Basic etiquette needs to be followed wherever you go, across the world. This helps you to connect with the locals better, and avoid offending their sensibilities. Every culture differs and what may offend you may not offend someone from another culture. Similarly, what may seem like nothing to you may shock a person from a different culture. With this in mind, let us take a look at some of the most basic etiquette that should be followed while in Peru.
In social situations
- Dress modestly, but always look clean and sharp. Peruvians like to dress well and normally do not wear frayed or old clothes in public.
- Do not expect your Peruvian hosts to arrive on time, or leave abruptly. People value human interactions and may not want to adhere to strict time regulations.
- Do not wear your hat in a church or inside someone’s house. The same rule applies to your sunglasses as well.
In someone’s house
- Never put your feet on top of tables or chairs. This is considered bad manners and your hosts will not develop a good opinion about you.
- Do not be surprised if someone arrives at your door unannounced. Most Peruvians do not inform their friends and relatives if they are going to show up.
- If someone offers you refreshments, do not refuse. It is considered impolite and crass. Accept whatever is offered, and finish up what you accept.
Gifts and courtesies
- You are not expected to carry gifts when you visit someone’s house. However, you can carry fruits, chocolates or similar things.
- Do not gift knives, scissors and other such objects. These carry negative connotations in Peruvian culture.
These are some of the most basic etiquette to follow in Peru. Across Latin America, etiquette are quite similar, and Peru is similar to other countries of South America in this respect. However, Peru is also unique and maybe more risk-averse than other countries. It may also be more socially laid-back and expect the same from you. Keep these minor things in mind, and you will develop a warm relationship with your Peruvian hosts.