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by tcjohans
Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rooibos
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Re: Rooibos

Sorry for an off-topic question. Do you have a web site or facebook page where I could see the brands you sell? I'm really interested in buying some tea blends for my restaurant. Thanks. Hello Mammamia, our website is at http://www.buenmundo.com - though it needs to be thoroughly updated. A more up...
by tcjohans
Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Rooibos
Replies: 4
Views: 1015

Rooibos

Hello, I wonder if there is anyone in Lima who knows about rooibos and could help us evaluating a few samples of it? As it is, I have a small tea company and we're planning to start importing rooibos. In a few days time and over the next month or two, we will start receiving samples from South Afric...
by tcjohans
Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: expat business owners, networking group
Replies: 16
Views: 6630

Update

Here is a brief summary of the situation. A meeting was held in the evening of May 8 in Miraflores. It was attended by six persons, of whom at least four persons had businesses already up and running in Peru. Towards the end of the meeting it was decided that a second meeting would be held a few wee...
by tcjohans
Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: expat business owners, networking group
Replies: 16
Views: 6630

Re: expat business owners, networking group

Hello Janet, Crazytaco and Jimmy, Thank you for your interest in this project. We actually had a meeting a few weeks ago that went quite well. We decided to make a second meeting a few weeks later, but so far we haven't gotten there. I guess mostly it's my own fault, as I've been really busy and hav...
by tcjohans
Wed May 09, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My Business Experience in Peru
Replies: 16
Views: 5930

Re: My Business Experience in Peru

Do you do pizza delivery? If you have a great pizza, as it appears you do, there should be a market, it is just a matter of developing it.

Also, is the restaurant place anywhere near Barranco?
by tcjohans
Wed May 09, 2012 3:54 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My Business Experience in Peru
Replies: 16
Views: 5930

Re: My Business Experience in Peru

Just some thoughts: Perhaps look for a partner for the food joint who can contribute a little bit of capital and be on place while you're in Miraflores. (Or, if possible, consider moving it to Miraflores, near your location and where revenues could be higher.) "The American Kitchen" sounds...
by tcjohans
Mon May 07, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: hotel in Arica
Replies: 10
Views: 3642

Re: hotel in Arica

Found a small, very basic, humble, clean, and quiet hotel at Av. General Velasquez no. 792, at the corner of Av. Chacabuco. It's run by a friendly and very helpful couple. A single room costs 10,000 pesos a night.There is a garage for putting your car. If your car is too big to enter the garage you ...
by tcjohans
Wed May 02, 2012 1:04 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: expat business owners, networking group
Replies: 16
Views: 6630

Re: expat business owners, networking group

Great! Let's meet up for a coffee sometime and see if we can get something going... I will contact you each individually to coordinate a time and place.

Thomas
by tcjohans
Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: expat business owners, networking group
Replies: 16
Views: 6630

expat business owners, networking group

Are we a lot of foreigners owning and running businesses here? Perhaps we could organize somehow, something like a group or network of foreign entrepreneurs (business owners). For networking, sharing experiences, helping out with contacts, information and tips, initiating collaborations in marketing...
by tcjohans
Wed Apr 25, 2012 3:44 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: What's Different and Not too Costy?
Replies: 30
Views: 10241

Re: What's Different and Not too Costy?

Anticuchos: Street corner anticuchos can be great, especially if combined with potato and that yellow spicy peanutish sauce. Buy a few and enjoy them sitting down somewhere outside, perhaps in the local park. Cebiches: You can find small popular places serving great, filling cebiches for around 15 s...
by tcjohans
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: hotel in Arica
Replies: 10
Views: 3642

Re: hotel in Arica

Hello, I need to do the border and stay a night in Arica. Can anyone recommend a cheap place to spend the night? I've already stayed twice at the "Hostal America" (or something like that), which is sort of cheap - about 18,000 pesos, I think - but I don't like it at all and I'm not going t...
by tcjohans
Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:21 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: a good hamburger
Replies: 17
Views: 5667

great hamburgers in Barranco

There's a great hamburger place called Vkingo Hamburguesas in Barranco, near the main square. It's run by a Swedish chef and his Peruvian wife and they prepare all the ingredients themselves. The hamburgers are pure, quality meat. I use to eat the Vikinga XL, which has two hamburgers in it and costs...
by tcjohans
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:48 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buying tea in Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 4950

