chi chi wrote:My list:
-Beautifull scenery and nice weather all year round
-going for a swim daily
-exotic food sold at democratic prices
-good, safe roads that are never busy and excellent for cruising by motorbike.
-never any traffic jams
-clean air, no contamination
-very friendly people
-very little crime and very clean streets
-excellent airport where you can check in till 15 minutes before departure and cheap flight specials with LAN and TACA.
-everything is democratically priced (except cheese)
The cheese in peru kind of sucks, except the cajamarca stuff and queso crema with crackers
Safe roads? You kidding me? Its so dangerous driving or being a passenger, but i actually like the adventure of driving. Like the pato canyon leading out of huaraz, one insane drive! Or the dirt road offroad drive from cajamarca to tarpoto took us about 18 hrs of insane driving but an amazing adventure. So yes while i loved driving in peru i would say it is anything but safe.
I love asking for directions, and how they just wave with their hands, very little to no verbal instructions. Sometimes even ask for a ride to somewhere along the way you are going, and we picked up, helped out quite a few locals who really appreciated the help. Dont know how they would have made it had we not come along.
The sierra in la libertad. Otuzco. Looking for the hot springs. The sierra in lima dept, alta canete really beautiful, other cordilleras not just the cordillera blanca, but that is one amazing range!
Clean air? Well, maybe in tarapoto...and other out of the way pueblos but around the cities its pretty dirty, lots of dust and dirt or other contaminates.
Yeah the people, the amistad, is really something that grabs you. It got me good.
Yes in general its very safe, but you gotta be very wise and also somewhat lucky i think. So i will say mostly i felt safe except that damn town of pijan, its scary there.
sometimes i would enjoy being able to go to the scary places and come out alive, it was like an adrenaline rush. Like going to see marisol concert in paijan. I got yelled at by friends for doing it, but it was fun!
Cumbia concerts in general, very fun cheap entertainment, goes all night, lots of women:-) dancing, fun times. I especially loved when big names like tony rosado and some others came to my little pueblo of chicama:-) it was like a gift from the cumbia gods!
Fresh cheap fruit juice, cocnuts in the north cut open with a straw...mmmm.
Ceviche. Yucca and camote and quinoa and kiwicha and maca. Those local peruvian foods, but also justa good hot chicken soup on a cold eve with noodles. Mmmmm. This is making me hungry.
The peruvian women, i really like them! Sorry you expat females
The offroading opportunities, atv adventures, adventures in dune buggies called tubulares.
Yeah showing up fifteen mins before the flight is not reccomended, i missed a few, best to give it at least a half hour:-) and a good hour plus in lima:-) but generally relaxed airports like trujillo were quite nice. Just not too easy to get intenet in the airports always. Kind of a drag for the times we live in but my fault for not having a usb!
Cheap but clean hotels, usually with free breakfast, also usually willing to negotiate.
Sure the climate can be great but sometimes a bit harsh, normal anywhere, i guess.
There is a lot more but im too tired to type it all now. Some things i loved to hate too
Lastly the waves, epic! The beaches, generally clean away from the cities of course, and very peaceful relaxing places. Winds always offshore best for the surf!