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by JanD
Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Swedish Lobsterparty at the Swedish Consulate
Replies: 5
Views: 1140

Re: Swedish Lobsterparty at the Swedish Consulate

Would have loved to come, because I: - Sofar never met Swedish people; - Love eating lobster/crayfish and everything else that comes from the sea and try Absolut or other spirits, although I'm a wine drinker. But ( for this :? !) unfortunately I will be in Pacaya Samiria enjoying myself (foto :lol: ...
by JanD
Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

It becomes a bit nitty gritty :wink: , but I said: " Although the road is quite winding, there are lots and lots of places were you can overtake, with a car and certainly with a motorbike, trucks or other slower traffic " referring to the first part . And yes the second part is easier and ...
by JanD
Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

The driving distance also depends on the weather and the other traffic. Many trucks travel this route and if you are stuck behind a slow truck then the trip might take much longer. Because of the bends, it's hard to take over the trucks. I once went by motorbike to Yurimaguas and the trip took me a...
by JanD
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

One of the most popular ways of getting to Iquitos by boat is from Yurimaguas which is only 2 hours by bus from Tarapoto. I was not aware that there is a bus service between Tarapoto and Yurimaguas. But I think it highly impossible that the trip by bus only takes two hours. I did the trip a couple ...
by JanD
Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Travelling to Iquitos by boat
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Travelling to Iquitos by boat

I only did from Yurimaguas to Lagunas (Pacaya Samiria Reserve), which is a 12 hours' trip and thought it extremely relaxing: reading, sleeping in my hammock, enjoying the river views, talking with fellow travellers. OK, only twelve hours but I was not bored for one minute. For the food: the meal whi...
by JanD
Tue Sep 24, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Re: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter

Anyone plse :?:
by JanD
Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Re: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter

On the internet I already found a technician (claiming that he was familiar with AEG machines), who took my washing machine to his workshop. Informed me later that day by phone that he could change the necessary parts (for usd 390) to have my machine work at 60 Herz and bring it back still the same ...
by JanD
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter
Replies: 6
Views: 1030

Buying a 60 to 50 Herz Converter/Inverter

As my washing machine is a 220 V, 50Herz machine it does not work on the 220V, 60 Herz Peruvian network. The solution is (as I have been told) to buy a 60Herz to 50Herz Converter/Inverter. Although I see quite a lot of inverters for sale on the internet, I do not see them for sale in Lima/Peru. Can ...
by JanD
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fair price for private/group English lessons??
Replies: 12
Views: 1896

Re: Fair price for private/group English lessons??

You're right, draford. It's in Korea and Japan where the real money is for teaching English.


And where the costs of living probably are much higher...... :(

P.S. Just an observation, with no intention to deviate from the (interesting) main subject! :oops:
by JanD
Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American citizen murdered in La Victoria
Replies: 78
Views: 12691

Re: American citizen murdered in La Victoria

ChiChi, last month I spent some time in Tarapoto. One day, on our way from Tarapoto to Lamas, we were stopped by two men in some kind of uniform, armed with shotguns asking for a contribution for guarding the road. The same happened when travelling by cab from Tarapoto to Yurimaguas and from Tarapot...
by JanD
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:22 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining the Rentista status, how rules are to be explained
Replies: 11
Views: 2709

Re: Obtaining the Rentista status, how rules are to be explained

Not always true unfortunately for most of us, many agents will make you pay the import taxes papers or no papers. probably depends on who you get. Just don't count on it if you want to see your stuff get out of customs :D That also happened with me! Don't expect it to be easy and don't accept what ...
by JanD
Mon Sep 02, 2013 1:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Obtaining the Rentista status, how rules are to be explained
Replies: 11
Views: 2709

Re: Obtaining the Rentista status, how rules are to be explained

Since Peru joined the The Hague Apostille Treaty" in (I think) 2010, it is enough to have your docs. apostilled. That's what I did last year ( I even had Dutch docs apostilled in The Netherlands, translated those apostilled docs. into Spanish by a Belgian translator and had those translations a...
by JanD
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Washing machine (AEG Lavamat) repairshop
Replies: 9
Views: 1268

Re: Washing machine (AEG Lavamat) repairshop

OK, could change the condensator of the engine. But what abt the other electronic parts of the washing machine, like the wather pump, the water heater and (maybe even more sensible) the electronic steering unit? Isn't there anything like a transformer from 60Herz to 50Herz? I've read abt the existen...
by JanD
Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?
Replies: 44
Views: 7182

Re: Favorite Upscale Restaurant ?

