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by koplinfamilia
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: My Money
Replies: 12
Views: 2931

Re: My Money

Bring with you $9,999 as that is the limit you can enter with. The ATM fees are getting our of hand here, we pay $2 to withdrawl to the Lima bank and then $6 to our bank in NY, that is $8 for every $200 (that is the limit you can withdrawl at one time. Another note, the dollar continues to drop and ...
by koplinfamilia
Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: 11 Passanger Van Avail. For Rent w/ Driver
Replies: 6
Views: 3539

11 Passanger Van Avail. For Rent w/ Driver

Greetings Fellow Expats, We have available a brand new Hyundai (H1) 11 passenger mini bus for rent with bi-lingaul driver (English/Spanish). We are just starting up the business and plan to offer custom tours, special occasion and Airport taxi services. The idea is to cater to your specfic need with...
by koplinfamilia
Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:34 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Proofreading Rates
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Proofreading Rates

Does anyone have any idea what the going rate for a proof read is per page? I would like to do some small proof reading jobs but have not a clue where to start off with pricing. Anyone out there doing this or have an idea what one would charge?
by koplinfamilia
Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Spirit vs. Aeromexico
Replies: 4
Views: 1993

Re: Spirit vs. Aeromexico

We came down one-way on Aero-Mexico and my only "complaint" was having to pass through customs in Mexico City. Still, even with that they held the plane for our family as we ran to catch it. We had no problems with the one-way ticket neither did my Dad who just came down with Aeor as well....
by koplinfamilia
Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tourist Train to Huancayo
Replies: 12
Views: 3955

Re: Tourist Train to Huancayo

Thanks, I had forgotten about the altitude but we have made the trip over the mountains a handful of times by bus and are used to it, not pleasant but bearable. I was also planning to take a bus back, I think one way on the train will be sufficient. Thanks for the comments. Any bus recomendations, d...
by koplinfamilia
Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:55 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Tourist Train to Huancayo
Replies: 12
Views: 3955

Tourist Train to Huancayo

I've read about a train that departs Lima and takes a spectacular tour through the Andes arriving 12 hours later in Huancayo. Has anyone ever attempted this trip, how is it and would you recomend it with a 5 & 4 year old? Months back we jokingly told my son the tren electrico would be working by...
by koplinfamilia
Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: FREE Childrens Books THIS WEEKEND
Replies: 0
Views: 746

FREE Childrens Books THIS WEEKEND

I have a handful of children's books in English, I don't want to toss them, does anyone want them? I would like them gone by Sunday. Here are the titles: Junnie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch Junie B., First Grader Toothless Wonder When Clay Sings by Brad ...
by koplinfamilia
Wed Oct 19, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mysterious bites/allergy
Replies: 8
Views: 2619

Re: Mysterious bites/allergy

You know we went to the hospital once, actually twice with my son and they could not really tell us anything. We were worried it was acoros but they said no. The more I am reading into it maybe it would be best if we found a specialist, would that be a dermatologist? Anyone have any recomendations? ...
by koplinfamilia
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mysterious bites/allergy
Replies: 8
Views: 2619

Mysterious bites/allergy

Since July my son and I have been attacked by what we first thought of as some sort of insect. After months of not finding one flea, bed bug ect. we have begun to listen to what the Peruvians have been saying all along, it is probably a food allergy. We get these mysterious patches of red bumps, usu...
by koplinfamilia
Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Reserving/Paying for Online Reservation
Replies: 2
Views: 783

Reserving/Paying for Online Reservation

Does anyone know for how long a reservation on Lan is good for, meaning once you reserve it how many days do they give you to pay. My Father is flying one-way and I want to reserve something for him a few days before (he will not actually be buying it but using it for proof of onward passage), I thi...
by koplinfamilia
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Crib Mattress
Replies: 1
Views: 901

Re: Crib Mattress

If anyone needs I have a like new matress protector that could go along with this. Kind of essential with a baby, you never know when there will be an accident and you don't want to ruin your new mattress. I bought it for our son and put it on his mattress for a month or so but have not used it sinc...
by koplinfamilia
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:11 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: chocolate chips
Replies: 12
Views: 4205

