10 Things You Should Know About Lima, Peru

This article is dedicated to all the men out there who enjoy taking short trips or extended stays in exotic locations with plans to date and play with the local women. Most of you who touch ground in Latin America go to the same countries: Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina. It’s no surprise given those countries’ populations resemble the more accepted international standards of beauty, which is to say European or white.

I won’t argue with your preferences in beauty. I’m going to argue that choosing your destination based on the entire population’s average beauty is flawed logic. You aren’t going to lay the whole country, and you can find beautiful girls anywhere. That’s why a shrewd traveler will base his decision on other criteria, and the wisest will choose Lima.

1. Peruvian food is the best in Latin America

Causa Limena Pulpo Camaron Cangrejo Lima Peru

Choosing your destination country based on the beauty of the women, in my opinion, is folly. You will end up with Brazil or Colombia. And in those countries, how many women are you going to be intimate with? If you’re not resorting to working girls, chances are no more than a handful, if not just one.

But what you will do every day is EAT. You’ll eat a a few times every day and cover a wide variety of the national cuisine. So if anything in a country should be judged by quality and variety, it’s food.

Peruvian cuisine is the new rage in American restaurant trends. Peru won the 2012 and 2013 World Travel Awards for best culinary destination. Read more about ceviche, causa, ají de gallina, lomo saltado, and more in Peruvian Food: The Best in Latin America.

Ignore the importance of food at your own peril. Take it from me, I lived in Colombia for three years (see Colombian Food: Worst of the Worst).

2. It never rains in Lima

Parque del Amor Miraflores Lima

It never rains, but there is ‘garúa’, Limeños’ nickname for the clouds that blanket the city for eight months every year. Another nickname for Lima is ‘La Gris‘, or The Gray One.

But no umbrella. No worrying about getting caught in the rain on your bike or on a long walk. It never rains.

3. There is surfing in Lima

The best surfing in Peru is found in the northern beaches, but there is a vibrant surfing scene along the coast of Lima. There are surfing schools, board rentals, and surfers catching waves every day. If you’re a seasoned veteran or a wannabe who harbors dreams of learning, the Pacific Ocean waves crashing against the Lima coast are big enough to surf.

4. Lima is a capital city of 8 million

Marriott Larcomar Miraflores Lima Peru

Lima’s economic and career opportunities rival those of Bogota, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires. The Economist and IMF have called Peru the best economic performer of the region, largely due to business-friendly government policies which aren’t adhered to everywhere in Latin America (Venezuela and Argentina).

There are enough executive professionals in Lima to make a living teaching English. Or if that idea repulses you, Lima’s job market and business environment are large enough to ply your professional trade.

5. Its original name was ‘Ciudad de los Reyes’ (City of Kings)

Plaza San Martin Lima Peru

When the Americas were originally colonized, Lima ruled over all of Spanish South America while Mexico City governed Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. From what is now Potosi, Bolivia, the richest silver mine in the history of the world sent every ton of silver to Spain through Lima. Lima was the richest city in the Western Hemisphere before the Pilgrims ever set sail for Massachusetts.

The 18th century and beyond weren’t so generous to Peru, but the legacy of grandiosity remains in the city center. Downtown Lima has, by far, the most impressive sights of any Latin American capital I’ve visited (though I’ve never been to Mexico City).

6. Lima is one of Latin America’s safest cities

Photo Credit: The Economist

Photo credit: The Economist

Peru is one of the safest countries in Latin America. The above graph illustrates murder rates by country.

See the most violent cities in 2013. On that list, 41 of the 50 most dangerous cities are in Latin America (and five in the United States). Of the 41, there are 15 Brazilian cities, nine Mexican cities, and six Colombian cities. Neither Lima nor any other Peruvian city made the list.

7. Peru has the region’s best tourism

Machu Picchu Lima Travel Guide

On an extended stay in a foreign city, you will surely see other parts of the country for short, in-country trips. Peru offers the most interesting and varied tourism outside Lima.

Machu Picchu is the most amazing tourist site I’ve visited anywhere, beating out Christ the Redeemer in Rio and Summer Palace in Beijing. Arequipa, where I was married, has the natural beauty of Colca Canyon. But even better is the city’s own local gastronomy, which can singlehandedly beat most of South America’s national cuisines. Trujillo and the northern beaches offer more surfing and all the bells and whistles you’d want from beach towns.

Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca mountain range draw the most competitive mountain climbers in the world. There are easier climbs and simpler hikes with magnificent views, and even skiing. Puno and Lake Titicaca give the most accurate look at the lives of indigenous Americans before the Europeans arrived. Iquitos is arguably the ecotourism capital of the Amazon rainforest, rivaling if not beating any Ecuadoran, Colombian, or Brazilian city. They weren’t drawn by aliens, but the Nazca lines in Ica are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that receive viewing tours by air every day. Sandboarding is also popular in the area.

While you can find great beaches and ecotourism in Colombia or Brazil, skiing and security in Chile, or great food, historic grandiosity, and Indian ruins in Mexico, only Peru offers all of the above.

8. Low cost of living

Your dollars or euros will go far for rent, meals, partying, and tourism in Lima than any other Latin American capital or business hub. Your money will go farther in greater Peru than in the smaller cities of most other South American countries (except maybe Bolivia or Paraguay).

9. Peru is not saturated with gringos

Gringo: any man from the United States, Canada, Europe (minus Spain, Portugal, and Italy), Australia, or New Zealand (gringa = woman from those countries).

The Amerindian stereotype of Peruvian women is why Peru is largely passed over by love tourists and sex tourists who choose their destination countries based on the more conformist beauty standard. If you want European-looking women, keep in mind how late you are to the party in Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. Every city has been thoroughly conquered. The gringo seed is familiar. Ten years ago was a different story (I hear), but in 2014 you are too late.

Those markets are not as friendly. There are many competitors (other gringos) and the customer base is skeptical, no longer impressed by your accent. In Peru, on the other hand, a gringo is still a novelty.

10. Gringos in Colombia and Brazil have reputations

Colombia and Brazil are saturated with gringos looking to learn Spanish/Portuguese, drink beer, and meet girls. Before you get off the plane, you already have that reputation. In Medellin and Cartagena, the taxi drivers will ask if you want a girl. Everybody has the same assumption about why you’re there, including the women. It doesn’t matter if that’s not why you’re there. It’s assumed.

A gringo in Peru, on the other hand, is presumed to be one of two things: (1) a tourist doing the Peruvian circuit outlined above, or (2) a volunteer. They will not presume you to be a sex tourist, a love tourist, or a drug tourist because those gringos don’t go to Peru. Backpackers and do-gooders who want to save the world go to Peru. The competitive environment of Lima is friendlier.

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102 thoughts on “10 Things You Should Know About Lima, Peru”

  1. 9. Peru is not saturated with gringos

    Not unless the Manosphere has anything to say about it. Anglo-Saxons ruin pretty much everything.

    1. Yeah, we really fudge things up. Stupid high technology, conceptual rule of law that freed men from tyrants, notions of individualism and liberty, actively abolishing slavery and of course, lifesaving medicine! Geesh.
      Shove your anti-white racism up your hairy fetid arse, you fairy.

      1. You forgot taking credit for other people’s work. The Greeks and Romans weren’t Anglo-Saxon genius. Colonialism, Imperialism and Perpetual War turned out pretty well though.

