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Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Peruvian territory was home to ancient cultures, spanning from the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821, Peru has undergone periods of political unrest and fiscal crisis as well as periods of stability and economic upswing.

Peru is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions. Its geography varies from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes Mountains and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. It is a developing country with a high Human Development Index score and a poverty level around 31%. Its main economic activities include agriculture, fishing, mining, and manufacturing of products such as textiles.

The Peruvian population, estimated at 29.5 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages. This mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music. Reference: Wikipedia.
Machu Picchu Cuy Eight Feet in the Andes Taking a Breather
Machu Picchu 2 Cusco Cathedral Stack 'em High Huayna Picchu Viewpoint
In-train Entertainiment Plaza de Armas Machu Picchu Ice-cream in the Rain
Río Urubamba Who's afraid of the Gringo? Río Urubamba Just Good Friends!
Peek-a-Boo Playing Chicken Maria had a little Lamb Sunday Parade
Piper Proud Dad Blue Umbrella Medicine Woman
Spinning a Yarn Machu Picchu Do you like my Hat? Gotta Scritch that Itch
Traditional Dress Río Urubamba Fashion Crisis See no Evil
Comparing Notes Santa Clown Sunday Mask
Chewing the Cud Mother and Baby Eco Friendly XMas Tree Llama Ladies
Huaynu Picchu What age are you? Cascade
Peru Rail Window Seat Alpaca Steak + Carrot Sculpture Dumper Truck
Street Market This little piggy went to the market Putucusi - Happy Mountain Terraces and Guard Houses
Terraces Colour Coded Musical Trio Begging for a Living
Finger Puppets Inca Chief Lama glama + minder Huaynu Picchu Descent
Scrap Metal Collection Small Sad Child Machu Picchu Five Potatoes
Begging for a Living Milky Coffee - Río Urubamba Traditional Costume Scallops
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