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November 15, 2006 23:16:28 | in art, culture, lifestyle

Living in Peru: My experience after 600 days in Lima

(text and photos by Wolfy Becker)

Since Alan Garcia survived his first 100 days in office without being assassinated I decided it was time to reflect a little on my first 600 days in Peru without being mugged or kidnapped.

Additional inspiration for my retrospect essay came by way of an email I received from one of our active forum participants. He asked me for a bit of advice regarding the life-altering decision of moving to Peru, and ways to make it easier. Here’s what I had to say…

Frankfurt skyline at dusk
enlargeFrankfurt skyline and Main river at dusk
I live in Peru full-time, but like to keep my options “open.” I was asked if I planned to live here forever. Well, forever is a word I don’t like to use too often. As some may know, I grew up in Germany, having spent my first 33 years there. A computer programmer by trade, I worked in the industry the better part of my life.

In 1993 I received an offer to move to Chicago on what was to be an 18-24 month contract with a German company. Having never been to the U.S. before, being independent, and already speaking the language, my decision was made inside an hour. I was moving to Chicago!

As the contract was rather lucrative I was able to maintain my apartment in Germany, though I rented it in my absence. Much to my dismay, my contract was cancelled after only 6 months, just as I was becoming acclimated to life in the Windy City. Without a green card and no work to justify my visa, I was forced to return to Germany.

Goethe's birthplace in Frankfurt
enlargeGoethe's birthplace in Frankfurt
Once back in Germany, I missed Chicago a great deal. The time there, although short, had changed my life. I was unhappy in Germany, even depressed at times. My thoughts constantly led to one goal – get back to the U.S. In the meantime, I still had to make a living in Germany, which I found difficult as my focus was clouded by my desire to return to the U.S.

It was 3 years before I received another offer of work in the U.S., this time in the beautiful city of Seattle. A better offer this time around, full-time employment was offered to me along with corporate sponsorship for my green card. The U.S. was where I wanted to be, so off I went.

I arrived in Seattle with everything I owned in two suitcases, as I had given away all my possessions to my ex-girlfriend in Germany. I would later regret this decision, as she turned out to be not so nice a person. Looking back I wish I’d sold my things, or at least given them to family.

Once in Seattle, it took 3-4 months to get settled. Finally, my life was on the rise again. I found that in the U.S. the best way to meet people and make friends is by going to bars, which I did. At one bar in particular I met all of my closest friends and had many good times there. Life was good, and it stayed that way for some time.

Chicago as seen from my apartment window
enlargeChicago as seen from my apartment window
After 7 years of faithful and dedicated service, my company began to change. Management shuffled every few months, progressively worsening. While their supposed goal was a major clean-up of the workforce, management generally didn’t know the staff well enough to perform such a task. Many employees were fired for virtually no reason, while others were allowed to stay when they shouldn’t have been. My frustrations grew as many good people were let go despite their capability and years of service, and the environment became intolerable, for me anyway.

During this time life wasn’t all bad. I had the best friends one can imagine and best of all, I met the woman on-line who would later become my wife. I came to Lima for a two week visit, traveled the country with her a bit, and attempted to procure for her a visa to the U.S., which we quickly found out was all but impossible. Once again I had to make a decision, one that turned out to be rather easy – move to Peru and start my life all over again, this time with the woman I love. My wife wouldn’t have enjoyed life in the U.S., anyway. She is very close to her family, and regardless, sitting at home all day while I work is not at all something she would have settled for, even if she tells you otherwise.

View from an airplane of downtown Seattle
enlargeView from an airplane of downtown Seattle
Six months after my visit I returned to Peru, this time marrying my wife. While I realized my life in the U.S. had come to an end, we were not convinced that Peru was to be our home. We considered moving to Germany, my home, to begin our life together. Still a first-world country, after all, living costs three times as much and the economy and job market aren’t what one would call enticing. Staying with my family while I looked for work definitely didn’t add to the appeal, either.

Peru was to be my home, then. I did find a problem in my inability to speak Spanish. While my wife and I both speak English, though not as a first language for either of us, I took me some time to settle down here, much longer than in the U.S. Having someone to share it all with made the transition much easier, though. I was not alone.

Attempting to find a job in Lima without being able to speak Spanish is not much of a prospect. My wife continued working while I began blogging. I had so many ideas, constant thoughts of what I wanted to do, businesses I could start. I thought about exporting items or selling on e-Bay to the U.S. and/or Germany, but shipping costs would have eaten the profits. I even considered buying a mobile bratwurst stand and put it in Parque Kennedy, next to all the chicharones and salchicha stands, if you can believe it.

Seattle Space Needle on New Year's Eve
enlargeSeattle Space Needle on New Year's Eve
I continued blogging, and it was through my blog that I met Carsten Korch, the Chief Editor and owner of LIP. When we met I had just designed and started a new website called as a source of Peruvian news in English for those of us that have not yet mastered the language of the locals. At the time, Peruvian news sources in English were scarce and of poor quality, and I was addressing a market that was crying out to me.

It was through my time spent blogging that I realized how much I enjoyed writing. More to the point, I realized how little I actually enjoyed web-design and programming, even though it had been the field all my business life. Through my blogging I met some great people – readers, responders, and fellow bloggers. Sadly, blogging doesn’t pay the bills and my savings from my time in the U.S. were dwindling, so when Carsten Korch offered me a position as editor of Living in Peru, I took it.

For almost two years I’ve lived in Lima. My wife and I have a nice apartment, and while there are plenty of things that annoy me from time to time, that would be true no matter where I live. My overall experience thus far has been great, and the desert climate was a welcome change from the ceaseless rains of Seattle. In addition, I like the palm trees and I prefer the cooing of Lima's pigeons over the always, crying, complaining sound of Seattle's seagulls, especially in the early morning.

Plaza de Armas in downtown Lima
enlargePlaza de Armas in downtown Lima
As you may have noticed, my life had been quite full of experiences and nation hopping before I arrived in Peru. More than once I had packed a few things, left the rest behind, and started anew in another country. I’ve always found that where I am doesn’t matter so much as long as my goals are clear and my focus remains intense. From my perspective, life revolves around three things: job, personal life, and the manner in which you spend the little free time left after work and sleep.

I faced many challenges in coming to Peru. I went from single Seattleite with a full-time job, spending my free time in local bars and sports stadiums to married, stay-at-home husband. While the change was dramatic, it was what I wanted and where I wanted to be. The opportunity to share everything with another person overshadows the anxiety of a life-altering move, and it becomes quite simple. The anger and frustration over the little things that don’t seem quite right – the bureaucracy, occasional rip-offs, strange and different customs and habits – soon turns to whimsical acknowledgment of the subtle nuances that make life interesting.

In the grand scheme there are several things in and about Peru I find more favorable than they are in either the U.S. or Germany. My wife’s family is wonderful, friendly, helpful and funny, their doors and hearts opened to me from day one. I have no desire to give them up.