        1. No kidding, and neither are Nigerians Anglo-Saxon. Total non-sequitur.
          The English institutionalized a lot of what we see as being connected to the notions of liberty. Yes other cultures had input, but the English had the wherewithal to make it a worldwide concept, however imperfectly practiced.
          The Greeks and Romans might have had some inkling of an idea about some of these things, but they never really pursued them with any gumption as cultures per se. The Roman republic was dead after ~200 years (to be replaced by a dictatorship of Czars) and itself was not really anything but a faint glimmer of what was possible.
          The Greek, well, just belong to the right city-state and even then don’t say the wrong thing, or you’re quaffing poison. They too had the seed, but they did not have the strength to spread it far and wide as the English eventually did.
          All that being said, credit due for what they started, and I can find nowhere where the English did not cite the Greeks and Romans as their source of inspiration. So much for “claiming credit for”.
          We all stand on the shoulders of giants, of course. The English however, especially through the Magna Carta as well as the offshoot Englightenment era documents such as the U.S. Constitution/BOR (created by British citizens prior to the Revolutionary war, and former British citizens after said war), were genius strokes in a historical context which set the world on fire (in a good way).
          And yes, in fact, colonialism and imperialism did turn out good for the rest of the world. Without that colonialism/imperialism many nations in the world would still be praying to the sun god to let their kid not die of typhoid as they groveled in their grass huts. There is no shame in what the English did to bring a better life to the rest of the world, you’re just judging it by the modern armchair warrior standard of the soft, craven leftist modernist. You lack historical context and the big picture, which naturally of course was omitted from your leftist education by intent. You mourn for the poor savages and wish him a life where he could have continued to die at the age of 21, in the name of compassion.
          Perpetual war? Perhaps from these united States which in fact have nearly abandoned it’s reasoned English heritage in favor of worshiping celebrity and barbarian culture, but else-wise, not so much. The Brits warred a lot yes, usually always against savages, and when the fighting died down the savages got a brand spanking new sparkly civilization that they couldn’t ever have managed to create by their own efforts. Ever see Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” where the “Front” is screaming “What have the Romans ever done for us!?” and then wise cracking audience types start listing the achievements? Yeah.
          By the way, the socialism and collectivism we see around us was introduced by continental Germans proper, and spread with vigor by the Slavs, not the English. Collectivism was long considered a “German disease” back in the 1800’s. And of course, Karl Marx was German, who directly influenced Lenin (he was, you know, a Russian). In case you weren’t aware.
          Like I said, I have no time for your sneering leftist racism. Take it back to your dorm room, rookie.
          Our conversation is finished. You are dismissed.

        2. Karl Marx was German? Hehe, keep on the comedy!
          Oh, wait, it gets better – Lenin was Russian? LOL

        3. You’re not gaining any credibility with such posts. As the saying goes, you can keep silent and let others guess at your ignorance or you can speak and demonstrate it. Something tells me the former may suit you best. Stay in the UK my delusional Anglo friend.

        4. LOL. Exactly!
          Here’s a recap for anyone just tuning in…
          Protagonist points out how misery follows the Anglo male wherever he goes.Anglo grows belligerent and predictably takes credit for every innovation made since the advent of civilization.Protagonist points out how Anglo had referenced non-Anglo innovations.Derailed, Anglo writes dissertation with wholesale changes made to history favoring his (Anglocentric) narrative.Protagonist’s time is important so he scans Anglo’s essay then quickly dismisses him.Anglo tries to bait Protagonist into argument he’s already won.Protagonist deflects Anglo faster than a Spanish goalkeeper.Anglo’s hamster wheel jams and ejects his hamster from the wheel.R.I.P Rationalization Hamster« The End »

        5. You’re kind of sad dude, I never mentioned Socrates (d’oh!). Later. Last post from me, I know you need to respond, so go ahead I won’t read it.

        6. “The Greek, well, just belong to the right city-state and even then don’t say the wrong thing, or you’re quaffing poison.” I’m sorry, I didn’t know you were referring to Mr. Bojangles. My bad 😉

        7. Well said. As for perpetual war I would say that is a human thing rather than an “anglo-saxon” thing. And as for barbarity, the Romans were absolutely horrific. Often times we remember the good things about the Roman “civilisation” such as straight roads and amazing buildings but we rarely consider their crimes (such as slavery or slaughtering people, some of which later became “anglo-saxons”).

        8. GOJ is 10x the man you’ll ever be, if you’ve rad much of his other stuff on this site. Take a hike, oxygen thief. You bore me.

      2. GOJ… this “Huh?” guy is either a self-hating white or a minority troll.
        Know what he would be called if he was up in a tree with a bunch of monkeys??
        Branch manager.

    2. QUOTE:”Not unless the Manosphere has anything to say about it. Anglo-Saxons ruin pretty much everything”
      I agree. Now that this article is out watch a bunch of beer gutted gringos flood the country and the attitudes of the native women to turn cuntish. Just like Brazil. And when smartphones become mainstream there then that will officially be endgame.

      1. Now that this article is out watch a bunch of beer gutted gringos flood the country and the attitudes of the native women to turn cuntish.
        Couldn’t have said it better myself. Get it while the gettin’s boys. Before god’s gift to men treat the locals like they’re god’s gift to women and turn them into cunts.