Re: chocolate chips

Good to hear they are in the Ovalo Higuerata Vea but do they taste the same, bitter sweet? I found some once in a mercado but when I tasted them they were horrible and more like a regular chocolate. Maybe it is just me but chocolate chip cookies are the best when made with the semi-sweet morsels. I ...
by koplinfamilia
Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: "american" brown sugar
Replies: 8
Views: 2546

Re: "american" brown sugar

I was searching for this awhile back but I discovered that using Azucar Rubia works just the same for most things. Also, the taste is not quite the same but Panela has the exact same texture as brown sugar, it looks the same too and it costs 5 soles at the Saturday morning bio-feria in Parque Reduct...
by koplinfamilia
Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Looking for Childrens Books
Replies: 2
Views: 1109

Re: Looking for Childrens Books

I have these available for FREE if you want to pick them up. Everything is in good shape and a smoke/pet free home. I live in Surco - La Calesa. Here are the titles: Junnie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch Junie B., First Grader Toothless Wonder When Clay Si...
by koplinfamilia
Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:08 pm
Forum: Expat Conversations
Topic: chocolate chips
Replies: 12
Views: 4205

Re: chocolate chips

I used to see them in a Plaza Vea in Surco, generic brand for S/.21 and now they don't carry them at all. Wong, at least near me is out too. The ones in Higureta, are they Nestle?
by koplinfamilia
Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:18 am
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Terrano - Chocalla - Asia
Replies: 0
Views: 573

Terrano - Chocalla - Asia

Lot for sale in Chocalla (k 92.5) in the new club "Puesta del Sol" which is located directly on the beach in front of Club Real. The site is ready to be built on with electric, water, sewer. It is located just five minutes from the boulevard in Asia and all papers are in order. The club co...
by koplinfamilia
Sun Aug 28, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Available Apartments?
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Available Apartments?

We've just learned that our landlord wishes to raise the rent on the apartment we currently rent. We are very reluctant to move but we want to compare our options if we end up paying $100-200 more a month. Right now we live in Surco and have a 3 bedroom apartment plus service room and bathroom. We p...
by koplinfamilia
Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Mercado Meat
Replies: 8
Views: 1399

Re: Mercado Meat

I buy carne, cerdo, pollo and pescado in my local market (Surco - La Capulana) and have never had a problem no matter what time a day. Granted, I ususally buy durring morning or afternoon hours and I've grown accustomed to teh smell. Recently though I've noticed that Plaza Vea can be a lot cheaper o...
by koplinfamilia
Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: transfering money
Replies: 10
Views: 3067

Re: transfering money

Just one note, why are you withdrawing your money in soles? You will loose a lot of money that way, withdrawl it in dollars and then simply walk outside and change it for usually at least .10 more per dollar. Never withdrawl in soles, the banks win big time when you do this. Now if you do not want t...
by koplinfamilia
Mon May 30, 2011 6:57 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SerPost on indefinite strike
Replies: 13
Views: 4718

Re: SerPost on indefinite strike

Not sure but we stopped by our local Serpost this passed Wednesday during normal business hours and it was closed, no signs though. That was Surco, Lima.
by koplinfamilia
Sat May 21, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Immigration Trouble / Need Info
Replies: 44
Views: 8007

Re: Immigration Trouble / Need Info

I can't say I don't agree as I myself have spent a lot of money border hopping to stay legal but what gets me is that people in Migraciones actually told us it was fine to over stay and just pay the fees. Really they need to make it clear as everyone seems to think it is OK when apparently it is not.
by koplinfamilia
Fri May 20, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: WE NEED HELP FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LIMA
Replies: 8
Views: 2524

Re: WE NEED HELP FINDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LIMA

Surco is nice as well but the prices vary, you can find sometihng in your price range though. All the utility prices seem about right that were quoted to you but the rent seems very cheap to be on the ocean. I think most will agree, you need to be here and walk tthe areas. Try renting something for ...
by koplinfamilia
Fri May 20, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: SODIMAC, TOPITOP, RIPLEY, MAESTRO PRICES
Replies: 14
Views: 4717

Re: SODIMAC, TOPITOP, RIPLEY, MAESTRO PRICES

I noticed that too about Plaza Vea, they don't always have the same prices or offerta's even when the stores are in the same zone.
by koplinfamilia
Thu May 19, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: A Birth Certificate and a Peruvian spouse: Tradeoff?
Replies: 11
Views: 2038

Re: A Birth Certificate and a Peruvian spouse: Tradeoff?

