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by Sergio Bernales
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to find an Apt in Cusco...
Replies: 2
Views: 594

Re: How to find an Apt in Cusco...

Thanks for sharing your experience, but one question, are these prices for short-term or long-term lets?
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: pay for maid
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Re: pay for maid

The above figures sound about right to me, although you can easily pay less, or more, but that depends on who you're hiring and how you do it. A lot of the agencies are costly, but unreliable, so personal recommendations are often the best, but even then... If no one has any specific recommendations...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 25, 2015 5:53 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Review: Al Toke Pez Surquillo
Replies: 5
Views: 1965

Re: Review: Al Toke Pez Surquillo

I saw that place on Bizarre Foods and I see you posted a link below to the places Andrew Zimmern visited. Good to hear that these little places that try hard are getting a bit of publicity.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Jan 23, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Apt. Rental
Replies: 6
Views: 950

Re: Apt. Rental

I have to agree with Lloyd - you're not going to get a lot for that price - at least in an area you'd consider nice enough and safe enough - especially as you're a tourist on a short-term rental. You might find rooms for rent in shared apartments on this webpage for that price. Another alternative f...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 20, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: IDIOTS GUIDE
Replies: 32
Views: 5362

Re: IDIOTS GUIDE

If you're having doubts about marriage, it sounds like you shouldn't. However, if you're worried about financial assets in the case of a split, you can always consider a prenup, or separacion de patrimonios. http://www.expatperu.com/expatforums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19111&p=99727&hilit=sep...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: IT jobs in lima - any success stories?
Replies: 13
Views: 2555

Re: IT jobs in lima - any success stories?

I think your wife's (or wives'...?) idea of prices is five or ten years out of date. Even if you mange to get an IT job in Lima, $2,000 a month isn't much to live on if you're planning to start a family and send your children to private school. House prices in Lima have tripled in ten years. Unless ...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet Speed & Reliability
Replies: 48
Views: 19467

Re: Internet Speed & Reliability

I use filezilla (both server and client). I just ran a test to one of my servers and the speed is the same as it was. Thanks for letting me know. I did a speed test on my connection, so it's not that. So I'm a bit puzzled now. In the space of a week or so, I've gone down from about 600 KiB/s to abo...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet Speed & Reliability
Replies: 48
Views: 19467

Re: Internet Speed & Reliability

On a similar note, does anyone use FTPs like FileZilla? If so, have you noticed transfer speeds have dropped dramatically recently? I'm wondering if this is because of limitations between different ISPs. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hotels in Paracas
Replies: 3
Views: 1263

Re: Hotels in Paracas

It's high season, so if you can postpone your trip to March or April, when the schools go back, and avoid the weekend, you'll find places like the Doubletree Hilton drop their prices by quite a bit.
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: IDIOTS GUIDE
Replies: 32
Views: 5362

Re: IDIOTS GUIDE

Is it correct as "kpw" implied, if I already have a daughter born and living in Peru. I am entitled to a C.E. without getting married ? That should help. http://www.peruthisweek.com/blogs-how-to-acquire-resident-visa-as-family-member-of-peruvian-citizen-or-resident-103310 By the way, if y...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: your dream house in Peru-post a link to the classified ad
Replies: 10
Views: 1216

Re: your dream house in Peru-post a link to the classified ad

another abandoned place in Punta Negra, just south of Lima. looks very unstable from the outside. That house/folly has been done up recently, painted white and black on the part facing the Panamericana Vieja. On the other side, it looks as if they're restoring the wood, but I'm not sure. I might st...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buddhist Temples ---
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

Re: Buddhist Temples ---

I know it's a different religion, but the Hare Krishnas also have temples in Miraflores, central Lima and Chosica. I've always meant to try the restaurant in Chosica, but never got round to it. Has anyone been?

http://www.yogador.com/templos.html
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone with Claro Digital TV
Replies: 5
Views: 602