Peruvians love to celebrate, no matter the occasion. Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins all hanging out together talking, eating, drinking, and dancing on Sundays, Saturdays, Holidays, any day. So friendly they are, in fact, Peruvians don’t drink their own bottle of beer, but share one at a time amongst everyone, filling small glasses over and over again. Like I said, some customs are annoying, and being German I like to have my own bottle of beer so I can decide just how fast the bottom appears.

Cross-country travel is relatively inexpensive, and from region to region you can experience the diversity and beauty of the landscape, the people, the history and the glory of this magnificent country. In a country roughly the size of Texas you can find a version of Death Valley, the Rocky Mountains, Yosemite Nat’l Park, Las Vegas, and Naples. All of this without considering those places well-known to the world, such as Machu Picchu, Nazca, or the Amazon.

Peruvian Congress
enlargePeruvian Congress
Peruvian food and living style, well, that’s another one I’ve had to get used to. I like a lot of it, but there is plenty I don’t care for, as well. Ceviche is good, but I’ll take sushi when given the chance. At home I do a fair amount of cooking, introducing the tastes of Germany to my wife and friends.

After 15 years of taking for granted the benefits of a dishwasher, I found myself again buying plastic gloves and liquid Palmolive. Until my move, I enjoyed the comforts of a king-size bed all to myself. Now, I share a full-size bed with my wife. And the walls – the concrete walls – I can’t even hang the smallest of pictures without drilling a hole. Nails don't work here. My biggest complaint of all, Telefonica, the local phone, cable, and internet provider that could be the role model for monopolies everywhere.

Of course, when you step out onto the streets and see so many who truly have a rough life, these minor inconveniences tend to fade away. Seeing so many people just trying to survive – street kids juggling at red lights, mom’s and babies selling candies, and old ladies pushing wooden carts uphill full of veggies for sale - brings into sharp relief the reality that is my pretty decent life. Material possessions seem suddenly unimportant. And all this in Lima, the supposed Peruvian Mecca, the metropolis, where life and opportunities are said to be abundant compared to the rest of the country.

The point is this: moving here has brought about new perspectives, not just in what I see, but in who I am, my life, my attitude. As they say in Germany “Es gibt viel zu tun, packen wir’s an,” which means “There’s lots to do, so let’s get it done.” While getting it done, I’m reminded to always reflect on my “first-world” experiences, making sure not to duplicate the mistakes of the developed world.

For those of you considering a move to Peru consider this: decide for yourself. Don’t base your decision on what you hear or read, but rather on what you see. Intuition is also a good word that comes to mind.

Let Peru be a discovery all its own, one full of intrigue and excitement. There are plenty of folks like me around to offer advice and a little inside info, but in the spirit of exploration and adventure, figure it out for yourself, for who you are, and for what it is that you are looking for.

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# Jan Antons says :
16 November, 2006 [ 05:17 ]
Thank you for your story living in Peru. I also getting married with a Peruviuan woman and want to live in Peru. This story confirm me that I can live in Peru. I have been already three times in Lima and is always a pleasure. Also her family has accepted me already. My plan is to live in Peru the end of 2007, or beginning of 2008.
# Warren Lewis says :
16 November, 2006 [ 08:10 ]
Wolfy... Great story and I'd like to hear more. I am a US citizen and met my Peruvean fiance through her aunt who is here in the US. I will be in Peru for my third trip during the holidays. We are working on the Fiance Visa'a for mi novia and her daughter to come to the US. Waiting... Waiting... Also, have to get the permission of the father of the daughter though mi novia was never married. Ultimately the option of living in Peru may come about as we want to be together and soon. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks again and cuidate.
# Veronica says :
16 November, 2006 [ 11:34 ]
Wow!!! Since I started to read your story I couldn't stop :)
# Elizabeth says :
16 November, 2006 [ 11:45 ]
What a wonderful story; I really enjoyed reading it. Peru sounds like a fine place to live -- and definitely worthly of a visit! Although we do still miss you (and getting to know your wife) in Seattle...
# Margie says :
16 November, 2006 [ 12:12 ]
Great story Wolfy, good to hear you're doing well. You're in trouble with me because I heard you were in Seattle a while back and I didn't get a chance to say 'Hi'...
# Rolando Luna says :
16 November, 2006 [ 12:55 ]
It's a really great story and thank you for sharing it. I just want to indicate that the size of Peru is bigger than that of Texas. Peru is roughly the size of whole three states: California, Florida and Texas.
# Wolfy says :
16 November, 2006 [ 02:44 ]
thanks for the great responses, guys 'n' gals.

Let me start from last to first:

Rolando: you are right! I meant Alaska, not Texas :-) My apologies.

Margie: yes, I owe you one, That's what all globetrotters do, they always owe something to somebody :-)

Elizabeth: I heard you are close to someone who spent time in Ecuador. Why don't you come down to Peru?

Veronica: thanks! are you still reading ?? :-) Perhaps you should focus on other, more important things...just kidding

Warren: welcome to LIP! There are many tips available that our readers and other people have given. Check out our forum (in the left sidebar!), there are tons of threads about immigration, one way or another, and marriage. Another tip: perhaps you should sign up with the "ExpatForum" in Peru:
They have great information about what it takes to get your Peruvian partner to the US.

Jan: that's great to hear! Come to Peru. If you have a somewhat open mind, adjust easily, have someone who can help you to get settled (paperwork, immigration, culture and climate adjustment...) then you won't regret it. Coming from the so called "first world", I was always concerned about personal security, insurance, retirement funds, private investments, crime rate, traffic, environment, pollution, you name it..., but in the end, you just dismiss all those things, come here..and try making things better.

Another great resource is "".
You will meet lots of people there sharing your situation.

