Author: Tony

Just Who are those Famous Peruvians on Peruvian Banknotes?

Yep, we carry them with us wherever we go and we sometimes wonder who those people are staring up at us. Peruvian banknotes, the Nuevo Sol paper money which nobody ever has change for. But who are these presumably famous people from peru who adorn the 10, 20, 50, 100 and (yes, it does exist!) 200 Nuevos Soles banknotes? Why is that guy on the 10 Soles note flying his plane upside down so close to the ground? And who is that fellow with glasses who looks like an ageing Harry Potter? As for the 200 Soles note, has anyone actually seen one? Well, to find out more about these figures from Peruvian history — and the nuevo sol in general — read Peruvian Currency over at my other blog, HowtoPeru. More Famous Peruvians In the meantime, get up to speed on some other famous people from Peru with these three articles: Famous Peruvian Actors and Actresses Famous Peruvians from Peruvian...

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Tarapoto “Dangerous Without an Armed Escort”

A traveler review post on recently claimed that Tarapoto, Peru, was “dangerous without an armed escort”. The traveler had definitely had a bad experience: “we were held up by armed bandits and were shocked how routine it all is”. However, I was pretty taken aback by this review. I’ve been here 5 months now. I am still surprised at how relaxed the place is. I haven’t had any problems so far, touch wood. I haven’t felt threatened once here, and I don’t think it’s just luck. Updates on Tarapoto Safety If I do run into any problems, bad neighborhoods, dangerous routes etc I’ll be sure to inform you. So far I can’t think of one safety issue that has to be mentioned. Even the normal “South American safety procedures” seem like overkill here. I have pretty much let my guard drop, and that’s something I haven’t often done in all my time in South America, from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea. That’s not to say that any new arrivals should do the same. Just don’t stay away because your budget won’t stretch to hiring armed...

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