Re: Anyone with Claro Digital TV

I think there was a topic about this a year or two ago on expatperu.com, so I'm sure someone knows. Alternatively, there is always the rather long process of contacting the channels themselves. I did a quick search and there seems to be more information on their websites than there is on Claro's. In...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone with Claro Digital TV
Replies: 5
Views: 602

Re: Anyone with Claro Digital TV

Interesting question. As far as I'm aware it shouldn't be a problem, because Movistar and Claro are only networks that carry the broadcaster's signal, so the signal with SAP is coming from the cable channel, not from Claro's network. Also Claro's network is generally much newer and they're even roll...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buying ingredients for Tofu
Replies: 3
Views: 1506

Re: Buying ingredients for Tofu

I know you're just after the ingredients, not a method of how to make it, but the video below includes all the names and terms. Finding an online distributor, who'll deliver to you will probably be difficult in Peru. So your next best bet is to find out if there is a Chinese supermarket, or where Ch...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Source for Land Prices
Replies: 2
Views: 1050

Re: Source for Land Prices

If you're talking about land to build on, prices vary vastly within cities and even within districts. Not only are there big differences in districts, but the zoning and how high you can build is also really important. So a 500 square metre plot which has no height restrictions is worth several time...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1308

Re: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?

I use the Office 365 for 2 years now ( as a home user ). The moment you download your version you get the option in what language you download it. Now you get 1TB of Onedrive on each of the 5 accounts you can create. Now my kid goes to highschool, so he got a PC for christmas, on which another vers...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1308

Re: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?

Sergio it is a simple process to install the English language pack after installing the main programme. The language packs are available from Microsoft on line, but there are free editions available. Just do a search or better still go to: http://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/7...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1308

Re: How do you change a computer to English, bought here ?

Similar query, but regarding Microsoft Office 365. I was thinking about buying Office 365 online, but I noticed buying the English version is more expensive than buying a disc in a package in Sagafallabella, but I'm guessing all the online support and functionality/interface will be in Spanish, or i...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Maps
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Maps

South American Explorers used to have a good map collection, although I wouldn't know if they still do, or even if they have what you're looking for. You could drop in to their office, or even send them a PM here, as they occasionally post on the website.
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus from Lima to Arequipa
Replies: 2
Views: 1243

Re: Bus from Lima to Arequipa

The best beaches are all within driving distance of Lima. If your friends are thinking of splitting their journey halfway, they aren't going to find anything in the way of proper beach towns/resorts. The last major resort I can think of heading south is at Paracas, which I don't think covers even a ...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Documents needed for 6-month stay in Lima?
Replies: 5
Views: 663

Re: Documents needed for 6-month stay in Lima?

I also meant to say, there's no need to visit Peruvian embassies or consulates beforehand. It's totally unnecessary, unless you're planning on coming to Peru for reasons other than tourism.
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Land route, Lima to Santiago
Replies: 13
Views: 2630

Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

There are also lots of specialist tour operators who can will take you to all those out of the way places that inter-city buses don't go to. If you would prefer not to be part of a tour and do the trip on your own, these tours are a good way of using as a basis to plan your own tour. Also as the nig...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9806

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

Great photos. Thanks for posting them.
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy
Replies: 15
Views: 3781

Re: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy

Thanks! I forgot about buying the insurance and being offered it when I buy my ticket. It's cheap too so wasn't looking forward to dropping $250 plus a month if I don't have to. I don't have any health issues at the moment so not too worried but if the $50 policy trip insurance will work then great...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Documents needed for 6-month stay in Lima?
Replies: 5
Views: 663

Re: Documents needed for 6-month stay in Lima?

