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Lima taxi. I post this alone as an effort to give a more recent (February 2013) view of taxi in Lima. Hoping to save their travel companions enough researching the shades of cabs in Lima. Information provided about taxi cabs ensures good travel currency. Some of the most precious information I have received regarding taxi rides in other places (except the airport) is this jewel below.
A lifelong Lima inhabitant and hostel keeper in the quarter of Miraflores speaks of this one. We recommend and recommend that you take a taxi. An authorized taxi uses a front and rear registration number with a distinctive stripe of gold above the top of the registration number.
The majority of cabs are mostly pure whites and the blacks come second. There are many colours and forms of taxi - as long as you make sure that the colour stripes are on the number plates. This field will not be used to further clarify other designations on cabs as I do not know how they are encoded.
In addition, this does not mean that you may only use licenced taxis. Sometimes I secretly note down the cabin number and/or the number plates. And Lima has got hundred and hundred of taxis that run through the town. I' ve taken both licenced and unauthorised taxis. Words about airports taxis..... It is recommended to use the Taxi Green service from the airports.
Sadly -- I didn't checked to see if Taxi Green had that chart-reuse stripe on the licence number, I'd guess they'd do it. As elsewhere, tariffs are usually more from the airports than from the airports. And Lima's no different.
Travelling with taxis in Lima
A taxi in Lima is a relatively fast and inexpensive way to explore the Lima not only for Limeños, but also for tourists. By 2011, an approximate 330,000 taxi cabs were in circulation in the Peruvian capitol, of which only about one third were officially recorded. And the other two third were informals, which means that virtually anyone could get into any kind of automobile, place a taxi tag on it and volunteer to take you around the city.
You should therefore be careful which taxi you use. It' simple to find a taxi in Lima. Often you don't even have to look for a taxi, but the taxi driver honks his horn and slows down the search for a good price. lf not, just sit by the side of the road and give a hint when a taxi arrives.
In Lima, most cabs are informal and not regulated. It is recommended to take only registred cabs. The majority of them are amber ( but some could also be either red or black), have a taxi plate on the rooftop and above all an offical label in the windshield of Setame, the administration that controls them.
Several taxi riders even have an ID that hangs from the inspection glass and shows that they are officially recorded. Nearest taxi is only a few seconds away. It is strongly recommended not to get into two-door and small "Tico" models, which are very much appreciated here. In Lima, some cabs unfortunately only have safety belts on the front seats and the driver's seats and not on the back where you should be.
Also note that in Lima taxi services do not normally match the standards you use from home. In Lima taxi cabs do not have metres, so you have to agree on a rate before (!) boarding. In order to give you an impression of the taxi rates in Lima, take a look at our general prices and ask in your local hotels or hostels what you have to reckon with for a certain journey.
Most riders are already unable to give 10 Soles grade cash. Whilst we never had a sole dilemma when we called a casual taxi on the road, local residents and a few tourist have enough tales to tell about theft and even some serious crimes. A few folks suggest to use only older riders, because they should be quieter in the Lima area.
Don't take beverages or groceries provided by the chauffeur, and make sure he doesn't use his mobile to tell others where you're going. Sadly, but in some cases truthful, riders work in close cooperation with thieves. That is why we strongly advise you to Like all of Lima, you should back off and not brag.
Don't ever get into a collective taxi! Whilst there are some disadvantages in Lima that try to take full advantage of you, there are also tens of millions of honest and friendly taxi riders, both formally and informally. When you don't like taking a taxi on the road, choose the more secure way to call a taxi service or have your local hotels call a taxi for you.
The majority of medium-sized and upscale hotel establishments also have their own taxi services. Lima has many taxi operators that you can recommend, some with better cars than others, some with first rate services, some with bi-lingual chauffeurs, some less costly, some more costly, some more expensive, so it' up to you to decide which one is best for you.
Recommended are Taxi Satelital (phone 355-5555), Alo Taxi (phone: 217-777777), Women's Peru (phone: 727-6805 or 727-6806), Taxi Movil (phone: 422-3322), Taxi San Borja (phone: 225-8600) and at the Mitsui Taxi Remisse and Taxi Remisse CMV airports.