How it works:
- Version 1: as taxis here do not use meters, a common scam is to charge an inflated flat fare.
- Version 2: not clarifying the currency (quoting in sols at the start but changing to USD at the end) and if the fare is per pax or for everyone at the start.
- Version 3: claiming that your hotel/hostel is closed or full and bringing you to somewhere else where he gets a commission.
- Version 4: counterfeit currency.
- Version 5: currency switcheroo.
Places to beware:
- Cusco: hotels
- Iquitos: Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport
- Lima: Jorge Chavez International Airport
What to do:
- Avoid: taxis at tourist spots (e.g. Lima: Barranco, Costa Verde).
- Photo: take a photo of the taxi number and driver’s license.
- Overcharging: research a fair price to negotiate with – check online fare estimators, your hotel/hostel staff or taxi booking apps (e.g. Uber, Taxi Beat).
- Alternatives: day tour platforms like GetYourGuide (leading globally) also offer 10+ transport options.