You just need your passport. You'll be given a TAM by the airline and then when you arrive at the airport, you ask the immigration official politely that you want to stay for six months. If they ask whey, then tell them the truth. It's as simple as that. http://goperu.about.com/od/planningandpacking...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Land route, Lima to Santiago
Replies: 13
Views: 2630

Re: Land route, Lima to Santiago

While the landscape on the trip from Lima to Tacna is beautifully mesmerising, after several hours, it can feel monotonous and, if you travel by bus, you'll also have 11/12 hours of darkness. Better to travel by car and make regular stops, or if you're not keen on driving in Peru, it's worth thinkin...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima
Replies: 81
Views: 9806

Re: the lovely old disappearing homes of Lima

Fantasic Photos victmanu. Can you find a photo of the beautiful old house that used to be on the left on the last block of Avenida Arequipa, or certainly one of the last, as you came up to the Ovalo de Miraflores. It wasn't right on the road but a bit set back and surrounded by a garden. It was tor...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy
Replies: 15
Views: 3781

Re: Travel Insurance and Registering with US Embassy

I'd definitely recommend getting some decent travel insurance. While visits to the doctor for minor ailments are not particularly expensive, if anything major happens, you would be seriously out of pocket. Companies like World Nomad and Lonely Planet have specialised policies for long trips - you ca...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Cost of Marriage in Peru
Replies: 17
Views: 2217

Re: Cost of Marriage in Peru

I pretty much agree with the domino effect. My impression is that the trick is to find the locale first and then if you're lucky, most of the rest of it will all fall into place. I'd suggest avoiding the hotels. They're pretty characterless and not good value. There are a lot of outdoor locales with...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner
Replies: 42
Views: 4048

Re: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner

My situation had nothing to do with "safety". The invitee was a male and this was a business meeting in broad daylight at a well-known restaurant. The surprise guest had no knowledge of the business topic and nothing to contribute besides ordering everything on the menu and scowling. Need...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner
Replies: 42
Views: 4048

Re: when you invite a Peruvian to a restaurant lunch or dinner

I didn't mind to pay that 'huge' 5 soles check (it was my intention after all) but she insisted that she paid her part. I think she didn't want to come over as a 'brichera'. Not all chicas are emptyheaded bricheras who think that all gringos are loaded like Donald Trump. She doesn't know how lucky ...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Endocrinologia
Replies: 5
Views: 1287

Re: Endocrinologia

It's probably a good idea to send a PM, as I haven't seen many posts recently from argidd, so she might not see your message.
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Working during the festive season.
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: Working during the festive season.

chi chi wrote:
Sergio Bernales wrote:I'm just waiting for the post that says he got some seasonal work at the North Pole working as an elf.


There was used to be a guy here who did seasonal work playing Santa Claus.


Really? Someone on the forum? Or just a foreigner with a big white beard?
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: PROVISIONS SET OUT FOR THE FINE AND THE TERM
Replies: 10
Views: 1169

Re: PROVISIONS SET OUT FOR THE FINE AND THE TERM

That's very interesting to see the law so clearly stated, however, I understand why many people on the forum feel that the spirit of this law is being abused. Although it appears perfectly legal to enter and exit the country just by simply crossing a border and renewing the tourist visa on return, p...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian Travel Company Recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: Peruvian Travel Company Recommendation

Sagafalabella also has some okay-ish deals now and again. Also worth looking at are corteingles and Groupon Peru sometimes has some decent offers. Enjoy your trip wherever you end up going. http://www.viajeselcorteingles.com.pe/ http://www.viajesfalabella.com.pe/ofertas http://www.groupon.com.pe/des...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Working during the festive season.
Replies: 8
Views: 889

Re: Working during the festive season.

