Don't exchange money or use the ATM at LIma Airport.
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Oct 22, 2012 3:07 PM Last Post By: beerfree
Oct 20, 2012 5:21 PM
Don't exchange money or use the ATM at LIma Airport.There's simply no need. Just walk across the bridge to the other side of the street and there's a mega financial mall there. All the major banks have branches there. You will get much better rates. You will also find Banco De La Nacion there with their Multired ATMs that don't charge a ATM fee.
In the airport you will only find Interbank and their Globalnet ATMs that are a rip off on a variety of levels. The banks/money changers in the terminal have horrible exchange rates. For USD 2.45 sell/2.72 buy. The banks across the street are 2.55 sell/2.62 buy. The Globalnet ATMs charge a 12 soles fee for use. Multired across the street is free. Well worth the 1-2 mins to walk to the otherside of the road.
Oct 20, 2012 7:57 PM
Oct 20, 2012 8:09 PM
2Who needs to wander? I told you what to look for in this post. You can see the "Banco de la Nacion" branch from the terminal. I realize that some of you can't even walk from the plane to the gate through the jetway, that's why they have those wheelchairs. Those same people spend their entire trips in their hotel room watching the Travel Channel because they don't have the strength to open the front door. For the rest of us, walking across the street isn't too strenuous.
Oct 21, 2012 3:01 AM
3Heheh... first time something brings this up. Another bonus of venturing out on the street is that you find taxis at normal prices.
However, in the airport there is an Interbank branch that does a good job on most transactions. They are in the departures area, at the end of the upstairs food court. They even will break larger bills into small change if you ask.
I sometimes use the financial mall across the street, but wouldn't recommend newcomers to cross that road at night with all their bags and a large wad of cash. Preferably, just exchange 20 US$ inside the airport for your most immediate needs, (how much is a few cents per dollar lost on 20 dollars?) and then go to a proper bank, or one of the good moneychangers at Plaza San Martin, the next morning at daytime.
Do you know that Callao, the part of Lima where the airport is, is famous for its knife-wielding citizens? Every person there who has some self-respect is said to have a knife in his pocket, if only to defend himself from muggers while drunk.
Oct 21, 2012 8:16 AM
4For the record I always walk out of the airport to avoid taxi rip-off and I don't believe is anyhow dangerous.
Still I find little reason to be in that dodgy area for any minute longer with all my stuff like laptop or DSLR.
I go out the terminal, hail the taxi and off I go. Why trying your luck?
As Klaus said you can loose even less by simply exchanging some $20, you will be screwed maybe $2-3 bucks on exchange, who cares?
It's weird cheap ass advice from someone who is throwing out money as "tips" because he feels like
Oct 21, 2012 8:16 AM
5I wouldn't bother at night either for no other reason than I don't think the banks are open. The night I got there, I stood at the base of that bridge looking for the bus into Centro for 20 mins and didn't notice that there was a financial mall a few feet away. During the day I don't think there's much danger at all. The airport security runs right up to the pedestrian bridge on one end and then the financial mall security starts up at the other end.
Beerfree, eh... Banji. I got confused who was posting since you've seem to have taken up the mantle of bringing up the same old topic we discussed in another thread in every thread I post in. Anyways.... weird cheap advice? If not having to pay ATM fees is weird advice then I guess there are a lot of weird people since it's a much asked question. Coming from somone too cheap to tip anyone, I'd think the advice would be right up your alley.
Oct 21, 2012 11:16 AM
Oct 21, 2012 11:36 AM
72 hours? Spoken like someone who has never taken the bus and can't read. Took 45 mins. I posted that in the other thread you are referring to. Since you quoted from it, I thought you read it. I thought wrong.
No. The owner pays them a base salary. You pay them for the service they provide you. I know you understand that. You are just too cheap to do it since you know you can get away with it. So you can't be bothered to walk a minute to save $5, but you have no problems stiffing someone that provided you service in good faith. Nice priorities you have there.
Oct 21, 2012 4:47 PM
8It takes 45 mins. Granted my dude was a speedster. At some point we passed the first big bus that I missed. It does stop all the time, but it's not like it's keeping to a schedule and sitting at the stops watching the clock. The stops last about 5 seconds if that. Sometimes they don't even stop. They just kind of slow down enough for someone to run up and hop on. It's only a about 10 miles. Even on a bus that stops a lot, there's no way it takes 2 hours. It's not a new faster service. It's taken 45min or so for years and hour during rush hour.
Hail a taxi on the street in Callao!!!!!! Weren't you the one saying that it's too dangerous to even walk across the street. ;) Even the locals tell you that you're taking your life in your own hands picking up a taxi on the street in Callao.
I find it super strange and quite baffling that you keep wondering about things that I explained in the thread you keep quoting from but still haven't read.
No. The owner pays them a base, the customer is the one that got the service so the customer is the one that should pay for that service. Stop being a shoplifter of restaurant service. It would be one thing if you didn't know how it worked. You do. So you have no excuse. That's the difference between you and me. I'll be cheap only at my expense. You'll be cheap only at someone else's.
Oct 21, 2012 6:37 PM
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