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by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:14 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Even Tourist are not free to move on Census day in Peru
Replies: 50
Views: 11906

NOTHING EXTREME is going to happen to any tourist. The government is picky (now-a-days) about the treatment and safety of foreign tourists, so they wouldn't do anything on purpose to jeopardize that. Such outrageous and violent comments seem to be from a person who is psychologically unstable. Maybe...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starting a bus company in Peru
Replies: 22
Views: 5752

Amazing! I certainly think less of a company who advertises in English and uses incorrect English. To me, if I see a big company like Cruz del Sur with bad English, I'm thinking this company is taking shortcuts. A website, to me, is a reflection of a company. A good company should have a good websi...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Safe transport from airport into Lima
Replies: 12
Views: 2704

All "fixed" prices are negotiable. You can get one of the airport taxi services to take you to Villa (in Chorrillos) for S/.45.00, I did.

I'm not much of a salesperson type, but I am an expert in bargaining. :D
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:52 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Interpreters Wanted
Replies: 16
Views: 3710

What's the schedule like? Do they pay in Soles? $2.50 seems likes peas and carrots.
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starting a bus company in Peru
Replies: 22
Views: 5752

It's pretty hard to compete with Cruz del Sur. They're a really great bus line. As far as creating competition, that's something that business owners do as long as they have a stake in it. Why is there a 7-11 nearly on every corner in the United States? It's because they are competing with themselve...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tips for teachers
Replies: 1
Views: 684

S. Korea has a very high cost of living and Seoul has ranked in the top most expensive cities in the world. These salaries may only provide for a standard level of living. Also the U.S. State Department has a warning for U.S. teachers looking to work in South Korea. CNN should have elaborated more.
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:33 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Make money from your photos
Replies: 2
Views: 1597

Make money from your photos

Hi guys: I know a lot of you, like me, love to take pictures around and about Peru. I used to work for Harcourt Education as a picture research assistant when I was introduced to the world of RF and RM images (Royalty Free and Rights Managed). You can submit your photos via the internet to photo sto...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:47 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Well dressed guy asking tourists for money
Replies: 56
Views: 11363

Why does everyone expect a government handout? That's a very bad attitude to take and actually negatively affects the people that REALLY do need a handout from the government. I give money to kids, but I don't give money to kids when their lazy parents are sitting in the median and exploiting them f...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:41 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: EMS service with Serpost - is it really a courier service?
Replies: 8
Views: 6963

If it's important, use DHL. If it's not important use Serpost. Dont ' use UPS, they are completely incompetent on both ends. (I ended up paying double and importation taxes for their mistake.) :x There's also an excellent courier service based in Miami (that the Peruvian Consulate uses) and they are...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:35 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: REGARDING GETTING YOUR VISA EXTENDED
Replies: 10
Views: 4824

I've been through the whole U.S. immigration deal with my husband (legally) and they treat EVERYONE (including U.S. Citizens) equally as poor whether they are legals or illegals. They are just plain out @-H0les. Funny thing is most of them aren't even from the U.S. Regarding Immigration in Peru, it ...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:20 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Starting a bus company in Peru
Replies: 22
Views: 5752

My husband's aunt invested in a combi and put her brother to work. They made good money, except her brother wasn't giving her her proceeds, so she made him sell the bus and give her back her money. Despite being burned by her family member she's thinking of investing again in the transportation serv...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN PERU?
Replies: 16
Views: 6879

Does anybody know what is the market like for architectural / structural concrete industry?

Thanks.
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Fiance is pregnant, can we still go to the UK?
Replies: 20
Views: 5486

Regarding a previous comment about the airlines not permitting your wife to fly, this is not true in all airline cases. I flew RT from USA to Peru when I was 8 months pregnant and they did not give me a problem. The only thing I was required to do when flying back from Peru was sign a waiver. It's a...
by rgamarra
Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:00 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Well dressed guy asking tourists for money
Replies: 56
Views: 11363

curlyguy18 wrote: DONT GIVE OUT MONEY TO STRANGERS...if you do, they'll come back for more!


Or you could simply say "Don't feed the alligators!"

