A real man has to admit when he is wrong and well, I may have been a bit wrong about my expectations of Peru. I recently wrote a post titled Dear Peru: I Really Don’t Want To Get To Know You where I talked about how I didn’t want to get to know Peru that well. The culprit you ask? I honestly didn’t find it very unique or interesting.
I also had the understanding that it was one of the “backwards countries” that South America has been known to produce. After living in Africa for roughly 5 months and experiencing some problems living in Brazil, I was in no mood to deal with charming inefficiencies.
Luckily, Peru was none of the above, I was expecting some chaos and it turns out that Peru has turned over a new leaf. As for the inefficiencies, everything wasn’t perfect when I visited the country but when you travel nothing never is.
The first taxi I jumped in after arriving at the airport had the license plate number written on the head rests of all the seats. I immediately thought to myself the danger and crimes that must occur at night if taxi drivers place that on their headrests. Luckily, that was the only one.
As of roughly 10 years ago the terrorism stopped in the country and Peruvians began a new direction. Tourism began to flourish and you can even withdraw dollars out of any ATM machine in the country.
It was interesting to hear the comments from taxi drivers and locals when they would tell me about how different things are. It was very intriguing to see how many countries in Latin America are beginning to change.
One of the things that I am going to start talking about on this blog is investing overseas as well as day trading eminis while I travel. Peru has peaked my interest as both a possible country to invest in as well as a future tourism destination.
I wouldn’t go as far to say that Peru is unique because it is very similar to other countries in the region such as Bolivia, northern Chile, and southern Ecuador. While we can make a claim that both Peru & Bolivia are unique in their own right, they both have very high numbers of indigenous people in their populations.
There also are similar tourist sites to see in each country. I still stand behind my statement when I mentioned that there is nothing unique to see in Peru outside of Machu Picchu.
The lake region of Peru shares a border with Bolivia, the supposed unique Nazca lines can also be found in Chile, and the Amazon can be found in other countries in South America. There is another tourist attraction in Peru that I was able to find that is unique, the deepest canyon in the world just outside the city of Arequipa.
I will be very interested in knowing how Peru will continue to run its economy and see if the country will continue to flourish.
I found everything in Lima to be extremely interesting, everything from the old center all the way to the buzzing nightlife as well as the other cities on the tourist trail. One thing I found extremely overrated was the Nazca lines, more information on that soon. One of the things that I know about the countries in South America is that they are run like relationships.
You meet a new person that you really like, a new president, and things are great in the beginning. After a few years things aren’t going as well anymore, you start to fight, corruption ensues, and the relationship isn’t what it used to be.
Most South American countries have been in the bad relationship phase for quite a while and some are just now finding new mates. Chile has long been the most stable economy in the region with Colombia now joining its ranks as the Colombian people are tired of corruption and want to make money. Peru is still in the honey moon phase, very early in the relationship. Let’s see if it can stand the test of time.