The biggest pain in my ass is driving to the Ecuador border every 90 days to renew our vehicle permit. From Huanchaco it takes 20 hours (2 days driving) to do a border run. The road sucks, and the traffic is dangerous.
In a few days we’re moving down to Lima which is right in the middle of Peru. From there it would take 40 hours (4 days driving) to do a border run, of which I would have to do TWO more times before we leave Peru. That’s unacceptable.
So we set off to find a loop hole in the law. Our big break came when we found a Peruvian willing to help us. We found a way to pause the permit once we get to Lima, thus negating any further border runs. Yes, we’ll have to forge a document or two, but the risk is worth it. (We’re not going to list the details of how to do this online, but if you want to know just email us).
We absolutely love living in Peru, BUT, it can be more than frustrating trying to get anything done here. For example, people who work in immigration, aduana, post offices, doctor offices, and grocery stores really aren’t interested in helping you. Forget trying to get questions answered on the phone. You have to go talk to people face to face, then you have to hammer them for answers. When you get the answers, you have to check them before you leave. For instance, if they give you a phone number, make them call it before you exit the building. Nine times out of ten they’ve given you the wrong number just to get you out of their face. I’m not exaggerating.
Having said that, we do truly love this country and all of Latin America for that matter. It’s not that the people are apathetic. They’re not. When upset about an issue, they easily take to the streets to protest, and we love that about them.
Imagine if we taught our kid’s in the USA to embrace this type of activism. Instead we criminalize it.
I better stop now before I climb up on my soap box.
Now that we have the crux of the vehicle permit sorted out, we’re enjoying our last few days here in Huanchaco.
This town has been really good to us, and we’ll miss it greatly. It would be convenient and comforting to say, “oh, we’ll be back”. But we won’t. This is it. We’re heading south now.
So in a few days it’s adios Huanchaco. Have a nice life. Sprinter Life will miss you.