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Living in Peru: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Peru | Expat Exchange
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Living in Peru

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jan 04, 2024

Summary: People describe life in Peru as vibrant, diverse, and full of culture. Expats love the friendly people, the delicious food, the stunning landscapes, and the low cost of living. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month, depending on lifestyle. The population of Peru is approximately 32 million people, and the largest cities are Lima (the capital), Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo, and Piura. The cons of living in Peru include the high levels of poverty, the lack of infrastructure in some areas, the high levels of crime in some areas, and the difficulty of finding reliable internet access.

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What do I need to know about living in Peru?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Peru, they said:

"Expats should research the cost of living in Peru before retiring there, as it can vary greatly depending on the city and lifestyle. It is also important to familiarize oneself with the local language, as English is not widely spoken in Peru. Additionally, expats should research the healthcare system in Peru and consider purchasing private health insurance. It is also important to research the local laws and regulations, as well as the visa requirements for expats. Finally, expats should consider the cultural differences between their home country and Peru, and be prepared to adjust to a new way of life," remarked one expat living in Peru.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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