In the popular imagination, Peru conjures up images of mysterious
ancient civilisations, awe-inspiring Inca ruins, ruthless
conquistadores, amazing biodiversity, and spectacular Andean
scenery. All true, but visitors will discover much more to Peru than
this. In Peru the distinctive Spanish and indigenous cultures that
first encountered each other five hundred years ago have
progressively integrated. However, the ongoing process of mixing
raises questions about the nature of Peruvian identity, and
Peruvian society remains economically and culturally divided.
Culture Smart! Peru introduces you to the changing realities of
modern Peru. It describes contemporary values and attitudes, key
customs and traditions, and reveals what people are like at home,
in business, and in their social lives. Peruvians are outgoing,
sociable, and laid-back; get to know them, and they will respond
with warmth and generosity.