Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Peruvian girlfriend invited me to visit. Is it worth the travel?

I’m a thirty-five year old who’s been in a few relationships. I’m currently dating a girl from Peru that I met on a Peru Women. We’ve been together for two years now. I’m looking forward to proposing to her soon, she just has no idea. Our relationship is going really well. I couldn’t ask for anyone better.

The first time we talked, I knew there was something special about her. Two months after our initial contact, I asked her to be my girlfriend and she said yes. Her attitude never faltered even after the time that has passed. She's really genuine with her actions and emotions. Honestly, she's the most genuine person I've met.

About a week ago she invited me to visit her in Peru. I told her I'll think about it first. I've never been to the country before, but it seems like a good idea to visit Machu Picchu with her. I just need the opinion of others to make sure this is a good idea. What should I prepare for my visit? Should I just tell her to visit me instead?

She promised to give me a tour in her place. Should I send her money ahead so she can make necessary arrangements or should I wait until she sends me the needed expenses? Also, is proposing on my first visit a good idea too? I really need legit advice.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How can I convince my girlfriend's dad that I genuinely love her? Help!

I met my girlfriend Carolina through A Peru Women online. She’s a Peruvian woman and very close to her parents. Her dad is especially protective and that is understandable. They have met me once. Our relationship is mostly online. I really like her. It’s more right to say that I love her. I’m serious about her.

I don’t want to cause Carolina heartache because of her dad not approving of our relationship. I’ve decided to prove to him that I’m genuinely serious and in love with his precious daughter… but how do I do it?

My friend told me to just propose to her. Despite knowing that we love each other and knowing that I plan to marry her eventually. I just think we are not completely ready for it.

I want to be financially stable first and she has a career she wants to grow in too. I think that just proposing will even make her dad not like me more. Especially when, despite being able to live on my own, I can’t provide for more than myself at the moment. I plan to visit her and her family again and spend Christmas and New Year with them. But I’m running in corner to corner on thinking how I can make her family be at ease about me… or make her dad understand that I won’t do anything to hurt or betray their daughter. What should I do?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

How to interact with Peru women

I’ve decided to book a singles tour package to Peru for Feb. 8, 2018 with A Peru Women but, I have a problem... I’ve never met nor mingled with any Peruvian lady. Now I worry that I’d make a mess during the events. To be honest, this trip is more of an out-of-a-whim decision and I really have no clue about Peru. I just know that the Peruvian women are family-oriented and loyal partners to have.


Would someone who knows more about Peru and its people enlighten me? I’d like to know the things I should and shouldn’t do… I’m sure that there are certain things that may be normal for us Americans but is considered rude elsewhere. I want to make a good impression and hopefully someone to fall in love with me. I’d like to get some suggestions on where to go so I can appreciate the country more. To all the kind people-- thanks in advance!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

