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by emanaku
Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Huge Climate Change Summit in Peru in December.
Replies: 5
Views: 1261

Re: Huge Climate Change Summit in Peru in December.

I think it will be super-busy in a lot more hotels and restaurants - they are expecting 12000 participants for ten days ...
by emanaku
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: PERUVIAN ODDITIES
Replies: 18
Views: 3572

Re: PERUVIAN ODDITIES

Hi e-peruvian, if you look more closely, then you see the genius in things like the can opening with a knife and many other things (though not all, of course ;-) ). We are building a house in the Sacred Valley. Up until shortly we had no electricity at the land. The only machines up until then used ...
by emanaku
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Filter water against giardia et. al.
Replies: 6
Views: 1454

Re: Filter water against giardia et. al.

thank you all! chi-chi, I am aware of the advantages of boiling the water, but this does not remove chemicals (like the chlorine they put into the water - I really want it out there ... ;-) ). This very short list of the US-American CDC shows clearly the advantages of boiling: http://www.cdc.gov/hea...
by emanaku
Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Filter water against giardia et. al.
Replies: 6
Views: 1454

Filter water against giardia et. al.

We are building a house in the Sacred Valley, and this question is about the fresh water system: We want to have a filter, so we can actually drink the water from the special filtered water tap. The water comes from a glacier about 10km up the small side valley. It is getting clorinated, because the...
by emanaku
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Do you wear shoes in your home?
Replies: 26
Views: 3836

Re: Do you wear shoes in your home?

I like house shoes, pantoffels or however you want to call them - and near the main entry door is a place where you can change from outside shoes to pantoffels - or vice versa ;-) And in the sacred valley it is too cold (for me) to walk barefoot or just in flip flops inside ... The dust in the house...
by emanaku
Tue May 06, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Washer: LG or Samsung - any experience?
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Washer: LG or Samsung - any experience?

Hi, we want to buy a new washing machine. And we have no idea of the quality of the companies offering washers here in Peru (I know Miele and Siemens from Germany ;-) ). So the question is: Can you tell from experience how good or bad these washers are? Basically it comes down to a model from LG or ...
by emanaku
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Sacred Valley Internet Service
Replies: 1
Views: 845

Re: Sacred Valley Internet Service

Hi Eric, we are living near Calca (and have lived in Ollantaytambo as well as in Yucay near Urubamba). We use a Claro and a Nextel 3G modem for internet connection - both "ilimitado". But in case of Nextel that means after 10 GB per month the speed will drastically decrease. The Claro mode...
by emanaku
Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Anyone been here yet?
Replies: 13
Views: 3253

Re: Anyone been here yet?

At MAKRO, you can find all products you need to make Mexican food.


Quick question: Do they offer corn tortillas? Or does somebody know where to get corn tortillas in Lima? Thank you!
by emanaku
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Ollantaytambo--Living arrangement needed
Replies: 2
Views: 952

Re: Ollantaytambo--Living arrangement needed

Hi Michael, welcome to the Sacred Valley ... You can try the facebook group "Sacred Valley Housing & Market" https://www.facebook.com/groups/514943685262182/ There you will find all kinds of offers, including housing, but preferrably you might want to ask there if someone can offer wha...
by emanaku
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:23 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Favorite Coffee Place
Replies: 27
Views: 3498

Re: Favorite Coffee Place

I got a kick from another coffee shop that I saw in Tarrapoto. It was called "Starbarts Cafue" , complete with a rip-off of the green Starbucks sign. Very clever! (in the jungle, many people pronounce Cafe as "Cafue"). I like these "remakes" and "remixes" ;-)...
by emanaku
Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Return ticket FROM Peru
Replies: 6
Views: 1457

Re: Return ticket FROM Peru

We did travel a couple of times as tourists from Peru e.g. to Mexico, to the US, to New Zealand, to Chile and back to Peru (always with LAN) - there was never a problem EXCEPT only once in New Zealand at the LAN counter they wanted to see the ticket out of Peru (it was a New Zealander working there)...
by emanaku
Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Glass Floor - where to buy?
Replies: 1
Views: 514

Glass Floor - where to buy?