        1. Schopenhauer and Nietzsche both called out European men for the pedestalizing they were doing, during that period in history. Ironically, the same pedestalization that has what led us to where we are today: Having to fly 10+ hours to find a decent lay.

    3. Gringos let their homes to become bastions of feminism, misandry and Beta pussy worship because they didn’t have the spine to stand up for themselves and NOW they want to travel abroad and poison everyone else’s well? Nahhh, no thanks.
      I’ve seen what happens to popular English tourist destinations and I respectfully decline. Sort your shit out first. Then visit 🙂

    4. Please define ruin. Sure–we do some stupid stuff (see most of our women for example) but a lot of good as well. There is a reason we’re the most prosperous society that has ever lived by an enormous magnitude. And of course they built off the Greeks and Romans–that’s what any smart person / society does is take the good of things already created and expand / improve. Average people stagnate. Dumb people regress. Such is life.

      1. Ok.
        Ruin — Having your continent ruined by two world wars separated by a scant 20 years.
        Prosperity — have the fortune, or dumb luck, of not having as much as a skirmish on your country’s soil leaving all your population intact, your resources intact, and your means of production of all goods and services amped up like a bodybuilder on roids, which allows you to be the Walmart of goods to the bombed-out, burned up world. Then, taking advantage of your Herculean financial, social, political and military strength you force the rest of the war-weary world to use your currency for trade thereby ensuring a nice profit for doing nothing more than “printing” money out of thin air. It’s a fabulous prosperity that has run out of steam and is falling apart all around us. It’s unsustainable and will end up no the other end of the war equation one day.

        1. 1) Anglo-Saxons didn’t start WW1 or WW2. Most Germanic and Slavic groups.
          2) The US, which again didn’t cause WW1 or 2 (in fact we mostly avoided it at the start due to the Monroe Doctrine), was indeed fortunate in the 1950s and 60s. However, we were already the #1 economy going into WW2 and nearly certain would have been #1 even if WW2 was shorter and less demolishing of the rest of Europe and parts of Asia.
          (PS the US actually didn’t even sign the Treaty of Versailles after WW1 b/c we thought it was too punishing on the German Economy [specifically with reparations for the war]—which ended up being one of the most major causes of their depression and Hitler’s rise)
          3) The world has been at war pretty much since the start of civilization.
          Nothing you said is hardly ruining the world RE: Anglo Saxons.

  2. Interesting article. Been to locations in central and south America, but never Peru. Sounds like I’m missing out a bit, might have to give it a go. Nice article, well done.

    1. That has got to be one of the most epic music videos ever produced by the mind of man!!! Excellent. Truly excellent. This is what the Lumiere brothers had in mind when they invented the motion picture camera.

    2. Jeje.
      I believe that video uses the instrumental from Wendy Sulca, who btw was contracted to play Colombia’s bicentennial in Plaza Bolivar. This is her before going overboard on the blanqueadora cream and Miley Cyrus covers. Lovely stuff if you ask me, def beats that vallenato shit! :

      1. Have you read Wendy’s new autobiography? “Mas alla de la tetica”!! Wendy is a definite 6.8 and I’d hit it!
        We’re working on the food thing here in Bogota. I have a team of crack chefs working around the clock to civilize people, and we’re about to launch our national PLATANOS DONT BELONG IN SOUP campaign, which will get mixed results at best I’m sure! hahahahahaah
        I still think for living, Bogota beats Lima hands down. If you’re smart and ruthless and know what you’re doing you can pull good coin here; Lima is cheap for a reason. And the fact that you never need an umbrella is directly related to the fact that what comes out of the tap is not potable. If it were for a short trip, I’d say it’d be a toss-up.

        1. I did just hear about that book, but I don’t think it’s on my reading list. If you think she’s hot by the way, that’s the archetype of the Amerindian look. They use beauty products to lighten their skin, but the features and everything. Pure Amerindian.
          The soup campaign is the funniest thing I’ve heard today. My wife will definitely support that, although I didn’t mind platano in the sancocho.
          Bogota vs Lima, plenty of pros and cons to each. It all depends on priorities.

        2. Also, Peru is too tame and conservative for me. Colombia is Sodom and Gomorrah, just the way I like it. 😉
          BTW Canela says hey!
          And I gave her a 6.8 … I don’t think she’s hot but I’d fuck her just for the exotic factor 😉

      2. It get to hear this at every family gathering. Love my in-laws but that fucking “Cheap Asian diner” sound of Amerindian Peruvian music is annoying as fuck. It sounds just like cheap Chinese music and it invades the brain. They LOVE IT and drink like FISH and dance all night.