Saludos to all, and thanks for the nice feedback

# Robert says :
17 November, 2006 [ 05:40 ]
I enjoyed your story very much. You have a real talent for writing, I think you should explore that side of your personality. You have a lot of candor, I would say. I like to read Living in Peru, and I am married to a Peruana too for now 17 years. 2 kids that are sometimes mixed between the Canadian values and the Peruvian values, hey welcome to the club! I'm going to Peru for the third time in december-january and my extended family is just like yours, they love to have fiestas, but they do have hardships in their daily lives that they hide. A lot of what is really going on is hidden, or I would say shied away, and I feel they experience a lot of social pressure to preserve the moral values from yesterdays. This could be said about all Latin countries as I have travelled in many of them, but Peru is a bit worse. My feeling is that there is no real évolution in Peru, compared to their neighbours like Chile and Brazil. I am thinking of retiring in Peru, but I know I will miss a lot of my life in Canada, culturally most of all. I don't want to despise this country that I like a lot, but I do fell saddened by the lack of opportunities, specially for young people and I fully understand why so many people want to leave. I hope I will see you in Lima soon and good luck!
# Juan Carlos says :
19 November, 2006 [ 07:45 ]
Wolfy: Thank you for the story... I enjoyed it thoroughly, so much so that it brought tears to my eyes. I am peruvian by birth but have lived in the US for 25 years now, and am now contemplating going back to Lima early next year for a page-turning change in lifestyle - I think you are making my decision easier! Cheers, JC
# Kyle says :
20 November, 2006 [ 06:49 ]
Interesting perspective you have. I also lived two years in Lima; I dropped in to explore a foreign country and stayed. After six month I met my wife and eight month later we were married. We now reside in Kansas City. Wolfy your insights to the culture are the same as I had in Peru. Peruvian have good character as long as it is not money related. I do enjoy the tradition of passing the bottomless bottle and the proliferation to two or even four bottles rounding the same circle. I recommend Peru, especially the city Chiclayo and Arequipa. However in opposition to you, I recommend neither Lima nor Chimbote for the terrible stench from the fish cannery. Otherwise Peru is mystical place of ancient civilization and ruins mixed with the globalizing modernity. By the way, luggage is a good deal behind the Congress, near the art school. And for the new arrivals to Peru: avoid the tico taxis that you see in the picture of the plaza de armas. Ticos are beer cans on wheels. Kyle
# Aanjelae says :
22 November, 2006 [ 03:24 ]
Hey Wolfy, Loved the story. I, too, took an adventure - in 1990, from California to, ok, Hawaii, but it was still an adventure, having sold everything to make a life there. Travelled during that time to New Zealand and Australia- 9 months and 3 months respectively - and a few weeks in Thailand - wanted to travel the world but had to return to Hawaii or be stranded with no ticket, no money. I came to Peru as a tourist in March of 1997 and returned to Hawaii, feeling very depressed, like I'd left something behind in Peru. A turn of events allowed me to return to Peru four months later. Halloween night of that year I met the man who would be my husband (Peruvian)-in a discoteque of all places (it was 2am so I prefer to say we met on All Saints Day :) ...) Nine months later we were married (no, I was not pregnant) and nine years later we are still happily together, since the day we met. We have lived in Lima all this time. You'll either grow to hate it or it will grow on you. So many stories to tell...aanjelae
# Wolfy says :
22 November, 2006 [ 04:33 ]

geez, gals 'n' guys, where to start?
I guess, as usual, from last to first:

1. Gary, I hope you and Kyle will get in touch. And best wishes to you and your Peruvian wife. Hope it all works out as you expect, but be prepared for some delays.

2. Kudos to David! Yes, he is the mysterious forum member who inspired me. Thanks David! :-) See what you've done...

3. Melanie, the "hangy hooks" is EXACTLY what I used! This is so funny. :-) And they were also the cheapest! How's that? :-) They are little lastic hangars with 3 tiny little nails.. I guess thats what you mean? They do the work... hopefully I will not be woken up after a minor earthquake though, only to discover that my precious wall pictures are smashed on the floor... On a separate note: I got tons of big holes in my walls now, from all the drilling. But, trust me, I am getting smarter :-)

# Wolfy says :
22 November, 2006 [ 05:03 ]
5. Kyle, put aside the beer bottle tradition and we're on the same page :-). Just to let you know, I didn't mention all my experiences in this article because I already voiced the (same) impressions several times (public transportation, Ticos, taxis in general, smell) in our Forum, and I didn't want to repeat myself. As of now, I went to Cusco, Machu Picchu, Mancora/Punta Sal, the southern beaches of Lima, Paracas, Ica, Pisco and a couple of other places. I have a very close friend down in Arequipa and my wife and I are planning to visit his family in late January. I am also planning on visiting the German hospital "Diospi Suyana" in Curahuasi (Ayacucho).

Saludos to your wife, go JAYHAWKS! (my favorite college basketball team!) I am wearing a KU t-shirt right now, no kidding. My "brother" ( I met him in Seattle) is from Wichita and I spend one 4th-of-July weekend, humid, flat, great people, lots of steaks and corn-on-the-cob

# Wolfy says :
22 November, 2006 [ 05:19 ]

I realize, we need numbers for each comment. It's really hard to refer to a specific comment.

6. Anyway, Juan Carlos: wow, what a big compliment! I never realized (and never expected) the story would turn out so sentimental. All I can recommend is: come back! The U.S. isn't the "promised land" anymore, it is not the "land of milk and honey", and it is getting increasingly difficult to follow the "from dishwasher to millionaire"'s dream. As you may know, many Peruvians, mostly women, are dreaming to catch a man from the USA... not exactly sure why, but I have my perceptions.. many Peruvians don't realize that the cost of living there is at least 3 times higher than here. Big surprise.

7. Robert, what is there left to say? Looking forward to meet you in person soon.

gracias to all!
# James Wells says :
22 November, 2006 [ 07:26 ]
Great Job!!! Speaking Spanish, and having an income, I see that we both had the same problem. I too looked at a food cart as an idea. You have solved yours, and I am still thinking. I am dreaming of Peru the same as you did Chicago.
# Norma Tirado-Thompson says :
23 November, 2006 [ 07:44 ]
Hola... I just want to tell you how much i enjoyed your story and thank you for writing positive things about my beautiful Peru. I don't remember how i found this site, but one thing is for sure i am hooked and i can't wait for my weekly newsletter. I am from Peru but moved to Toronto 13 years ago, married a Canadian guy and have a beautiful boy. I don't go to Peru that often so reading your experiences there brings me many great memories and keeps me up to date about what's going on there. Keep writing and best of luck! Adios.
# Emiliano Falen Siesquén says :
26 November, 2006 [ 03:34 ]
Dear, Wolfy Becker, welcome at the country Perú, land of freedom and friendship. My wish is to thank for the Magazine Living in Perú to make know his history and great dramas of our freindly. I want to say that wish good luck and god bless and go ahead.Emiliano
# M. Ugur Gungor says :
27 November, 2006 [ 08:37 ]
I loved reading this story. I have been married to a Peruvian woman that I met while I was living in Miami FL. The wedding took place in Peru in a country club outside Lima. I have to say that I loved the family and the people around me but the average public seemed to be a depressed society as well as being extremely introvert. I have been to Lima twice and unfortunately I could not see myself living there. I am originally from Istanbul Turkey and my Peruvian wife did not see herself living in Istanbul either. I am currently in the US with a green card but I will be going back home because home is the only place I can live in with a note attached forever. It is sad that my marriage had to end due to great distances. May be our love was not strong enough, may be my love was stronger for my home. Good luck in Peru. Passing beer was fun I remembered only after reading. Cheers!
# manolo galvan says :
27 November, 2006 [ 03:22 ]
I love my Peru. I was born there and missed it a lot for the last 20 years, but what Ugur Gungor said about our averaged depressed society (may be this is the reason that we can qualify to the Worl Cup for 24 years and more?)has to be read very well. It is the plain truth, altough many of us will not accept that reality.
# Natalie Gelche says :
30 November, 2006 [ 11:12 ]
Your story is really nice. It's great to hear other experiences. I am Australian (born and raised) with Peruvian parents. I came to Peru 1 year ago, initially as a visit, but found that I didnt want to leave. I'm working now...but not in the best job. I obviously speak english which everyone tells me is like gold here - but I have no idea how to find a job. It seems like you have to know people around here. Do you have any suggestions? I love Peru and want to stay, but not unless I have a worthwhile job ;0 Help! Natalie
# Frank says :
7 December, 2006 [ 09:54 ]
Wolfy: Nice story, as many said you should consider be a writer for me, I am peruvian and visited many countries in europe, I think Peru is not the first world maybe, but has a lot of history, traditions, culture, food, music that is very varied and you only realize of that when you travel abroad and compare that with other countries. Natalie: You also should learn spanish (maybe you already know) to have more opportunities of job. What did you study before? Sometimes here, there are more opportunities even for foreign people, because of the culture of thinking that all that comes from abroad can be better. I can send you job opportunities by email because I receive every week that ones from my ex university, let me know if interested.
# Aram Meguerian says :
9 December, 2006 [ 04:47 ]
Hi Wolfy, Enjoyed your tale about living in Lima, Peru, and I can totally empathize with adaptation "issues" as I work contracting all over the world and have to adapt myself to new places and customs once a year, if not twice. Which brings me to the subject I wanted to write about. I may be moving to Lima in a few months time on a short term (6 months, renewable) and would like to factor the cost of a 1-bedroom apartment rent, furniture and appliances (if not a furnished apartment), power, internet access and cable TV - the usual conforts for a single guy. Oh, yes, also food and transportation. :-D I was wondering if you would know any resource/web site were I could find about current cost of living in Lima, Peru? If you could point me to a reliable site for cost of living, it would be greatly appreciated. Cheers and Good Luck, Aram.
# Wolfy says :
11 December, 2006 [ 02:44 ]
wow, I am flattered by all the nice comments!
Priyadarshi: Cost of living in Lima has been discussed in our forum. Please click here: Cost Of Living For A Single Adult?

