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Arequipa lies in the Southern Coastal region of Peru. The city of Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru, the second most industrialized city in Peru and the third most visited in Peru after Cusco and Lima. This mission has elements of both indigenous and Spanish cultures and the primary language is Spanish. Other cultures such as European and American Indian culture have influenced the local culture and perpetuated diversity in the area. The people love their holidays such as Christmas, and their favorite sport is football.
Snapshot of Peru – Spanish is the official language of Peru, though Quechua and Aymara are co-official in some regions of the country. About 80% of Peru’s population is Catholic, with another 12% being Evangelical. Many Peruvian towns have their own unique festivals and celebrations, featuring music, dance, and special meals. Marinera dancing is a popular feature of many of these festivities. Folk instruments such as the charango, cajón, and zampoña are popular, though modern styles such as rock and cumbia are also popular. Soccer is Peru’s most popular sport, though volleyball is also somewhat popular. Peruvian cuisine varies from region to region, though the staples of meat (beef, pork, and chicken), rice, corn, chili peppers, and potatoes are common ingredients in meals throughout the country. Some popular dishes include lomo saltado (fried meat served with french fries, rice, and onions), anticuchos (barbecued cow heart), and ceviche (raw fish in citrus juice and served with chili peppers). A modified version of Chinese food, known as Chifa, is also popular.
There is a total or 527,759 members total in Peru and one temple located in Lima. Church growth is rapid.
Food staples in this mission include maize, pineapple, aji, oca, ulluco, tomato, potatoes and avocado. Some examples of Peruvian dishes include are ceviche which is a dish of marinated fish and shellfish. Another example is chupe de camarones which is a shrimp soup. Anticuchos which is essentially a roasted cow heart, s also popular.
Public transportation such as bus and taxi are available. However, missionaries should be prepared to do a lot of walking.
Since the main city is quite large there is a heavy police presence and the area is safe. However, it would still be unwise to carry or flaunt any valuables and theft still occurs. Use common sense and be careful to follow all mission safety guidelines.
The Peruvian people are very hospitable and relationships are very important to them—even more important than time schedules. Meeting will rarely start on time and appointments may be commonly postponed. Although people in the larger and richer areas l of this mission wear western clothing, those in urban or poorer regions will wear colorful, traditional clothing. People in Peru are very animated and it is the custom to use exaggerated hand gestures when communicating.
In terms of family life, it is customary for the father to be the family’s breadwinner. When it comes to meeting people for the first time, Peruvians will shake hands. As people become more familiar with each other, men will pat backs and women will kiss each other on the cheek.
-bróder — friend, amigo (from the English “brother”)
-asado – angry and irritated. It Literally means roast.
-bacán – cool
It is easy to get dirty in Peru and daily activities can be rough and sometimes tiresome. Good shoes and durable clothing can be helpful and avoid high any high maintenance attire.
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