Re: Buying tea in Lima

Do you sell fruit teas? We have got a lychee tea, black tea flavored with the South East Asian lychee fruit, and it has become quite popular among our customers. We haven´t got any pure fruit teas, though. Please do have a look at http://www.buenmundo.com for our currently available teas. Best, Tho...
by tcjohans
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buying tea in Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 4950

Re: Buying tea in Lima

Hello,

We have now updated our website to show our current teas, please have a look:

www.buenmundo.com

Especially, we recently received some great new green and black teas from India, 100% organic, as well as Turkish rize tea. They're all on the website.

Best,

Thomas
by tcjohans
Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: pay "gratification" to accountant in December?
Replies: 3
Views: 4050

pay "gratification" to accountant in December?

Hello, I have a new, small business here in Lima and wonder about the annual extra compensation that companies are required by law to pay to employees in December, by reason of Christmas ("gratificación por Navidad"). As it is, our accountant - who is an external service provider whom we p...
by tcjohans
Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Coffee Group Weekly
Replies: 276
Views: 70846

Re: a weekly coffee group

Hello all, thank you for the dinner yesterday, it was great. A few people asked where my teashop is, so I just posted the address at one of the forum pages that deals specifically with tea in Lima:
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=14769&p=90616#p90616
Best, Thomas
by tcjohans
Sat Dec 17, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buying tea in Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 4950

Re: Buying tea in Lima

Thank you, both! Actually, we opened about two weeks ago at Centro Comercial El Conquistador Plaza, Store no. 44 at Av. Camino Real 485 in San Isidro (just opposite the street from Centro Comercial Camino Real). In this upcoming week, during the afternoons (1-7 pm), we will be testing teas at the st...
by tcjohans
Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Spirit vs. Aeromexico
Replies: 4
Views: 2052

Re: Spirit vs. Aeromexico

with either airline, you will run a risk buying a one-way ticket of you do not have a Peruvian carnet or dni as there is an onward passage law for Peru and for most latin american countries. It is very rare that Peruvian customs will ever check, but the airlines often do, including spirit. I have a...
by tcjohans
Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starting a business (without those 25,000 dollars...) ???
Replies: 47
Views: 23979

Re: Starting a business (without those 25,000 dollars...) ???

Thomas- I was wondering if you have started your business in Peru? And if so what type? I want to start a business also, but just a small C Store somewhere on the outskirts, and I'm trying to learn about the legalities in Peru. Yes, I have, it's an EIRL, and we are soon setting up our first teashop...
by tcjohans
Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: New Turkish Restaurant in Barranco
Replies: 10
Views: 4563

Re: New Turkish Restaurant in Barranco

Yes, Restaurante Istanbul is definitely in business. It's a nice restaurant, the food is nice and they also have Turkish rize tea. It's about half a block from the main square in Barranco, following Av. Grau, on the right-hand side of the avenue.

Thomas
by tcjohans
Tue Oct 25, 2011 1:59 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tea in Arequipa
Replies: 2
Views: 1164

Tea in Arequipa

I wonder what the people from Arequipa in this forum would think about a teashop or teahouse in Arequipa... As it is, in my company - a tea company -, we have hypothetically been discussing setting up a teashop or teahouse in Arequipa and, as I will pass by the city in a few days time, I was thinkin...
by tcjohans
Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Current Air Fare to Arequipa from Lima
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

Re: Current Air Fare to Arequipa from Lima

TACA also appears to have flights from about USD 38. www.taca.com
by tcjohans
Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:57 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: McDonalds
Replies: 55
Views: 14454

hamburgers in Miraflores and Barranco

I had a really nice burger recently at one hamburger place at the Ovalo at Parque Kennedy, at Av. Larco just passing the first street (Manuel Bonilla). Some hamburger chain but I cannot recall the name. About 14-15 soles. And in Barranco there is a nice, small hamburger place near the plaza, called ...
by tcjohans
Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: driving to Chile, seat available
Replies: 2
Views: 1252

