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by NexLevel
Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: common law marriage?
Replies: 4
Views: 1850

common law marriage?

Can anybody tell me what are the requirements for a common law marriage in Peru? I have dual citizenship(USA/Peru) and my girlfriend is a US citizen. We have lived in Peru for 2.5 years. Just wondering if I could be automatically married based on the fact we have lived together
by NexLevel
Sun May 13, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mailing documents to Peru, fast
Replies: 8
Views: 1752

Mailing documents to Peru, fast

I need to get some documents mailed from the US to Peru and I need them fast. Preferably less than 3 days. Anybody have an idea what is the best service to use?
by NexLevel
Sun May 06, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Sucess unlocking cell phones?
Replies: 19
Views: 4854

Re: Sucess unlocking cell phones?

As far as I know, Verizon phones don't use a SIM card, so its not compatible with the Claro network. Same thing with Sprint. You need to bring over and AT&T or T-Mobile phone.
by NexLevel
Tue May 01, 2012 11:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I Need Your Help me,My life has been MYSTERIUOS IN PERU
Replies: 14
Views: 3217

Re: I Need Your Help me,My life has been MYSTERIUOS IN PERU

this looks like a scam. the letter is generic and then where he posted in all caps is where you can customize it. A really poor job overall and he's probably trying to solicit victims
by NexLevel
Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Traveling with children
Replies: 6
Views: 1309

Re: Traveling with children

We're all dual citizens, US/Peru and we entered the country the most recent time with our Peruvian passports.
by NexLevel
Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Traveling with children
Replies: 6
Views: 1309

Traveling with children

Does anyone know from firsthand experience what the requirements are for leaving/entering Peru with only 1 parent and child? I've heard stories about various documentation being required, but when my wife and I crossed the border into Chile from Tacna, we were not even asked to prove parentage. This...
by NexLevel
Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: trouble with baking
Replies: 19
Views: 3482

Re: trouble with baking

thank you!
by NexLevel
Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: trouble with baking
Replies: 19
Views: 3482

Re: trouble with baking

Speaking of flours, does anybody know exactly what "preparada" and "sin preparar" mean? I can't seem to get a good explanation from the locals. What would these compare to in the US?
by NexLevel
Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Interesting feature that could be useful
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Re: Interesting feature that could be useful

douglas8 wrote:wow that is veeeeery useful...hmmm i would even say eurotastic or ummmm chimazing


lol, my thoughts exactly
by NexLevel
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Interesting feature that could be useful
Replies: 7
Views: 1317

Interesting feature that could be useful

I just discovered something cool in the User Control Panel of the forums. Their is a tab called Friends & Foes that lets you enter someone's username and then all posts by that person are hidden by default. To use it, enter the User Control Panel, click the Friends & Foes tab, then Manage fo...
by NexLevel
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: American movie theatres?
Replies: 11
Views: 2790

Re: American movie theatres?

I was told that that the movie theater in Larcomar always plays kids movies in English.
by NexLevel
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: airport bus
Replies: 15
Views: 2437

Re: airport bus

Good rule of thumb, whatever chi chi/euroman advises, do the opposite.
by NexLevel
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: What private schools would you recommend?
Replies: 21
Views: 4081

Re: What private schools would you recommend?

First of all, let me start off by saying I have 3 kids, so I can't afford exhorbitant tuition rates... and I don't plan on sending them to Roosevelt! :) I'm planning on moving so that my kids would start school in March 2013. Expats... what schools do your kids/nieces/nephews go to? This is not the...
by NexLevel
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Daft Peruvian Myths
Replies: 59
Views: 11522

Re: Daft Peruvian Myths

I've also seen them shift an automatic car into neutral at every red light and then back into drive when the light turns green. It doesn't save any gas, but adds a lot of extra wear and tear to the transmission.
by NexLevel
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Why most foreigners prefer Lima instead of Provinces..
Replies: 21
Views: 3776

Re: Why most foreigners prefer Lima instead of Provinces..

That being said the provincias lack most modern comforts such as decent internet, lack transportation (many don't have airports close by), lack good roads, and probably most important the provincias have horrible healthcare. Roads in in Tarapoto are in better condition than in Lima. (Probably becau...
by NexLevel
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: International Mover Recommendation (Florida to Lima)
Replies: 5
Views: 962

Re: International Mover Recommendation (Florida to Lima)

I know this is not the exact info you're looking for, but think really hard if you want to move stuff versus just buying it here. Shipping companies cost a fortune, there is much paperwork, things get damaged, etc... Peruvian Customs are a bunch of thieves and they will take you for every penny you ...
by NexLevel
Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Help finding a Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 907

Re: Help finding a Piano

Probably because they are extremely expensive and not many people can afford them. I saw some in Hiraoko awhile back, but I think it was more in the 8000 - 10000 soles range, and I don't know if these were concert quality.
by NexLevel
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:25 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Appying for a New Credit Card in Peru
Replies: 12
Views: 3168

