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by alan
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Flight arrives after toque de queda
Replies: 5
Views: 27

Re: Flight arrives after toque de queda

Authorised taxis can operate - there are several desks in the airport that take on the spot bookings, although I imagine they may be pretty busy due to the limited options and numbers of passengers. I've seen people recommend a company called Gringo Taxis on the Life in Peru - Expat Support Faceboo...
by alan
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Carpenter needed
Replies: 0
Views: 15

Carpenter needed

Hello,

Can anyone recommend a carpenter who can build door and window frames?
by alan
Mon Jan 18, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Jobs in Peru
Topic: Carpenter needed
Replies: 0
Views: 6

Carpenter needed

Hello,

Can anyone recommend a carpenter who can build door and window frames?
by alan
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: COVID long term effects
Replies: 9
Views: 94

Re: COVID long term effects

Ouch, yeah - makes total sense though. Obviously I hope to never have to experience that. I would opt not to be put on a respirator. In one of my earlier careers, I worked in a pathology lab. For some reason, we got several brains of people who had been on a respirator for an extended period of tim...
by alan
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: COVID long term effects
Replies: 9
Views: 94

Re: COVID long term effects

I heard an interesting programme on BBC Radio 4. The presenter got COVID several months ago & had to take a few months off. He is in his 30s and was in excellent health before getting the virus. He still suffers mainly from fatigue but has a few other side effects as well. It is being referred ...
by alan
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ADOBE homes?
Replies: 13
Views: 689

Re: ADOBE homes?

the quincha has really held up well over the years (more than 80) Interesting article about why downtown Lima has held up so well over the years. After huge earthquakes in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the Viceroy forbid bricks or adobe on the upper stories of new houses: https://www.iitk....
by alan
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Peru Vaccination Plan?
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Peru Vaccination Plan?

So far the plan is this. In the first place, the vaccine is viewed as an emergency necessity, so the state will assume all costs, and laboratories are prohibited from importing and commercializing the vaccine in 2021. This seems to be a global standard. The first lot of vaccines, bought from the Chi...
by alan
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ADOBE homes?
Replies: 13
Views: 689

Re: ADOBE homes?

This is an older thread, but since I live in Ayacucho, this is my two cents: Adobe is actually one of the best materials for building if you live in the mountains. My family had a cement home and it was always really cold. When I would go in the little adobe houses built sometimes half in the mount...
by alan
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: looking for house for rent in Lima
Replies: 1
Views: 65

Re: looking for house for rent in Lima

Hi James,

We'd like to help with advice, but can you beat a bit more specific regarding your needs? (budget, work, family, expectations, etc)
by alan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Problems with the Permissions to sign Contracts web
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Problems with the Permissions to sign Contracts web

We have an American friend who arrived a few days ago in order to handle some legal obligations here, which involve signing contracts. When she entered into the Migraciones website to apply online for the permit to sign contracts, the system announced that her situation in the country was "irre...
by alan
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Construction costs and Builders
Replies: 1
Views: 88

Re: Construction costs and Builders

Considering to build a house in Chincha area. Looking to get information on building costs per sq m, architect costs and good local builders. Any help would be appreciated. We already have the land. thank you I don't know about Chincha, but can give you some rough labor costs for Lima. Operario. 85...
by alan
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...
Replies: 14
Views: 354

Re: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...

As far as the US, the President has been saying that they're 'turning the corner.' Of course he doesn't say that the turn leads smack into a giant dumpster fire. Quite a few dumpster fires these days in the USA. It is very sad to watch. But speaking of the quarantine, I have relatives who have just...
by alan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Crypto Cambista Lima
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: Crypto Cambista Lima

Hello. Is it currently legal, and possible, to use Crypto assets, such as; BTC, ETH, XRP, USDC, as a form of for money transfer / remittance to and from Peru ? Are there any areas in Lima where there a consolidation of Cambistas who will accept Crypto assets in exchange for USD and/or PEN ? Alterna...
by alan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...
Replies: 14
Views: 354

Re: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...

