Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
95Trip End Dec 22, 2010
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I found Peruvians to be friendlier to foreigners than Bolivians. I'm ecstatic to know that I can return to this wonderful country one day into welcoming arms. Maybe because the people in Bolivia have less wealth and see us as dollar signs, not personalities?
Just like in Bolivia; in Peru, the types of people you encounter are determined by the environment in which they are preside in. The only exception is; Peru has the coast line neighbored by a longitudinal desert, all overlooked by grand sand dunes. Amongst this desert are small oasis were towns have been built or Metropolises like Lima.
The people presiding along this coastal regions are completely different to the Quechuan only speaking locals high in the Andes or the hands on practical people of the Amazon. They have trendy night clubs with a range of different music and dances, swanky cafes and delicious Cuisine. They people are more "fashionable", educated, wealthy and open minded. However like in every area of the world; the nicer items you have, the more materialistic you become. Apart from the close friends I made, generally this seems to be the case on the coast of Peru.
The main problem slowing down the growth of Peru, is the problem it has with industrial sprawl. Peru's populations is fleeing from small villages in the mountains and the amazon to cities like Lima. These families are looking for a better life, the problem is; Peru's employment sector cannot sustain the over supply in workers. The population growing ever so rapidly, it only continues to worsen this ratio. These families have no hope in finding work and end up living in the slums on the outskirts of said cities.
A lack of jobs causes a lack of money, causing a lack of food on the table to feed the kids. Thus desperation to survive enters the equation, naturally when humans are faced with this situation they have no choice but the turn to other methods to survive. This is the main reason for a high murder and theft rate in Peru.
The situation can only be improved by slowing down the population growth of Peru. However as Peru contains a high percentage of Catholics, this is sadly but a dream. We all know the Popes stone age point of view of the use of condoms. "Don't use them, as you should not be having sex until your married" obviously the detrimental effect of this is, its more difficult to acquire such protection and education of how to practice safe sex isn't ready available. This strategy is obviously not working.
Even though the Catholic powers at be caused this continent immense pain and suffering in the 1500s, it continues to do so 500 years later.
I personally loved Peru, I felt like everything was at my fingertips. Not only the Landscape, but aids in which helped me explore such landscapes. Without the helps of guides and tour groups I could achieve everything that I wanted to achieve. To have the opportunity to buy a map and with preparation, walk between mountain peaks to majestic "lost cities" alone, at the route of my choosing is price less. Joy from such experiences cannot be replaces by any item existing on this earth.