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by Polaron
Mon May 24, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Electronics to bring to Peru for re-sell?
Replies: 4
Views: 655

Re: Electronics to bring to Peru for re-sell?

You can legally export three items per year, at a maximum value of $1,000 per item or $3,000 for all three. But like americorps noted, if you come here, especially as a tourist, with expensive electronics, be prepared at the very least to explain what you're doing with them.
by Polaron
Mon May 24, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192011

Re: Cost of living in Peru

I believe it is mistake to compare the cost of living in Peru with that of industrialized nations like Japan, Canada, the U.S.A. and European countries. The reason is that you end up comparing "apples to oranges." Obviously living in Peru is going to cost less than living in those other co...
by Polaron
Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: moving to peru
Replies: 35
Views: 3739

Re: moving to peru

Here's something to consider. It is often cheaper to fly round trip than to fly one-way. Yes, that's right. Check out http://www.travelocity.com or http://www.despegar.com I'll tell you how I arranged to come here. I usually prefer to fly business class, so I went to the LAN website and looked for r...
by Polaron
Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Spammer
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Spammer

One of them -- the one offering the penis extender -- is apparently a "gold member" here on the boards.
by Polaron
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:59 am
Forum: Roommates / Rooms for Rent
Topic: Looking to Rent a House
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Re: Looking to Rent a House

Thanks Kelly. I am strongly considering Lince and Surquillo. I might opt for San Borja, since my significant other may be working and studying for his Master's in that area.
by Polaron
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: taxes for an independent contractor
Replies: 6
Views: 872

Re: taxes for an independent contractor

If you are a U.S. citizen, and if the U.S. can get access to the amounts you have been paid, you will most likely have to pay Self Employment tax at the very least. That is 15.3% of 92% of your net income. So you take your net income, after deducting expenses. If your net income is $10,000, then you...
by Polaron
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL
Replies: 16
Views: 1924

Re: BOOK SWAP AT EL SOL

Sounds great, Kelly. I'll try to make it.
by Polaron
Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:45 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192011

Re: Cost of living in Peru

You can buy a DVD for 4 soles for a movie that is still in US theaters. Blockbuster closed in less than a year here. I am not sure what planet some of you are living on. The cost of living is FAR CHEAPER here than in the USA. I live in a 4,000 square foot house in La Molina and my costs are: Rent =...
by Polaron
Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192011

Re: Cost of living in Peru

If you've got about $1,000 dlls U.S. or a bit more to spare, start up a Panamanian corporation. According to Panama law, any income earned outside of Panama is non-taxable. And as you are a U.S. person, income earned by your Panamanian corporation is also non-taxable because it is an offshore compa...
by Polaron
Thu Apr 22, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: Roommates / Rooms for Rent
Topic: Looking to Rent a House
Replies: 2
Views: 691

Looking to Rent a House

I am looking for a small- to medium-sized house for rent in one of the following areas: San Miguel, Pueblo Libre, Jesus Ma., Surquillo, Lince, Magdalena, San Borja, Surco. I'd like 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms ideally; one bedroom and one bathroom could be "maid's quarters" (cuarto y baño de...
by Polaron
Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192011

Re: Cost of living in Peru

If you've got about $1,000 dlls U.S. or a bit more to spare, start up a Panamanian corporation. According to Panama law, any income earned outside of Panama is non-taxable. And as you are a U.S. person, income earned by your Panamanian corporation is also non-taxable because it is an offshore compa...
by Polaron
Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee
Replies: 307
Views: 110501

Re: LAN now charging all NON-RESIDENTS a $178.50 fee

I have flown the LAN family (LAN Chile and Aeroméxico) three times, and all three flights have been disastrous.
by Polaron
Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:18 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Venezuela: A Marxist State?
Replies: 17
Views: 2605

Re: Venezuela: A Marxist State?

I haven’t posted for a while but have read with interest the postings on an earlier thread about Venezuela and the latest IACHR report. I lived in Venezuela (from April 2006 to October 2009) and wasn’t going to post but a comment was made stating that Venezuela is a socialist country. This comment ...
by Polaron
Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:04 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Currency Collapse?
Replies: 25
Views: 4504

Re: Currency Collapse?

Currency collapse is a very real possibility, though that does not mean the currency value would fall to zero. Peru has seen its currency collapse twice in the past thirty years. Brasil and Argentina have had similar monetary meltdowns, as have Venezuela and Mexico. Could the U.S. dollar collapse? A...
by Polaron
Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Language Immersion-- El Sol? Others?
Replies: 6
Views: 941

Re: Language Immersion-- El Sol? Others?

Megan, if your level of Spanish is already intermediate, have you considered "self immersion"? By this I mean doing the following: Listening only to music in Spanish. Watching only TV in Spanish. Sleeping while listening to Spanish being spoken (radio show, TV show, etc, with the volume tu...
by Polaron
Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192011

Re: Cost of living in Peru

Yes it is true that Peru and thr USA have a tax treaty and you are correct about the exemtion but if you earned the money while you were in Peru (for example, through a website business) and the earnings were directly deposited into a US checking account, you would not qualify for the $87,000+ tax ...
by Polaron
Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:03 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192011

Re: Cost of living in Peru

I prefer the living of a smaller city to be much better than living in Lima. Yes, Lima has better restaurents and better shopping than Piura but in my opinion, the people are warmer and I feel more at home than in captial. I think it's safe to say that most of us foreigners living in Lima are here ...
by Polaron
Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Scam of the Day
Replies: 31
Views: 4195