But wouldn't they be infecting and putting people in danger on their way to their home? What about the people they come in contact with, on the way to their home? Or are the travelers and the ones they contact with immune to the scamdemic? Overall, it seems to be a smaller risk, since the travel po...
by alan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Municipal savings banks: Sunat’s review of the deposit accounts endangers the reactivation of Mypes ECONOMY
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: Municipal savings banks: Sunat’s review of the deposit accounts endangers the reactivation of Mypes ECONOMY

What do u think about Peruvian government to give the authority to the SUNAT banks, municipal savings etc. to exchange communication about of the deposit with more than 10 000 soles? To avoid money laundering and other illegal activities There are laws likes this called the patriot act in the USA, ...
by alan
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...
Replies: 14
Views: 354

Re: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...

69roadrunner wrote:Why would you permit people to travel to their home city in Peru? Are they somehow immune/exempt from the scamdemic?


So they can quarantine in their own home.
by alan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help with Peru Driving Laws/Information
Replies: 30
Views: 7285

Re: Help with Peru Driving Laws/Information

I've been driving with an international license for 6 months, but then I leave Peru and re-enter, so is my international license valid again? Now from purely economics standpoint, keeping ethics out of this, is it better to buy my license and is it actually entered in the computer? or do i try to d...
by alan
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...
Replies: 14
Views: 354

Re: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...

This is all being very poorly managed. How would you manage it? Thanks for asking. I would have given more notice that the quarantine would be applied, I would have permitted people to travel to their home city in Peru, I would have used clear language in the legislation so travelers would be clear...
by alan
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...
Replies: 14
Views: 354

Re: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...

I heard today from a lawyer who handles this kind of thing that people are now being allowed to connect to destinations in the Provinces. I wish I could be more specific than this, but I haven't found anything published on the airport Facebook or webpage, or in the newspapers. This is all being very...
by alan
Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...
Replies: 14
Views: 354

Re: New Quarantine Policy in Effect...

> I am wondering about if you live in another part of Lima, can you still take your connecting flight to another city? Hi Carlos, I think you meant to say "if you live in another part of Peru".. Perhaps edit your post. What I read is that if you are traveling to another part of Peru, you ...
by alan
Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Manufactured housing
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Manufactured housing

He is looking for a manufactured home, not a trailer. https://homefirstcertified.com/what-are-manufactured-homes/ I have never seen the "pre-fab/mobile home" type houses here. The option people tend to go for are more like kit/modular homes, probably because moving something as large as a...
by alan
Wed Dec 30, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Manufactured housing
Replies: 5
Views: 234

Re: Manufactured housing

These trailers are popular summer or winter homes at social clubs a the beach, and you are right, they have come a long way. Some are downright luxurious. I know of a few cases where the family has the trailer at the beach in summer, and then in the hills close to Lima in the winter. Sorry I can't t...
by alan
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: There's A China Virus Vaccine!!
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: There's A China Virus Vaccine!!

69roadrunner wrote:Pardons? In a vaccine thread? Don't get the connection.


You are right, let's get the thread back on track.
by alan
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: There's A China Virus Vaccine!!
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: There's A China Virus Vaccine!!

The current wave of pardons is distressing. Political impunity rots the soul of the institution from the inside out.
by alan
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Expat exodus?
Replies: 0
Views: 168

Expat exodus?

The Economist Magazine published an interesting article this week regarding the exit of expats from Asia. There are likely parallels with LATAM, since a lot of the drivers seem to be the same. https://www.economist.com/asia/2020/12/19/western-expatriates-are-leaving-asia If this is true, it doesn't ...
by alan
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Establishing Credit in Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Establishing Credit in Peru

Thanks to Google Translate: https://soluciones.equifax.com.pe/e-commerce/preguntas-frecuentes/ We are all at Infocorp. There is a myth that only people with a negative trace on their credit history are in Infocorp. However, all Peruvians of legal age are in Infocorp, the correct question is how am I...
by alan
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Establishing Credit in Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: Establishing Credit in Peru