Yes I agree with ChiChi that Chalet Venezia in Tarapoto indeed is a good restaurant.
Another one, also in Tarapoto is "Cafe del Mundo", a more Italian style restaurant where most of the tables are grouped in and around the inner patio.....
by JanD
Tue Aug 27, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bringing Dutch cheese to Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Bringing Dutch cheese to Peru

Every time someone is coming over from The Netherlands, I ask him or her to bring some Dutch cheese and kitchen spices which are notavailable in Peru. This weekend one of our daughters is coming over, so I sent her my shopping list, incuding some Dutch cheese. However now I wonder wether there are r...
by JanD
Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ***** landlord - SUNAT option not working...
Replies: 28
Views: 3783

Re: ***** landlord - SUNAT option not working...

Sounds good: "I think now you're doing business!" :)
Good luck and plse, keep us up to date.....
by JanD
Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: ***** landlord - SUNAT option not working...
Replies: 28
Views: 3783

Re: ***** landlord - SUNAT option not working...

We did also a consulta (without yet making a formal complaint) with SUNAT - he did not pay anything.... I start to think that guy is on drugs... :evil:


No....if you play it simple and well: "This guy is in serious trouble" :lol:
by JanD
Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cheap Hotels Near Madrid Airport?
Replies: 5
Views: 1238

Re: Cheap Hotels Near Madrid Airport?

I don't know how much time you have, but Barajas is quite close to Madrid itself with a very good public transport (train/subway) connection to the city centre in less than 20 minutes. http://www.gomadrid.com/transport/airport_options.html "Metro Madrid's Barajas Airport has Metro stations in T...
by JanD
Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1740

Re: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions

The problem is that, as far as I know, the only bank that allows you to open an account without residence or DNI, is HSBC. When I arrived in Peru September last year, I went, amongst others, to various offices of BCP, Interbank and Scotiabank and they all asked for a residence card. When I received ...
by JanD
Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1740

Re: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions

No, you don't have to pay an "entrance fee" or such.

Maybe a small monthly fee, but as I can't remember it couldn't be a lot of money.
by JanD
Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1740

Re: Moving to Lima from UK, lots of questions

Bank account: HSBC allows you to open a bank account without residence. But you must have an address in Peru.
by JanD
Sun May 26, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Sending cell phone to Iquitos
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Sending cell phone to Iquitos

Thanks for the info!
I contacted OLVA, but they told me that it would take between 5 to 8 days for the parcel to arrive in Iquitos.
I went to Serpost and sent it with priority mail, which, as they claim, will arrive in Iquitos Monday afternoon.
by JanD
Fri May 24, 2013 7:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Sending cell phone to Iquitos
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Sending cell phone to Iquitos

I bought here in Lima a cellphone for a friend in Iquitos and now urgently need to send it to her by the fastest, but more important: SAFEST, way.

Anyone here knows a fast, reliable/safe way to send a cellphone from Lima to Iquitos?

Thanks!
by JanD
Sat May 18, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Washing machine (AEG Lavamat) repairshop
Replies: 9
Views: 1268

Washing machine (AEG Lavamat) repairshop

Our washing machine does not appear to have survived the transport from The Netherlands to Peru.
Does anyone on this forum know someone or a shop specialised in repairing AEG washing machines?
Thanks!
by JanD
Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TOOLS???
Replies: 10
Views: 1328

Re: TOOLS???