After a while they'll bite off more than the hand. :lol:
by rgamarra
Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:52 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Has Anyone Seen This Video of Peru??
Replies: 4
Views: 1551

Go to Polvos Azules, that's where I found my copy.
by rgamarra
Wed Oct 10, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Well dressed guy asking tourists for money
Replies: 56
Views: 11363

If the person was so desperate to leave the country and needed money for the airport tax, then wouldn't they be begging for it in the airport? That's what logic would lead one to suspect. :?
by rgamarra
Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:31 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Well dressed guy asking tourists for money
Replies: 56
Views: 11363

Doesn't this remind you of the movie "Doble Juego?"

If you don't know what I'm talking about visit this link:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/doble_juego/

You can find a synopsis of it on this site.
by rgamarra
Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:22 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Even Tourist are not free to move on Census day in Peru
Replies: 50
Views: 11906

Despite Peru being a beautiful country, its administration is very poor. The problem is that there are unqualified and incompetent people in positions that they shouldn't be in. Peru needs a major overhaul in its management style and a President who can actually execute and delegate important decisi...
by rgamarra
Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:39 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: custom regulations
Replies: 8
Views: 4155

When traveling by myself with my children I usually get waved through regardless of what color light I get when entering, however when I travel with my husband (who is Peruvian) we get searched REGARDLESS of what color light appears. Despite being searched, we've been able to bring in a 19" TV,...
by rgamarra
Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Costs of the Falling Dollar
Replies: 25
Views: 5354

Yet another article. What are your opinions in regard to dumping Dollars for Soles? Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade Suggests to Save in Soles not U.S. Dollars (LIP-ir) -- Peru's Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Mercedes Aráoz recommended today that anyone who had savings in U.S. dollars shou...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Content for English conversation class
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Try amazon.com and put in a search for English for Customer Service, or English for Hotel workers, English for Tourism, etc., until you find what you are looking for, then find a book that lets you take a sneak-peak inside. You may be able to scratch up a little lingo via that method. You may need t...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Having a Baby in peru
Replies: 20
Views: 8253

As far as I know, the parent cannot gain (Peruvian) citizenship through a child. I am married to a Peruvian, both of my daughters have Peruvian nationality, but I still have to go through the same process for those married to Peruvian citizens. I believe in Italy you can gain residency and eventuall...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Costs of the Falling Dollar
Replies: 25
Views: 5354

This is a story I saw in Livinginperu.com Despite Cheaper Costs, Decline in U.S. Dollar Value is Bad for Peru (LIP-ir) -- "We are making a mistake thinking three soles for one dollar is good for the country," affirmed Peru's former Minister of Economy, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. "We shoul...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Content for English conversation class
Replies: 4
Views: 1643

Have you tried an internet search or looking through the local bookstores?
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Clinicas Ricardo Palma
Replies: 6
Views: 1792

Yeah, I've seen the horror stories such as a botched birth in the Maison de Santé. Scary how a hospital with such a reputation can have incompetent medical staff. I guess it could have happened anywhere though. In the case of the General Insurances such as RIMAC, MAPFRE, etc. which ones come recomme...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Earthquake proof house
Replies: 10
Views: 3846

Maybe you should just build your own Inca Huasi. They've withstood the earthquakes in Peru for centuries in comparison to the stick houses that the Spaniards built that just came tumbling down.
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:43 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Earthquake proof house
Replies: 10
Views: 3846

Some new construction condominiums are using pre-cast panels. Pre-cast panels tend to be much safer, yet this technology is in it's infancy in Peru. Most new construction is built with concrete, so coming from a wood-frame State like Florida, construction is much sturdier and more likely to withstan...
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:38 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Clinicas Ricardo Palma
Replies: 6
Views: 1792

Clinicas Ricardo Palma

Does anybody have experience or is familiar with Clinicas Ricardo Palma?

I am looking for health insurance for myself and my family and I wanted a few opinions before making my selection.

What other health insurances come highly recommended?

Thanks for your input.

