One thing tourists are sure to note upon arriving in Peru is the lack of personal space. The streets are noisy, filled with honking and no apparent driving laws. (We had more than a few close calls on our bus rides). Even when walking, there is no such thing as personal space, as I learned when I nearly got ran over by a passionate cyclist. I had to look back and ask my group if I was in the way, or if he just didn’t care. (I wasn’t; he didn’t.) It’s almost as if it‘s more polite to just make it a really close call than to ask for some space, and words like “permiso” o “perdon” are rarely heard in the streets.