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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: 2032

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: 818

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: 3529

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: 1524

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: 2088

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: 2576

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: 3807

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: 2088

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: 27585

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: 2625

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: 1500

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: 1119

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: 2011

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: 3820

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: 16582

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: 8956

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: 1636

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: 4501

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: 965

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: 1799

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: 3820

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: 3821

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: 726

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: 4501

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: 1955

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: 735

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: 1955

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: 17784

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 ...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Kuelap
Replies: 9
Views: 1955

Re: Kuelap

[quote="Slippery Jack"]We were there a week ago. We stayed at Hotel Villa de Paris in Chachapoyas which was ok. It was 140 soles for a matrimonial room. We got a mini bus to Kuelap for 40 soles each plus entry 15 soles. We were going to arrange it privately but it was much easier to just g...
by Sergio Bernales
Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New to Lima - Safety concerns
Replies: 24
Views: 4093

Re: New to Lima - Safety concerns

gringito wrote:
Sergio Bernales wrote:Carry a gun at all times!

Good idea!

@Ward:
The MOST dangerous thing in Lima is to drive by bicycle!!!!


Agreed, although being a pedestrian comes a close second. I've nearly been hit by bikes several times.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Kuelap
Replies: 9
Views: 1955

Re: Kuelap

Anybody got any good hotel recommendations around Kuelap?
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Visited Cusco - Machu Picchu
Replies: 8
Views: 2058

Re: Visited Cusco - Machu Picchu

It's per person. 4 days/3 night tour includes lunch, dinner, tents and personal porter. Does not include tip to porters and tour guide. At those prices, I hope Atahualpa's great, great, great, great grandchildren guided you. But if profit was the main driving force, then perhaps it's more likely th...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you feel danger when in the public now?
Replies: 108
Views: 17784

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 ...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Coffee Thread - 2015
Replies: 55
Views: 7217

Re: Coffee Thread - 2015

okay. i think i found the best value beans so far. exportacion - from cafe risso. it's to the left of rustica in calle risso, lince, lima (beside the plazavea/casino/mcdonalds complex). their exportacion vareity is/10 per 250g, and s/40 per kg, and tastes like the coffee you would normally get from...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New to Lima - Safety concerns
Replies: 24
Views: 4093

Re: New to Lima - Safety concerns

Run! Run! It's not safe! Carry a gun at all times!
by Sergio Bernales
Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Quitting Smoking
Replies: 11
Views: 1820

Re: Quitting Smoking

This guy comes highly recommended, but, of course, his strategy might not work for everyone.

http://www.amazon.com/Allen-Carrs-Easy- ... 0615482155
by Sergio Bernales
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving for 6 months on foreign license
Replies: 6
Views: 1199

Re: Driving for 6 months on foreign license

The international license is very important from the translation point. I was stopped at a checkpoint after being in the country three months and had a great up and downer with the police over the validation period, with them insisting in Peru this is only one month. The stand off ended when I call...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What is your favorite store-bought coffee?
Replies: 11
Views: 2563

Re: What is your favorite store-bought coffee?

Out of the store-bought coffees I've been buying recently, Villa Rica has become a favourite.
by Sergio Bernales
Tue May 26, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Titicaca
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

Re: Titicaca

Sorry, stayed in a budget place that was nice a few years ago. Don't know how much it's changed. I've put the address below just in case. http://www.qelqatani.com/ If you want something nice, you probably can't go wrong with the Libertador. There's also a couple of Casa Andina and I've heard the Cas...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue May 19, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: moving to Peru and finding work
Replies: 7
Views: 1785

Re: moving to Peru and finding work

Sadly, your options are very limited. Unless you're sponsored by a company in Peru, plan to invest $25,000 in your own business, or you marry a Peruvian, you'll find it difficult to get a work visa. Reputable schools, multinational companies and mining companies are the most common employers, althou...
by Sergio Bernales
Tue May 19, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Border crossing expiring visa
Replies: 2
Views: 1215

Re: Border crossing expiring visa

It's going to depend on which country, which border and what documentation from SOAT your friend has. Countries like Ecuador will be suspicious that you're trying to import the car for resale. http://www.vangabonds.com/border-crossing-ecuador-peru/ http://www.drivetheamericas.com/wiki/additional-per...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 15, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Reliable Internet
Replies: 5
Views: 1168

Re: Reliable Internet

I got a cold call from Claro not long ago saying they were adding fibre optic cable to parts of their network in Lima and asked if I'd be interested. Turned out I wasn't in one of the trial/catchment areas. So you could go to a Claro office and ask about that.
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 08, 2015 12:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: More Evidence the housing frenzy has cooled in Peru
Replies: 11
Views: 2446

Re: More Evidence the housing frenzy has cooled in Peru

I don't make this stuff up.. It comes from research and the boom and bust tendencies of the Peruvian Economy. With the strong Dollar you can already see housing prices dropping in Dollars. Construction was -9% in Feb 2015 GDP reports. Way down. Good point, a lower sol is going to help dollar buyers...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 08, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru has problems
Replies: 6
Views: 1639

Re: Peru has problems

Great post and shocking videos. I've been reading into the subject and the best reading I could find on the subject was here. It seems more of a trend that's become institutionalised, although thugs and rogue cops obviously play a big part. http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21599349-americ...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 08, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What is your favorite store-bought coffee?
Replies: 11
Views: 2563

Re: What is your favorite store-bought coffee?

Difficult one, but I agree that Altomayo is probably the best for both quality and value. Cafetal can't be beat on value and it's really not too bad. I tend to treat Tunki like a 20 year old Scotch and buy it for special occasions. The other brands I buy on a whim and I like most of them, apart from...
by Sergio Bernales
Fri May 08, 2015 10:56 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you feel danger when in the public now?
Replies: 108
Views: 17784

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

To be honest, I feel the types of crime between, say, the UK and Peru, are quite different. Aggressive drunks on Friday and Saturday nights, deserted train stations at night with weirdos loitering around and gangs of bored youths on housing estates are the things that bother most people across the p...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu May 07, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Trios with Movistar vs. Claro??
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Re: Trios with Movistar vs. Claro??

Unless you've come to hate Movistar, it might be worth talking to their sales department. I'm paying less than you for a Movistar trio with 40 mbps and 40 HD channels and a Fox package thrown in. If Movistar are unwilling to offer you their latest package, then the one advantage of switching is you ...
by Sergio Bernales
Thu May 07, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Real Estate/Inmobiliaria
Replies: 7
Views: 1296

Re: Real Estate/Inmobiliaria

Peruvians hate parting with their money? Can I say “Jews hate parting with their money”? Fine line. I think many people of many nationalities hate parting with their money... even expats. I guess the less you have, the less easy it is to part with it. (I am only pointing the difficulty of generaliz...

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