We are planning to include a piece of the 2nd floor in the house made of glass or glass blocks, so the light can shine into the dark corners of the 1st floor. In Europe or USA you can buy special glass or glass blocks made for walking on. Typically these are glass sheets of about 4cm thickness lamin...
by emanaku
Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Buying software
Replies: 22
Views: 3551

Re: Buying software

ironchefchris, if you just want to manage your pictures and do things like make them brighter, adjust colors, cut a rectangle etc. then I would definitely recommend using Adobe Lightroom - can be downloaded from Amazon or from Adobe and paid online (about 100 USD for the download version for Mac). I...
by emanaku
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can't send email being blocked by spamhaus.org
Replies: 3
Views: 1110

Re: Can't send email being blocked by spamhaus.org

thank you both! I am still in discussions with the US provider - and they seem to make changes on a daily basis to find the right method for fending off 4 millions spam and hacker connections per day while not fencing off their own customers ... If they cannot come up with an easy solution we will p...
by emanaku
Tue Jan 14, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Can't send email being blocked by spamhaus.org
Replies: 3
Views: 1110

Can't send email being blocked by spamhaus.org

We use a Claro and a Nextel 3G modem to connect to the internet here in the Sacred Valley. We have a domain which is hosted in the US. The service provider there also operates a Mail server, and usually we send email through this mail server. At the weekend they implemented the use of the blocking l...
by emanaku
Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Encounter at a Police Checkpoint - what does that mean?
Replies: 4
Views: 996

Encounter at a Police Checkpoint - what does that mean?

Hi, here in the Sacred Valley every now and then (several times a week) you see a police car at the side of the street and they stop cars to check papers etc. Often they check trucks. We were stopped a couple of times over the last years, and normally this is not a big thing and they are usually ver...
by emanaku
Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Immigration only Gave 60 Days this Time
Replies: 7
Views: 1651

Re: Immigration only Gave 60 Days this Time

My partner got only 60 days last september - by a male agent (maybe he was grouchy because it was late in the night). I "heard" - that means the lawyer of a friend of a friend supposedly said that they want to change or have already changed the law from 2014 on, so you can stay only 183 da...
by emanaku
Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starbucks vs ...
Replies: 26
Views: 3889

Re: Starbucks vs ...

At our last visits to Lima we were driving around a lot to see and buy stuff from stores like Cassinelli, Sodimac, Decor Center etc. After a couple of hours and to boost our energy we would usually find some Starbucks somewhere to get a Cappuccino or Frappuccino. In this situation it was very helpfu...
by emanaku
Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: That return ticket home??
Replies: 48
Views: 18761

Re: That return ticket home??

In the last three years we never had a problem to fly on LAN or Aeromexico with tickets from Lima and back into Lima (having not a ticket out of Peru again) - EXCEPT in one case: Flying from Auckland, New Zealand via Santiago, Chile to Lima at the LAN counter in Auckland they wanted to see a ticket ...
by emanaku
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy bigger sizes of clothes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

Re: Where to buy bigger sizes of clothes?

Thank you, argidd, La Quinta was defintely a good place to go to (and a pretty unique experience - although I know stores for "seconds" from other countries ;-) ), and the (polo) shirts they had in my size were of good quality and pretty cheap ... I got 10 of them to be on the safe side ;-...
by emanaku
Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Re: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years

Hi captcosmic, I have added the information about container costs and insurance in the cost section of my report: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=23666&p=126161#p126161
by emanaku
Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy bigger sizes of clothes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

Re: Where to buy bigger sizes of clothes?

argidd wrote:Are you a woman or man?


man ;-)
by emanaku
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to buy bigger sizes of clothes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

Where to buy bigger sizes of clothes?

Like 2XL or even 3XL (US size)? My first Lima experience two weeks ago lead me to some shopping centers. I just wanted to buy a T-Shirt, but after I realized that SagaFalabella and Ripley (Jockey Center) have a maximum of XL (presumably even a Peruvian XL ;-) ) I gave up. I read the hints in the thr...
by emanaku
Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Re: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years

The agent told us, that if during customs inspection something shows up which is seemingly art they would consult an expert.

