Peru is the place to be if you are seeking real cultural immersion, great people and amazing food. When I first got to Peru, I thought, “oh this is different” but a good type of different. It is beautiful but not in the conventional way that western societies offer. I had just done a little Europe tour which was characterised by the most amazing views and architecture and here I was in a city that was cultural to a T. It reminded me so much of Lagos, Nigeria. I absolutely loved it, so much that I visited five cities in Peru: Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Ica and Paracas.
It was great to see a country that was not conventional and westernised. In Peru, most of the things you will come across are uniquely theirs and very historic. It is a place to go if you are in search of adventure, culture and something different from the norm. And oh, the food is to die for. A trip to Peru is not complete without trying out Ceviche, Causa, Pollo a la Brasa. Peruvians pride themselves in their culture and food so feel free to indulge.
Warning: Do not drink Cocacola while in Peru, that is the surest way to get in the bad books of the locals. Lol. They have their own version of the drink called “Inca Kola” which they wear like a badge of honor. While eating, make sure to say, “que es rico” with a huge grin- the locals love that.
I don’t think I had any ‘Nay Moment’ apart from the usual language barrier which took sometime to overcome and isn’t that part of the thrill of a new location, anyway? Generally, when I travel, I try to keep this quote by Clifton Fadiman at the back of my mind; “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable” Every time I remember this, I have no regrets and I can embrace the discomfort and enjoy the moment!
Tip: Make sure to have a language translator as it will come in handy. There are only a few people who speak English there.
There’s so much to do in Peru but do not go to Peru without visiting Machu Picchu! How can you not? It is the most beautiful and breathtaking place I have ever seen. It can be close to a 3-day hike but it is well worth it.
You should also check out Huacachina, Downtown Peru for the museums and churches, Ica and Paracas. I did sandboarding in Huacachina and that was a great experience.
Also, do not forget to visit the local markets and get authentic alpaca sweater or fabric or whatever else. There are so many local ornaments and souvenirs that you can get for your family and friends back home and they are also really affordable and of great quality.
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Peru is beautiful and it’s a great first shot at experiencing South America on a budget.
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