A certified copy is fine and I don't believe it has to be 3-6 months old ( I would recomend recent though). I just applied for my carnet through my husband and they do not ask for a birth certificate, only marriage. I do not believe you have to order the copies personally, I think it can be done fro...
by koplinfamilia
Fri May 13, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Toma Uno - Modeling Agnecies
Replies: 6
Views: 1203

Re: Toma Uno - Modeling Agnecies

And you don`t know what kind of people are going to get those pictures. There's some seedy stuff going on. Actually that is why we held off on this so far. We actually had the offer six months ago but I didn't feel right about giving this "manager" guy a disc with over 100 photos of my bo...
by koplinfamilia
Fri May 13, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Toma Uno - Modeling Agnecies
Replies: 6
Views: 1203

Toma Uno - Modeling Agnecies

Does anyone have any experience with Toma Uno or other modeling agencies. We have been approached a few times to have our kids model for Toma Uno but I am wondering how reputable they are? They want to cast our daughter and they don't ask for any money up front, just a portfolio of photos and then t...
by koplinfamilia
Thu May 12, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: between cusco and nazca on route 3
Replies: 14
Views: 6601

Re: between cusco and nazca on route 3

Not sure if you are headed back to Lima but the Panamericana is blocked around Pisco, there is no passing. I guess you call it a paro, whatever it is there is no traffic getting through it (3 km long!). Just an FYI if you are headed this way, there must be alternate routes though.
by koplinfamilia
Wed May 11, 2011 10:40 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Questions from a first timer
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Re: Questions from a first timer

Supposidly if you ask they will give you 183, I've never been denied. Last time the response was "of course."
by koplinfamilia
Wed May 11, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: traveling with 2 passports
Replies: 6
Views: 1455

Re: traveling with 2 passports

Just an FYI as this just happened to us. Our children entered with US passports and once here we were able to get their Peruvian passports. When we left the country we had them stamp the US passports because we didn't want any expired visas. They would not allow them to enter into Chile with an unst...
by koplinfamilia
Tue May 03, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: what do you miss from your home country?
Replies: 34
Views: 6032

Re: what do you miss from your home country?

I suppose most of what I miss is for my kids, but then again they are my life! -Libraries full of books/DVD's and amazing play/learning rooms for the kids. -Strong Museum of Play (if ever in the Rochester NY area with kids, this is a MUST see!) -Clean, safe, uncrowded playgrounds everywhere you loo...
by koplinfamilia
Mon May 02, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: what do you miss from your home country?
Replies: 34
Views: 6032

Re: what do you miss from your home country?

I suppose most of what I miss is for my kids, but then again they are my life! -Libraries full of books/DVD's and amazing play/learning rooms for the kids. -Strong Museum of Play (if ever in the Rochester NY area with kids, this is a MUST see!) -Clean, safe, uncrowded playgrounds everywhere you look...
by koplinfamilia
Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6588

Re: Oxapampa

I think we'll take the direct bus, less hasle. What about accomodations, anything recomendable? Did you stay in oxapapma at all or just Pozuzo?
by koplinfamilia
Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6588

Re: Oxapampa

Davek, which bus did you take to Oxapampa?
by koplinfamilia
Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:06 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus Recomendations - Oxapampa
Replies: 2
Views: 1796

Re: Bus Recomendations - Oxapampa

I have used them, no problems but there was an accident a little over a month ago that killed 13 people... probably could happen on any bus but you know that makes it a bit harder to take them. :) I will look into it though. Thanks!
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus Recomendations - Oxapampa
Replies: 2
Views: 1796

Bus Recomendations - Oxapampa

We are planning a trip to Oxapampa and I am looking for the "best" bus to get us there. I found one called Lobato, web site looks decent but I saw one of the buses and was not overly impressed. Anyone have any suggestions or experiences with this particular company?
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6588

Re: Oxapampa

Windsportsinperu, would love to hear what you have found about establishing an eco village?
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6588

