69roadrunner wrote:How ironic, you want to leave and can't, the o.p. wants to come and can't. Interesting times.
Alpineprince wrote:I retired to Peru 16 years ago. I married a beautiful Peruvian and we had two children together. Now, we will be moving back to the USA so my children can get the benefit of a better education and more career potential. It has been wonderful but most my expat friends have died or moved on. Wish you luck!
Alpineprince wrote:Now, we will be moving back to the USA so my children can get the benefit of a better education and more career potential.
alan wrote:Assisted living situations are much more affordable here than in the States or Canada, and depending on your location and insurance, you can get decent, on-demand health care at a reasonable price. So much depends on the lifestyle you want to lead though, and whether or not you speak, or are willing to learn Spanish. The network that your spouse brings to the table is really important, too. Peru can be a great place to retire, or a terrible place to retire. Over the years, I've seen a lot of expats throw in the towel, but I think most would tell you that it was a great adventure while it lasted. So why not give it a try, but just don't burn any bridges.
IntiPeque wrote:if COVID has taught us anything it's to live life now and make the most of our opportunities.
billybob72 wrote:I am approaching 50 and am thinking a lot regards retirement - as a Peruvian citizen I can retire in Peru with no problems, however, my parents have recently suffered some very serious health setbacks that would probably cost a lot of money in Peru to take care of whereas in the UK (where they live at this moment in time...) they have the National Health Service to fall back on (and I thank The Universe for that everyday!)
I wouldn't mind retiring in Lima but I realise that retiring there and being solvent and happy is dependent on good health and good health services, my parents have both fell foul of serious, life threatening ailments despite never drinking or smoking in their life - the older you get, the more suspectible one seems to be to becoming seriously ill. It has given me a reality check regards this - it is OK to retire to Peru at 65 if you have your health but what happens down the line?
For me, Spain is winning out at the moment but I would love to buy a place in Lima and do six months in one place and six in the other - one can dream but what would stop me taking out full time retirement in Peru is failing health and the cost of health care - in Spain, it would be free for me (because I am eligible for fast track Spanish citizenship which I plan on getting...)
noclevername wrote:I've been thinking on the same track. Getting older, realizing that it's entirely possible that I'll have increased needs for healthcare in the coming years, and what that means if I'm in Peru when/if that starts to happen.
I'm not at the point where I can retire yet, but like you I've been thinking about Spain as a potential retirement spot. Until recently I've always been content with mere residency here, but now I'm thinking there are advantages to citizenship - such as eligibility for fast track Spanish citizenship should we decide to go that route. Not just for the health care aspect, but other reasons as well.
I've always been kind of surprised there aren't any (to my knowledge) more somewhat organized retirement communties for expats here in Peru, like Lake Chapala, San Miguel de Allende, and other places in Mexico (and other LatAm countries) that are filled with and almost cater to expats and where English is practically the second official language. Too far south compared to other countries for retiring N. Americans, too far in general for retiring Europeans?
It is a two year path to Spanish residency if you are a 'natural born' citizen (you need a birth certificate) of any Spanish speaking Latin American country, Portugal, Equatioral Guinea, Philippines and Puerto Rico - if you're naturalised you will have to wait ten years for citizenship like everyone else BUT if you have a Peruvian wife, she can get her citizenship in two years and the spouse can then apply after a year so that is nearly as quick as the two year pathway for citizens of the former Spanish Empire.
Peru certainly isn't making the most of it's coast (in my opinion) and its culinary tradition and Lima even, how many people I know skip in and out of Lima to go to Macchu Picchu and Cuzco which I think is a great shame, I think it would be great if Peru built a coastal city resort like Acapulco in Mexico and bumped up the flights to the country - not many carriers fly to Peru (especially from Europe) and it is shame really. I think Peru should do more to develop beach tourism in the country which would definitely attract northern Europeans - especially to get away from a harsh winter for some December-January sunshine.
Plenty of Europeans fly to Thailand in the winter months and of course Australia, Thailand is a 11 hour flight and Australia is a full day, so, if Peru developed beach tourism - the people would come - especially with the food and the guaranteed sunny weather of a southern hemisphere summer.
noclevername wrote:Thanks for this information. My wife is Peruvian. Do you know if this means that even without Peruvian citizenship I could apply for Spanish citizenship the year after she obtains her citizenship, or do I need to be a naturalized citizen of Peru or another Spanish speaking Latin American country?
The Máncora area is probably the closest to resort like. I wonder if it's that there are other well known beaches on the continent and in C. America/Mexico that have been established for a while. Also greener, more stereotypical tropic like, not so desert like.
This place I believe is currently under construction. I don't know if they're targeting more permanent and seasonal residents as oppposed to to tourists.