Re: Appying for a New Credit Card in Peru

No, the two systems are different. Your credit score in the US means nothing here and vice versa. You should probably just use your US credit cards here when making purchases.
by NexLevel
Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: I need USA Expat tax info PLEASE
Replies: 8
Views: 1615

Re: I need USA Expat tax info PLEASE

Do you currently pay taxes on your pension income? If so, then yes, filing as an expat will reduce your taxes. You're allowed a deduction of approx. 94k if you live outside the US.
by NexLevel
Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: transferring inheritance money
Replies: 14
Views: 2214

Re: transferring inheritance money

Transfer the money to my account. I guarantee that you will pay no tax.
by NexLevel
Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Kegs of beer in Lima?
Replies: 11
Views: 2662

Re: Kegs of beer in Lima?

adrian Thorne wrote:Kegs are available for parties in two sizes, 30 / 50 and the equipment is free. They deliver, set up and then remove after the event. I have had several.

http://www.deperu.com/abc/atencion-al-c ... al-cliente


How much did they charge?
by NexLevel
Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where Do They Hold Illegal Foreigners
Replies: 28
Views: 4669

Re: Where Do They Hold Illegal Foreigners

This is how crazy rumors get started. Now for the next 10 years, I'll have to listen to gringos getting scared because they "heard" that someone was arrested for staying illegally. People, the punishment for staying illegally is a fine. If you can pay the fine, problem solved. What's with ...
by NexLevel
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving to peru
Replies: 3
Views: 1523

Re: Moving to peru

I don't know about loads of jobs. You know Peru does have a big unemployment problem. More like loads of workers and a lot of competition for the few jobs available. If you can get a job with a foreign company, go for that. Most Peruvian employers will abuse you, pay you low wages, make you work lon...
by NexLevel
Thu Feb 02, 2012 2:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Advice: Apartment Contract
Replies: 19
Views: 3179

Re: Advice: Apartment Contract

Be prepared to lose your deposit. Also get ready for all kinds of threats that mean absolutely nothing, like they'll sue, call the police, etc... My advice is don't pay anymore rent, let them take it out of the deposit. Explain that you lost your job and you're moving back to the US, and then just m...
by NexLevel
Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone own a scooter?
Replies: 20
Views: 4241

Re: Anyone own a scooter?

A new scooter shop just opened called ScooterMania on Angamos just at the border between Surquillo and San Borja just up from the Plaza Vea. Thanks. I'm going to check them out today. I was also told that there are quite a few shops near the corner of La Marina and Sucre. They do a lot of the assem...
by NexLevel
Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone own a scooter?
Replies: 20
Views: 4241

Re: Anyone own a scooter?

I went to check out Barbacci Motors in Miraflores. Lots of great gear and accessories. Only bikes they had were Chinese brands. I'll be checking out some more places in La Victoria and La Marina, and I'll post if I find any new info
by NexLevel
Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:36 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Following Birth of Baby, Reniec/DNI steps?
Replies: 3
Views: 1247

Re: Following Birth of Baby, Reniec/DNI steps?

For kids, its fairly simple. I went to the RENIEC office in San Luis and they told me about a special program where kids can get a dni for free. I had to go around the corner where they had this big setup. I think all I needed to bring was my dni, and the partido de nacimiento of my daughter. They t...
by NexLevel
Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone own a scooter?
Replies: 20
Views: 4241

Re: Anyone own a scooter?

What brand? I've heard the Chinese motos are very bad quality. Whats your experience? I was going to play it safe and either get a Honda or Suzuki
by NexLevel
Wed Jan 25, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima airport question (Peruvian passport)
Replies: 11
Views: 2372

Re: Lima airport question (Peruvian passport)

Every country has different rules, so no one will be able to give you a definitive answer if you don't post your home country.
by NexLevel
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone own a scooter?
Replies: 20
Views: 4241

Anyone own a scooter?

I'm thinking about buying a scooter and wondering if anyone currently has one, and what your experiences are with it?

I've been comparing what I see in the stores with info online but the models available here seem slightly different from what I see online.
by NexLevel
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fastest Boarder Crossing - Visa Extension
Replies: 31
Views: 4786

Re: Fastest Boarder Crossing - Visa Extension

There's definitely cheaper, but I doubt this guy wants to be sitting next to the guy with the chicken coop on his lap. Or riding 20 hours on a bus with no AC.
by NexLevel
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fastest Boarder Crossing - Visa Extension
Replies: 31
Views: 4786

Re: Fastest Boarder Crossing - Visa Extension

You guys are paying too much. Cruz del Sur bus to Tacna, VIP seats, 120 soles round trip They have colectivo taxis from the bus terminal that will take you to Arica, each way is 15 soles per person The taxi is better than the bus, because the driver will assist you in getting thru customs. I always ...
by NexLevel
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Moving from house but with problems from owner
Replies: 45
Views: 7183

Re: Moving from house but with problems from owner

I am only a single opinion however, Peru is closer to Hell than it is to Paradise. If anyone could honestly say that they are happier here instead of where they came from I will gladly buy them a drink or two and pay for their first session on the couch. :lol: Looks like you owe me a couple of drin...
by NexLevel
Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima air quality
Replies: 23
Views: 5108

Re: Lima air quality

Depends on the district you live in also. La Molina has great air quality and sun year round but most expats never seem to venture out here to see how much better it is than miraflores
by NexLevel
Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: TAXI safety tips.
Replies: 12
Views: 3411

Re: TAXI safety tips.

