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by Sergio Bernales
Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 27434

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: 986

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: 7588

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: 986

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: 2176

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: 578

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: 5485

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: 713

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: 2171

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: 7588

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: 4156

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: 7588

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: 2171

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: 4452

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: 1316

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: 1316

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: 749

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: 2541

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: 478

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: 3471

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...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Which areas of Lima are good to live in that are not too expensive?
Replies: 12
Views: 2005

Re: Which areas of Lima are good to live in that are not too expensive?

As traffic in Lima is terrible, possibly worse than Shanghai if you take into account the poor infrastructure and crazy drivers, it's worth considering a home and a school that's near a Metropolitano station. The Metropolitano is a bus service that has its own lanes and is the fastest (although crow...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Should One buy an apartment now?
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: Should One buy an apartment now?

That's the million sol question. My thoughts are these: if you're after a nice place to live, then go ahead and make an offer substantially below any asking price and see what happens. Remember, if it's a new build and the constructora is a small company, cash flow will be important, so they'd be mu...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?
Replies: 20
Views: 3471

Re: Should I marry my Peruvian boyfriend?

Sorry, my excessive questioning, but i have a company here that would sponser me for a work visa. Do you know if that process is faster than getting married and a residency confirmed? That depends on the company, but I think given the nature of your relationship and the issues you've mentioned, goi...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Oct 06, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How does the new site work?
Replies: 10
Views: 1509

Re: How does the new site work?

One thing I noticed is a lot of the links on the webpage for expatperu for residency and carnets don't work. With all the talk of new visa laws, it might be be an idea to update the links for those posters who want to apply for a carnet, work visa, etc. Unless, of course, the rules for carnets have ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving to Peru for a 1 year work contract?
Replies: 10
Views: 2075

Re: Driving to Peru for a 1 year work contract?

If you arrive by truck, technically, at the border, it will just be a case of filling out some paperwork and then entering the country. If it's for personal use, usually tourism, that's what happens with cars from, say, Ecuador, no import tax. So arriving in a US truck should probably be similar, bu...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Oct 03, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you think Peru is a third world country?
Replies: 6
Views: 2541

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

In many ways, it's just semantics - (“third world” later became “developing countries” or “less developed countries”), but as the world has changed, so have many of these countries and so there are more positive connotations to the term developing country than third world. However, the problem is th...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: S&P Lowers the rating of 5 Peruvian Banks
Replies: 11
Views: 3772

Re: S&P Lowers the rating of 5 Peruvian Banks

I imagine all the recent mining protests might also affect the credit rating if there's less investment, less hard currency, coming into the country.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/528f72f8-4b3f ... 77189.html
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Oct 01, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving to Peru for a 1 year work contract?
Replies: 10
Views: 2075

Re: Driving to Peru for a 1 year work contract?

You might want to rethink your plans. Unless you're wanting to import your truck in a crate, you can't drive to Peru from North America. The Darien Gap has no roads. And if you bring it in by shipping container, they're going to slap a big fat tax on it. You'll also need a lot of documentation for t...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New immigration law
Replies: 94
Views: 27434

Re: New immigration law

this indeed has serious consequences for quite a lot of people, already living here for years on a tourist visa! What practical options do they have? Yes, good point, as it could be very difficult for those who live here with their partner and would like to obtain a carnet via marriage but are unab...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BANOS on Buses--traveling INTERNATIONALLY (for DAYS)
Replies: 10
Views: 2604

Re: BANOS on Buses--traveling INTERNATIONALLY (for DAYS)

http://www.cruzdelsur.com.pe/destinos/pasajes-argentina-bus As far as I can see that is a single. Now, I saw a flight from Lima to Buenos Aires the other day for $196 on edreams. Now, I don't know if that included taxes, but still. I definitely don't want to talk anyone out of taking the bus if they...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Legal actions for not paying an employee?
Replies: 4
Views: 1486

Re: Legal actions for not paying an employee?

A denuncia against the individual/company is probably the best way to go. The wheels of justice may move slowly in Peru, but they do move. It's also worth doing a thorough search on this webpage. I think this subject has come up before.
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expatriates personality
Replies: 4
Views: 1102

Re: Expatriates personality

In English, the word expatriate has a wide range of legal and cultural definitions of residents abroad. Wikipedia covers most of them, so I've put the link below. For the users of this webpage, it seems to be a term that has more to do do with self-perception and how long you plan to stay in the cou...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Hotel next to Macchu Picchu
Replies: 8
Views: 1993

Re: Hotel next to Macchu Picchu

I can't say I've ever been a fan of Aguas Calientes and after getting eaten alive by insects when I went to the thermal waters, I probably wouldn't want to stay in the town again. Best reason I can think of for staying is if you want to get up to Machu Picchu really early when it's quiet or to climb...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Prescription Medication in Cusco, Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 3766

