LAPT Peru: Travelling along

Busses and taxis operate a bit differently here in Lima.

Aside from piloting tons of steel at breakneck speeds while avoiding other tons of steel by inches, these paid drivers are all proficient in advertising.

When the busses -- which come in an assortment of shapes and sizes -- stop, an enthusiastic fellow jumps out. Not only does he herd people at the bus stop on, he tries to convince passersby to go on as well. Their enthusiasm and waving hands almost convinced me to hop on instead of walking back to the tournament area.


A Peruvian street, with cabs and busses hiding in the mist

I had no idea where the bus was headed, but the bus pusher's reassuring smile made me think that -- wherever I ended up -- I could start a new life as a member of a Peruvian flute band. But the bus sped off before I had a chance to get on and I watched my new bohemian life sputter off into the distance.

But then I was offered a second chance. While I waited for the light to change a cab driver stopped and asked if I needed a cab.

"No, thanks," I said. "I'm walking." As he sped off another cab stopped and asked if I needed a ride. He tried to convince me with air conditioning and a generally superior cab. I declined, the casino was just across the street.

While the cars and busses outside are trying to get people in, there's a travel table in the casino trying to get people out. LAPT Travel has set up a table manned (or wommaned) by Sol Povlovsky, Sofía Fernandez and Marcelo Chiappe.

Here, the travel trio are offering three different tours for players. The first is a three-hour tour of the city.


Look at all that Peruvian Culture

"This is great for the player that doesn't have a lot of time and wants to experience Lima," said Fernandez. "We know lots of players may only have one free day or just a few hours and can't do our longer tours."

LAPT Travel has also organized a "Lima at night" tour. Here, players are taken to the city's Magic Water Circuit tour. The tour features more than a dozen fountains that blast water, lights and music into the Peruvian sky.

But man cannot survive on light, water and music alone; so LAPT Travel also included a dinner show in the package.


The friendly folks at LAPT Travel
From left to right: Sol Povlovsky, Marcelo Chiappe and Sofía Fernandez

Players unfortunate enough to bust out early will be fortunate enough to have time to visit Machu Picchu. LAPT Travel has two packages to the Lost City of the Incas. One is three days and two nights, the other is two days and one night.

If none of these packages work for you, LAPT Travel can still help.

"We organize everything," Fernandez said. "If you want to go shopping or eating, we can provide recommendations and transport."

Whatever you need, they'll try to make it happen.

"We're very focused on helping players and fitting their needs," Fernandez said. "And we want their feedback."

There's a large stack of satisfaction surveys at the LAPT Travel desk. They're encouraging players to come down and fill one out to see how they can better serve players in the future.

Play some poker, fill out a survey, see a city.

It's the Grand Final, go wild.


Here's another shot of Fernandez and Povlovsky in front of a waterfall. You're welcome.

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Alexander Villegas is a freelance contributor to the PokerStars Blog

Alex Villegas
@PokerStars in Peru