I assume, that they want to make sure that people not just come in legally with illegal/stolen art objects ... which is very understandable.
by emanaku
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to stay for 1-2 weeks in Callao bringing container in
Replies: 11
Views: 2013

Re: Where to stay for 1-2 weeks in Callao bringing container in

As I stated earlier we finally stayed in Miraflores close to a friends appartment. And that was the right thing to do - we were not supposed and it was not necessary to visit the port during the week in Lima. Thank you all for your helpful proposals! I have posted all details about the container her...
by emanaku
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Re: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years

This is part 3 of 3 of the complete story Lessons Learned On Hawaii the movers said: It is good to have a very detailled list of the items. We had one anyway - but this list was never used in the processed by officials. The only list used was the one the Hawaiian movers produced. Make sure this list...
by emanaku
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Re: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years

Part 2 of 3 of the complete story: Costs The cost of such a container depends mainly on the weight, where the container is to be picked up, and if the moving company has to pack and unpack things. For your special needs you better try to get an offer from Stevens or another world wide operating move...
by emanaku
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Re: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years

Ok, all the stuff is here in the Sacred Valley ;-) This is post 1 of 3 of the complete story: How it all happened My partner has travelled a lot in more than 30 years, and she has bought many beautiful things in (nearly) all parts of the world. The value of all these items is mainly for purposes of ...
by emanaku
Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to stay for 1-2 weeks in Callao bringing container in
Replies: 11
Views: 2013

Re: Where to stay for 1-2 weeks in Callao bringing container in

Thank you all for your comments and hints! After more communication with the agent it turned out that we are not really needed in person (or are not allowed to be there in person ... ;-) ). But in case of problems they would call us and then we go whereever the agent will tell us. With this backgrou...
by emanaku
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Where to stay for 1-2 weeks in Callao bringing container in
Replies: 11
Views: 2013

Where to stay for 1-2 weeks in Callao bringing container in

When you bring a container with houshold goods in you are supposed to go there in person. This can take (at least) 6 business days - but we also heard from other expats that it took 2 weeks. So we are looking for a place to stay in or near Callao - safe (!), easy to get to and from, with internet co...
by emanaku
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Re: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years

Thank you all for your thoughts and advice. The Peruvian agent confirmed that we can bring in the container - but the history of being in and out of the country will have an impact on the tax rate to pay ... I will keep you updated with what happens (but nothing is really expected to happen within t...
by emanaku
Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Re: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years

Hi Chi Chi, we travelled a lot - and it always just worked out to go out of and into Perú in time. At this moment we are on tourist visa. This should not be a basic problem, as the shipper has confirmed we can bring in household goods on a tourist visa. A friend of us did that at the beginning of th...
by emanaku
Sat Oct 19, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years
Replies: 26
Views: 4727

Shipping Container - having been in Peru for > 2 years

We want to ship a container with household goods (hhgs) from the US to Peru. We have been in Peru on tourist visa for more than 2 years. The container is already on its way - and now the agent in Lima presents a paper stating: "Client should not exceed a period or 6 months in Peru in order to b...
by emanaku
Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: DILEMMA - Help!
Replies: 10
Views: 1642

Re: DILEMMA - Help!

windsportinperu: you can create a company as owner on tourist visa in peru. you just need the permit for signing contracts (usually valid for 4 weeks) from imigración. about 3 years ago you could even be your own manager, but then the law has changed and now you need a peruvian or somebody with a ca...
by emanaku
Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Filing Cabinets?
Replies: 2
Views: 522

Re: Filing Cabinets?

Maestro (a Peruvian "Home Depot") has it in Cuzco (4 drawers; exactly one cabinet - and it is for A4 papers, so in case you need US Letter size you have to be creative ;-)).

I assume there is at least one Maestro in Lima?

Good Luck!!!
by emanaku
Sun May 12, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: VPN - references
Replies: 4
Views: 943

Re: VPN - references

I am using ibVPN - gives you VPNs to a lot of servers in many countries (US, Europe). It normally works through a Claro or Nextel 3G modem. But sometimes either of them (or even both) refuse to connect - I could not find out why. But this happens also with a VPN connection provided by the university...
by emanaku
Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Flying into Peru with electronics
Replies: 2
Views: 1144

Re: Flying into Peru with electronics

normally with 1 laptop / 1 external hard drive and 1 digital camera there should be no problem at all because these are all things you are allowed to bring into the country anyway. I got a problem in the past when I brought two laptops and got a red light: then they made me pay (I think 20%) tax for...
by emanaku
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Opening a bank account *UPDATE*
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: Opening a bank account *UPDATE*

In Cuzco a year ago I got a bank account at Interbank just with passport.
But it is a cuenta ahorros (savings account) not a cuenta corriente.
It comes with a VISA debit card.