        1. That really depends on the family actually. Nowhere is this music more hated than inside Peru itself. The more urban, more coastal Peruvians despise everything Indian, especially the music. If I want to listen to this at my in-laws’, for example, I would put headphones on.
          I agree it’s not for everybody, but I think it’s lovely.
          Don’t know how long you’ve been married into Peru, but here are some great reads to better understand who’s who: (1) The Conquest of the Incas, (2) The Peru Reader.

  3. I see your point about the positives. But one major negative is that it is a major diarhea hub. Roosh was there and I don’t envy his episodes of when his ass was exploding.
    The women are nothing to write about neither.

    1. I have had diarrhea in Peru, I don’t know how many times. And it will have you bedridden. I can’t deny that. But then I found about Bactrin Forte, which every pharmacy sells over the counter. It will stop you all up, nothing will exit. Once I found that, I never feared ceviche or rocoto relleno again.

      1. Remember to take a solid probiotic while taking an antibiotic; Preferably Saccharomyces Boulardii. The antibiotic will have no affect on S. Boulardii [it’s a yeast] so the probiotic is safe to do it’s job.

      2. forgot to mention that in my 10-point treatise. I got sicker than hell for 24 hours, vomit and diarrhea. Other than that, my 10 points remain.

  4. I’ve been to Lima-walked 7 miles from Miraflores towards and through Colonial Lima. It was an experience to do that in the middle of the week and every Peruvian looking at me wondering what I was about. Three or four men approached me to ask me where I was from. I was a unicorn at an AWALT party and people were curious.
    I rented a tux and went to the municipal stadium to hear one of the three tenors sing. I
    had great, not good-GREAT, chinese american food by the downtown waterfront. I played no-limit hold-em in the casino, taking awhile to take into account the foreign exchange rate when plotting my betting strategies. I took 5 days to trek to Macchu Picchu………
    Tired of I, I, I, I?
    Then go to Peru and have the time of your own damned life

    1. Miraflores to the center, that’s quite a hike. A bicycle would save a little soreness, but you took in a lot more. You’ve piqued my interest on the tenors at the stadium. I’ve never heard the River Rimac called a “waterfront,” but that Alameda Chabuca Granda with all the street entertainment and people-watching is a must-see. It’s named for one of the Spanish languages more famous singers, a Peruvian, Chabuca Granda. Check out her signature song, La Flor de la Canela. The Chinese-Peruvian fusion cuisine is called Chifa, and the old Chinatown is just east of the historic city center.
      Drop me a line if you visit the City of Kings again.

      1. Thanks for the response. I ate at Mangos w/the outdoor bar and then another night, took 2 British women to a Chinese-American restaurant in the same huge complex/mall by the water. The food was incredible

  5. Good article. I spent about 4 weeks in Peru a few years ago. Amazing place. The weather in Lima indeed was pretty dreary, and much of the city itself didn’t look that interesting. However, the food is excellent. Funnily enough, an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s old show inspired me to go there. I also hiked the Inca Trail and spent a few days in the Amazon. The Andes are beautiful. Would definitely go back.

    1. I forgot to add, I stayed mainly in Cusco. It’s high up the Andes. I got altitude sickness for a day or two and was pretty much in bed the whole time, I couldn’t even walk. But once you get acclimated, it’s a great place to use as your base.

  6. I’ve been to Peru and I can verify that the women there are very much into white men. Young Peruvian women have their own look. Some look a little more Asian than others. Some are attractive. All are spinners.

  7. I have been in Lima and is the worst place I have been. Ugly city, ugly women with ugly faces and ugly bodies, ugly buildings, ugly people everywhere, poverty, kids in the streets. Is a shithole. Unless you are really into food there is no point in going there. Instead go to Cusco, Perú, beautifu place, nice architecture, beautiful mountains, beautiful girls from other Latin American countries like Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil who also happen to be very approachable. Just skip Lima and go to Cusco.

