There are distinct differences in the pattern of daily life for Peruvians, depending on their social class and whether they live in rural or urban settings.
The evening meal is usually very late and often taken away from home—while visiting with friends or in a restaurant or neighbourhood bar.
Extended families frequently get together for birthday parties, weddings, baptisms, and other social events.
Such people make up the majority of the population in squatter settlements that surround the major urban areas.
The life of the upper middle class and more affluent residents of Peru’s cities is much different from that of the urban poor.
The herding of sheep, llamas, and alpacas takes place at elevations above the limits of agriculture; pastoralists follow a distinct annual cycle that in many ways is more difficult (and certainly more isolated) than that of rural farmers.
Religious festivals, weddings, baptisms, and similar occasions are often the only disruptions to the rigours of rural life, and these events are communal, with entire villages sharing in a family’s celebration.
Traditional gender roles still prevail in varying degrees.
Mexican men may hold on to the concept of male machismo, or being "macho," while women are often taught to play up their femininity in the hope of attracting a potential mate.
In general, Mexicans like to dress up for their dates, which typically consist of going to the movies or a restaurant.
The man usually pays the bill, and the woman may be offended if she is asked to pay her half.
The most important meal is usually taken shortly after noon; most families assemble for this dinner.