Saturday, September 14, 2013

Reader Request: I'm Going to Live in Peru Forever!

Updated 20 October 2017

It's not uncommon for me to get emails from people who say that they want to live in Peru forever, but don't know how to do it. It's usually accompanied by statements saying that someone (their husband / wife / partner / boyfriend / girlfriend / fiance / fiancée) is living in Peru / going to move to Peru and they'll get married and live happily ever after. More often than not the person emailing me has never been to Peru or has spent less than two weeks there.

Keep in mind that marriage is no longer forever. Divorce rates are high enough between people from the same culture let alone those from different cultures. The good news is that there are alternatives to residency besides marriage.
Differences in culture can also wreck havoc on cross-cultural partnerships. There's a reason why I wrote think carefully before marrying a Peruvian and that's it's one of the top 5 posts on my blog.

Moving is hard but it can be even harder if you move to a different country, don't speak the language, or if you don't have a job waiting for you. More often that not people end up begrudgingly teaching English. While there are other options than teaching English in Peru, they do take time to set up. If you do decide to to move to Peru, definitely take time and read the advice that other long-term expats have written.

While there are plenty of people that do end up living in Peru forever, just remember to keep your options open. Don't limit yourself to one country. Take things in stride and realise that there are many things beyond your control.



  1. I've spent two periods of time in Peru, the first for two months (when I got married there) and the second for three months. Love my Peruvian wife of 17 years and wouldn't trade her for any other woman. I am looking forward to going back sometime and spending more time there, even before retirement in about 10 years. We have two children (girl 14 yrs old and boy 12 years old), and my wife and children go to Trujillo every Summer for two months. My wife's family is the best - truly great people, compared to my dismal family here in the USA. Peru can be difficult to navigate, but I have been to 22 different countries and it is definitely in the top three I enjoyed the most.


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