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P1070227-editThis week at Nextopia we are excited to be welcoming back Derek Wisniewski, one of our Senior Account Executives, who spent the last three weeks traveling through Peru. In honour of his return, we asked him to share some of his experiences and reflections from the trip with our blog readers. We have also created an exclusive infographic about eCommerce in Peru, which can be found below this post.

Planning a long and ambitious trip can be hard work, and involve some tough decisions. Where to go? For how long? What to do? How to fit everything in? In the case of Derek’s trip to Peru, this planning stage was made a lot easier when a few key elements of the trip fell into place.

“My girlfriend and I had thought of going away on an extended vacation,” he explained. “Her dad’s side is from Peru and she hasn’t seen most of that side of the family. We heard a lot about Machu Picchu, the Amazon, and the rich culture that Peru has. I have a client that lives in Peru and recommended to us a local tour company that he used. We did our research, had our itinerary planned and then booked our trip through the tour company he recommended. With all the reasons we came up with to go visit Peru, it was a no-brainer in the end.”

Visiting with Jeff Cremer of DestinationEcuador.com.

Visiting with Jeff Cremer of DestinationEcuador.com.

Among the many incredible people who played a role in their travels was one familiar face—Jeff Cremer of DestinationEcuador.com, which uses Nextopia’s Navigation and Advanced Product Finder and is a client of Derek’s. When the opportunity to meet up arose, they jumped at it.

“It was a great visit,” Derek says. “We were able to chat about more Peru and enjoy some Peruvian cuisine at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant amongst the backdrop of 1,500 year-old adobe pyramids built by the original inhabitants of Lima.”

If it comes as any surprise that Derek has clients based in Peru, it shouldn’t. The Peruvian eCommerce sector has experienced a recent boom, growing at a rate of 20% per year, and reaching a total revenue mark of around $800 million (all amounts USD) in 2013. The country is also seeing a jump in the popularity of American online retail holidays—retailers that marketed Cyber Monday promotions last year reported a ninefold increase in the number of orders that day relative to the average. (For more information, see our infographic below).

Wood engraving - Old traditions thrive in Peru.

Wood engraving - Old traditions thrive in Peru.

As for Derek, this remarkable trip has only fueled his wanderlust. Having just returned, he is already plotting his return to Peru.

“Since we enjoyed the Amazon so much we’re hoping to travel to the northern part of Peru and explore this part of the Amazon as it’s very different from the southern part of Peru in the near future,” he said. “If that doesn’t come to be, then heading to the jungle to see the animals or interact with the gorillas would be a dream come true for both of us.”


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