When you need some cabinets made, just go to Villa El Salvador with your drawings and shop around. They'll make abt. everything you want for very reasonable prices. I have made abt. all my furniture made by one of the shops there. If you want I can PM you their name/address/tel.nbr./email. As I alre...
by JanD
Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carnet Extranjeria CE Rentista 2012 process
Replies: 21
Views: 4969

Re: Carnet Extranjeria CE Rentista 2012 process

Tha apostile procedure does not involve the Peruvian consulate, but an USA institution. For instance in The Netherlands specific Court of Laws are involved. The advantage of the Apostile is that you only need one "verification signature" from the local [USA] apostile institution, that's al...
by JanD
Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carnet Extranjeria CE Rentista 2012 process
Replies: 21
Views: 4969

Re: Carnet Extranjeria CE Rentista 2012 process

What you can do as well, is having it all organised in the USA: I'm not aware of USA procedures, but in general: - Get the signature of an SSA oficial; - Have the document translated into Spanish by an oficial interpretor; - have both documents apostiled; Present the docs together with other requisi...
by JanD
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rentista, SUNAT Resolucion and Exoneration of import Duties
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Re: Rentista, SUNAT Resolucion and Exoneration of import Duties

Got my stuff to my appartment last Saturday and... paid no import duties :D . It took some effort, but after winning some preliminary battles, also won the final battle and with that the war :D After my last posting abt. the Sunat resolution, Iinsisted that they should send me all detailed informati...
by JanD
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: taxi's all over Tarapoto charge 1.50 soles per ride flat fee
Replies: 6
Views: 1025

Re: taxi's all over the city charge 1.50 soles per ride flat fee

Same in Tacna!
Although the prices there are higher....
by JanD
Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tasa Anual procedure for this year
Replies: 39
Views: 4289

Re: Tasa Anual procedure for this year

So, when I understand things well, I, as Rentista, am exonerated from paying the annual taxes, etc.?
And as such don't have to pay anything?
Or is there any "hidden" tax, or wathever, I have overseen?
by JanD
Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: LAN - categories?
Replies: 6
Views: 619

Re: LAN - categories?

As far as I know "Base" and "Base Plus" are only intended for Peruvian and foreigners wirh a carnet de extranjeria.
by JanD
Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Emergency dentist needed - solved!
Replies: 2
Views: 1465

Emergency dentist needed - solved!

This early morning, having a good breackfast with warm, crispy rolls, the bread appeared to be to crispy! Suddenly a large piece (old filling) of one of my front teeth came loose!! Imagine: at the beginning of the weekend: total panic :( The prospect to go out with a new friend (and she has a really...
by JanD
Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dentists in Lima
Replies: 57
Views: 34694

Re: Dentists in Lima, emergency!

This early morning, having a good breackfast with warm, crispy rolls, the bread appeared to be to crispy! Suddenly a large piece (old filling) of one of my front teeth came loose!! Imagine: at the beginning of the weekend: total panic :cry: The prospect to go out with a new friend (and she has a rea...
by JanD
Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Samsung Galaxy SII, urgently need one
Replies: 12
Views: 1301

Re: Samsung Galaxy SII, urgently need one

Tks sofar to all of you for your reactions! At the moment I'm considering buying a Galaxy SIII. OK it's slightly bigger than the Galaxy SII I owned, but I hope it still slips into the pockets of my jeans. At the suggestion of one of you, I went looking at the Mercado Libre site and that's where I fo...
by JanD
Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Samsung Galaxy SII, urgently need one
Replies: 12
Views: 1301

Samsung Galaxy SII, urgently need one

Last night my new Samsung Galaxy SII was stolen from me. A bit stupid, but aparantly they slipped something in my beer, which was quite effective, as I still, more than 12hrs later, feel the effects . Anyway I urgenty need another Galaxy SII or SIII (although the latter is bigger/more difficult to s...
by JanD
Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 4637

Re: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

It is quite obvious, that when there are import duties to be paid, I am the one to pay them.