Natalie: I recommend you place an ad in our Classifieds. I know it sucks not having a job in the country you love.

Frank: I am actually quite happy with my current job here at this website. The only negative is that I have not much free time to learn Spanish in a professional manner. It's all "learning by doing". Please send your job opportunities to Natalie, she needs them more :-)

Aram: As I mentioned before, please visit our forum. (link in the left sidebar or click here) Many of your questions are being answered there and you will get a ton of helpful tips from our readership.

Thank you all!
# Wolfy says :
15 December, 2006 [ 08:59 ]
For everyone who is interested in coming to Peru and learn more about culture, tradition, laws, immigration, housing, jobs and such, please visit and register in our Forum. Lots of friendly, advice giving people are waiting for you:
# Elise says :
11 January, 2007 [ 07:51 ]

Well written and very interesting...!
When I get to my 600 days I´ll write one too! ; )


# Kimberly Loeffler says :
13 January, 2007 [ 06:27 ]
I have just become engaged to a Peruvian man.  He does not have a visa and has had a lot of trouble obtaining one in the past.  We are sure that we will be married in Lima.  Can anyone suggest a nice place to get married there in July (winter)?  We both do not want to marry in a church, somewhere more natural.  Second, can anyone offer any advice on the visa process as we would like to live in the US after being married.  I'm trying to find a job there in the meantime, as I know it is a LONG process!  Thanks!!!

# Wolfy says :
13 January, 2007 [ 07:33 ]
Hi Kim,
I recommend you join our interactive user forum ( - link - ). Many people have asked the same questions and you'll find many answers there.

Good luck.
# Fuscienne says :
27 January, 2007 [ 07:02 ]
Like Norma Tirado-Thompson said, thanks for writing positive and true things about Perú. This country can be a hard place to live sometimes but it also has its magic and wonderful aspects to discover ^_^

Keep on writing, your style is nice. Cheers!

# Peruanita Bonita says :
7 February, 2007 [ 05:58 ]
Hallo Wolfy:
Vielen Dank fuer deine antwort zu meine Anzeige in Carsten und Ich wuerden uns freuen uber eine meting mit Euch. Wir werden in Lima am Wochenende sein.
Graciela und Carsten
# Rob Jackson says :
18 February, 2007 [ 08:30 ]

Hola Wolfy, great story and very well told. Lots of memories and desires for me when I was reading it.

I'm an Australian guy, married to a Peruvian girl and currently living in Australia. I've been to Peru twice in the past 4 years and would love to live there permanently. I was also accepted by my peruvian family without hesitation and they will do anything they can to make us happy when we come to visit. The only thing preventing us from moving to Peru, believe it or not, is my wife. While she loves her family and is eager to visit again, she does not want to return to live there. She says that she worked very hard to get out of Peru to start a better life where there is a future for her children, so going back is not an option.  I can understand this completely because we all know that life in Peru can be difficult even for those with a good education. So here we are in Australia, an Australian who wants to live in Peru and a Peruvian who wants to stay in Australia. One of us is doomed to be disappointed and I don't think it'll be the little lady. She usually gets what she wants one way or another. I guess it's my job to make sure she gets what she wants. 

PS. Love the Living in Peru site. I look forward to reading the news from Peru every day. Sites like this keep me sane while I dream of getting out of the rat race. Maybe I'll just have to keep dreaming and be thankful for the fact that I have my own little piece of Peru at home.  

# Wolfy says :
20 February, 2007 [ 03:53 ]
Hi all,
again, thank you so much for all your kind responses. I just wanted to let everyone know that I am no longer working for but who knows, maybe I can continue publishing an article or two here at this great site.

If you want to get in touch with me please visit my new blog Journal Peru ( which I am currently setting up. If you like my articles, you can visit me there and leave your comments. I will happy to hear from you all.

Saludos Laughing

# Miguel Martinez says :
21 February, 2007 [ 11:25 ]
Ummm.good history,I was so happy to read you experience as german in PERU.Well I'm a peruvian "loco'living in Houston Texas for almost 30 years and I know what is living abroad the different between you experience an my is:I live in this country againts my own wish,this is a long history but I miss my country and friends,not family because I grow up in differents horfanates since I was a baby,life is really a big blessing
day by daay I can believe I'm still alive,Houston is a crazy city,the weather is crazy in the middle of winter can be summer so is in summer can be winter,I learn how to survive,i guess this is the proper difinition for people like us wich disire live abroad,but I'm proud tobe a peruvian
the only think I don't like it,is people don't call me by my name they call 
"PERUANO",sometimes I get upset of that and scream saying my name is not"PERUANO",well I wish I don't boring you guys with my experience
in this "gringolandia"place I live.But I miss PERU a lot,now I'M 51 years old and wish to return one day.GOD BLESS every one live abroad,and be aware no where in this planet is safe,but we peruvian know how to pampers foreigners.I was saying myself how different we peruvians are
because we share de same bottle of beer at the time of drink with friend,but this is what we call "CULTURE",Texas is full of mexicans,sometimes people call me mexican,and I scream,sorry I'n not a mexican.In this state you will here Mexico even in you nightmares.
# Raul says :
22 February, 2007 [ 08:42 ]

I am Peruvian currently living in NY. I have been working in New York for about 10 years and I consider this city as my home. However there are few things I still missing from my country among them are the food, native music (Huayno), the people and my trips to the Andean. 

