop off in Puno. So why not go and see Cusco on your way back...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: By bus from Lima to Sta.Cruz/Bolivia
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

Re: By bus from Lima to Sta.Cruz/Bolivia

Unless you're wedded to the idea of bus travel across Peru, I'd be tempted to suggest a flight straight to La Paz. If you're spending any time in Bolivia, you'll spend a lot of time on buses anyway and flights there are more expensive than Peru and few and far between. From La Paz you could do a cir...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Need help finding work
Replies: 3
Views: 763

Re: Need help finding work

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but if you don't have a work visa, you'd be working illegally and there are very few, if any, job openings for non-Spanish speakers on tourist visas in the construction industry. As the bigger constructors are mainly unionised, in most areas it's also a closed...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you think Peru is a third world country?
Replies: 6
Views: 2608

Re: Do you think Peru is a third world country?

Yes, compared to wealthier countries in Northern Europe and North America, Peru appears poor, but a comparison to very poor countries with low-growth rates, like Moldova, Ukraine, Ghana or even Albania is bit unfair. Considering current rates of GDP per head, the potential for future growth, the pro...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: salary
Replies: 1
Views: 487

Re: salary

For an international school, you should really expect to be paid close what you'd be paid in your home country. I suppose a margin of 10% less is acceptable. But in the end, if they offer you a figure that's lower than you expect, consider two things. One, if it's a stepping stone, will it help your...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:20 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?
Replies: 20
Views: 3579

Re: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?

You could always consider marriage, but sign a separacion de patrimonios, so that any possible split in the future will not involve fights over assets. What's yours will remain yours. At least if you don't buy anything jointly. If you do buy a home, for example, it would be best if it was only bough...

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