The really devious rateros will even appear professional, drive their cars well, and take you to where you want to go. Don't be fooled though. They're just trying to lull you into a false sense of security so the the NEXT TIME, they can take all your money. Treat EVERYONE in lima as a potential crim...
by NexLevel
Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Salary to Maid(Empleada) by law
Replies: 9
Views: 2526

Re: Salary to Maid(Empleada) by law

I dont think its a matter of treating someone like crap. If you've spent a bit of time here, then you know that many peruvians are "vivo", meaning that if they see a chance to get some more money out of people, than they will. And they aren't above lying about things either. Dont get me wr...
by NexLevel
Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: "Diplomatic" status
Replies: 5
Views: 1356

Re: "Diplomatic" status

Not sure how it works with UN people, but yes, people working in the US embassy are allowed to bring a car in with no import duties. They're limited to one though and its when they first arrive
by NexLevel
Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Salary to Maid(Empleada) by law
Replies: 9
Views: 2526

Re: Salary to Maid(Empleada) by law

If she didn't work than don't pay her. She's probably just making stuff up because she knows that gringo's don't know the laws here.

Think of it like this, if I work at a gas station in the US and they close down for a few days, do I deserve to get paid for the days I don't work?
by NexLevel
Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tap water
Replies: 14
Views: 4135

Re: Tap water

“According to the Wilderness Medical Society, water temperatures above 160° F (70° C) kill all pathogens within 30 minutes and above 185° F (85° C) within a few minutes. So in the time it takes for the water to reach the boiling point (212° F or 100° C) from 160° F (70° C), all pathogens will be kil...
by NexLevel
Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: shooting range or gun clubs
Replies: 8
Views: 3638

Re: shooting range or gun clubs

There's a gun range in San Isidro called Armaq.

3552 Republica de Panama

They offered a few different pistols you could rent by the hour. You can also bring your own weapon as long as its licensed.

I think the gun rental was something like 50 soles and another 60 for ammo.
by NexLevel
Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Using American Credit Card- Visa at restaurants- problem
Replies: 13
Views: 2048

Re: Using American Credit Card- Visa at restaurants- problem

this has happened to me when using a peruvian credit card. The pending will show an amount 5-8 soles higher than what it was. It always corrects when it finally clears, so I haven't worried too much about it.
by NexLevel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: what is considered public information in Peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: what is considered public information in Peru?

That's my next step. I think it just bothered me when I went to the Municipalidad and they wouldn't give me the info. The woman there gave me the sense that she was just lying to me so she didn't have to bother. It's happened before at govt offices where they just make stuff up so they don't have to...
by NexLevel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Gun Laws!
Replies: 236
Views: 57762

Re: Gun Laws!

It sounds perfectly reasonable to me. You attempt to do harm to me, and I will do the same. Just because someone is unarmed doesn't mean they aren't dangerous.
by NexLevel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Please help have a cashiers check and can't cash it!!
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: Please help have a cashiers check and can't cash it!!

I think that might be your only option, so you might want to get the process started as soon as possible. In the US, you can deposit a cashiers check and get money immediately, but the bank always reserves the right to take the money out of your account if something comes up when they process the ch...
by NexLevel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: gas BBQ vs. coal BBQ
Replies: 5
Views: 1658

Re: gas BBQ vs. coal BBQ

For what you want to do, gas is definitely the way to go. Coal BBQ takes too long for the fire to get hot enough to cook and you will waste a lot of coal if you only have 1 or 2 people who order. Better to go with gas and then you can turn it on and off right away and start cooking immediately.
by NexLevel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: what is considered public information in Peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: what is considered public information in Peru?

My problem is even more basic. I've seen a property I would like to inquire about, but I don't know how to contact the owner. There is no name or contact info anywhere on the property itself.
by NexLevel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Customs rules and Laptops
Replies: 15
Views: 4354

Re: Customs rules and Laptops

It's kind of hit or miss with customs. Many people, including me, have gone thru multiple times and not declared anything with no problems. If you get the green light, they don't even review your bags. One time, I had basically disassembled an entire computer and had it all in my carry on. I got the...
by NexLevel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: what is considered public information in Peru?
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: what is considered public information in Peru?

Thanks Kelly. My only problem is that I don't know who the owner is, and the link you gave says I need to have both the details of the property and owner to begin the process at SUNARP.
by NexLevel
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Difference between a banco and a caja?
Replies: 5
Views: 1027

Re: Difference between a banco and a caja?

thanks Alpineprince!

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