Re: Oxapampa

Have there ever been problems with terrorists in the Oxapampa/Pozuzo area? I know Villa Rica was affected back in the day. Also, I am only guessing here, but does it tend to be more clean and orderly in Oxapampa due to the German influence? I do love Peru but one thing I could do without forever her...
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:48 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6588

Re: Oxapampa

Yes, we will check Pozuzo as well. We are looking to buy a large plot of land and devolp a farming type community there which will be partially self-sustaining. I've heard Oxapampa is nicer than Pozuzo, anyone been to both, have comments?
by koplinfamilia
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Oxapampa
Replies: 23
Views: 6588

Oxapampa

I'm just wondering if anyone has thought about living long term in Oxapampa? We've yet to visit, planning a trip in mid-May but I hear it is beautiful from everyone. I'm curious as to why people are not flocking to live there? My family and I are looking for a place in the provincias to settle down,...
by koplinfamilia
Fri Apr 22, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus to the Airport
Replies: 18
Views: 5950

Re: Bus to the Airport

OK, just for the record. We took our friends in a taxi from Surco (on a holiday) for 40 soles. The taxi had no problems entering the airport. We then took the "C" bus back to Surco at 9:30 PM (2.5 soles per person), 1 hour and 15 minutes but I suspect it would have taken a lot longer on a ...
by koplinfamilia
Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus to the Airport
Replies: 18
Views: 5950

Re: Bus to the Airport

We may try the combi route tonight, let you know how it goes if we do! By the way, what does one pay for a round trip taxi to the airport and home again (approx. Surco?)
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Easy Border-hop?
Replies: 29
Views: 7875

Re: Easy Border-hop?

Last time we did the Arica hop we hired a relative of a friend to take us from tacna and back. We stayed only one hour in Arica with no problems returning back to Peru. If we do this route we want to just take a bus into Arica and stay a night or so, anyone know bus companies and a nice but inexpens...
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:53 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Easy Border-hop?
Replies: 29
Views: 7875

Re: Easy Border-hop?

Actually last time we did the Arica we took a bus to Arequipa and then Tacna, it worked out nice but we were hoping to see something new. Might be the best plan though, thanks I will look into it.
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: $1 Fine waived with Peruvian Passport?
Replies: 8
Views: 2297

Re: $1 Fine waived with Peruvian Passport?

We've decided to just border-hop before the visas expire and a portion of the family re-enter as Peruvians. I'll ask anyway just for future reference. We decided we wanted to make everything kosher, we don't want any problems down the road.
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Aeromexico Connections in Mexico City
Replies: 4
Views: 2309

Re: Aeromexico Connections in Mexico City

I second that, fine airline if not for that issue of going through customs in route to another country.
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Lima to Tingo Maria Bus
Replies: 4
Views: 2989

Re: Lima to Tingo Maria Bus

Not sure if GM International goes all the way, but we took it to Huanuco twice and it was nice.
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Easy Border-hop?
Replies: 29
Views: 7875

Easy Border-hop?

Hi, sorry to beat a dead topic but I need some fresh advise. We have to do hopefully our last border hop next weekend or so. We've done the Tacna-Arica once before by bus but really don't want to do it again. It was easy but with two children under 5 it is too much time on the bus. We are willing to...
by koplinfamilia
Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: Expat Information
Topic: Bus to the Airport
Replies: 18
Views: 5950

Re: Bus to the Airport

Last week we too had a friend coming in to the airport and hopped on the combi (S), it took an hour and 15 minutes from Ovalo Higuereta, no problems during the morning hours. We did take a taxi we found in the airport, he even waited for us while we waited for our friend to arrive. He charged 40 sol...
by koplinfamilia
Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Free English Books - Children
Replies: 4
Views: 1392

Re: Free English Books - Children

Sure Kelly, no other responses and I would like to give them away so feel free to give me a PM for directions or contact #.
by koplinfamilia
Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:12 pm
Forum: Buy & Sell
Topic: Free English Books - Children
Replies: 4
Views: 1392

Free English Books - Children

I have a handful of children's books in English, I don't want to toss them, does anyone want them? Here are the titles: Junnie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch Junie B., First Grader Toothless Wonder When Clay Sings by Brad Baylor Anansi The Spider by Gerald...

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