Re: Prescription Medication in Cusco, Peru

i dont want to get into some silly discussion about the context of peruvian slang, however you bring up a valid point and yes in other parts maybe it is used in that context. the people who taught me the meaning provided several contexts. not that this has anything to do with helping the OP. i prob...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Opening a Bank Account in Peru
Replies: 91
Views: 16506

Re: Opening a Bank Account

Anything new on this front? I want to get a business going and need an account to transfer $ into. Can't start the business until i have the $ in an account, cant get a carnet until i'm working, can;t work until i have an account to transfer $... Mad Uncle Dave The rules have tightened. You're goin...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Crime in Peru
Replies: 47
Views: 8867

Re: Crime in Peru

You make a good point about Peruvians we know and love being victims. Well done. Of course, their risk is the same whether we exist or not. Crime risk for his girlfriend in Trujillo likely the same whether the OP moves there to be with her or not. It might even decrease when he is with her -I sugge...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:42 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Overstay question
Replies: 9
Views: 1616

Re: Overstay question

They're getting stricter at border controls. I definitely think you'd have a big problem getting in if there's less than six months on your passport. As you appear to have just over six months, you might be okay, but it would be interesting to hear if you have any hassle.
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4452

Re: tipo de cambio

Yes and yes to both you questions. In other news the Sol strengthened today by the largest amount I have ever seen in one day. I saw it here on Expat and thought it was a mistake, after confirming it on XE I immediately pulled dollars out of the bank and bought Sol's on the street, basically cuttin...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Restaurant week
Replies: 1
Views: 959

Restaurant week

There are some decent restaurants offering deals for restaurant week.

http://www.atrapalo.pe/restaurantes/lim ... _m296.html
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima - Tarapoto
Replies: 7
Views: 1779

Re: Lima - Tarapoto

Yeah, these posts sounds great, but one thing, is el niño affecting these areas yet and will it?
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Prescription Medication in Cusco, Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 3766

Re: Prescription Medication in Cusco, Peru

Some additions to my first post.... A little background and off topic sorry. Pharmacies are big busniess here. It has been my experience that they are just as much peperos or peperas - slang for pill poppers Last I heard, peperos/peperas were the types of people who popped pills in your drinks in b...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ATM fee increase?
Replies: 18
Views: 3727

Re: ATM fee increase?

If you're coming from the UK and plan on withdrawing money from a UK bank or building society, there are a few places that offer debit and credit fee-free cards on foreign transactions. For debit cards the best I've come across is Norwich and Peterborough building society. And for credit cards, the ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Recommendations for Moving Company: Peru to USA
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: Recommendations for Moving Company: Peru to USA

Try searching the forum, as this question comes up every few months and some of the members who may have contributed suggestions may not be posting any more. Here's one example.

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=26402&p=136458&hilit=removal#p136458
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: tipo de cambio
Replies: 20
Views: 4452

Re: tipo de cambio

My guess is you'll see that exchange rate in the next few months. There's no good economic news on the horizon, just tumbling commodity prices, which are Peru's main source of foreign exchange, so there's nothing that's going to push the sol in the other direction. Plus markets always overshoot, so ...
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Kuelap
Replies: 9
Views: 1935

Re: Kuelap

Slippery Jack wrote:The road from moyobamba to Chachopoyas was fine all the way and with some beautiful views of the forested mountains.

The road to Kuelap from Chachopoyas is good at first but then turns onto an unsurfaced road. It's not too bad though.


Great advice, thanks!
by Sergio Bernales
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TV,Internet contracts
Replies: 3
Views: 727

Re: TV,Internet contracts

My experience with Movistar is that you can suspend the service when you're going to be away for long periods of time. Although, this being Movistar, expect them to screw it up in some way. However, I'm not sure what happens in the first year, after signing a basic yearly contract, whether you're bo...
by Sergio Bernales
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Kuelap
Replies: 9
Views: 1935

Re: Kuelap

Slippery Jack wrote:You are welcome. We went via Tarapoto and Moyobamba. Chachapoyas is 4hrs from Moyobamba.


Now, that's a good idea, but what's the road like? I keep getting told the Chiclayo road is the best one.
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you feel danger when in the public now?
Replies: 108
Views: 17606

Re: Do you feel danger when in the public now?

@ironchefchris: I will prepare an answer to your question, hoever, now they throw me out of the cabinas internet. I hope I will post it tomorrow or so. Gringito, nosiness makes me curious about your response to this and it's always interesting hearing someone else's perspective to the good and the ...

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