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Traditions & Customs in Peru

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Even if it is Spanish, do not use the term indio. Because it was employed by Spanish invaders, it sounds a lot like the English n-word to locals. The politically acceptable phrase is el indgena or la indgena — but, like with the n-word, extremely close pals within a circle of friends may get away with it. Another term to avoid is cholo, chola, or cholita, which all imply indigena. This may be used lovingly among indigenous people (it’s a popular nickname for a kid, for example), but it’s insulting when used by an outsider. The n-word is used, but in a humorous/playful manner, so don’t get upset if you hear it on the street.

Even if you have around 20 No Drugs t-shirts at home, understand that people chew coca leaves, particularly in the rural. Consider it a cultural component with social and ceremonial components. Remember that coca leaves are not cocaine and are thus lawful. You may sample them to get a taste of the culture. If you don’t enjoy chewing them, try a mate de hojas de coca instead (also quite effective against altitude sickness). However, the consumption of coca leaf tea may result in a positive drug test in North America over the following several weeks.

Officially, the majority of Peruvians are Roman Catholic, but pre-Hispanic religion is still alive and well, particularly in the rural. Respect this by acting as though you were in a church while visiting temple ruins or other ceremonial sites.

How To Travel To Peru

By air The capital Lima has the Jorge Chávez International Airport, with frequent flights to/from all over the world. The main airlines operating from Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport are Air Canada, Aeromexico, Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, Avianca Holdings, Copa, Delta, Grupo Latam (formerly Lan & Tam Airlines), Gol, Iberia,...

How To Travel Around Peru

Time and distance Almost all cities outside Lima had a flight time of between 1 and 1.5 hours. It is recommended to use the airlines. For example, from Lima to Zorritos in Tumbes (beautiful beach with modern resorts), the bus trip takes 21 hours. Yurimaguas-Iquitos(water): 2.5 daysQuito-Lima(Bus): 27 hoursLima-Cuzco(Bus): 21 hoursLima-Cuzco(plane):...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Peru

Tourists from North America, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the European Union (and many others, check with the nearest Peruvian embassy or foreign ministry for the latest information, albeit in Spanish) will be issued a visa on arrival for up to 180 days. When you enter the country, you must...

Destinations in Peru

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Weather & Climate in Peru

The combination of tropical latitude, mountain ranges, topographical variations and two ocean currents (Humboldt and El Niño) gives Peru a wide variety of climates. The coastal region has moderate temperatures, low rainfall and high humidity, except for the warmer and more humid northern areas. In the mountainous region, summer...

Accommodation & Hotels in Peru

Hotels in Peru are very common and quite cheap. They range from 1 to 5 stars. The 5 star hotels are usually for package tourism or business travel, and are very common outside Lima for the most visited tourist attractions like Cuzco/Machu Picchu with its stunning scenery, Paracas (to...

Things To See in Peru

Forgotten temples in the dense Amazon jungle, lost Inca cities, fabulous wildlife and extraordinary folklore. Peru has everything that adventure films are made of. Most of the best Inca sites are in the Inca highlands around the beautiful city of Cuzco, once the capital of the Inca empire and now...

Food & Drinks in Peru

Food in Peru Peruvian cuisine is one of the most varied in the world. Not only does the country grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but it does so all year round. Peru's geography offers at least 8 different climates (coastal desert, steep and high mountains, Amazon basin)....

Money & Shopping in Peru

The currency of Peru is the Sol (PEN), symbolised by S/. As of 20 October 2015, 1 USD = 3.25 PEN and 1 € = 3.69 PEN is one of the most stable currencies in South America in recent years. Coins come in five, two and one soles, as well as...

Festivals & Holidays in Peru

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Internet & Communications in Peru

Except in the tiniest towns and villages, public telephones for national and international calls are available. The majority are in pubs or shops. Some of them take coins, but be wary of stuck coins or suspicious-looking coin receivers, since these may cause you to lose your money. Don't worry...

Language & Phrasebook in Peru

Peru, like many South American nations, has Spanish as its official language. It's a good idea to learn a few basic Spanish phrases since you'll need them to travel about outside of the major tourist areas. Although English is spoken by a growing number of young people in Lima...

Culture Of Peru

Peruvian culture is mainly based on Amerindian and Spanish traditions, but it has also been affected by ethnic groups from Asia, Africa, and Europe. Peruvian creative traditions may be traced back to Pre-Inca civilizations' exquisite ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and sculpture. These skills were preserved by the Incas, who also...

History of Peru

Prehistory and pre-Columbian period The oldest evidence of the human presence in Peruvian land dates back to about 9,000 BC. Agriculture was essential in Andean civilizations, which used methods like irrigation and terracing, as well as camelid husbandry and fishing. Because these civilizations had no concept of market or money,...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Peru

Stay Safe in Peru There is a kind of local police called "Serenazgo" in Lima and several of the bigger cities: you may ask for assistance, but they do not provide tourist-oriented services. Be alert of your surroundings and avoid dark or unpopulated places, particularly at night. There is a lot...

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