What do the Peruvians do?

Plowing the fields, herding Alpacas, and harvesting crops are some of the things you might be doing if you live in Peru. The average day for a person living in rural Peru involves a lot of hard work out in the fields, especially during planting and harvesting.

Sometimes the hard working rural lifestyle is put on pause for religious festivals, baptisms, weddings and similar celebrations. These celebrations involve the whole community coming together to a share a family’s celebration. Many of the religious festivals are fiestas, which are colorful events to often celebrate a patron saint specific to the village or secular holiday.

The majority of Peruvians live in urban environments such as Arequipa or Lima. People with a poor economic status in Peru often work jobs that require manual labour. They usually work two or three jobs in order to sustain their lifestyle, leaving less time for recreational activities compared to middle or upper class Peruvians. They often live on the outskirts of major urban areas.

Middle class Peruvians living in urban areas live fairly different lifestyles compared to those in the lower economic class. They typically work fewer jobs and live in the main urban areas of Peru.

For middle class Peruvians the early afternoon is used for the siesta, which is an hour-long nap, after which, workers return to their jobs.  Those without jobs often use this time to relax, socialize, play sports, or watch soap operas on television. The dinner is typically eaten late at night and with friends or at a restaurant.

Lima, the capital of Peru is where many of the wealthier families reside. They usually own several homes throughout the city. Peruvians of high economic class hire servants to do all their gardening, cleaning, and cooking.

A lot of Peruvian cooking consists of potatoes, rice, quinoa, oca (a Peruvian yam), and mashwa (tuber vegetable). This is because they are grown in some of the same agricultural areas due to similar soil and requirements. The meats commonly consumed by Peruvians are different from what we have in Canada. Certain meat consumed by Peruvians can be considered household pets In Canada, such as guinea pig. Other meats commonly eaten in Peru are llama, chicken, and fish.

One of the most popular dishes in Peru is Lomo Saltado, a combination of sliced beef, stir fried with tomatoes, red onions, yellow Peruvian chilies, vinegar, soy sauce, and cilantro. Seviche is another commonly eaten dish, which consists of raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice.

Peruvians eat many meats and vegetables similar to what is available in Canada just cooked into different dishes. They also have a lot of occupations similar to here. Daily life in Peru and Canada can be similar in everyday tasks but differ culturally.

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