Unclear to me is, and that is my question, whether importing this camera (USD 400) is subject to paying import duties and, if affirmative, where I can find how much I have to pay.
by JanD
Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 4637

Re: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

Still is not clear to me whether I have to pay import duties or not or where to find this..... :?:
by JanD
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 4637

Re: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

Tks all for your replies!
Just one more question: if I would buy the camera in- and haved it send to Peru from let's say HongKong, would Peruvian customs claim import duties?
Tks again!
by JanD
Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 4637

Re: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

Tks all for your replies!
Just one more question: if I would buy the camera in- and haved it send to Peru from let's say HongKong, would Peruvian customs claim import duties?
Tks again!
by JanD
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru
Replies: 32
Views: 4637

Buying a camera in the USA by mail order from Peru

I would like to buy a Canon Powershot SX50 HS in the USA and have it send to Peru. Why: because this camera costs abt USD 369 in the USA. In The Netherlands this camera costs abt. E 500. Amazon.com sells this camera, but does not ship to Peru. Does anyone know: a) whether this is possible/allowed (l...
by JanD
Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers
Replies: 21
Views: 3650

Re: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers

I've had taxi drivers mid route try to charge me more money due to traffic which is extremely annoying to me and was really what I was responding to.


Sofar this did not happen to me. But that indeed would annoy me to. :evil:
by JanD
Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers
Replies: 21
Views: 3650

Re: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers

This is really just an estafa to get more money out of you and you should refuse to pay more if there is traffic. In fact, I think the best response to this is to ask the taxi driver how many times they lower their price when there is less than normal traffic . Yes of course, but you must see those...
by JanD
Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:01 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers
Replies: 21
Views: 3650

Re: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers

Happened in Chorrillos, near Los Certes/Escuela Militar
by JanD
Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers
Replies: 21
Views: 3650

Re: Dealing with Difficult Taxi Drivers

I don't know where you got the idea just to step into a taxi and pay what you think you should pay for a certain distance. In Peru it is normal custom to negociate and have the price confirmed upfront. A taxi driver can ask whatever he wants or seems to be reasonable to him. Sometimes, f.i. when the...
by JanD
Wed Dec 19, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rentista, SUNAT Resolucion and Exoneration of import Duties
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Rentista, SUNAT Resolucion and Exoneration of import Duties

Yesterday I got an unpleasent surprise. I received my rentista status on Dec. 10th and thought that everything was ready to have my household goods shippped from The Netherlands, benefitting from the exoneration of import duties for rentistas. The Peruvian agent of my Dutch removal company already g...
by JanD
Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Recommend an English-Speaking Dentist?
Replies: 20
Views: 5887

Re: Recommend an English-Speaking Dentist?

RollTide: I think that you miss something essential in this case. Of course someone is allowed to recommend the business he works at. Although I don't know whether the Forum Rules allow "advertising" in this way. He should have said straightforward something like: I'm working with this and...
by JanD
Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Recommend an English-Speaking Dentist?
Replies: 20
Views: 5887

Re: Recommend an English-Speaking Dentist?

Is Kirby235, the same as: http://www.smilesperu.com/ "Mr. Kirby Warms is a US citizen resident in Peru. He is a partner in Smiles Peru and serves as Smiles Peru's business manager and manager of public relations for dental tourism. Mr. Warms focuses on assisting Smiles Peru’s foreign clientele ...
by JanD
Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Carnet Extranjeria CE Rentista 2012 process
Replies: 21
Views: 4969

Re: Carnet Extranjeria CE Rentista 2012 process

Got it! Received my Rentista Status and card this Monday! The whole procedure lasted from Oct. 10th (Application) untill Nov. 22nd (Approval). So more or less exactly as they told me when making the application: 30 working days. As I was in Iquitos for some time I was only able to "pick up"...
by JanD
Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Apostille Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 2679

Re: Apostille Questions

Fully agree with Craig. Just in addition to: However, if you have it translated then the signature of the translator needs to be legalized by Foreign Affairs. That applies when the doc. is translated in Peru (as was the question). However when you have your docs. translated in your home country, the...

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