Maybe you don’t know but in Peru we consider Germans as hard worker people and not just because we know this from books or movies but from real life situation. How can we forget Maria Reich who dedicated most of her life taking care of The Nazca Lines or the German immigrants whom in the middle of the Jungle build the prosperous city of Pozuzo?. We always have them present.


Wolf, during the last 6 years Peruvian economy has been growing an average of 6.5 %, the inflation is the lowest in history (0.64) and Peru is considered by the World Bank on the position 15 among the best countries in where to invest. As you had experienced there exist extreme poverty surrounding Lima but I believe you are leaving in a country with a future where business activities are getting sophisticated opening the door for professionals like you. Wolf I really appreciate the way you express yourself about my country I wish you the best of the best.



# luce says :
22 February, 2007 [ 08:55 ]
I loved ur story too! Thats love! love pure love! and u are right! Im peruvian and Im very proud of it..we have deep feelings and I love the way my culture is( family enviroment..and a lot of energy all the time). I was in Seattle too, Miami, CA,Boston, Philly, Washington DC..NYC and NJ..and i had a great time..i learned a lot..i met so many places...buttt...i really missed my family enviroment..and the kind of life we have here...we have a life! and u can enjoy it in a different way. Now im planning to move to US..or Europe(preparing for my exams)..but is a hard decision for me..u confused right now..but education in those countries is better and i have already finished dentistry here so i want to revalidate over there..Now the question is: a peruvian girl can live in US? I think is hard..I have lived over there 5 months..doing a lot of tourism, also learning in dental offices, visiting friends...i met amazing people..but their society is a little cold...maybe if i found the love of my would be easier..maybe, the same as u here in Lima.I felt that in spite i can have all the facilities( educational and economic)..i dont know if I AM GONNA BE HAPPY(and that's the important thing for me). But well! is glad to hear that u enjoy Lima! And for everybody..this country has a lot to offer...mountains..jungle and beaches..a little bit of everything, good food, is cheap( in comparison to US and Europe) and nice people! if u want more info..or places to go in Lima or in Peru in general..let me know..i can help u. Bye!
# George marrow says :
11 March, 2007 [ 05:16 ]
Hi, this is really more of a question than a comment. I have been to peru a few times and will be marrying a local woman there in a couple of months.   I like the country and people a lot and they remind me of the southern people of the US, i am a US citizen.   I went to film school here and shot some shorts here in the states, and my question is, does anyone know of the film or TV industry in Peru?  My spanish is pretty good and i plan on living in peru for a while, maybe a year or longer and would like to get involved in the film industry there with my scores of ideas.   I have spoken to a number of ordinary citizens of peru but they have no information for me in the same way most americans couldn't really say much here (unless they point you to someone) Please, any and all information would be greatly helpful no matter how small or large!
# Ivan A. Narvaez says :
17 March, 2007 [ 08:41 ]

I was in Peru for a year and a half after 21 years living in the US. I agree with you that our living in Peru have not comparison to the living of all the people who have to survive everyday in Peru. As a converted Christian, my faith straggle when I saw so much unjustice.

Even though I could have gone to live in the most afluent towns in Lima because I had the money, I wanted to experience my childhood and return to my hometown of Ventanilla, Callao. I loved going back to my past and have my children play in the parks I play, have them live what I live. However, Things have change for poor Peru. They have to do unimaginable things to survive. Going to live in Miraflores, San Borja, San Isidro, La molina is just secluding yourself of the reality of our people, the majority that live in poverty. Do not misunderstand me I love them, and wish that all of them could have a decent job so that they can decently support themselves. What Peru needs is jobs for all, stop discrimination, make an efficient government, have an uncorruptible policy and military force, and instill in all peruvians a vision of love and prosperity for all.
I returned to Peru almost every other year from the time I left 21 years back. I was there when Alan Garcia left the country and when Fujimory did el "paquetazo" , When They took the japanesse embassy to the end of Fujimory dictatorship and when Toledo took Office. I regreted that Garcia retook office but I saw no other option because Peru lacks vision and hope now Garcia will create that vision Peru needs even though I beleive that you should pay for the crimes you commit. 

To finilize, My wife is from Colombia and I spend much of my time at the Peruvian imigration and saw many foreigners trying to become residents in Peru as I saw many peruvians getting their Passsport. My wife comment " Look peruvians are living and the foreigners are coming to stay". Funny, good observation, what?. Reality no one is a phrofet in his land. And as I told my wife once you live in Peru always Peru, la tierra te llama, ocomo se decia en el pasado "te llama la llama"

Ivan A. Narvaez 

# Maibelyn Vicky MacDonald says :
20 March, 2007 [ 05:47 ]
Hi! wolfy, I found your site by accident, I was searching for the peruvian drink Inca kola, then I read your story , and I felt touched by the comments of all, is also very true each in their own expession, I am living in Australia for 10 years in Queensland married to a Australiano and now we have 3 beautifull children, my husband is very keen to live in Peru, and he also has the same emotional feelings about Peru like many others in your mail, so , that his sister open a cafe in a vinard with a great view in Victoria- Gipsland and we decorated with Peruviann mantels and sell spanish food and wine,as some of the customers had visited peru  and have similar emotional memories,  it seems that Peru touches the hearts of many who visited there. I am originally from Cusco, we have visited Cusco last year Cool my husband says that the peruviann wife is the fundation of a good marriage!! will keep in touch, Vicky and Gary MacDonald
# Brandon says :
20 March, 2007 [ 07:29 ]

Your story is a huge inspiration to me.  I am engaged to a native Peruana and I am planning to move to to Lima in the coming months to marry the woman of my dreams.  Your story has given me hope that this dream can become a reality.  The following quote summarized my decision to move to Peru with my fiance and also spoke directly to my heart and the emotions I am feeling upon making the decision to move to Peru:

"While the change was dramatic, it was what I wanted and where I wanted to be. The opportunity to share everything with another person overshadows the anxiety of a life-altering move, and it becomes quite simple"

Thank you for your inspiration and showing that a move such as this is possible and can be done.


# Wolfy says :
21 March, 2007 [ 09:48 ]
once again, THANK YOU all so much for your wonderful feedback to my article. 

If you would like to get in touch with me, please email me at ""

Otherwise you can always reach me at http//

Peruvian saludos to you all

# Thomas A. Cochran says :
21 March, 2007 [ 10:34 ]

Wow! After reading your story....everything seems like it´s going to be ok. I´m looking at moving to Lima in one month and I´m a bit terrified. My last experience there was not what I´d call totally positive. My trip ended with me and my now girlfriend getting robbed at knifepoint while watching 10 others being robbed at gunpoint. So I´m going back strickly to be with her and I´m dreading it. Your story has helped me to kind of put things into perspective and hopefully I will have a more positive experience this time around.
Thank you,

# Veronica says :
26 April, 2007 [ 10:28 ]
I'm feel so sorry about Wolfy. 
I never met him but the very 1st time I read a posting in LP, was something He wrote.
And today I read he passed away, I couldnt believe it.
my condolences to his family and friends in Peru.
RIP wolfy.
# Gregory Bradford says :
30 April, 2007 [ 10:12 ]
        Great story. But I do wonder what in Peru resembles  Las  Vegas.

