"Don't Be Afraid of Peru" Peru by richiecdisc

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While Peru conjures images of lush cloud-enshrouded forest and mystical ancient ruins, it has also garnered its fair share of bad press regarding general safety with special emphasis on mass transit and petty theft. There are incidents of the latter and bus journeys are somewhat adventurous affairs due to the aggressive style of driving in South American countries. But it can be stated quite emphatically that with a reasonable degree of precaution, neither should be a problem and certainly not a deterrent to one’s choice of potential travel destinations. Peru offers a variety of terrains, fantastic colonial cities, remnants of its Indian past in ruins and an interesting thriving indigenous population all at a fraction of the cost of North American or European destinations. While there may be a few overly aggressive individuals after your tourist dollars, the population in general is refreshingly friendly and cannot seem to do enough to help you if you make even a minimal effort to speak Spanish. So, by all means, do not be afraid of Peru and all that it has to offer just because of exaggerated or outdated fears. Peru has changed with the times and is ready for your exploration now.

  • Last visit to Peru: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated Nov 26, 2002
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  • Sep 14, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Shoe shine boys, restaurant touts, post card sellers, etc., can be a nuissance. But I disagree with your advice. Cusco center is beautiful and unique, and there;s history in every corner.

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    Apr 27, 2006 at 4:04 PM

    I was trolling your 'oldies' and came across this excellent account of your adventures in Peru! Coincidental that it was Dee's first trip to SA with you! With any luck, in a few weeks the 2 of you will hopefully be climbing the Alps instead of the Andes!!

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    Jul 8, 2005 at 8:25 AM

    Too funny! I assume your 'Incan Princess' has a highly developed olfactory sense as well? It's a curse.....Hasta la cerveza, W

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    Dec 28, 2004 at 1:16 PM

    Hello richie ,thanks for you email ,and great picture from peru.i never been there .but maybe some day. regaards visaline

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    Dec 14, 2004 at 2:27 PM

    Hi, Really great info and pics from Peru. I wish I could go there sometime......... First save some money after my trip to Australia!!! Come back later to read more about it!!! Thanks, greetings Karin!

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    Jun 22, 2004 at 1:32 AM

    Hello Richie, very interesting page. Seeing your picture, I reckon I've found who was the inspiration for the VT generic travellers' portrait!

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    Jan 18, 2004 at 8:29 PM

    Seems like Peru is on in July. We'll have to talk about this! Ciao

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    Dec 30, 2003 at 9:30 AM

    Amazing page!! Your pics are just wonderful!!! I'm really looking forward to visit Southamerica and all those lovely places next March!

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    Apr 3, 2003 at 12:55 PM

    Excellent page, Richie! Great info and gorgeous pics. I have been reading up on Peru and I am seriously considering visiting there. This page is very helpful and gave me some ideas I had not thought of before! Thanks :-)

  • Mar 25, 2003 at 11:10 PM

    I read this....


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