Buenos Días! This is how you will be greeted every time you meet someone in Peru; whether for the first time or the 10th. Such is the hospitality of Peruvians. This goes to show how important it is for any traveler to maintain great travel ethics and make sure that the cultural as well as social values of the locals remain intact. Also, following the local nuances can help greatly in mingling up with the natives and be remembered even when you are gone.
During my trip to Peru, I understood a lot of things that would help me to travel like a local, get insights that I wouldn’t have otherwise, and have a trouble free sojourn. Here is a list of some important Dos and Don’ts you can keep in mind to make your trip to Peru a memorable one.
- Though not necessary, knowing a few Spanish words before arriving in Peru can help dearly in bonding with the locals. You can always carry an audio dictionary if that helps you.
- Do carry all your necessary travel documents along, with an extra copy of each of them and keep them safe with you. Very important to have trouble-free trip.
- Do get immunizations for Typhoid, Malaria, and Yellow Fever. Consult your doctor before traveling to Peru.
- Do indulge in volunteer work in Peru. This is one of the best ways to break the ice and interact with the locals, understand the native lifestyle, and an opportunity to live one yourself.
- Do take care of your belongings when traveling from a local transport.
- Do expect to pay slightly higher price than what the locals pay for a particular thing. It will still be way less than what you would have paid back home.
- Do make sure you take a trek to the famous Macchu Picchu.
- Do get a lot of comfortable clothes to wear.
- Do not feel awkward or offended if stared upon by local people. You are an outsider for them, and it’s only obvious to happen.
- Try not to move out late at night.
- Try not to visit a bar or a club without a company.
- Do not use the word “Indio or Indios” to call out for a native. It is seen as a derogatory remark.
- When taking a taxi, only ride in the licensed yellow colored taxis. Do not ride the taxis with a red and white taxi sign in their windscreen. They are unlicensed.
- Do not click anyone’s picture without their permission. You wouldn’t like if someone does that to you either.
- Do not be in a hurry always. Peruvians live a much laid back life and are not that finicky about punctuality.
- Do not use your index finger in motion to ask someone to approach you. It is taken as an offense.
Traveling in Peru is a great experience if done appropriately; just like any other destination. A highly advised way would be to take a volunteer trip, as it lets you enjoy all travel benefits while giving the opportunity to live with the natives; with proper safety guaranteed and guidance from local coordinator.
Just follow these tips when traveling in Peru and make the best of your entire trip. If you need to know more, please drop your queries in the comment box below or email me. Keep Traveling!