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 AirBNB.com 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!