There is also the option of using the metro, which has only been open since the beginning of 2012. The metro is a subway that runs from the south to the north of Lima. Unfortunately, this one route is nowhere near enough and you can rarely use it.
Peruvian students are sometimes quite jealous of their fellow students from abroad: flat-sharing communities, which are a common and widespread form of accommodation for students in Germany, are not known in this form in Lima. It is common for you to live in your parents’ home during your studies, so there are no student dormitories. For young people from abroad who come to Lima to study or do an internship, however, there are “pisos compartidos”. Many foreign students find accommodation in Lima’s tourist district of Miraflores. However, this district is a good 45 minutes away from USIL. If you want to live close to the university, the districts of La Molina and San Borja come into consideration.
During my semester abroad I lived in one of the so-called “APU” apartments. These are apartments in the tourist districts of Miraflores and Surco that are specially designed for foreign students and interns. The “APU” rooms are not among the cheapest accommodations in Lima. I paid 950 soles per month, which was about 280 euros. The APU apartments are not the newest and I just expected more for the money. I lived with students from all over the world and it was a great experience. Many foreign students also lived with host families and got off to a great start.
USIL also offers accommodation for all foreign students. The “Casa de Don Ignacio” is also located in the Miraflores district and is a kind of student residence. The costs are also around 250 €. Here you have to share a room with another person and you have very little privacy. You can find more information at: http://www.casadedonignacio.com/.
Security is something that you should definitely pay attention to in Peru. In my opinion, however, it should not be an obstacle to visiting the country. Valuable items have been stolen from many people. However, in almost all cases this is due to carelessness or provocation. I was always attentive and so nothing got away from me. Fortunately, however, I rarely heard of acts of violence. When visiting a country like Peru, one should be aware that certain precautionary measures must be taken. Then I see the stay as not dangerous and you can concentrate on the beautiful sides of Peru.
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Peru offers an abundance of beautiful places. Even in my five months’ stay, I haven’t managed to visit them all. Peru has so much to offer that you would have to write 10 pages to capture everything. To name a few examples of popular travel destinations: the Nazca Lines, the desert oasis near Ica, Trujillo and Chiclayo, where you can learn something about the pre-Inca cultures, Arequipa and the Cañon de Colca with its condors, on the trail of the Incas in Cusco and the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, watch llamas and alpacas in the Andes, Puno and the highest lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. Trekking in Huaraz to blue lagoons at over 4000m altitude, surfing in Mancora and finally Iquitos and the surrounding area in the Amazon region. I have never before seen a country with such diversity and beauty, that can also be traveled so easily. The recommended means of travel in Peru is the long-distance bus. The bus companies there are much more comfortable than comparable companies in Europe and the price is usually very good compared to the flights.
South America also has many other wonderful countries and so you can probably spend your whole life traveling around there. I’ve had the chance to see parts of Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile and still haven’t had enough of it.
Peruvian cuisine is one of the best in South America. Typical dishes are lomo saltado, chicharrón, ceviche, anticuchos or palta, as well as the many delicious soups and stews. One can find many exotic fruits like the lucuma; Try camu camu or granadilla. The national drink is the Pisco Sour.
The Peruvians are a very open, helpful and hospitable people. However, it can be said that the Andean population is a bit more shy than the Limeños (residents of Lima). Especially at the beginning of my time, I met so many helpful, interested and simply warm-hearted people who made my entry into Peru so easy and so difficult for me to say goodbye.
In summary, I can only recommend Peru, Lima and USIL to everyone. The local attitude towards life, the people, the atmosphere and the landscapes cannot even come close to expressing with pictures or words. I never expected that absolutely nothing negative would happen to me and that I would leave this country with tears. For people who are in the mood for an adventure and are open to new things, there is nothing better. Peru changes your life! In retrospect, I can’t think of a better place for my semester abroad and I hope that many more students will do the same after me. Dare!