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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.
Inca Chief Traditional Dress Alpaca Steak + Carrot Sculpture Spinning a Yarn Cuy
Taking a Breather Eight Feet in the Andes Stack 'em High Peru Rail Machu Picchu
Begging for a Living Huaynu Picchu Descent Just Good Friends! Peek-a-Boo Cusco Cathedral
Huayna Picchu Viewpoint Street Market Llama Ladies Ice-cream in the Rain Blue Umbrella
Cascade Who's afraid of the Gringo? Río Urubamba Terraces Machu Picchu 2
Five Potatoes Eco Friendly XMas Tree Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Scrap Metal Collection
Plaza de Armas Río Urubamba Do you like my Hat? Putucusi - Happy Mountain Sunday Parade
Medicine Woman In-train Entertainiment Proud Dad Scallops Machu Picchu
Maria had a little Lamb Lama glama + minder Mother and Baby What age are you?
Playing Chicken Comparing Notes Santa Clown Piper Finger Puppets
Milky Coffee - Río Urubamba Huaynu Picchu Terraces and Guard Houses Musical Trio Colour Coded
See no Evil Chewing the Cud This little piggy went to the market Traditional Costume Window Seat
Fashion Crisis Small Sad Child Curiosity killed the cat. Dumper Truck Río Urubamba
Begging for a Living Gotta Scritch that Itch Sunday Mask Daydreaming Pineapple Vendor