Re: driving to Chile, seat available

Main route. I guess one could reach Arequipa in 2 days, but 3 is more relaxing. And I probably drive more carefully than most bus drivers here. Somebody said Tacna is about 4 hours after Arequipa.
by tcjohans
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:14 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: driving to Chile, seat available
Replies: 2
Views: 1252

driving to Chile, seat available

I´ll be driving down from Lima to the Chilean border leaving sometime in the middle of next week (some day btw. Oct 25-28). I have 1 seat available if anyone needs a hitch or wants to see the country from the road. I calculate about 2-3 days of long driving to reach Arequipa, where I will spend 1-3 ...
by tcjohans
Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Buying tea in Lima
Replies: 8
Views: 4950

San Isidro

Hello, Té Quiero Té and Quinta Esencia are both good: good selections of teas, nice ambients and really good people. And at Quinta Esencia you can also sit down with a pot of tea. I myself am starting up a small teashop in San Isidro, opening within the next few weeks. More info at: http://www.faceb...
by tcjohans
Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to manage the money?
Replies: 4
Views: 5374

Re: How to manage the money?

Thanks a lot for these further clarifications, Fanning!

fanning wrote:I would reconsider the EIRL for a SAC as I am not sure if you ( as owner of the EIRL) can make loans to your EIRL.


I don't think I can do an SAC, since I'll have to be the only owner.

Thomas
by tcjohans
Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to manage the money?
Replies: 4
Views: 5374

Re: How to manage the money?

It basically is very straightforward. See your business as another person. ( Legally it is another person !! ) You start your business with any initial amount, and this amount will be your starting capital. 1. The 'aporte inicial' is the starting capital, if you need $ 25.000 in the future for an i...
by tcjohans
Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: How to manage the money?
Replies: 4
Views: 5374

How to manage the money?

Hello, On Monday I will do the "constitución" of a business here in Lima. It will be a so-called E.I.R.L. (Empresa Individual de Responsabilidad Limitada). My public notary suggests that the business starts with an "aporte inicial" (as I think it was called...) of 1,000 soles, to...
by tcjohans
Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starting a business (without those 25,000 dollars...) ???
Replies: 47
Views: 23979

Re: Starting a business (without those 25,000 dollars...) ???

We also have an S.A.C. ...I have my CE (spouse) and it requires only a S/.500 deposit into a business account and a little bit of running around and the typical Peruvian Paperwork and Stamps. With an SAC: (1) Can I be the only owner, or must there be at least 2 owners? (2) Can I, as a foreign citiz...
by tcjohans
Fri Jul 01, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving license in Peru
Replies: 16
Views: 8804

Re: Driving license in Peru

I talked to someone yesterday and he said that when he was told his international license was no good. He got it for this purpose last week but when he asked he he was told it was not valid even though it says Peru on it. His wife is Peruvian and they ended up paying 50 soles to continue. I have be...
by tcjohans
Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Driving license in Peru
Replies: 16
Views: 8804

Re: Driving license in Peru

Strange, I have been driving around Latin America with a Mexican, Costa Rican and now Swedish driver's license, and they've been valid as normal in all countries. If nothing else, there are international driver's licenses, which perhaps you could get in the US or through your consulate... Peru shoul...
by tcjohans
Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Introduce Yourself!
Replies: 937
Views: 261137

Re: Introduce Yourself!

Hello, I am from Sweden. I have been working as a translator for a few years, mixed with a somewhat nomadic life in Latin America, and am now setting up a tea house in Lima. By the way, having this forum is such a great thing, and there seems to be a lot people with interesting backgrounds and stori...
by tcjohans
Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starting a business (without those 25,000 dollars...) ???
Replies: 47
Views: 23979

Re: Starting a business (without those 25,000 dollars...) ???

You would not be able to be on the payroll, so your own company cannot pay you a salary, as you are a tourist. The business can run, no problem, and if in the end of the year the company made a profit, it can pay dividend to its shareholders ( you ). But you cannot get a salary, so all the money st...
by tcjohans
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starting a business (without those 25,000 dollars...) ???
Replies: 47
Views: 23979

Starting a business (without those 25,000 dollars...) ???

Hello, I wonder if anyone has experience from starting up and running a business without the 25,000 dollars required for an investor's visa. In a few days time, I will do the "constitución" of my business (an E.I.R.L.) at the public notary. However, presently I haven't got the 25,000 dolla...

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