    1. Exacty. Lima sucked ass when I was there. Cloudy all the time(like the article mentioned). When I landed in Cusco the difference was unreal. Sunny, friendly people, Machu Pichu not far(reason to visit Peru), and the festivals were also great. Puno also sucked but Uros floating islands made it that much better. And I’ve seen Bolivia on the other side which was also cool. Final note- land in Lima-have a taxi drive you to the beach, surf a little- head to Miraflores and Barranco-head back to the airport and fly right out to Cusco. Enjoy.

    1. It can get even more unappetizing if you dig further into the peasant music of Peru. The Creoles who live closer to the coast, headquartered in Lima, are a different story. My wife:

      1. To each their own. I am just not attracted to this type of women. It would be easier for me if I were but they are too stocky for my taste. I prefer this gracile type of girls which are very easy to come by in countries like Russia:

  8. Here’s my take: I’m married to a woman from Lima, Peru (10 years, three kids), and I traveled there a few years ago (with her family for a wedding, she stayed back because she was preg). I’ve traveled to Panama and the Middle East prior. I speak Spanish semi-fluent, have a shaved head, beard (often), green eyes, and I’m a powerlifter. Here ya go:
    1. Understand Lima is NOT TROPICAL. It is not like Miami, more like Albuquerque, but worse. Nothing, otherwise “exotic” about it, other than the people. The seasons are reversed of course, and Lima and the surrounding areas can be quite cold. If you go in June-Sept.
    2. As stated in the article: The entire country, like my wife, are NOT HISPANIC. They are Amerindian (like Bolivia), meaning (to my fellow stupid Americans who seem not to be able to grasp this) they are JUST AS NATIVE AMERICAN as a tribe of Hopi Indians, or Apaches, etc. I like that look, many white men don’t. Understand they are an Indian (Quecha/Incan) culture for the most part, as well. Especially in gender roles. Men do war, and dangerous manual labor, women do EVERYTHING ELSE, as is often the case in Indian cultures. Men do not touch diapers or wash a dish. NEVER. EVER. And if you visit, do not assume any Beta-male habits in front of anyone–you’ll ruin it for the rest of us. 🙂
    3. Peruvian chicks are dazzled by white men, particularly if you have blue or green eyes and blond hair. It’s literally like being in Japan–that homogenous. 95 percent of the country is Indian (Native) with brown or black hair and brown eyes. You will absolutely stick out in that culture. The only other whites I saw there were tall Dutch visitors, obvious by their wrapped sweaters and the women that looked like Roxette with that ugly Dyke haircuts. From Lima to Mira Flores, I saw a total of 6 white people I believe. Over a week.
    3. Gringos are loved in Peru. White men are treated with respect and curiosity. White women are considered whores. Black people are despised. Asians are the Jews of Peru (Japs and Chinks run a LOT of the metals and gems industry, as well as the Govt). Peruvians love to hear Americans speak English and when you go to a store, you might be asked to speak some in front of them. You are literally exotic to them. I had a family get their kids to “meet an actual American” and “hear him speak the Englich”
    4. Lima is SAFE. I never once felt in danger, and while knives certainly could kill me, or surprise mob attack, most Peruvian men are at most 5’6, and typically are very humble and decent. I walked about in all sorts of areas, with family and with a younger in-law and never once did I feel concerned. Clearly, don’t wear bulky rings or have a wallet hanging out.
    5. Peruvians have ZERO Pride, and will tell you that, other than Ceviche or “Chella’s” (beer)…they suck at soccer and are very self-conscious about not being Spanish/White/Brown mestizos in any form. Peruvians will even kid about how they have no pride and how Peruvians suck at everything (which isn’t true).
    6. Take Taxi Cholos everywhere, they are basically motorized rickshaws and they are cheap. Everything in Lima has a price, including taking a piss, so don’t assume anything (even grabbing an extra napkin at the bar counter, etc).
    7. 90 percent of the traffic cops are females. I was curious and asked a family member who explained they found that women cops were less likely to take / demand bribes. If you are ok with the Indian look, you will see very attractive Pocohantas types, wearing tight “CHIPS” pants, with tall boots, standing on every street. Pony tails and all. I’m faithful to my old lady, but I swear, if I had gone there years before, I’d had torn the place up.
    8. The few “White” Peruvians (who usually are Mestizo), are filthy rich, upper class, and would not be impressed by you, any more than rich American Jews…however, they are rare, and you are unlikely to be anywhere they are, except for maybe Mira Flores (most of them have traveled to White countries before, so you aren’t that big of a deal).
    9. Everything is cheap, basically and the food is excellent. Service was surprisingly good too. No one speaks English that I recall.
    10. The people are friendly (although a bit guarded), and very much like Americans.

