Beat the Recession in Peru

Actually I’m getting sick and tired of hearing about the recession. Just like everything else in the modern media, it’s a complete lie. All you need to do is have some major media sources start saying that the recession is over and it will magically end. That’s what a recession is, it’s just a big example of group think. Sort of like how oil prices were out of control last year and nobody knew why! News flash, prices are determined by what people are willing to pay, if people are WILLING to fork over a mountain of cash, that’s what the price is. There’s no secret formula, that’s just the way it is.

However, though the entire world has reportedly fallen into this massive slump (although I bet if you really stand back and look at it you’ll notice you’re life hasn’t changed much since this “recession” began) Peru’s economy has been going strong. As always, there’s a bunch of opportunist liars out there writing articles and publishing them everywhere loudmouths are promoted with reasons for why that is. I suppose they have a point when they say Peru’s economy is run primarily on minerals (of which they have an abundance), oil (they also have an abundance), and tourism (nobody’s going to stop wanting to go to Machu Picchu antime soon).

But the reality is that Peru’s economy is still going strong because you don’t have a scenario in which virtually EVERYONE in the whole darn country is being overpaid.

Seriously, wages in the US are a complete joke, and they have to be because everybody has to pay so much for things like insurance, and gas, and taxes, and every piece of fruit you eat is handled by fifty-seven different workers and then thirty-four quality control guys and then it’s certified by the FDA or something. And if you try to say that, hey, maybe we don’t NEED so many people doing useless jobs, you’re hit by a wave of fear propaganda telling you how if things aren’t done exactly that way the whole human race will die of bird flu, or SARS, or some other nonsense. The same thing is true with safety regulations, cars must undergo billions of dollars worth of testing to find out whether they can still execute a right tun on an oil covered highway while being driven by a one armed, blind amputee as lightning strikes the alternator.

And all this is sold as if it’s for “your safety.” It’s not to keep a bunch of worthless relatives of guys who are in public office employed….no…never that.

Anwyay, there is a huge price inflation on EVERYTHING in the US that you simply don’t get in Peru.

You know what I pay for lunch in Peru? 1.5$ You know what I get? A piece of meat, a bowl of soup, a drink, rice, salad, and a dessert.

Why are things that cheap?

Because you don’t have a bunch of bloodsucking jerks crowding up the line between the producers and the customers. Peru is smaller than the US, and people haven’t figured out how to start siphoning off money yet.

In Peru, the currency is the Nuevo Sol. The exchange rate is about 3.1 Soles to 1 Dollar, but you’ll find that, in Peru, the buying power of 1 Sol is about the same as a Dollar. Want to go across town on a bus? 1 Sol, want an ice-cream cone at McDonald’s? 1 Sol! Everything is CHEAP!

So what does that mean? It MEANS that the second you step off an airplane in Peru and exchange your money, you’ve effectively TRIPLED it! And that is the whole trick.

Now, I don’t recommend you WORK in Peru because the people don’t make any money here. But you should defintately SPEND your money in Peru. I keep saying this over and over but it’s worth repeating. EVEN WHEN YOU CALCULATE THE PRICE OF YOUR TICKET TO PERU, YOU STILL COME OUT AHEAD! The longer you stay, the more you make, and you’re also able to travel, meet new and interesting people, and learn Spanish along the way.


You know, 8 or so years ago when I first came to Peru, a lot of people I knew thought I was crazy to not be taking advantage of the US economic growth.

“You should get some cubicle job and invest every extra penny in our stock market!”

“But I’m young,” I would respond, “I want to learn about myself and the world, I don’t want to be a slave to some desk job and rot away from the inside.”

“You’re a fool son!” they all replied.

Well, now everything they invested in is worthless. All the hours of their youth that they spent slaving for some future promise of wealth and security turned out to be a lie. Their time of strength was squandered.

And me?

Well, I was sitting in the sunshine in Machu Picchu while they were doing it, and that memory is mine forever!

Think about it!

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  2. Anonymous

    OK, I guess I'll just have to pay better attention in the future.

    Keep up the great work with this blog, it's the best resource about Peru that I've come across by a loooooong way!


  3. Anonymous

    That's OK Clyde, we all make mistakes, but I'm afraid that I can't delete the posts because I like to encourage people to express themselves as they wish on my page, and that means no comment deletion.


  4. Anonymous

    I stand corrected. Thanks for enlightening me. In fact, I feel sort of foolish for my previous posts, it's just that I start writing things sometimes without taking a closer look at what I had just read. Could you please delete them?


  5. Anonymous

    "reaffirm everything you said" ?
    Let me recap.. 🙂
    1. mind numbing job was sarcasm
    2. Life in many ways can be better in the U.S.
    3. Costs are higher for may things in Peru not lower..
    4. Machu pichu is not a life changing event
    5. And your reasons for why the price of oil goes up and down are wrong
    6. only said don't take "economic" advice from ya old chap…

    I do recommend your advice for others when it comes to life in Peru and the ins and outs of the country except for the suggestion Brett Farve should come to play soccer in the Peru national team. But I know you were just having fun with the idea 🙂


  6. Anonymous

    Well those mind numbing jobs in the U.S. can sometimes pay for a nice new shiny fast convertable hard top 2009 Mazda Miata MX5 like the one I Just bought..zoom zoom..which would cost twice as much in Peru if you could even get one. Also the roads are safe to drive in the states and you can drive a nice car not worrying about being hijacked on the road or your car stolen the second you look away. So where you save on food and services you lose on anything else imported in the country.. you know cool things like laptops, cars, Movie projectors, appliances, cameras and most importantly good imported German/English/Irish beer.. you get the idea. Machu Pichu is fun for about 2 hours.. my new mazda miata well I will have to get back to you on that.. I think the true sweet spot is taking advantage of and enjoying the benefits of both places 🙂 money made from labor in the u.s. and the cheap products and then wait to go to peru to party on the cheap and eat and be served like a King. Then when you are ready to sober up and give your liver a rest head back to the the family enjoy the perks of what will soon not be the greatest country in the world ..good ole U.S of A.

    All prices of anything like oil are based on supply and demand. Simple as that… Never take economic advice from an english Teacher/writer/journalist 🙂


  7. Anonymous

    Most men that drive Mazda Miata's are going through a midlife crisis and can't afford a real sports car because they slave away at a job that pays too little with a gringa girlfriend that just plains sucks your finances dry. All this provides such deep meaning in ones life. Good luck with that.

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