Re: Scam of the Day

Some of the comments in this thread have caused me chuckles. It is curious how U.S. persons (aka gringoes) insist upon applying USA standards to life outside of that country and then make cold-blooded comments to fellow citizens who do not religiously conform to those values. Anyone who has any leng...
by Polaron
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Prórroga de Turista" ... Extension of Tourist Status
Replies: 11
Views: 1415

Re: "Prórroga de Turista" ... Extension of Tourist Status

It has been almost a year since they stopped offering tourists extensions within Peru...the same time they changed the maximum stay from 90 days to 183. You can ONLY renew a tourist visa by crossing a border. Before the change, you could get up to 90 days, then you could get 30 day extensions for u...
by Polaron
Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Prórroga de Turista" ... Extension of Tourist Status
Replies: 11
Views: 1415

"Prórroga de Turista" ... Extension of Tourist Status

This morning I talked with immigration on 417-6900 and was advised that tourist extensions are no longer given inside the country. The person I spoke with said, "you must leave the country and re-enter." Has anyone heard anything else about this? I am aware that recently Peruvian immigrati...
by Polaron
Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Joy of living in Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 1406

Re: The Joy of living in Peru

After a time, you adjust to the "negatives" and also begin to find them somewhat charming (except for crime). Peru is a great little country with nice people, and the weather in Lima is quite nice. I imagine it can be difficult and frustrating for first-timers to Latin America, especially ...
by Polaron
Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian accent and pronunciation of words
Replies: 71
Views: 13146

Re: Peruvian accent and pronunciation of words

Elegí la opción más cara." Since "elegí" is the conjugation for second person singular imperative mood and first person singular preterite, There is no imperative conjugation of elegir that is "Elegí". It is "elige". I think you are confusing the ud./ella/el prese...
by Polaron
Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Claro or Movistar?
Replies: 39
Views: 9981

Re: Claro or Movistar?

Even though I've had more problems with Claro than with Movistar, globally, I prefer Claro, and here's why. First, Claro is truly an American company, headquartered right here in America (Mexico City). Claro is a division of América Móvil. Movistar is part of Telefónica , which is a division of Tele...
by Polaron
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian accent and pronunciation of words
Replies: 71
Views: 13146

Re: Peruvian accent and pronunciation of words

Elegí la opción más cara." Since "elegí" is the conjugation for second person singular imperative mood and first person singular preterite, There is no imperative conjugation of elegir that is "Elegí". It is "elige". I think you are confusing the ud./ella/el prese...
by Polaron
Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Peruvian accent and pronunciation of words
Replies: 71
Views: 13146

Re: Peruvian accent and pronunciation of words

Ah, the dreaded "vos," which is used exclusively in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay (though in Paraguay, "vos" and "tú" are both used, with "vos" indicating closeness while "tú" indicates a more common friendship and "Usted" is more formal ...
by Polaron
Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Documents Needed for Rentista Application
Replies: 13
Views: 1494

Re: Documents Needed for Rentista Application

Does anyone know how insistent Peru immigration is with the bank transfer to Peru business? I receive a US government pension, but the US government does not directly deposit funds to Peruvian banks, and I don't want to give up my direct deposit. So I'm wondering if proof of withdrawals from Peruvia...
by Polaron
Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: earthquakes
Replies: 6
Views: 735

Re: earthquakes

I live in Pueblo Libre. I was chatting with a friend on MSN and he said, "Sentiste el temblorcito?" I hadn't felt it at all. I've only felt two temblors in almost four years in South America: one, surprisingly, in Paraguay in 2006, and the other very recently in Santiago.
by Polaron
Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Best places in Lima to buy...
Replies: 47
Views: 11285

Re: Best places in Lima to buy...

If anyone is interested in cheddar cheese, I've found it at one location (and I'm not referring to the processed American-style cheese that is mistakenly called cheddar in South America). This is the real deal, though it is mild. The brand name is FLORALP and it's made right here in Peru. I've been ...
by Polaron
Fri Jan 01, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192011

Re: Cost of living in Peru

Can anyone tell me what a fair monthly salary would be for a human resources position in a US-based company operating out of Lima? Thannnnk youuuuuu. Hi, I would estimate that the salary, in US dollar equivalent, for a run-of-the-mill HR position, is probably in the $600 to $1,000 range, depending ...
by Polaron
Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:32 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cost of living in Peru
Replies: 488
Views: 192011

Re: Cost of living in Peru

Lima is a pretty expensive city; I found myself with a bit of "sticker shock" when I arrived here. I was under the mistaken impression that the cost of living here would be lower than it is in Santiago de Chile. With the exception of housing, it's about the same: internet and cell phones a...
by Polaron
Fri Dec 25, 2009 7:56 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Happy Holidays
Replies: 6
Views: 548

Re: Happy Holidays

Happy Summer Solstice to everybody!
by Polaron
Fri Dec 25, 2009 7:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Nissan Dealer wont work on cars it didnt sell new????
Replies: 8
Views: 2022

Re: Nissan Dealer wont work on cars it didnt sell new????

In the short time I have been here, I have been impresseed (not particularly positively) by what I perceive as an overabundance of caution on the part of peruanos . Latin Americans as a whole tend to be reluctant to take even small risks, but the folks here seem to be especially averse to risk-takin...
by Polaron
Fri Dec 25, 2009 6:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Introduce Yourself!
Replies: 937
Views: 219653

Re: Introduce Yourself!

Hi gang, I'm originally a U.S. person who's just moved to Lima. I've been here three weeks today; this is my first time in Peru. I came here from Santiago de Chile. Before that, I lived in Buenos Aires and before, Asuncion, Paraguay. Peru is my eighth country of residence; I've lived a total of 22 y...

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