Best to all.
by rgamarra
Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:49 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Costs of the Falling Dollar
Replies: 25
Views: 5354

The USD will probably make a rebound between now and the next election, but not until the DEMS have nominated their candidate. The TLC is great, but it's a mixed bag of goodies. Fortunately the Sol is strong right now, so Peru will have a more level playing field. Despite the USD being down, it is s...
by rgamarra
Thu Oct 04, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: Great restaurants to try in Lima
Replies: 27
Views: 9256

For a great breakfast I recommend El Sanguchon pero de Chicharron in the front of Chorrillos. It's owned by a Japanese Peruvian family and it is always packed on the weekends. It makes for a nice little mom n' pop shop. I've been to a couple of other more fancy digs in Miraflores, that I can't recal...
by rgamarra
Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Costs of the Falling Dollar
Replies: 25
Views: 5354

Everybody was guilty of greed from the top to bottom of the whole RE / Credit Bubble. My husband and I have always had the belief that money in Peru was a much safer and more profitable investment than in the US. Once we opened an account and started saving, we realized how much money we were frivol...
by rgamarra
Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone ever scuba dive in Peru?
Replies: 37
Views: 7075

No, we're not a part of the restricted access beach. The phase that we bought in is strictly industrial and it's a long term investment. The residenciales would also be a long term investment. We're thinkin 5-10 years down the line. So our land just sits and we have family members look after it for ...
by rgamarra
Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:21 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone ever scuba dive in Peru?
Replies: 37
Views: 7075

It's literally right above Playa Honda, which has restricted access. We purchased in February, the prices have gone up a bit, but it's still a bargain. As always do your homework and preview the property before buying. When we purchased there was a S/.100 one time membership fee and there's a S/.30 ...
by rgamarra
Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:46 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Anyone ever scuba dive in Peru?
Replies: 37
Views: 7075

Land near Pucusana is selling for cheap. We bought 1000m2 right in front of Honda Beach for $2K. The prices have gone up a bit, but it may be a worthy long term investment. As with any Real Estate transaction follow the motto of Caveat Emptor and hire a lawyer or consult an experienced and trustwort...
by rgamarra
Wed Oct 03, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Costs of the Falling Dollar
Replies: 25
Views: 5354

From the US end (in Florida at least) we've seen prices go up. Milk used to be $3.32 per gallon, now I pay $4.29. I could easily buy chicken under the $3.00 range, but now I'm paying $4.00 or more for a small package of chicken. I was recently in Peru for 5 months and these are the changes that occu...
by rgamarra
Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Work options in Lima...
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

Do you know of any reputable travel companies / avg. salary? With the poor economic situation up here, I'm forced to go back to Peru. Which I'm not complaining, b/c I've been miserable since I've been back here from day one. In my area of the US, many people, especially immigrants are returning back...
by rgamarra
Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:16 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: The Costs of the Falling Dollar
Replies: 25
Views: 5354

The Costs of the Falling Dollar

I just wanted to inquire as to what affect, if any, the falling value of the dollar is having on those living in Peru? I've been watching it the past couple of weeks take a strong dive from up here in the States. In fact, the Canadian Dollar is worth more than the USD. How is it affecting those who ...
by rgamarra
Sun Sep 30, 2007 2:46 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Work options in Lima...
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

I've done the ESL bit, and I operate a translation service business in Florida, however it appears to me that both markets in Lima are pretty saturated. Thanks for the advice, though.
by rgamarra
Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:11 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Work options in Lima...
Replies: 5
Views: 1399

Work options in Lima...

Hello to everyone: I will be returning to Peru in November, and I am interested in working outside of the ESL sector/industry. I know that call centers are an option, however I wanted some opinions on other industries that I could maybe look into. I speak Spanish fluently, so that is no problem and ...
by rgamarra
Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Getting your resident visa in Chile
Replies: 7
Views: 2804

In response to the email sent out about ¨bad feelings¨ in regard to collecting the resident visa in Chile I would like to state the following: 1. I was the ¨friend¨ who sent Sharon that email to share with other expatriates. 2. It is a gross misunderstanding that I have any ¨bad feelings¨about Chile...
by rgamarra
Sat Mar 03, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: $100 to visit machu picchu ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2671

Agua Calientes is definitiley a bonafide tourist trap. When I went this past month to Macchu Picchu with my Peruvian husband we were schocked by the prices, which quite a few cusqueños told us is due to certain ethnic groups and the mochileros coming there and trashing the place. There is a certain ...
by rgamarra
Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Private Teacher Pricing....
Replies: 2
Views: 1888

Private Teacher Pricing....

Quick question, I am new to the Peruvian ESL market. I have a close friend who has asked me to teach his two university age children English privately. Obviously I cannot charge what I normally charge students in the States, what price range can one recommend to me, so I am sure not to overcharge.

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