Well, if your catching taxi cabs in Lima, be ready to bargain!
There is no such thing as a taximeter, prices are agreed with the driver before gtting in the car.
A minimum price paid at the time I was there was $4 soles, for a distance up to 10 blocks.
Of course taxi drivers will try to overcharge you all the time, but, most of the time they'll agree on a fair price.
Be ready to have the first word! Suggest the price you want (as low as you consider to be appropriate for the run), then wait for a reply.
To go from San Isidro to Miraflores, I haven't paid more than 8 soles or less than 5.
Taxis from the hotels are alway much more expensive, and I'd say they cost 3 or 4 times more. But they are safer of course, and if you are on a business trip and the company requires it, they are the only ones which provide receipt.
There are 'millions' of taxis in Lima! I didn't take any, but I couldn't help seeing and hearing them. Every time they saw a tourist they blew their horn, every time I tried to cross the street several taxis blocked my way! The photo was taken from Plaza San Martin and the hotel in the back was closed because the workers hadn't got their pay. There were placades against President Toledo hanging on it.
Taxis are cheap enough in Lima that it is not worth the effort to try to navigate the bus system. Taxis do not have meters and you need to negotiate a price before getting in. Other than a little bargaining ahead of time I found all the cab drivers knew how to get places and did not try to gouge more money later.
LIMA BUS STATION and DETAILS
You can take a bus or a plane to travel in Peru, but do not go to the BUS STATION alone !
LIMA to CUSCO or AREQUIPA = 20 - 36 hours, then you can go to Lake Titicaca and Bolivia , La Paz....
Take a coat, it is cold if you go by bus !
Information from TintinPeru:
The Main bus companies in Peru are:
Cruz del Sur (www.cruzdelsur.com)
Just 2 corrections to my previous post:
the website of Cruz delSur is www.cruzdelsur.com.pe
the route from Cusco to Lima is:Cusco-Abancay-Ayacucho-Pisco (not Nasca)-Lima.
Grupo Ormeño (www.grupo-ormeno.com)
LIMA BUS STATION
Lima Bus Station
There is no central bus station in Lima, each company has its own arrival and departure depot.
Be particularly careful with your valuables at any of the bus stations since there are always thieves and bag snatchers looking out for an opportunity.
The biggest and best companies with countrywide destinations are
Calle Carlos Zavala 177 Tel 427 5679
They also have an office at Avenida Javier Prado Este 1059 Tel 472 1710
Cruz del Sur
Quilca 531, Tel 424 0040
This taxi fair cost us around s/.8. We made sure we arranged a price up front. We saw at least two taxis who's tyres burst mid journey. Be warned this cars do not seem to have any road worthy certificates.
It is also worth noteing that car boots (trunks) are also used to carry passengers!!
I not sure but I think anyone who can spell 'TAXI' can put a sign on their car saying as much and try to operate as one. Take these at your own risk, especially at night. The legitimate taxi services differ in quality. If you need to get somewhere late at night, then I would suggest getting the name of a well regarded company and arranging for a pickup.
Bus services are cheap and mostly safe, there are a lot of Bus companies that travel everywhere, usually comfortably. Airlines are also cheap most of the year.
Public transportation is a plague, but it takes you everywhere you want without problem. There are no schedules, but you can always find a bus. Taxis are also very cheap... but remember, there are no taximeters in Peru; you negotiate the fare before the ride. Don't let the Taxi Drivers fool you, always talk to some local (friend or somebody you know) to get an Idea of usual fares and distances.
'Jorge Chavez International Airport' is your gateway to this city, currently is being refurbish to bring it up to date, a process that will take a few years.
In and around the city your best option is the plentiful taxis, always take a yellow registered taxi, for your own security. Here is a picture of the gracious and imposing Lima's Catholic Cathedral.
Mototaxis are popular in some suburbs. They are not allowed to go to the other district. They are big source of pollutation.