As one of the top tourist destinations in the world…everybody has heard of Peru. You’ll have seen the spectacular photos of Machu Pichu…the Nazca Lines…and have read about the fascinating Inca and pre-Inca cultures that existed before the Spanish conquest.
Most mornings, I stroll over to a nearby bakery to buy half a dozen traditional panes de ripacha. These small triangular shaped breads have been made using the same recipes and stone ovens in Arequipa for over 150 years. They are only one of many traditions that have been kept alive in this bustling southern Peru city for the last few centuries.
It is surprising that Arequipa is still such a well-kept secret as a place to spend your retirement years. After all, there are over 300 days of sunshine per year, the Pacific coast is only a couple of hours away by bus, and the spectacular hiking trails of the Colca Canyon are only three hours away in the other direction.
If you are a dedicated foodie, an archaeological buff, or enjoy year-round sunshine, Peru may be the country for you. Long overlooked as a retirement destination, it has much to offer. You have a choice of sun-baked coastal cities, the spectacular Andean highlands, or even the Amazon jungle.
Standing in the middle of Arequipa's central Plaza de Armas, it's hard not to be impressed. The magnificent, centuries-old Basilica Cathedral stretches the entire length of one side of the plaza. Behind it in the distance rise the snow-covered volcanic cones of Misti, Pichu Pichu, and Chachani.
From Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in the mountainous north, to the white-sand beaches of the tourist hot spots in the south, Thailand has much to offer. After an initial visit, many travelers return for long-term stays, and some never leave.
You won’t find a lot of expats along the northern coast of Peru, but it’s probably only a matter of time before more people begin to discover the great weather, incredible cuisine, and low cost of living.
Beautiful Arequipa… This 500-year-old city is steeped in magnificent colonial architecture, built from glistening white volcanic rock and bathed in sunshine for more than 300 days every year.
Changing countries always involves a series of new adventures and every new location has its own quirks…Peru is no different. Whether you are moving for several months, or a lifetime, the following tips should help you avoid any problems in your first few weeks in this fascinating country.
Many may be surprised to hear that Peru has been voted the World’s Best Culinary Destination for the past four years in a row. The World Travel Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in the tourism and travel industry worldwide.