I love Peru! I just became a resident. I have lived here for almost 3 years total. After 9 years of living back in the US, San Diego, my wife and I decided to move back home a few months ago, she is from Peru.
We spent about two years planning the move and making the final decision. In the end, the amount of hours we were both working and lack of time we got to spend together made the choice easier. Kelly's mom has been alone for almost 4 years, so that was a huge part of our decision.
I have to echo the sentiment on the culture. I have been fascinated by it since I was in high school. As luck would have it, work brought me here in the late 90s and I had the great fortune of meeting my wife here. We are still very happily married after 11 wonderful years.
The Per-Inca Mochica civilization and the tomb of Sipan, only saw that in the National Museum in Lima, not been to the actual site. Ica and the Nazca Lines. Cuzco blows me away, every time there is an earthquake, the only things not damaged are the Inca structures. Macchu Picchu is amazing, the various sites in and around Cuzco, the Sacred Valley. Crossing Lake Titicaca on a barge going to Bolivia is a great experience. If you really want to push your luck, try a bus trip from Puno to Arequipa. Puno is a bit depressing, but the Reed Islands of Lake Titicaca are cool, on the Bolivian side, The Isla del Sol is really worth a visit. Arequipa is fascinating, if you like mummies and volcanoes.
We live in the jungle, Pucallpa to be exact, and I see new insect or animal I have never seen before almost every day. I have been to many parts of the jungle, Puerto Inca by far was the most challenging to get to.
I don't know about Iquitos, never had the desire to go there. I have only a few more Peruvian cities I need to see to make my list complete. Kelly has been pretty much everywhere there is worth going to in Peru.
Life here moves at a slower pace and it suits me just fine. There are no fast food chains here, none. No supermarkets, unless you consider Los Andes a supermarket. There are of course all the major banks and a few of the Lima chain stores have small branch outlets here.
Each region of the country has amazing local foods and traditions, which make Peru so special.
It can be challenging and frustrating at times, but where in the world isn't. I have spent extended periods of time in other countries and by far enjoy Peru the most. All that and I didn't even mention Lima
I blog about life here, so you can check that out too