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Buenos Dias From Lima, Peru

Woke up to a blanket of fluffy clouds over Peru aboard American Airlines

So after a (very) long haul flight (Sydney>Dallas>Miami>Lima), we arrived at the airport around 5:20am. Customs was a breeze…& then the ‘fun’ really began.

As soon as we stepped out of the ‘safe zone’, we were hounded by literally 15 or so taxi drivers trying to get our business. I took Lonely Planet’s advice from “South America on a Shoestring” about bypassing the expensive taxi services inside the airport. Instead, we walked “out of the airport terminal, walk 100m to the pedestrian gate, turn right & walk 100m to the road outside the airport where you can get an unofficial taxi for less or a combi to Miraflores“.

No combis & definitely no ‘La S’ in sight.

The hounding continued. I felt like we were bait & there were hawks circling around us.

We were sweating & beyond exhausted at this point that we ended up ‘bargaining’ a ride to Miraflores District where our apartment was located.

That ‘bargaining’ was not much of a bargain (S30, approx $15 AUD) as when we arrived at the apartment, the driver was asking for S70 (approx $35 AUD). We had no local currency on us except for S40  (approx. $25 AUD) that we exchanged at the airport.

As an argument in the middle of the street started, it was pure luck that our host was walking past. After a few exchanges in Spanish between the taxi driver & our host, our host handed him a further S10.

I’ve never felt more grateful, yet rorted at the same time.

Anyway, no used sulking about it. We’ll just have to be more street smart…& learn more Spanish!

Safe travels – especially to us! There’s still 3 months left of this trip!

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