Take a taxi in Peru could be very funny and an interesting experience
First at all, the taxis there aren’t regulated. That means anyone could be a taxi driver (like Uber but very different). For that reason, if you are in Lima, you’ll see a lot of taxis there: old and broken cars.
If you have a car and need some money, just stick in the car windscreen a “TAXI” label. Now, you’re able to work.
Next: No taximeter, of course. So, how they calculate the rate? New driver needs to know the streets and distance to calculate the correct rate. But, they are liars/cheaters and guessing the rate. High rate, for sure.
So, you need to be smart and negotiate the rate. To me, it’s very funny the negotiation.
- Me: How much until downtown?
- Driver: 20
- M: What? I’ll pay you 8
- D: Noon. Traffic is a mess. 15
- M: 15? Are you crazy? I got here from there by 6.
- D: Ok. 12?
- M: Ok. 10 then?
- D: Ok
If you don’t get a price that you want to pay. No problem. For sure, behind of that car, two or three “taxis” are waiting for your possible frustrated negotiation.
It’s very funny, believe me. I took taxis just to negotiate ridiculous prices.
One day, I took one at night. When we did some blocks, the driver say me: could you pay me in advance? I asked: why? And he said: it’s my first trip. I have no money neither gas. I need to put some gas if you want reach to your hotel.
The cage: our last day in Lima, we finished early our work and the flight were about midnight.
After lunch, we decided go to the cinema. We took a taxi, I negotiate the price and I sat in the front. I was surprised to see my coworkers in the cage! Noelle was outraged.
I didn’t understand this cage. What is the function? The driver feels safety? Maybe there, drivers are strangled? Because this cage may help to prevent that.
See you soon.