Here in Perú it has a very strong significance, akin to fiancé/fianceé.They go to each other’s houses to watch movies, eat dinner, and socialize.
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While it's good in one way since the focus is getting to know each other mentally rather than physically, I also think it's really romanticised and people get married too quickly.
I get countless emails from foreigners, mainly from the US and the UK, but other countries as well, such as Canada, Germany, etc, asking me what docs they need to marry their Peruvian sweetheart.
They make sure that their partners are satisfied at all times, be it making your favourite breakfast or giving you an adventure trip. Not only is she a gene pool for beautiful kids, she is also the mother that will make sure her children know what being human is about.
Their fun loving character is something that western men find intensely attractive, mainly because spontaneity is something that lacks in western and European women. Latin men are known for treating their women poorly.
In other words, we always want to have the highest experience of what the country has to offer.