markr wrote:There is no such thing as free transportation to or from anywhere, in the same way there is no such thing as a free carrier bag from a supermarket. Somewhere along the line you will be paying through the nose for it. As Kelly said, if you are offered "free transportation" you've payed too much in the first place.
If you are going to Villa Salvador I would suggest that you negotiate an hourly rate with a local taxi in Lima. Last time I was quoted such a price, the driver wanted 20 Soles per hour in San Miguel. Allow for three hours/ 60 Soles, and with that in mind negotiate accordingly.
You will obviously stand a much better chance of getting a good price if you are, or are with, a Peruvian.
You first have to negotiate about the price of the furniture or other things you want to buy. After you agreed the price, you ask for free transportation.
If you started mentioning transportation from the beginning, then of course the seller will think about quoting a price a bit higher to give you the ''free transportation''.
I do it all the time and when they say no...I simply walk off and they always came running behind me to give the transportation. Sellers prefers to make a little less profit rather than nothing at all.