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Facts About Peru

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Here are some facts about Peru: it is located on the western coast of South America, and borders Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and Colombia. As the former cradle of Incan civilization, many Peruvians are fiercely proud of their country, despite over a third of the population living below the poverty line.

Because of Peru's Incan heritage, a large draw for travelers is the ruins of these Incan structures, including the world-famous Machu Picchu, and the mud city of Chan Chan. There are also pre-Incan structures still standing, including the Chavin de Huantar.

Peru also contains 84 of the 104 different "life zones" (climate and land conditions), and thusly is rich in biodiversity. The Amazon basin also contains such species as jaguars, giant river otters, and pink dolphins. Peru is also home to nearly a third of all bird species worldwide. Among the many "life zones" of Peru is the more traveler-friendly coastline: Peru is famous for its beautiful beaches.

The food of Peru is as diverse as its people. The Amazonian climes produce fantastic fruit and vegetables, while the coastline provides seafood. Dishes are cooked in creole or Spanish styles, and feature such dishes as antichucho (a very spicy marinated beef heart kebab) and cau-cau (beef stomach in a yellow sauce, served with potatoes). Potatoes and beef are standard fare in Peru, and are served in a variety of manners. Peruvian coffee is also some of the best in the world.

Travelers should be aware of the prevalence of petty crime in Peru. As well, the high poverty means there are many beggars across the country.

Quick Info:

Capital: Lima

Language(s): Spanish

Religion(s): Christianity

Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)

Electricity Voltage: Paste Voltage Here

Calling Code: +51

Popular Travel Destinations:

  • Arequipa - Colca Valley
  • Chiclayo
  • Cuzco - Machu Picchu - Inca Trail

Official Website: www.visitperu.com/

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*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.

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