In a country roughly the size of Texas you can find a version of Death Valley, the Rocky Mountains, Yosemite Nat’l Park, Las Vegas, and Naples.
# WOODY says :
4 May, 2007 [ 06:17 ]
Hey nice destressing story, I worked in Peru from 1990-1999ish. Does any one no what happened to Phil and Lilly of Iquitos he ran the Casa de Fiero bar restraunt British national with Peruvian Esposa. Just a hint for those of you thinking of moving permanently. Rent until you find out for sure were your going to drop your sea bag. Always remember no mater how long you have lived oversea you "will" be taken at every corner. IE If you trust nobody you wont get Boned to hard. On good note Peru was my favorite South / Central country and the people for the most part are great as long as you Hable espanol como un indigena.
Might want to get a legitamit Law Dog that has been used by other gringos before moving monitary assets. Suerte con su viages. If any one knows were Phil is he definitely could help you with intel of life in Peru.
# emiliano falen siesquen says :
14 May, 2007 [ 01:48 ]

Dear, Living in Peru, Maggazine                           
Requiem for Wolfy Becker                               
 I am so, feel and  sorry, for happened my friend Wolfy, God to Make all the tings.All we, will be prayer the our father, god bless  and  condolences  at all your  family and friends, so the  passed away and we to go ahead, always  to remember this Superman that came at it world y to leave of it world  with  to love. Emiliano

# woody says :
1 June, 2007 [ 02:55 ]
I guess living in Peru wasnt such a dream after all. Not being negative but, before you "live" any where do some home work. Read every thing available even if must only read govermental reports. Try from varrious countries including the one that might be your future dream date. Wildlife and the out back is beutiful in most countries. Sometime more exspensive to pay up front: but cheaper i the long run. I have have a few Comrads that live in a few Edens in a few Places. Might be  able to drop some real non biased info. Reality is you find out what you need if you try.
PS Nothing on Phil and Lilly in Iquitos. or Anthony of Zoo Peru.
# Haurlyn Figueroa Marengo says :
20 July, 2007 [ 06:46 ]

Hallo SmileWolfy...danke für nette Geschichte über mein land. Im peruvian, and as i read your story...that touched me because i remembered all me happened whith my  german ex-fiance and his visits here,including that our dreams to live together cannot be true for circunstances opposites to us. For me you all German people are very nice...the most,i wish for you and your wife the best. As i was reading the comments here
i read someone was looking  for lodge here in Lima...i can to recommend a apart hotel here in Miraflores is not expensive, i know the manager who make me  discounts,when  my friends or their  family came,im aviable... to who need to put in touch with the manager...also i have the pics of some apartments, that i showed to a couple from england friends of mine. For all the people
who need some help here in Perú,can write my email adress...for me will a pleasure may to help.  Have great day!!


# Bryan Hamilton says :
23 January, 2008 [ 11:55 ]

My wife is from Trujjillo,Peru.We are planning to go in march to see her family.My only worry is our 18 month old son who was born in Peru(he was only there 1 month)might get sick or have a hard time getting used to the food.I have gotten realy sick a couple times.Dont get me wrong I love peru and It was my fault I got sick.I eat and drink anything thats givin to me from little guinne pigs to pigeon .If anyone has ever traveled to peru with there toddler I would like to know how it went.I realy enjoyed youre story and you were wise to move to peru.My wife misses her country terribly especialy the food although she has taken to mexican food rather well.we live in west Texas and that makes things even worse.Its rather boring here.We have talked about moving to lima and I would if I could get a descent job.

# dr hal kreitman says :
18 February, 2008 [ 04:41 ]
I lived in peru for 4 years..1/98 -12/2001 in trujillo.I had a chiropractic office there. I married my wife, peruvian of course and we now live in miami...Im a chiropractor and plan on retiring in peru..most propably the amazon..terrapoto area..trujillo, lima and the cities are just to polluted for me..the air is herendous..when i retire I will have a pay what you can afford clinic..this is my dream..dr hal kreitman
# Mari says :
1 April, 2008 [ 09:59 ]

My heart sunk when I read two emails that says that Wolfi Died????
How is that?  what happen to him?  I am very confused and sad, can somebody tell me, please!!!!!!! I can not believe it!!!!
Why this suddenly death?  if is true, we lost a wonderful human being that loved our country with passion, God Bless you dear Wolfi!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!

# Ysabel M.LLerena says :
15 April, 2008 [ 11:29 ]

Hola to everyone,

I was going to write to Wolfy today, as I found this site by accident (or chance). As I never believe what I don't see or I am not sure of it. I will write and investigate if Wolfy is still around. If it was a joke, I can say that it will not be a funny one. Wolfy's article was  a great one, honest, clean, it come from his heart.Wolfy should be a writer.!

I am a Peruvian living in British Columbia, Canada, I moved from California where I lived for  25 years.
Planning in going back soon  to Peru for work, maybe for two to three years.
I am looking forward to make new friends there.
I will be happy to get in touch with those who wish to go back to live there  and those who wish to visit.
I miss Peru, I enjoy the music and the food more than ever.I miss the friendly peruvians and the sense of family values.
It is hard to raise a child  in a country where values are different.

We don't have peruvian restaurants in Vancouver.
If I can help you all in something let me know, at least we can be friends,

Un abrazo fuerte to all,


# Kevin says :
13 August, 2008 [ 08:01 ]
I just stumbled across this blog after googling "cost of living in Peru". It was a very inspiring story and I always like to hear from ex-pats and there adjustments to a foreign country since I am looking to live somewhere where the cost of living is cheaper and can work 4 months out of the year in the oilfields in Canada.

It sounds like Wolfy must have died on or just after April 20th, 2007 since a comment here (Veronica on April 26/07) says she read about his death (obituary?) and his last entry at his personal website was on April 20, 2007.

I guess it shows you should go out and live your dreams and be adventurous since you never know when you last day on earth will come.

RIP Wolfy
# Lillian says :
14 August, 2008 [ 10:05 ]
I googled him and came across this link: . Wolfy passed away the same day he posted his last entry in his blog (April 20, 2007). He touched the hearts of many.
# Ruth Chong says :
4 September, 2008 [ 10:16 ]
We are missionary in Peru (english speaking). Looking for spanish teacher who are able to teach us during weekdays morning.

If you are interested, please email me at
# Paul Chastain says :
27 September, 2008 [ 08:45 ]
Hey, ya''ll - Im a 56 year old elementary school teacher in Dallas, and have been thinking for years that I'd like to relocate to South America to live for 2 years and become fluent in Spanish. 

Haven't traveled abroad much (Canada and Mexico), and my wife, although supportive doesn't want to come.  So it would just be me.  Not sure what it costs to live, but I'd like to earn a little money (maybe enough to live on.

Only marketable skill is my English, I guess, although I speak no Spanish except what I remember from High School.  So maybe teaching at a school?

Anyway I'm looking to do this on Julty 1st.  Any helpful tips or suggestions to help me out?

