Lima is one of those major cities in which using taxis can be a complete hassle. For starters, taxis in Lima do not use a meter, so fares are determined by drivers. As such, fares should be negotiated before getting in to the taxi and that can be tricky, especially if you do not speak Spanish. On the other hand, Lima can get really hot and I am not sure if there is a single taxi in the city with a working a/c. Last but certainly not least, Lima taxis are far from safe. So what is the best way to move around Lima? The answer is simple: Uber.
I recently spent a couple of days in the Peruvian capital. In total, we took eight Ubers. For seven of the eight rides the experiences warranted a five-star rating. The only time I did not give a perfect rating I gave a three-star rating because the driver alleged his a/c was not working. Best of all, despite spending an average of 20 minutes on each of our rides, our fare only exceeded $9 twice, with one of those being our return to the airport, a 46 minute ride whose total was only $17.92.
Do keep in mind that “black cars” in Lima are far from what we would consider black cars in the U.S. For example, a Toyota Corolla is considered a black card there.
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For what it’s worth, I am not a fan of requesting Ubers from the airport, so for our ride from the airport to the city we used Lima Cabs and also had a very good experience.
If travelling to Lima, Uber appears to be by far the cheapest, safest and most comfortable way to move around the city.
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