People & PERU Culture

Folk Art in PeruPeru boasts one of the largest varieties of arts and crafts on Earth, as can be seen from the growing network of exporters who each year exhibit the skill of Peruvian craftsmen in Europe, Asia and North America. The diversity, color, creativity and multiple functions of Peru's folk art has made it a fundamental activity not just for Peru's cultural identity, but also as a way of life for thousands of families and even entire communities, such as Sarhua and Quinua in Ayacucho.
Works of art, both big and small, spark admiration amongst Peruvians and foreigners alike. They are steeped in centuries of history, imbued with pre-Hispanic shapes and symbols which have merged with others brought over by the Spaniards. Peru has forged a multiple and complex identity which is paradoxically one of the reasons why Peruvian arts and crafts are tending to shift towards naif art, lending their works a touch of innocence.
The excellence of Peruvian artisans can be seen in the harmony of the geometric designs in weavings, the minute portraits of peasant farming life on the carved gourds called mates burilados, the cultural mestizaje or blend in the colorful retablo boxed scenes. There are also the finely carved Huamanga stone sculptures, the complex Baroque nature of the wooden carvings, the beauty of gold and silver relics and the many forms that pottery has shaped the clay into pottery.
These works are just some of the cultural manifestations of a people who communicate mainly through art, using a language whose fundamental aspects are abundance, fertility and confidence in the future.
Traditional Dress in PeruIn Peru's rural areas, the way people dress makes an important distinction, a result of the blend of pre-Hispanic influences with the European clothing that the natives were forced to wear during the colonial era.
The traditional Inca anacu was transformed by the local Peru women into the brightly-colored and multi-layered petticoats known as polleras. Depending on the region, a black skirt is decorated with a belt which can come in a variety of colors and is decorated with flowers in the northern Piura highlands or a brightly-hued woolen lliclla in Chiclayo, further south.
In the highlands above Lima, the skirt is decorated with red and black embroidered edging, while in Junin, as in Cajamarca and Cuzco, women no longer use black skirts. Underneath their skirts, the women use layers of petticoats made from cotton which can be embroidered with gold and silver threads, featuring superbly-crafted drawings along the edge.
The Peruvian poncho dates back to the seventeenth century and apparently is a variation on the unku used by men at the time. The heavy ponchos used in Cajamarca keep out the rain and are as long as those used in Puno, where they are dyed scarlet during festivals. In Cuzco, ponchos are short and feature elaborate geometric figures against a red background.
On the coast, ponchos were used by the plantation workers, and they were spun from cotton or vicuna fiber. In the jungle, both men and women from some tribes wear the cushma, a loose tunic stitched up on both sides and embellished with dyes and geometric figures typical of the region.
Traditional dress tends to be capped off by woolen or straw hats, sometimes in various colors. But in the coldest reaches of the Andes, the highlanders tend to wear the chullo, a woolen cap fitted with earflap decorated with geometric motifs.
Regional dances require different forms of dress, depending on the area. Along the coast, exponents of the marinera dance replace cotton with silk for their embroidered skirts. In the Andes, meanwhile, the danzantes de tijeras or scissors dancers decorate their fine outfits with small mirrors and embroider an image of their guardian deity on their backs.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Peru Holidays and Festivals

Peruvians have a variety of secular holidays. In addition, there are certain religious holidays that are celebrated regularly.
Each community or village has its own festival in recognition of the local patron saint. The communities celebrate their special days annually with fiestas that are often extravagant and costly to stage. The success of these fiestas requires a great deal of volunteer work on the part of community members. Financial support comes from festival sponsors known as ayordomos, who typically will be helped by other family members. Sometimes families even incur great debts to ensure a successful fiesta. These religious holidays are important celebrations of religious devotion, help affirm the community's identity and, on occasion, serve political purposes.
Peru Festivals  Peru Festivals

National holidays include the following:

January 1Año Nuevo
New Year
February 2 Virgen de la CandelariaPuno
February or MarchCarnaval National
March or AprilSemana Santa National, but most famous in Ayacucho
May 1Dia de los trabajadores>
Labor Day
May 2-4 Alarcitas Handicrafts Fair
Dia de Santa Cruz
JuneCorpus Cristi National
June 24Inti Rayni Cuzco
June 29San Pedro y San Pablo National
July 16La Virgen del Carmen Cuzco and Lake Titicaca
July 28 - 29Fiestas Patrias
Independence Celebrations
August 30Santa Rosa de Lima Lima
September 24 La Virgen de la MercedPuno
October 8Batalla de Angamos National
October 18El Señor de los Milagros Lima
November 1Dia de Todos los Santos
All Saints Day
November 2Dia de los Muertos
All Souls Day
Did you know? An important day on a Native Peruvian's calendar is November 2, the Day of the Dead, when spirits are believed to walk the earth again, visiting their relatives.
November 5Puno Day Puno
December 8Dia de la Purísima Concepción
Immaculate Conception
December 25Navidad
Christmas Day