# Ferf says :
27 September, 2008 [ 09:02 ]

Mr. Chastain,

You may want to try:



# Neri Agurto says :
29 September, 2008 [ 04:35 ]
Mr. Becker,

Thank you for such a wonderful piece.  Thank you for writing a candid and genuine story about your life in Lima.  I enjoyed reading about your perpective about Peru; what you like and dislike.  I have lived in USA for almost 40 years, and I know, that if I return to live in Peru, I need to allow a time for adjustment.  And as you said, no country in the world is perfect, but your statement about why you live in Peru says it all:

  "In the grand scheme there are several things in and about Peru I find more favorable than they are in either the U.S. or Germany. My wife’s family is wonderful, friendly, helpful and funny, their doors and hearts opened to me from day one. I have no desire to give them up."

Regardless of gender, race, language, nationality, people are basically the same.  We want to belong to a family, we want the warmth of friendship, we want to laugh, we want to cry and we want to be helpful.

My best to you and your family and keep up the good work!


# Neri says :
30 September, 2008 [ 12:39 ]
To previous bloggers and new readers of:

Living in Peru: My experience after 600 days in Lima

(text and photos by Wolfy Becker)

I came upon this wonderful story by accident and I liked so much that I posted a comment addressed to Mr. Becker.  I admit that I didn't pay attention to the date this story was written!  Then, I decided to read the previous comments and realized first, that he announced the following: 
says :
21 March, 2007 [ 09:48 ] once again, THANK YOU all so much for your wonderful feedback to my article. 

If you would like to get in touch with me, please email me at ""

Otherwise you can always reach me at http//

Next, I read these entries:

Veronica says :
26 April, 2007 [ 10:28 ]

I'm feel so sorry about Wolfy. 
I never met him but the very 1st time I read a posting in LP, was something He wrote.
And today I read he passed away, I couldnt believe it.
my condolences to his family and friends in Peru.
RIP wolfy.


Lillian says :
14 August, 2008 [ 10:05 ] I googled him and came across this link: . Wolfy passed away the same day he posted his last entry in his blog (April 20, 2007). He touched the hearts of many. I am very sad for these turn of events.  Anyhow, do any of you know how I can delete my comment to this story?



# Nico says :
24 October, 2008 [ 10:14 ]

First at all; condolences to the family and friends of Wolfy. We will never forget him.

The stories on this site are really nice and its not just information about peru but the stories tell more about the people.
I am from Belgium and I am interested in moving to Peru. I lived and worked already in 5 different European countries. I am now involved in a divorce with my Colombian wife. She cannot cope with life in Europe and the relationship went bad. I feel depressed about it and just want to pack my bags and start a new life somewhere else.

I want to rent  a room by someone in Lima or a small flat.
And hopefully find a job that pays for the bills.
I am not looking to get rich. I just want to be happy in life and meet someone new. In the past, I made a lot of money, had my own house, went on vacation 5 or 6 times a year and was going out all the time.

Things changed and I lost it all.  I am earning the minimum salary, live in a small flat, have no car, no vacations and I am not going out.
But I became happy. Before I was just working for things.
I was very happy when I got married but It didnt work out.

I just want to meet someone new and build a family. I feel very lonely and money cannot change that.
I have never been to Peru but talked to people who have been there and I have  been several times to Colombia.

I can speak spanish very well.

I heard that you can live in Peru  for about 250 euros a month. 250 euros should cover rent, food and some extras.
Does anyone think this should be possible.

Peru...hasta pronto.

# Neri Agurto says :
24 October, 2008 [ 04:35 ]
Dear Nico,

Greetings to you.  Just a few lines to suggest that you post your message under the following Featured articles by Larry J. Pitman.  You might get more answers to your questions from peruvians/foreigners that are currently living in Peru. 

Good luck to you.


6 October, 2008 09:49:20 | in art, culture, lifestyle

One day on my street

Living in Peru
Larry J. Pitman
 20 October, 2008 10:10:04 | in art, culture, lifestyle

He’s not going to make it

Larry J. Pitman 
# Wasatch says :
26 October, 2008 [ 10:29 ]
Hi there Nico,

Any divorce will put a depressing tone on anybody's life...some girls are not ideal partners. For the most part,they are in 'for the money'.

If your age (Nico),is 45 or younger,don't think of finding a woman yet. Peru may be a good place for you to move to. You already speak the language, ...AFTER you discover Peru,then, i'd be thinking of the right peruvian woman. They are there, but get used of the country first. Just as your former partner didn't get used of Europe...make sure Peru is for you. There is no time for mistakes...again.

 Buena suerte !
# Edi says :
3 November, 2008 [ 06:27 ]

Dear NicoSmile:

remember life is short and be HAPPY,HAPPY AND HAPPY.
If you are thinking to move to Lima Peru and spending 250 euros per month i have to tell you that is not enough and you need at least 600 dollars until you start to can spend 250 euros per month but i don't think that you would like to live there.Before to go you need to search about rent in safe areas. 

# says :
17 November, 2008 [ 07:40 ]
# says :
17 November, 2008 [ 07:45 ]
Move from lima. It's only you can make money but it's not Peru! HUANCAYO
# ben says :
11 January, 2009 [ 04:12 ]
how many languages are popularly used in Peru beside Spanish? i watched a tv program abt Peru last year. But should check first if there's any issues about visa application. Naoimo, i can't find jobs in peru yet almost empty. Talking about cost of living, well, 600usd per month is not enough? i thought that the cost there should be lower than that number can afford it. Certainly will be there!
# Fernando Ciurlizza says :
28 January, 2009 [ 02:59 ]
Hello, I was in Lima for a Month during the holidays, I am Peruvian but lived here for 25 years, after my wife died last year I found myself contemplating coming back home, your history made it much easier to decide, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
# Ludwing IshXamudoc says :
30 January, 2009 [ 07:37 ]

Astounding and fair critic of Lima, my natal city, the daughter of my heart... I am a missionary from Peru to the Americas, for the past 5 years I've lived in Canada and travel a lot, so I relate. I am very glad to find a foreigner who is open minded and understands that peoples from different continents and languages much similar and longing from the same ideals of love and human interaction. I do have lots of opportunities to bring North American People to Peru, and I have seen (believe me) all kinds of reactions... Some were too afraid to delight themselves with the natural and very rich peruvian cuisine, and some too excited that left everything behind and stayed there "forever".
Yet, Peru, being the last pearl of the kingdom of Spain, back a couple of centuries ago, has had a world wide influence in every area of its very interesting history... and if I am using superlatives it is only because I do believe that Perú and its cities have lots to show.
So Becker as a lima lover, I would like to meet you on my next trip, and perhaps make you a necessary stop. Please feel free to email me.
God bless!
PS. Interesting the notation about the beer, indeed I have never seen a family size bottle in North America... Chill out Mi Casa es tu Casa... Mi botella tu botella.

