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Moving to Peru

Peru Score
Shithole Paradise

Today we’ll talk about moving to Peru. Is this an option for those who want to escape the West? Let’s find out.

What is Peru?

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Peru is a sleepy, quiet South American country with a rich history and beautiful nature.

Peru is a Spanish-speaking country in the west of South America. It borders Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the Pacific Ocean.

It’s quite large (3rd largest in South America), and boasts a variety of different environments and climates.

Over 31 million people live here, of which 80% resides in the urban areas, such as the capital of Lima.

Like Malaysia, Peru is one of the few megadiverse countries in the world, which means there are very distinct natural habits to be found, with many plants and animals (more than 21 thousand species, of which nearly 6 thousand endemic).

Peru lies on the Pacific ocean, so you can find beautiful beaches here, as well as arid plains and even the Andes Mountains. There’s a tropical rainforest, mighty rivers, big cities, and so on.

It used to be the home of the oldest civilization in the Americas (the Norte Chico civilization), and later the Inca Empire, which was wiped out by angry, greedy and often sick Spaniards in the 16th century.

You can still visit the ruins of Machu Pichu, a citadel in the mountains of southern Peru.

This is a truly breathtaking site, one of the wonders of the modern world, and well worth a visit if you’re in the country.

Throughout the 20th century, Peru’s had to endure plenty of coups, social unrest and other forms of conflicts, but currently it’s quite peaceful.

Peru has adopted a neoliberal economic model, has seen a period of constant economic growth and in general a relatively high increase in quality of life.

In the region, it’s even one of the most prosperous economies and its industry grows at a rapid pace of nearly 10% a year.

Peru also ranks high in social freedom, which is of course quite beneficial – unless you take it too far and it becomes a warped version of this utopian ideal, as is the case in the West.

In general, Peru is peaceful, and gets along well with its neighbors – the only exception being Chile, but their relations are steadily improving.

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Requirements for moving to Peru

Peru has an excellent visa system, and as such the requirements for moving to Peru are pretty relaxed.

There is usually no need to apply for a visa, and you can stay up to 90 or 183 days per year, depending on your nationality.

Unfortunately, you cannot extend your stay this way, unless you are there for a specific purpose.

A great option for those of us with location independent income (that includes you, right?) is a Retirement Visa, which provides you with an indefinite stay in the country and for which you only need to prove you have an income of $1,000 per month.

If you want to invest here (for example in real estate) and obtain Assets, you can also get an Investment Visa, provided you invest over $150,000 or so.

In addition, if you’ve had any visa for over 3 years, you can go for a Permanent Resident Visa, which can be renewed every 5 years.

At this point, citizenship also becomes an option!

You do not need to earn a lot of money to live in Peru, as long as you make sure that you have international income.

This is the only true requirement for moving to Peru: earn money from other countries, wherever you go.

What is the cost of living in Peru?

Moving to Peru comes with some benefits monetarily speaking, but also a definite downside.

The cost of living in Peru is very low, and as a single person you can easily get by on $1,000 a month.

Peru’s annual minimum wage is below $4,000 which should give you an idea of how cheap this country can be.

If you want to live a very comfortable life, I would suggest you earn at least $2,000 per month, because with such an income you will not want for much in Peru.

In addition, this allows you to get a Retirement Visa.

Keep in mind that if you stay here on a permanent basis, you will have to pay taxes on your income.

Benefits of living in Peru

  • Varied landscape

    In Peru, you can experience plenty of adventures through a varied landscape, such as mountains, lakes, big cities, the ocean, jungles, and so on

  • Spanish

    Peru is one of the many Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, and if you speak this easy language, you will have no problem communicating with nearly everyone

  • Great visa system

    Peru’s got one of the best visa systems in the area, and moving there shouldn’t be an issue. Permanent Residence and Citizenship are also an option

  • Ancient culture

    Traveling through Peru can really throw you back in time, and especially if you visit sites such as Machu Pichu you’ll get to appreciate just how ancient the culture of this country really is

  • Decent weather

    Peru’s climate varies wildly, but overall the temperatures are high and there aren’t that many rainy days

  • Peaceful

    Peru hasn’t been involved in any global war, and even regional skirmishes are a thing of the past. If you want a relaxed, peaceful lifestyle, Peru can provide it

  • Low cost of living

    An income of $1,000 a month is enough for a single person to live on

  • Strong economic growth

    Peru’s been growing steadily for many years now, and there’s no end in sight

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Downsides of living in Peru

  • Humid

    Like almost all other tropical countries, Peru’s very humid

  • Low English proficiency

    Peru’s not doing too well when it comes to English proficiency, but if you know Spanish (which I really recommend), this shouldn’t be too much of an issue

  • Personal crime rates

    While internationally speaking Peru is safe, certain areas of certain regions are definitely not the safest. Be on guard, don’t be an idiot, and you should be fine

  • The women

    This is of course more of a personal taste issue, but I don’t think Peruvian women are very attractive in general. They often haven’t got the sexy big boobs-big butts Latina look that women in Columbia have, which is a damn shame. They are, however, quite friendly and open

Living in Peru - by the numbers

Peru Score
Shithole Paradise

Climate: 6.6/10

Hours of sunshine (5/10) Temperature (8.5/10) Rainy days (10/10) Humidity (3/10)
20 C – 68 F

The climate in Peru varies greatly between the coast, mountains and jungle.

Level of English: 4/10

Low Proficiency

Cost of Living: 9/10

Minimum Annual Wage Average monthly cost single person

Taxes on international income: 5/10


Residing or staying in Peru for more than 183 days within any given 12-month period, means you will have to pay taxes.

Economic growth: 8/10

Average GDP growth over the last 10 years: 5%

Safety: 7/10

Global Terrorism Index (10/10) Intentional homicide rate (5/10) Rape rate (6/10)

Visa: 9/10

  • Visa (7/10)

    No need for a visa, you can stay up to 90 to 183 days per year. Cannot be extended unless it’s for a specific purpose such as family reunion, studying, employment, … A Retirement Visa is possible and indefinite, you only need to have an income of $1,000 per month. Investment Visa is another option, you need to invest at least $154,000.

  • Permanent Residence (10/10)

    After 3 years on any visa, you can apply for a Permanent Resident Visa, renewable every 5 years

  • Citizenship (10/10)

    Possible if you have Permanent Residence

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How is life for expats in Peru?

Peru is one of the best options in Latin America for escaping the West.

The cost of living is low, the visa process is relaxed, the nature’s beautiful, and the country is doing well economically.

Peru is a great example of a country on the rise, and if you settle here you can certainly take advantage of its boom.

While the humidity is unpleasant at times, you could just move to a more mountainous area to escape it.

Peru’s a megadiverse country, with many different climates and breathtaking sights.

If you’re into exploring and traveling around, you’d be very happy here.

As a man, the options of finding cute girls are more limited than in other nearby countries, but that does not make it impossible by any means.

In short, I can recommend Peru as one of your flags. Moving to Peru can be an option, certainly if you go for Residence, perhaps even for Citizenship.

You will have to learn Spanish to get the most out of your stay here, however, so keep that mind.

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