All the banks and credit cards share basic debtor information and in my experience --more than having a "good" score, you want to avoid having a "bad" score. In other words, you want to keep your name out of "infocorp" (which is run by Equifax). I have been asked to sho...
by alan
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A version of Miraflores in Trujillo
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: A version of Miraflores in Trujillo

Huanchaco is really two sections: the beach front properties (which go back 3 rows) and the town itself. Like most towns, there are some nice places, and some real dumps.
by alan
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help with Peru Driving Laws/Information
Replies: 30
Views: 7285

Re: Help with Peru Driving Laws/Information

Well, this post is a blast from the past. I've never heard about the scam you mention, or the law about keeping your lights on while in the city. That said, there IS a law that obliges you to have your lights on when you are driving on the highway. I´ve been pulled over for this infringement a coupl...
by alan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 36
Views: 890

Re: What does Peru need?

One of the problems with the civil service here is that some of them has such good job security that it is almost impossible to fire them when they underperform. To address this problem, the (I think Fujimori) govt' brought in a regime called CAS, which is a very flexible way to hire staff for short...
by alan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A version of Miraflores in Trujillo
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: A version of Miraflores in Trujillo

I have spent quite a bit of time in El Golf and Huanchaco, but can't really speak for the rest of the districts. El Golf is quite nice; I find it very similar to, for example, La Encantada de Villa in Chorrillos. Nice homes, parks, lots of palm trees. It does not have the commercial areas that Miraf...
by alan
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Termite Season
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Re: Termite Season

A very good question. As far as I know, the polilla is a scourge all along the coast, but I doubt they survive the cold of the highlands, but who knows. Hardy bastards. As for the jungle, they have other, more ferocious bugs to worry about. Funny story: We are doing some construction now and I bough...
by alan
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 36
Views: 890

Re: What does Peru need?

Also, academic immigration would be part of my plan - why is it that National University of San Marcos - the oldest university in the Americas - has such a low ranking - even in Latin America - bring in great academics from all over the world and start the education overhaul from the top! Also, mak...
by alan
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 36
Views: 890

Re: What does Peru need?

Metered taxis? But haggling over a democratic price is the fun part of taking a taxi. I guess the alternative would be to tell the driver what you're going to pay after the trip. I had a friend who would actually do this. He told me he never had a problem. I suppose he was assertive and just at the...
by alan
Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Termite Season
Replies: 2
Views: 114

Termite Season

Just needing to vent. I hate these bloody things.. Once a year, around this time, they come out of seemingly nowhere - like the cursed plague they are; they fly up to the ceiling, shed their horrible little wings, then hook up with one another for some termite sex, and disappear just as quickly as t...
by alan
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: There's A China Virus Vaccine!!
Replies: 19
Views: 513

Re: There's A China Virus Vaccine!!

You are fortunate that 19 has not struck your family or your circle of friends , which might explain in part your repeated posts. We woke up to the news that a very good friend of my wife´s family died yesterday of coronavirus. It was very fast, and he went while his family was rushing to find him a...
by alan
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Recommended restaurants in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 274

Re: Recommended restaurants in Lima

I can recommend two ceviche places: Aventuras Marinas - https://goo.gl/maps/Z262djmvYmuy3hex5 - 2 min from MF Parque Central/JFK Park - best ceviche I have had in Lima. It's a hole in the wall kind of place but the food is brilliant. $$ Puerto Norte - https://goo.gl/maps/vph1CYYs8C5wCGup9 - around ...
by alan
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 36
Views: 890

Re: What does Peru need?

Thanks, Gerard. The other option is to just buy the two different cuts, since that is the way the meat is generally sold here. "The T-bone is cut from the short loin subprimal from the front portion of the larger loin primal. The short loin is home to the most tender and popular cuts of steak. ...
by alan
Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Recommended restaurants in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 274

Re: Recommended restaurants in Lima

Seems a little pricey. What makes this place so special to risk life and limb and "best not walk there?" What did you eat? Do they have a specialty? I've had the soups (changes depending on the day), the costillar, the rocotto relleno and the ocopa. All pretty good, but of course, that's ...
by alan
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What does Peru need?
Replies: 36
Views: 890

Re: What does Peru need?

