10 Good Reasons To Live In Lima, Peru

What’s up, guys.

Once again, I’ve got Peru on my mind.

And, seeing as how it’s been 10 months since I left, I figured I’d honor it with a post about 10 good reasons to live in Lima…

How Dangerous Is Lima, Peru?

Hey friends.

If you’ve somehow landed on this article, I assume you’re wondering: is Lima, Peru dangerous?

And I’m going to get into all that.

But first…

The 7 Most Interesting Markets In Lima, Peru

And now for something slightly different. 

I don't usually write about things that are easy to find on TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet.

One, because I'll never beat them in Google, and two, because the kind of information asked on those sites is generally easy to find in 100s of other places on the Internet.

But when I Googled "best/interesting markets in Lima" today, what popped up was, frankly, wrong...

Living In Lima, Peru

Ever wondered what living in Lima, Peru would be like?

While I've done it, and I'm here to tell you about it!

I'll discuss quality of life, women, cost of living, safety, weather, food, infrastructure etc. All the stuff you might want to know about Peru's capital city.

The Best Cities To Travel To In Latin America - 2018 Edition

Times have changed. Latin America has changed. I've changed.

Cities in Central and South America have a tendency to go through ebbs and flows. A great city to live in today might not be a great one tomorrow.

Take Medellin for instance. In the early 2000s, this was the place to live in Latin America. If you were brave enough to venture down to recently drug-war torn Colombia, as one of the few foreigners, beautiful women would be throwing themselves at you as you enjoyed an incredibly low cost of living and year-round spring temperatures.

And then word got out.

Let's Talk About Expats In Latin America

Mexico City, 2016

I was finishing a lunch at KURA, a fancy Japanese spot in Colonia Roma Norte.

We were an eclectic group of patrons: an Egyptian girl, who originally moved to Mexico for her boyfriend and decided to stick around after they split, a Mexican woman with her own small advertising agency, my Japanese roommate, who worked at a bank, an American friend who sold security systems throughout Latin America and was based in Mexico City, and myself, a Canadian who no one really knew what the fuck was doing exactly...

What Are Bricheras? (And Other Things You Should Know About Dating In Peru)

Hello!

I will likely be heading down to Peru again in February or March.

As some of you may recall, this wasn’t my original plan.

But, alas, things change. Since I'll be back, I wanted to talk a little about Bricheras and dating in Peru.

Are Peruvian Girls Hot? One Of Latin America's Great Debates

I have a fun game for you to try.

Ask any Latin American what they think of Peruvian girls.

"Feas", they'll say.

That means ugly.

Ask fellow foreigners and you'll find the responses polarizing.

Some love them, and some hate them.

So, what's the deal?

My Thoughts On Living In Lima, Peru For 6 Months

Ladies and gentlemen, my time here is drawing to a close.

And I'm here to tell you what I think about living in Lima, Peru.

It's taken me a long time to form a coherent opinion about living in this city - at first, I didn't know what to make of it. And upon arriving I made no secret of the fact that I had my doubts about Lima.

But after nearly 6 months in Peru's capital, I think I've finally figured the place out a bit.

Is Lima, Peru A Good Place To Live?

Hello again!

Let's talk about life in Lima! I'm here to give you an overview of the food, safety, women, nightlife and cost of living in Peru's capital city.

Enjoy and leave your comments.

Lima, Peru: First Impressions, A Few Doubts

As those of you that read my last post will know, I'm now in Lima.

Well, I've been here almost two weeks now and to be honest I'm having a few doubts as to whether or not I made the right choice.

"First Impressions" isn't quite an accurate title - this is actually my third time visiting Lima - but the other two stints I did here were short, and I was mostly focused on eating ceviche, getting smashed on pisco and trying to get pussy (noble pursuits, I know). I stuck exclusively to two neighbourhoods, Barranco and Miraflores, and didn't even really take the time to do currency conversions to determine what anything costs. In short, I really just skimmed the surface.

But now that I've got a bit of a feel for the place, I'm beginning to wonder if I really want to commit to several months here. Perhaps my two previous times here on 'vacation mode' have given me an inflated impression of how good Lima is.

Here's why.

The Past, Present and Future Of My Latin Life

First off, Happy New Year!

With 2017 just kicking off and having just arrived to a new country (scroll to the bottom to find out where), I wanted to take some time to talk about my future plans. I've been doing some soul-searching during these last few months in Canada, and I've come to a few conclusions and made a few decisions. In short, I'm hoping 2017 will be the start of a new trajectory. 

But, we can't know where we're going without thinking about where we've been. And since I don't talk about myself much on this blog, here's some of the things that happened to me in 2016.

How To Rent An Apartment In Lima, Peru

I've often entertained the idea of living in Lima.

The girls are sweet, the food is excellent and it boasts a reasonably low cost of living by Latin American standards.

During my recent trip, I decided to check out the real estate. I wanted to see how much it would cost to rent an apartment in Lima, and how difficult it might be for a foreigner without residency to accomplish such a thing.

Here's what I discovered:

Mexico City vs Lima: Which City Is Better For Expats?

Whenever I'm in a new city in Latin America, there's only one thing on my mind:

Is this somewhere I would like to live?

You see, I have a somewhat odd life plan at the moment. I want to do extended stays (3 months or more) in the region for at least the next few years.

This makes me a bit different than the average backpacker who can gather all the information he needs from Lonely Planet.

I'm forced to dig deeper.

So, without further ado, it's time for another one of my Latin American city showdowns. In this post I will be comparing the "City of Palaces" (Mexico) with the "City of Kings" (Lima) to determine which is the better city for an expat to live in.