    1. Great comment. I’m also a shaved-head powerlifter. Drop me a line next time in Lima.
      I agree with almost everything you’ve said to a T. The Asian immigration, the anti-black sentiment is bizarre (which does NOT apply to all Peruvian women by the way, which I witnessed from my time with a black American roommate), all true.
      But I married into a different kind of family, very Hispanic. Not the spoiled pitucos you mention, but not as pure Spanish as they’d like to believe. You could write a book on the racial issues of the white Creoles & urban mestizos vs. the Indians in Peru. But I would say Peruvians are very proud, on my side of the cultural divide anyway. Start talking to one about Chile and you’ll see the pride. Here’s a video that went viral in Peru: http://youtu.be/SVfYQZ-CCLw

      1. Three good things about Peru..
        1. The naturaleza. (nature)
        2. The food.
        3. The ancient ruins.
        Everything else is shit!

      1. Like a lot of places in the world. It’s even worse if they’re Americans. As you would say a double whammy.

    2. LOL Scotty, #7, oh yeah, the female traffic cops and those uniforms do it! The tight pants, boots, jackets and hemets make them look like out a euro movie. Also what you said about caucasions is so true. We stand out and definitely get preferred looks and treatment. Any white guy with 1/4 game would do fantastic there.

    3. I´m from Texas and have been living in Peru for 5 years now doing export business. I´ll just tell you like I tell my friends back home, Peru isn´t the place to come too if you´re looking for hot chicks period. Most of the guys on this thread only have experience in Lima and for a short time. I however have lived in the jungle, sierra and Lima and have been pretty much everywhere in Peru with the exception of the upper northwest side like Piura and Tumbes. Sure you can find a few nice girls even in the worst hellholes on Earth but what most of you guys want is the straight up truth not PC softy stuff. The fact of the matter is most Peruvian women are just too indigenous looking, so if you like girls that look like Pocahontas (and not the cartoon ¨cute¨ version either) than you will like Peru. But it´s not just that they are physically unattractive they are also like lifeless Zombies. These girls can´t fuck either, it´s like fucking a dead corpse with these Peruvian girls and I´ve been with girls from the jungle also where they are supposed to be more ¨caliente¨ but that my friends is all BS. The women here are also lazy and don´t take care of their bodies. Some of the chicks you see have the meat in the right places but they don´t do any exercise to tone that shit up. Sure they´re easy to get but shit the only ones that have some talent in bed are the ones that have been with gringos before. If you do find a cute one, not only is she going to know she´s hot but millions of other guys are already trying to get her also. Another thing about Peruvian women is they don´t seem to have any real preferences in men, it´s all about resources that they need at the moment. It could be money, food, clothes or whatever but they will go with the man that has which ever resources they need at the time to give. It doesn´t matter if you are a young goodlooking guy or an old man in a wheelchair they will go for the resources and not physical attraction or anything natural like that. Me, I don´t even waste my time with Peruvian chicks anymore I always go over to Colombia or Brazil for women, it´s WAY better.

    1. Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador have the ugliest women in South America. If you want to see real feminine girls, with beautiful long hair and nice tight bodies definetly go to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I could not belive how many cuties you could see in just a 5 minute walk. The cutest girls are in Palermo, Recoleta and Retiro. I promise, you will not be dissapointed.

      1. I couldn’t disagree more. White Argentinas (and I say White cause who ever looks beyond Buenos Aires anyway?) look manly. A lot of them have big noses, long faces and manjaws. I think it’s because of too much Italian (I absolutely love Italian girls but I reckon they often have strong features and big noses) and Basque (Basque women are the world’s most manly-looking) blood in the mix. Besides, the girls have attitude and this is something every Argentinian guy I know confirms (they keep saying Argentinas are “hysterical”).
        But at least Argentinas are way better than Chilenas (and there’s more Basque blood in Chile, mind you).
        The prettiest and most feminine girls in South America are in Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia.

