Thoughts on Peru
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Ok.. so now that we are in Chile.. I have been reflecting on what I thought of Peru.. There is definetly a difference.. We noticed the difference right at the border.. The Chiliean people were dressed nicely to begin with.. You can tell they have more money for clothing and jewelery etc. So, here we go..
1. Peru.. TAXI´S TAXI TAXI! Everywhere are these little Ford Rabbit looking vehicles they use for taxis. Of course.. Get two passengers and some backpack´s in there and we are bottoming out on every curve!
2. Horns! The horns are NONSTOP in Peru.. The taxi drivers and buses have police sirens too.. They set them off to let you know that they either want you to move.. or they are available to give you a ride.. Ironically.. I never heard a police siren by a police officer.
4. Culture. They have definetly maintained as much of their culture as possible.. Even with the Spanish conquest 500 years ago. It´s really cool to see.. since they have such a colorful culture. There are still 3 official languages for Peru. Spanish, (Keetch-wa), and (Armon-ee) . Well, that is how there are pronounced.. not spelled. The middle is the Incans language and the last is the Pre-Incan tribe that swam out on Lake Titicaca to to avoid being slaughtered when the Incans came.. Then set up living on the on the lake by fashioning the reed islands.
5. Rip Off Artists- well a small minority, but I´m getting bitter! Ok, so the least to trust is the taxi drivers.
6. Machu Picchu is fabulous! They know it so expect to pay full US price when you go to the town at the base Auges Calinetes (hot water- named after the hot springs there)
8. VERRRY little english is known EVEN at the REALLY toursisty towns... Did not expect that.. Thought it would be very common for most to know some english.. Most knew NO english... but fun if you have a little pocket dictionary.
9. KIDS are taught to sell the parents home made product and NOT relent. They basically are taught all the words to beg you to buy their socks they are selling or whatever.
10. Hostelworld.com is great.. We decided not to couchsurf in the underdeveloped countries.. Hostels are cheap here.. some for as little as 12.00 per night... and we don´t know the language.. Thought it would be funner doing the couchsurfing thing if we could communicate.
11. Puno is the music capital of Peru.. Visit Puno the first two weeks of Feb if you can. There is a festival for a virgin which involves a major musical battle-of-the-bands thing that brings in groups from across Peru.. We were there only for the few days prior to the start so just saw the ¨warm up performances¨which were awesome! Old guys dancing their hearts out in the street! Fun!