# karen says :
29 March, 2009 [ 04:07 ]
hi!  everyone i really liked the story Peru my country  is a cool place to live not expensive like the states  but before you decide to move to Peru make sure to do a good research  and what are you gonna do once you get there have an specific plan. I am  really thinking in going back cause living in the states is not worth it anymore cant get a good  job and have a lot of expenses rent,food,etc. 



# karen says :
29 March, 2009 [ 04:19 ]
do you wanna know the right  place to live in Peru? if you like quite places, hate traffic , and like to surf  go to punta hermosa km 44 
45 minutes south of lima cool and nice place especially  surfers  waves everyday more than 5 surfing spots  and friendly locals check it out
go to 

# Rocio says :
2 April, 2009 [ 04:50 ]
Hi ,I am Peruvian, I live in Australia for about 6 years, i am married with a russian man and i have a little boy, I feel happy here, but i am still missing my Peru, that is why i am going there on July but just for a month, it is because of ours jobs, my husband is an IT working as a team leader in the business intelligent  group, myself as an account assistant , anyway we were thinking what about moving to Peru, I really love the idea but my husband is the one who is worried because he may no find the same job there that he has here, and he just said he wants to see Peru first, which is very enough. My question is it ppossible to find a job there as an IT
Thank you
# Bonnie Burgos says :
23 April, 2009 [ 08:34 ]
Hi,  great article.  I was wondering if you could give me some advice, please.  I'm a 28 yr old woman living in Chicago, I was born here actually but my whole family is from Peru.  I've been down there a lot of times so I know how it is.  Recently the thought of just getting up and moving there is becoming a greater desire but i'm worried if I would be able to get by financially because obviously here I make an average salary and can survive but moving there without Financial stability is scary.  So i guess my question is,  would it be easier for an American but with strong roots in Peru be able to adapt to living over there and I be able to financially?  I would like to rent an apartment not a room you know?

Any advice?  Thanks so much, greatly appreciated!

Best regards,


if you're wondering my work background is doing Administration for 8 US companies in Freight Forwarding business.
Thank you.
# rafa acevedo says :
17 July, 2009 [ 05:13 ]
# john wern says :
2 August, 2009 [ 06:43 ]
Gee! Long writing and lots of comment!
But it is very simple things. All those beautiful aspects of life in Peru will disappear once Peru becomes industrilized and ecomically well off country. The warm hospitality and lay back attitude coexist with poverty and old tradition (corruption also). I myself came from one of the poorest country and have lived in USA for 30 years now and think about leaving for Ecuador after retirement. I was born during the war and lost one of parent immediately after my birth and the only reason I was raised by another one of my parent was the orphanage house refused to accept me. I managed to get college education and got a job with one of top Fortune top ten American company. But I was so sick of all the social injustice, corruption, and every bad thing as Peru has now that I left my country. I did not even visit until 4 years ago. Oh what a different place it is now. Not much corruption, no more military dictatorship, nice social justice and equality, efficiency and one of top 20 richest country in the world. But the country is like Germany to Wolfy. I did not like it at all. They lost all those warm hospitality generacity, etc. Every body is rush rush mood and so materialitic. Now I rather miss that lay back style of life with less materialistic desire. But you will never find such a place once that place is Americanized, civilized or industrialized. That's why I am thinking about living the rest of life in Ecuador. I truly wish missionaries never go to jungle to convert the indegenious people. Leave them alone. They are truly happy without believing what you believe. Whether you like Peru or Ecuador, once you choose to live there just enjoy them and be part of them. Don't compare to others or criticize whoever.   
# ZLATKO dENK says :
26 September, 2009 [ 08:02 ]
Hi to all,
I realy like this site but I have a question if somebody knows how to answer.  I am ready to marry a lady from Lima and wander what is the best way to get papers for her to move with me to USA for a few years until I retire and until we plan to come back to Peru.
Should I marry her in Peru and what documents I need and what does she need to get a visa to come back with me.  Which visa is the best: K1 K3 or something else.  I appreciate all answer from people who had similar experience.
  thank you all
# E says :
3 November, 2009 [ 07:55 ]
Undecided If you are going to retired in few years why is the rush that she travels to USA.She can wait for you in Lima.I am sure that you can visit her.Anyway you said that you are planning to live in Peru.If you are in rush  just hire a lawyer. Inmigration lawyer of course.are tons of inmigration lawyer in Usa.
# ulises meza says :
9 November, 2009 [ 03:24 ]
I am peruvian living in sacramento california.your story is wondefull i love it ,i was reading all your article and come up with all my remenber when i was living in my beutiful country peru. thank you
# Dennis Obregon says :
24 November, 2009 [ 05:58 ]
Hello everyone!
Peruvian citizen here who has been in Berlin and I haven't seen the sun while being there, always grey, I liked that all taxis are mercedes and BMWs thought.
# Carlita says :
23 August, 2010 [ 07:30 ]
Even though this post is from such a long time ago, I must say I could not stop reading this article, from the first paragraph I was captured by the essence of the story.
I am Peruvian married to a Polish, I have not live in Peru for 14 years and recently we have started to discuss if we should move to Lima (my hometown) 
Our stories are very similar to yours, we also live/study/work in New York and Chicago and feel such a strong connection for the US but we're not sure if moving back there will be the best option -this is were Lima comes as an option- we certainly know Barcelona, after two years is not the right place to be.
Your article just helps to make this transition easier.
Thank you for posting.
# Douglas A Glaser says :
31 December, 2010 [ 08:48 ]
My girlfirend and I loved here because we loved the country and the opportunities, unfortunately the police system is not very good and it does not protect the citizens or the tourists. I have included a link regarding what AmericaTV put on their program. Please be aware because in Peru anything can happen and the police will not act in an efficient manner, if at all.

Douglas Glaser
# Alan Jones says :
20 January, 2011 [ 01:08 ]
Omg, I loved you're article. I will be moving to Peru in a month and this was very inspiring to read, especially with the big change that's ahead of me. I have lived in and grown up in the u.s since I was 6, I'm 28 now and came to a decision that things haven't worked out for me here so that's why I'm moving to Peru. My ethnicity is Peruvian but I haven't been there since I was 5 back in 1989. I came to a conclusion that this is not where I belong and Peru is where I think I will belong. reading this article is very helpful so thank you! Alan J.
# Richard Stokes says :
9 March, 2011 [ 10:58 ]
Thanks for the story.  I am in love with Lima and its environs.  It has its downs, can be squalid and a bit rough but then so can parts of London and other big cities in Britain.  The first thing that hit me was the food.  I love ceviche and this is the place to eat it.  Then, for an English person this is quite serious, there is little to no rain - fog yes but I can deal with that. I have stayed in Miraflores three times in the last two years an have really enjoyed.  My Spanish is not good but I learn languages quite quickly.

I am thus thinking of retiring to Lima.  I need to look at the rules concerning immigration.  I should be able to buy a condo or apartment in an up and coming area, possibly Lince and have enough to live.  Sorely tempted, hope I can achieve this within two years.  Oh and what happened to one of my favourite restaurants, Punto Blanco,on the Circuito de Playas, Barranco?

# tweety says :
4 April, 2011 [ 10:50 ]
thank for thee help.........<3

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