  9. Some people on here are saying that Peruvian women are ugly. I’ve been there and some are ugly, but others passed the boner test. They are very purely ethnic there, unlike other places in S.A., so don’t expect them to look white. Below is a picture that I think does a good job demonstrating what an attractive Peruvian woman’s features would look like. Certainly no comparison to EE, but you’re probably there for the tourism anyway. Just watch out for bricheras. These girls will tell you she’s pregnant after you get home and try to extort money from you. Best to not give her any real contact info.

  10. Peruvian women are not even close to being the ugliest in South America.
    If you are saying that, then you have not been to La Paz, Bolivia. That place has cows that win fucking beauty contests.
    Lima is not the best. But it is far from the worst.

  11. People go to Colombia and Brazil, countries with majority non-white populations, looking for European or White people? Curious. Surely it would make more sense to go to Europe…

  12. Traveled to Peru 6 years ago, Lima, Cusco, Machu Pichu, and other small towns on a guided tour…..absolutely awesome experience, best travel money I ever spent. The tour company was called Condor…..probably the biggest one in Peru and they were outstanding. The cuisine in Lima is amazing….recommend Astrid y Gaston, Rosa Nautica and Brujas de Cachiche all insanely amazing. Some restaurants at Larcomar are also great as well. Cusine in Cusco is OK……my wife and I had altitude sickness there, so eating was difficult and sense of taste was off, but Cusco is an amazing city.
    Machu Pichu is mind blowing. Period. End of Story.
    Don’t know about nightlife and pick up scene with Peruvian women, but I noticed a lot of pretty women in Lima. As a White man, I felt a little leery when my wife and I took a walk on our own around Lima, but my wife speaks Spanish, so I felt better. I wouldn’t walk around too much in Lima without a tour group, and I definitely wouldn’t walk around Lima at night, but otherwise you should have no problems. Peruvian people are very nice, very polite, I would go back to Peru if there weren’t so many other places in this world that I want to visit.

  13. Been there a week. Lima, cusco, lake tikitaka. Miraflores(district) is expensive as fuck compared to other cities. The city is filthiest of all cities in Peru. Don’t book anything through “alpamama” travel agency. Have fun.
    Ohh driving is a mess. Have fun.

  14. This article is accurate on all the points made. Just got back from my 3rd trip to Lima. Everyone should check it out. San Isidro, Miraflores, Baranco. Photo #4 was taken at the Larcomar shopping center and has one the greatest views ever. One thing about the women. In public on the street on the mall they wont even make eye contact. But in clubs and personal situations where you talk to them they for the most part are friendly and feminine.

  15. 11. The chicks are knobby busted ass bitches where the few hot ones think they are princesses. Don’t go there for the women.

  16. This article sure brought back some great memories. I went to Peru as a 19 year old Aussie way back in 2000. This was not long after Shining Path were active, so there weren’t many gringos around – I’m sure things have changed. I have done a lot of travelling and Peru still ranks as my favourite trip ever. Machu Picchu is the greatest place I have ever been to. Just make sure you do a proper three or four day hike and go in at sunrise to watch the sun come over the ancient site, it is something you will never forget. And definitely climb Huayna Picchu, which overlooks it – the views are stunning. Cuzco is a very interesting place as well, definitely worth a look. I did mountain biking and whitewater rafting trips not far from the area for a few days each, which was awesome. Huascaran National Park (further north) is unbelievable for trekking, just beautiful. I was only in Lima really for one night at the end, and yes I did meet a Peruvian chica. No sex though, she was very traditional and emailed me for years afterwards, pretty much wanting to be my wife. If she was a babe, I would have probably jumped at the opportunity to be honest haha. But as noted, Peruvian chicks are nothing special looks-wise. I was very naive at that young age, and passed up on many opportunities at the nightclub as I was already with a girl, who I didn’t want to ditch. I have no doubt I could have gotten my flag if I knew then what I know now! Peruvian people in general are very nice, humble and kind though. Call me soft but it just didn’t feel right to ditch a girl who was treating me so well. I wouldn’t go to Peru solely for the women, but it is a fascinating country, and therefore any play with the ladies you get is just a bonus.

  17. I’ve just read all the comments + the article and had a loft of fun… good to know what foreigners think about Lima… I’m Peruvian and most of what’s been said here is true… Cheers!

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