I'm just waiting for the post that says he got some seasonal work at the North Pole working as an elf.
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Finally visiting Macchu Picchu but need some help
Replies: 21
Views: 3398

Re: Finally visiting Macchu Picchu but need some help

Appear to be wasting your breathe ironchefchris. Chi chi has demonstrated he is incapable or unwilling to understand how the airline industry works. Just because he worked as a stewardess serving refreshments to passengers doesn't mean he knows anything about airline revenue management. He is just ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: iPhone-where to buy? Peru or US
Replies: 4
Views: 2848

Re: iPhone-where to buy? Peru or US

It depends what model you want and also whether you want it locked or unlocked. The best bargains in the US are if you want a locked phone on a long contract, which isn't going to be of much use in Peru. In Peru, the newer the model, the more expensive it is with post pago, so buying an unlocked pho...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Better Bargain Than Back Home
Replies: 35
Views: 6227

Re: Better Bargain Than Back Home

USB flash drives - or at least the 8 GB ones in Wong with the Brazilian flag - for about 9.90 soles, making it cheaper than both Walmart and Tesco. http://www.tesco.com/direct/technology-gaming/usb-flash-drives/cat3374732.cat http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?query=Flash%20Drive&cat_id=...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No internet in Miraflores!
Replies: 6
Views: 935

Re: No internet in Miraflores!

A change in phone number wasn't a big problem, as most people call mobile phones nowadays. Most calls to the land lines are usually cold calls - often from movistar themselves to sell you a more expensive internet/tv package. That's true for a home landline, maybe. For businesses it might create ce...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Weather and dance!
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: Weather and dance!

If you want to do something like Zumba, most of the gyms seem to be running classes.

http://www.bodytechperu.com/peru/centro ... ch-paso-28

http://www.goldsgymperu.com/encuentratuclase.aspx

Have a nice time in Peru. And as the others say it's hot at the moment.
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: No internet in Miraflores!
Replies: 6
Views: 935

Re: No internet in Miraflores!

Yes, as the others say, it's definitely better to close the old line and open a new one, unless you have to wait out a contract. I tried to do this once and they said it would take four weeks to migrate my service. However, if I opened a new line, they said it would be ready within a few working day...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Lima have changed so much in 4 years
Replies: 10
Views: 1061

Re: Lima have changed so much in 4 years

I'd say the infrastructure is definitely improving for the better, less combis, bigger buses, and the metropolitano is very quick, efficient and secure. I've also seen roads improve a lot over the years. There are fewer streets with cratered pot-holes and in places like Callao, with speed cameras at...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Considering moving to Lima...
Replies: 31
Views: 3347

Re: Considering moving to Lima...

Hello! My husband and I are considering moving to Lima next year. Although I have tried to do some research on some of our questions, I thought that asking people who actually live in Lima currently would be very useful. We both speak Spanish and have previous experience working in Latin America, b...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Internet quality around Peru
Replies: 9
Views: 2907

Re: Internet quality around Peru

Hello all. I would like to know more about the internet quality in various cities in Peru. Please feel free to share info you may have about areas not covered here. These are my observations so far about the internet in the places I've been: 1. Lima - Excellent internet. Fast and stable with many o...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tourist Visa Question
Replies: 10
Views: 1204

Re: Tourist Visa Question

That's a 60? Like the others, I think you're best to double-check.
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Finally visiting Macchu Picchu but need some help
Replies: 21
Views: 3398

Re: Finally visiting Macchu Picchu but need some help

Hello all; My wife, three kids (under 11) and I are planning on visiting Cusco and Macchu Picchu between January 26th and 28th of 2015. We would like to utilize our time the best way possible and take care of much of the travel arrangements before hand. I would appreciate if you could share with us...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: English Speakers needed in Miraflores (OLD)
Replies: 10
Views: 2416

Re: English Speakers needed in Miraflores

You said - basic, minimum, s200 per week, that is s800 per month, minimum wage is s750, so yea, its about the same. You do not need a degree to make more, Ive made much much more with several jobs around Lima, and I dont have a degree, and my current job pays even more than those Ive had around her...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Better Bargain Than Back Home
Replies: 35
Views: 6227

Re: Better Bargain Than Back Home

Good question. In terms of physical products, not a lot is in my experience. Most internationally-traded products aren't cheaper, as there are neither the same economies of scale in Peru as in Europe or the US, nor large efficient distribution networks. So any product that can be shipped across bord...

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