teamoperu wrote:This thread is full of misinformation but I am too lazy to correct all the errors.
Teamoperu, if the urge comes over you, please post again and correct the obvious errors and misinformation. The most reliable post I've seen here is Tomasb's.
For now, I´ll do what I can to give newcomers to Peru a rough idea what to do - when catching a taxi at the airport your best bet is to go to Taxi Green desk. Their fleet is relative new and they are safe. The prices are reasonable value for secure taxis and much less than what many hotels will charge to come and pick you up.
The Taxi Green desk is located inside international arrivals, just after you pass through the customs inspection and before the barrier into the main forecourt. Most hotels and hostels are in San Isidro and Miraflores. If the traffic is light, the trip takes about 40-45 minutes to Miraflores and 25-30 minutes to San Isidro. If you arrive at rush hour, it can take up to twice as long. Taxi Green list their prices at the desk. For taxi drivers outside in the main forecourt, you have to negotiate a fare. With Taxi Green, I usually pay 45 soles (about $17 or £10) to go to Miraflores. The last time I caught an airport taxi was in April. So Tomasb's price of 48 might be more accurate, or he lives a bit further out than I do.
It's usually not worth bothering trying to negotiate with the dozens of independent taxi drivers on the other side of the barrier. Few, if any, will be cheaper than Taxi Green. Indeed, you'll often find their prices many times higher, especially if you don't negotiate.
If you leave the airport grounds, just outside the main gate, there is a taxi stand to the right and the taxi fares drop significantly. Drivers will usually ask 30-35 soles to take you to Miraflores. If it's a quiet time of day, you might get someone who'll take you for 25. These are usually not secure taxis, so you take them at your own risk and for a saving of just a few dollars, when you're carrying all your luggage and possessions, is it really worth it? Yes, thousands of Peruvians and the odd foreigner use them every day with no problem - I've done it myself a few times - but every now and again someone gets scammed, kidnapped, or worse. Generally, I take unsecured taxis in broad daylight on busy streets when there are lots of people around and I'm going relatively short distances.
If you're hard up, there is also a bus stand outside the airport where you can catch a combi and it should cost only a couple of soles to take you to Miraflores. The buses are probably safer than than the unsecured taxis, but keep a tight hold of your possessions and luggage. After a long journey, a combi to Miraflores would probably take at least 90 minutes and they are usually packed full of people and there's nowhere to put your luggage, so this is really only for those of you on the tightest of budgets.http://www.taxigreen.com.pe/drupal/