Suger wrote:The way you guys describe Peru it is hell on earth, but you remain....why?
Peru is not awful, but definitely there are some big negatives that have to be dealt with, particularly for someone coming from a developed country.
To answer the question (since this is an open forum, even though it wasn't directed at me): I wouldn't stay here if it weren't for (1) my wife's family being here allowing my daughters to experience a close family bond, and (2) the sunk investments we've made here that would be difficult to disentangle ourselves from.
I had expected living here to be much cheaper than in the US, but it frankly hasn't turned out that way so far (particularly since we try to maintain a standard of living similar to what we had in the US). Also, my plan of living at our beach house south of Lima turned out to be unrealistic due to the kids needing travel to the school we chose. Had I fully known what I was getting into I question whether I would have made the move here in the first place. But now I'm here, so I deal with it.
The good thing is that if you keep in mind the negatives you can steer clear of most problems... well, except the traffic (though honestly I manage to almost always avoid driving during high traffic times, so I mostly avoid that horror as well). Personally I appreciate the people who are honest about the negative things in Peru because being aware of them allows one to make living here bearable.
That's not to say there aren't some great things too. The food is great, affordable nannies are a godsend, summers at the beach are wonderful... so of course hearing about the positive things is important as well. But talking only about the positive things and not including the negative doesn't help anyone (except maybe tourist operators... ha).
(By the way, I wrote this assuming that "Sugar" is a sock puppet troll... but I thought it was actually a reasonable question that I have a good answer for anyway.)