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Peru - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Culture & Customs [Kindle Edition]

John Forrest
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Book Description

Peru is associated with ancient civilizations, awe-inspiring Inca cities, ruthless conquistadores, spectacular Andean scenery, astonishing biodiversity, and colorful woven textiles. All true—but visitors will find a great deal more to Peru than this.

The two distinctive cultures that first encountered each other five hundred years ago have, progressively, integrated. This process of mixing, however, raises questions about Peruvian identity. Peruvian society is divided between the wealthy, Westernized, coastal urban populations and the poorer, traditional, indigenous peoples, many of whom have migrated from the Andes to the cities.

Since the flight of the discredited President Fujimori in 2000 there has been a surge of economic growth and development, and continuing social inequality. Peruvians are increasingly embracing consumerism, but for their happiness they still depend on each other, and the family is paramount.

This new, updated edition of Culture Smart! Peru charts the rapid changes taking place in the country, including the election in 2011 of the left-leaning President Ollanta Humala, the third democratically elected president in a row. It describes how history and geography have shaped contemporary Peruvian values and attitudes. It provides insights into religious and public life, and reveals what people are like at home, in business, and in their social lives. Most Peruvians are laid-back and surprisingly calm and carefree, given the many uncertainties they face. They are outgoing and sociable. Get to know them, and they will respond with warmth and generosity.


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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense,

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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense,

Product Details

  • File Size: 2767 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard; 2nd Revised edition edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084UQIAE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By kk
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LOVE THESE $8 short and sweet BOOKS! The South Africa one was incredible in it's offering of tidbits.

this one, Peru, is a huge focus on the past history. in my opinion, too much. i am more interested in the current goings on as i am traveling there soon. would have liked more general infos on the demographics, the peeps, customs, the cultural niceties like what i should and should not be doing, wearing etc.

overall, a good place to start research ( well written ) but i think you would find the same info in any other guide book. so i guess i'd recommend skipping this one. For Peru scoop... go with your regular, favorite travel guide book/s.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good pocket guide for Peru June 24, 2010
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This is a good guide for your pocket. It is NOT an in-depth guide to Peru. I would buy it again (if I lose the one I have.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars peru culture smart May 9, 2010
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this book is good for travellers or tourists going to peru it is a good overview of the customs and culture
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4.0 out of 5 stars Small, easily carried and a mine of useful information February 25, 2014
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A really helpful little book that gave me many answers to help explain this enigmatic country - it made3 my time there easier and gave enough grasp of the history to impress my hosts...
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