DanielGent wrote:I've got about 3 weeks left on my visa. I'd already read that you can't extend inside Peru anymore but i went to the immigration office in Lima anyway just to put myself at ease before getting on a bus for 20 hours. They said it can't be extended, but it's no problem paying a fine. Personally I don't like the idea of having an out of date tourist visa in case anything happens. I can imagine the police and my insurance company wouldn't be so happy with that.
My plan is to border hop to Bolivia (purely as I've already been in Ecuador before and I want to go to Lago Titicaca, please someone inform me if this is a bad idea!), stay there a week or so, and then return asking for the 180 days stamp.
Don't worry about the pólice. They aren't chasing gringos living illegally here. Very, very rarely a big company gets raided but I never heard about a mom and pop place that get raided by the immigration pólice.
If the immigration pólice really wants to chase gringos working illegally then the could do that easily. They just have to pay a visit to all those English schools. For sure, at almost every school they will find a bunch of gringos that are working ''off the record'' and that get paid cash under the table.
Regarding to border hopping,
the Bolivian border can be tricky. Often people get less than 183 days over there. Same with the Ecuadorian border. I think best chance to get the full 183 days is at Lima airport. International flights are a bit expensive compared to the airfares within Europe.
doesn't have a base yet in Peru.
But TACA and LAN often have special fares but you still have to fork out around 900 soles for the cheapest fares to Guayaquil, Quito or Santiago de Chile.
If you still want to try your luck at the Ecuadorian, Bolivian or Chilean border then there's no need to spend 20 hours on the bus. Peruvian Airlines, Avianca and Starperu often have fares that are the same as the busfares to Tumbes, Tacna or Juliaca. (Don't book a domestic flight with LAN as they charge foreigners without a CE (resident card) $179 extra on top of the fare.)
Last week, I booked a return ticket from Tarapoto to Lima for 216 soles. The bus fare is the same but it takes 26 hours. Flying only takes 1 hour.