Good Luck!
by emanaku
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Flying into Lima
Replies: 9
Views: 3818

Re: Flying into Lima

We arrived a couple of days ago from Mexico City at Lima at 11:30pm (arrived early at 11pm). That's ok, immigration and customs worked like a charm ... but our flight to Cuzco started not before 5:20am next morning. Where do you spend the 5 hours? Leaving the airport (even to the expensive Ramada) w...
by emanaku
Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fastest Broandband connection for an upload in Lima
Replies: 7
Views: 1719

Re: Fastest Broandband connection for an upload in Lima

I uploaded a video of 240 MB with a Claro 3G modem last november in the Sacred Valley - it took about 8 hours. I tried to use a nextel 3G modem first - but the nextel connections are not so reliable - so after 6 hours there was "a problem" and the movie could not be uploaded further ;-) So...
by emanaku
Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Tourists Attacked Near Cusco by mob
Replies: 9
Views: 3518

Re: Tourists Attacked Near Cusco by mob

on rpp today: http://www.rpp.com.pe/2013-01-04-cusco-norteamericanos-denuncian-agresion-de-comuneros-en-ocongate-noticia_554796.html this is the same case as in this thread at this forum: http://www.expatperu.com/expatforums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=21116 - there is more discussion about it going on ...
by emanaku
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: USB modem
Replies: 4
Views: 2042

Re: USB modem

I assume fastest is a landline internet connection from Telefonica (but I do not have experience with it, because it is not available in our house). With a Claro modem (3G) here in the Sacred Valley at good times I can download about 200 MB per hour. It is faster with a nextel modem - but the downlo...
by emanaku
Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Anyone remember Leonard's Lodgings in Cusco?
Replies: 9
Views: 3623

Re: Anyone remember Leonard's Lodgings in Cusco?

Hi timothy, thank you for sharing these adventures ;-)

There still exists a "Leonard's Lodging" in Cuzco - see http://www.leonardlodgings.com

If that is related to the one you know: I do not know ...

Happy New Year!

Emanáku
by emanaku
Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cheaper to Buy transformers in the U.S. or Lima?
Replies: 7
Views: 1946

Re: Cheaper to Buy transformers in the U.S. or Lima?

Transformers do not always work (that is what I heard - I have no own experience with it) - so normally you are better off replacing your 110V-devices by 220V-devices.

I would not rely on a transformer - except it is a very good quality one for a device you cannot replace here by a 220V device ...
by emanaku
Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: kittens in need of a home
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Re: kittens in need of a home

Hi Marianne,

have the white kittens more longer hair ( I think here in Peru they call it "Angora" - even when the hair is not as long as the ones of the true Angora cats)?
by emanaku
Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:09 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Cat Owners--The Fancy Feast Conspiracy...
Replies: 5
Views: 1503

Re: Cat Owners--The Fancy Feast Conspiracy...

We live in the Sacred Valley. In Cuzco two years ago every now and then Fancy Feast was available in the Mega supermarkets.

Lately the only source for it was the pet shop Lazzy Vet.
by emanaku
Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: buying thai products in peru
Replies: 15
Views: 3313

Re: buying thai products in peru

Hi Bridget, I cannot tell you about wholesale sources for thai products - here is just our experience as "hobby cooks" ;-) We live in the Sacred Valley. Coconut milk we buy in cans at Canasta (a super market in Cuzco), sometimes Mega has them, too. All curry pastes and other delicious ingr...
by emanaku
Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Dealing with customs, bribes advice or legal representation?
Replies: 2
Views: 1139

Re: Dealing with customs, bribes advice or legal representation?

Hi clarityk,

if you are supposed to "give a lecture on art" maybe the institution where you give the lecture (a University?) could help you with this?

Good luck!!
by emanaku
Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Not flushing toilet paper?
Replies: 43
Views: 13791

Re: Not flushing toilet paper?

I had to laugh when I saw this topic - the exact same discussion started some three years ago in an expat forum for people living on tenerife island (one of the canary islands in the Atlantic, part of Spain). There was even a person posting photos of toilet paper dissolving in water until no paper c...

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