A restaurant that sells Mexican Food, heck I'd settle for some corn tortillas. A steak house. Pancake/waffle house. In general, good restaurants. T bone steaks at Metro You never see T bone steaks here, except from time to time in steak houses. There are a ton of these, by the way, mostly Argentine...
by alan
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Recommended restaurants in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 274

Recommended restaurants in Lima

Sure... who doesn't like to go to the prize winning restaurants, but part of the fun of living here also means going to the lesser known places loved by the locals. The so-called "huariques"- Hopefully we can add to this list little by little, and follow up and comment if we try the recomm...
by alan
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2020

Nice to see Osso, La Mar and Isolina on the list. Not cheap places, but not off-the-wall expensive/high brow either. Speaking of Alianza, in fact they do have an "unofficial" restaurant called "Mi Barunto". It's a cebicheria located in La Victoria a block away from the stadium. W...
by alan
Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Is The Reaction To The Scamdemic Justified?
Replies: 9
Views: 330

Re: Is The Reaction To The Scamdemic Justified?

Take this exam to see how susceptible you are to the China Virus and tell us, is this panic really justified. I would implore everyone to NOT get tested. All you do is add to the mass panic of this scamdemic while giveing the politicians ammunition to clamp down on out freedoms. The following test ...
by alan
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: "You are Welcome" not frequently used in English ?
Replies: 24
Views: 539

Re: "You are Welcome" not frequently used in English ?

It's funny you should mention it because 'no worries' is more common in British-English and that came from the Australian soap operas 'Neighbours' and 'Home and Away' if I am going to respond to a 'thank you' it will probably be with a 'no worries' like Crocodile Dundee :lol: (and of course, that f...
by alan
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: "You are Welcome" not frequently used in English ?
Replies: 24
Views: 539

Re: "You are Welcome" not frequently used in English ?

We gringos are getting less and less formal as time marches on, so maybe Windsport has a point. We just don't notice it the same way someone from another culture does. I can honestly say there are not many times I didn't receive a "your welcome" when I thought that it should have been offe...
by alan
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why Did You Retire in Peru?
Replies: 16
Views: 533

Re: Why Did You Retire in Peru?

Assisted living situations are much more affordable here than in the States or Canada, and depending on your location and insurance, you can get decent, on-demand health care at a reasonable price. So much depends on the lifestyle you want to lead though, and whether or not you speak, or are willing...
by alan
Tue Nov 24, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Why Did You Retire in Peru?
Replies: 16
Views: 533

Re: Why Did You Retire in Peru?

I retired to Peru 16 years ago. I married a beautiful Peruvian and we had two children together. Now, we will be moving back to the USA so my children can get the benefit of a better education and more career potential. It has been wonderful but most my expat friends have died or moved on. Wish you...
by alan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 1943

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Something that has to be taken into account when considering the impact of corruption is that all the controls that get put in place add to the expense of doing business with the government, and that gets passed on to the taxpayer. Also, due to the fear of corruption, the public sector is often obli...
by alan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Keep "Migraciones" informed about changes to your status
Replies: 18
Views: 2265

Re: Keep "Migraciones" informed about changes to your status

Even if you have updated your information, it seems that they are disappearing from their system. I recently learned (when trying to renew my CE) that they can't find my new passport information that I informed them using ACTUALIZACION DE DATOS soon after getting a new passport 5 years ago. Go figu...
by alan
Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: ¿Crisis política?
Replies: 88
Views: 1943

Re: ¿Crisis política?

Alan, Most of the Socialism or even extreme members of Socialism are part of the "Grupo de Sao Paulo" Socialism in Latin America and their members are not really "free" to think freely Veronica Mendoza and his Party Nuevo Peru is Part of this Group, too https://es.wikipedia.org/...

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