Day six left me to my first taxi ride on my own, which was a bit nerve racking, since I heard some horror stories about traveling alone in Lima. The situation is just a bit different than what we are used to in the US. None the less, it was still an exciting one. I was heading to the Headquarters of the internet company OLO, to meet my new friend Carmen. Due to my line of work, I have a huge interest in e-commerce, and Carmen was hoping to show me what the infrastructure was like here in Peru.
The internet coverage here in Peru is much less than in the US, where only about 20% of people actually have the internet, but it is growing. OLO has only be around about 2 years, but is changing the way internet works. OLO has the purpose of bing very open with their customers as opposed to the way the major telecoms operate in Peru, as well as being a completely mobile system. I was really surprised that at a price of about 40 US dollars, they offer unlimited internet in your home, or wherever you’d like to take it, at a 5 mbs speed; very impressive.
After learning a bit more, Carmen informed me that the tech that I was to speak with, was a bit busy, so she would introduce me to someone else, the CEO! This was very exciting, the CEO, Igor, was a Russian that came to Peru to push OLO through. Knowing that I was an Internet marketer, He decided to give me a wireless router with unlimited Internet for the month; winning!
After that, Carmen took me to lunch at Tanta, one of the best restaurants in Lima. Before getting into another Taxi to the Museum which was very interesting to me. We saw much of how ancient Peru was and it was a bit shocking to me that the Inca’s were only around for 98 years. However, they were able to achieve success very quickly because they conquered so much of the existing cities in South America to quickly achieve control in a higher state before the Spanish arrived. We also finished the night by visiting the church in Magdalena.