NOTE: 2 blocks from Park Kennedy, see the map in my photos.
1) Furnished apartment with lots of light
2) Excellent location in the heart of Miraflores
3) Access to kitchen and dining room
4) Wireless internet, cable TV (TV in your room)
5) Make free domestic calls to landlines from house phone
6) Bathrooms cleaned every day
7) Clean sheets and towels provided
8) Pick up from airport (ask for details and pricing)
9) Free 1 bottle of water upon arrival.
My houses are clean, full of young students and professionals that bring life and laughter to my home. My guests are all treated like family. I value honesty and integrity.
I live in Miraflores, beautiful residential area with lots of art museums, night life, bookstores, artisan shops. Also conveniently located for transportation, banks, bakeries, grocery stores.
If you want to go out, we are at a walking distance to the beach.
NO Smoking allowed: Following Peruvian Law # 25357 you cannot smoke indoors including common areas in the house and bedrooms.
Here are tips for your trip (the good, the bad, and the ugly in no particular order) that I send people going to Lima. I hope you find them useful, if you have a question let me know, I can add it to the list.
When filling out the paperwork in the plane for customs and immigrations:
make sure to write "casa de familia" o "amistades" and the address (no hotel)
Taxi to/from airport:
Don't take any cab from the street, specially those from the airport as there are lots of muggins and theft from tourists. I know safe drivers, if you need transportation, let me know and I will send you the picture and information of the driver. He will wait for you with a sign with your name.
Don't change money at the airport, their fees are outrageous. You can pay taxi and my mom in US dollars and later once you are all settled you can go out with her to change money at the bank or at an authorized cambista. I recommend taking 20 US dollar bills, they are the easiest to change (not 10, 5, or 1, they will give you a lower rate). Make sure the bills are not torn, written or old looking (they will change them at a lower rate or refuse to change altogether). Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and big stores, not so much in mom-pops stores though. The most used is VISA but nowadays they take anything but discover and sometimes AMEX. There is a citibank branch if you use that bank and a subsidiary of Bank of America.
Do not get travel checks or international money orders, the exchange plus all the fees would eat up the total value.
You'll get sick the first few days until your stomach gets used to the change in water. Nothing to worry about unless it lasts over a week. Drink boiled water (yes it tastes nasty but you get used to it) or soda (at least over there they use real sugar and no high fructose corn syrup... don't get me started on that). My mom boils the water used in ice cubes which makes it safe but don't expect restaurants do this so don't ask for ice. I don't advertise bottled water because of the waste (recycling in Lima is in early development) so get a nice sturdy metal water bottle (like the SIGGs found at Whole Foods) and use it everywhere,they also keep the liquids cold for a long time.
Vegetarian?: There are various good vegetarian restaurants, just ask me.
Public transportation is common and very cheap, you do need to know where you are going and have a decent level of Spanish. Taxis are a second option, there has been a lot of controversy of what is a safe taxi, which is hard to say. In any case from the airport, my mom's friend is the best option, or friends coming to pick you up is great too. Do not take an unknown taxi at the airport, they are overpriced and they prey on tourists. An for god's sake, at the airport don't try to take public transportation, once you are out of customs' gates you are pretty much on your own and the airport is not in a nice place in town.
Depends on the time of your stay, just ask me.
You don't need a tri or four-band cellphone, you can have your old cellphone unblocked for about 50-70 soles - or buy a new one (depending on how long you are staying this would be the most inexpensive option). Also, if you want to keep your phone you can get a SIM card 3 blocks away from my mom's home from an authorized dealer (that way you know it is not stolen). It costs 40 soles although that was a while ago so it may be more now. There are 2 major carriers telefonica and Claro; they both have good service in Lima; if you are going to travel to provinces Telefonica would be a better bet.
These are men and women that are looking for someone to take them out of Peru as fiance, or spouse. You will encounter them as soon as you arrive: at the airport and especially walking in the streets of Miraflores. Hey I am not saying you cannot form a meaningful relationship with someone you met there, all I am saying that you have to be cautious and aware. And always, ALWAYS, wear condoms that you bring/carry.
Recibi una excelente atención y cordialidad.
El lugar es muy limpio, tranquilo y ordenado. Alex y Miriam fueron excelentes anfitriones.
Isabel is nice and helpful person! I recomend Isabel's apartment! The location is very good. The apartment is in safe home with security. Our room was next to street and was a litle bit noisy. But the rest was good!
I had a pleasant stay at Isabel's, the location is perfect and the house is clean with everything i needed. Room 6 is however facing the street which has light traffic going through. I recommend the location and would stay there again.
The room was simple with great sunlight and mostly very good wifi. The host was very accommodating and quick to reply to my questions. The location is really good. Right by Parque Kennedy and the bars of Calle Berlin.
perfect, location safe and central, internet fast, not so noise for central and bright. It is a room in a kind of share apartment on 3 floors. Thank you very much.
La casa está situada en un distrito muy seguro, con restaurantes, bares, tiendas y comercios a pocos minutos andando. Los compañeros con lo que he convivido han sido geniales, la habitación es cómoda y amplia así como la casa e Isabel ha resuelto con rapidez cualquier duda que he tenido. 100% recomendable.
Isabels home was in the perfect location next to many restaurants, bars, a park, and many shopping destinations. It is extremely safe with people around at all hours. It is within quick walking distance to large grocery stores, markets and bus stops. I also ran with a view of the ocean along the Malecon in day or night and felt very safe, which is about a 10 minute walk away. Isabel and her husband from the US stayed in the home at times, which I was not very aware of before living there. They're easy to share the space with, but I wish I had known that adults/parents would be living in the apartment with me and other young guests prior. Truly a wonderful experience in Peru and I enjoyed their hospitality!
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Teacher, artist, painter, writer. Loves life.
I accept all things that come my way for my highest good.
I am ready to take on action and accept changes as wonderful occurrences in my life.
I am on an exciting journey.
I have welcomed guests from all over the world to my home for over 10 years. I offer a personalized "at home experience" which means you are treated as part of the family.
My houses are clean and well-lit. I make sure everything is in order and I like to talk to my guests about their lives, research, reasons for travel, etc. and help them as much as I can. My guests usually recommend other guests and this is for me, the best review I can get because when my guests are happy, I am happy too.
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian. All are welcome at my home!