When you’re sightseeing in Lima, Peru. The first thing to consider, is how it has developed, people in this city, say from a few details you should know before coming to this city, capital of Peru, these details can help you save time and money, Well you details below:
1) The value of the dollar, as in many countries, not falling. Today trading to 2.88 soles per dollar, a value not seen since 1998. Yes, today the dollar traded in Peru the same value as ten years ago.
2) The traffic is always the same catastrophe. Although from what I’ve seen, there are attempts to start improving the situation. For example, there will be new buses in certain areas of the city, and this requires avenues closed, as Bolognesi, in the area of Barranco. Anyway, things will not change at all until it is completed to formalize the rest of transport. This includes stop paying bus drivers and conductors for piecework system is, charge a commission of what they produce and that taxis should have meter. This will involve, no doubt, increased transport costs in Lima. I wonder how many people react here, accustomed to haggling over the value of taxi and bus stop anywhere, since they are in search of passengers and stopping anywhere for these amount.
3) You’ll catch up with the food you find here in Lima it as, the Chinese restaurant, ceviche, grilled chicken, hamburgers to poor Bembos my breakfast with fried fish and egg cup and the pisco sour. The food is more than acceptable and the check in “the field.”
4) You may be surprised at the low coverage of the news programs about the trial of Alberto Fujimori. Topics that are deemed serious and there are so close in history that I think should interest more. And if you do not have to watch cable news channel N, owned by the newspaper El Comercio, almost no access to the trial. Of course, the vast majority of Peruvians do not have cable, and often there are “pirated cable”.
5) At least in the area of San Miguel, there is an appreciable increase in consumption, particularly in shopping centers aimed at the middle and upper middle class. There are malls like Plaza San Miguel that are expanding the number of businesses. Peru has decided in recent years by a liberal economic policy, with much emphasis on trade agreements with other countries, a path already followed by Chile in the region. And as has been seen in Chile, that kind of growth can lead to wealth creation but also profound inequality through greater differences between rich and poor. At first glance, we see more consumption, but also the persistence of informal trade in Lima. Peru is in the midst of an economic process that surely will deepen when it comes into force on FTA with U.S., which has not yet been completed to regulate. How many will benefit from this process of economic change is a good question, but it will take several years to respond.
Well these notes may help you see more of the idiosyncrasies of this city, good luck!