Whichever country we visit, we are always interested in its drinking culture. A country like Peru offers booze hounds all the watering holes and exotic drinks that they can ever wish for. In fact, they are is a saying in Peru that no matter how far you go, you will end up at a bar before reaching your destination. With such a big emphasis given to social drinking, Peru is certainly one of the most booze-friendly destinations in the world.
The parties in Lima, the quaint bars in Machu Picchu, the rustic but touristy shacks in Cusco offer patrons with a variety of International and Andean alcoholic beverages that help you to speak Spanish even if you didn’t know a single word of this beautiful language when you landed at the International airport of Lima.
While drinking in Peru is great, there are a few quirks that you need to bear in your mind. When Peruvians drink, they drink a lot. And they talk a lot. When they learn that you are not from Peru and are a guest, they will talk even more. Be prepared to engage in conversations that range from football, glamorous celebrities, dissing politicians to asking about your granma’s age.
Also, the personal physical space in Peru is very limited. They do not often think it is necessary to be physically away from each other as long as they can buddy up holding hands, putting an arm around the shoulder or sitting next to you at the bar uncomfortably close. That is just Peru, and you will have to deal with that unless you go to expensive bars where of course, things can get as snobbish or more than Paris or Milan.
However, one of the little known pleasures of travelling in Peru is getting drunk at cheap bars across Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu and chatting up random strangers while they encroach upon your personal space without meaning to harm or offend. If you find it uncomfortable, leave the situation gracefully and politely, as personal space tends to be very less across Latin America, and not just in Peru.
If you are the kind of person who likes to get drunk alone, you can do that too, and explore the amazing architecture of Peruvian cities and towns in a drunken state. The best part is, you do not need to be inebriated to feel that you are in a fairytale world. And that’s Peru’s magic.