Land of Hidden Treasures

The Basics

Peru is located in central western South America. It is about 496,225 square miles. The climate varies from tropical in the east to a dry desert in the west. Their average annual rainfall is about 3.5 inches and the average temperature is 72°F, so bring your sunscreen! The country is generally warm in most areas, but if you plan to climb the Andes Mountains you might want to bring a jacket because the temperatures are quite frigid up in the snowy mountains!

How to Fit In

The Peruvians speak two main languages including Spanish and Quechua. It would be a good idea to brush up on some Español before visiting so that you can communicate easier with the natives!

As part of the Peruvian culture they always shake hands when they meet knew people to show a sign on respect. They use a lot of hand gestures and make eye-contact when speaking. They always make time for family no mater what the day brings. People of Peru value religion; about 90% of their culture are involved in the Catholic faith.

Relaxation is a huge part of who they are, so try no to rush through your trip! Just relax and enjoy the beauty this wonderful country has in store for you.

Taboos (DON'TS):

  1. DO NOT go shirtless in Peru
  2. DO NOT talk about the prices of Peruvian goods/items
  3. DO NOT use your index finger curled to signal someone over (it is considered very rude)

Digging Deeper into Culture:

Peru doesn't necessarily recognize any official form of a social class system but how they treat the indigenous people could be seen in a lot of ways like a caste arrangement. Race and/or ethnicity is, to them, a big reason to divide the population into strong groupings. They also have subcultures relating to wealth status.

Having cars, expensive clothes, knowledge of English or other foreign languages, or modern day appliances are typical findings of an upper-class status in Peru. While lower-class Peruvians are normally seen wearing secondhand clothes and struggling to survive on an almost day-to-day basis. The lower class families work in the terrains on farms, trying to provide enough money, and food for each family member to get plenty to eat.

The young kids are responsible for providing for Peru's people, a strong alternative counterculture to norms. This counterculture is mainly expressed through music, such as the national adoption of punk and rock music, fashion trends, and popular culture, all coming from the North American region.