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Taxis Peru - Arequipa

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1. Posted by Bastido (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi travellers,

I’m posting this warning on different travel forums. What follows seems unfair to me and I’ve spoken with many tourists and hotel-keepers in Peru and this is a real scourge.

Just back from a trip in Peru. Everything was fine: landscape, welcome, nice local people. However I want to warn any of you planning to travel to this country: be careful with the taxi drivers. The best (or worst in this case) example was in Arequipa. I got my reservation done in a hostel. When I arrived at the bus terminal I caught a taxi and asked the driver to get me to the hostel in question. This a**h*** drove me to another hostel, at the other side of the town, saying that the hostel I was supposed to go to was booked up and that there wouldn’t be room for me.

The next day I made for the hostel I had a reservation at to find out what was going on. There they explained me they had been waiting for me and as I hadn’t come they had lost the room for that night. So I explained what happened with the taxi driver. They understood me and warned me about that. These guys will always try to get you to another hostel to get commissions.

So choose your taxi, and don’t let you be influenced by the driver. If you’ve got a reservation in a hostel, go there, no matter what the taxi driver may say.

Bast (Switzerland)

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

This clearly shows one of two things:

  • Do not make reservations, and go with where you end up due to these touts
  • Do not take taxis unless they are official. I am pretty sure that Arequipa, like most other big cities in Peru, has a regulated taxi market, and that these official drivers can loose their license over accepting hotel commission
3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The Lonely Planet specifically warns against these scams in the transport section. Never believe taxi drivers; just tell them to bring you to the address you give them. Especially when you have a reservation, it's extremely unlikely that a random taxi driver will somehow know that your ho(s)tel doesn't have a room for you.
And yeah, as bentivogli said, make certain to always get an official taxi (e.g. when arriving at a bus terminal, ignore the crowd of people coming up to you saying "taxi? taxi?" and just walk on to the official taxi point (there'll be signs) - or read up in your LP beforehand to know how to recognize the official/registered taxis (e.g. sign on the roof, checkerboard pattern on the side in Cuzco, sticker in the front window, etc)