Peru

Lima vs. Quito: A South American Showdown

Hola, mi gente!

Today is another city-comparison post. In this instalment, I’ll be helping you decide if you should travel to Lima (“The City Of Kings”) or Quito (“The Light of America”).

Here are the others in case you missed ’em…

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.

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.

My Latin Life’s Best Cities In Latin America

I’ve compiled a list of what I believe to be the best cities for a tourist to visit in Latin America. The list is based on the criteria outlined on my cities guides, so you’ll want to click on the link to the city to get a thoroughgoing breakdown on the destination to find out why it ranked the way it did.