The most unhappy people I met in Peru were the gringos getting on and off the buses to visit Machu Picchu, so I'm learning Spanish and going with the natives.
By the way, if you are poor and tired of the US BS, make your future plans for Peru. $150 a month will get you 2 bdrms, courtyard and cook. During the dry season May through October its sunny every day and I never needed a coat, about 60-75 degs....it gets a little warmer in the wet season. No car necessary as mototaxis cost 50 cents. No need to farm&eaturownfood cuz the main economy is dirt poor farmers who sell fantastic produce for pennies. Better and cheaper to pay the poor people for their efforts unless gardening is your love and hobby.
I was the only white person while in the Amazon Rain Forest. The natives just call it the jungle. I lived with the poorest of the jungle, much poorer than the Andes Mountains. Wow, what an experience!
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