"The richest country in the world"
Peru is a country of great civilizations and empires. From Caral (3000 B.C.), through pre-Incan cultures -like the Chavin and Chimu among others- and the Incas to the Spanish conquest and subsequent independence. This cultural richness is present in each region of the country, showing great variation among the people and cultures that constitute it.
Peru is divided into three very delineated geographical regions: The Coast, the Mountain Range and the Forest, creating an immense variety of ecosystems which the industry and tourism take advantage of.
The Coast runs from the north to the south of the country and we can find points of interest like the capital, Lima, ‘live’ archaeology and beaches with year-round sun in Trujillo and Chiclayo. Also the Ballesta Islands or the mysterious Nazca Lines to the South.
The Mountain Range is part of the Andean Mountains and in it the pre-colonial culture can be best appreciated. Cities like Arequipa and the Colca Canyon as well as Puno and the Titicaca Valley are especially noteworthy. The greatest appeal is undoubtedly the huge heritage left behind by the Incas, marvels among which we find the city of Cusco, the Urubamba Valley and Machu-Picchu, the famed lost city of the Incas.
Finally, the Forest, which is part of the Amazon. To this day, there are still many indigenous tribes and villages, some of which still have had no contact with the modern world.
But it is nature itself that calls the attention of tourists and adventurers to this area. Traverse the immensity of the Amazon river or its tributary rivers, be amazed with the flora and fauna everywhere, and discover, day and night, animals like the alligators, hundreds of birds, manatees or a great variety of monkeys.
Lastly, it must be mentioned that the diverse regions have contributed the culinary tradition to create the prestigious Peruvian gastronomy, globally recognized nowadays.Know our Rep.
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Peru’s name originates from a cacique in the area named Biru, who gave name to the area he ruled over. The name evolved from Biru to Piru and finally Peru, a name that ended up being used by the Spanish to refer to the entire area of Peru.
There are approximately 3000 varieties of potato in Peru.
The most expensive rescue in history was Atahualpa’s in Cajamarca. The price being to fill up the room where he was being held twice over with silver, and another with gold.
The smallest chapel in the world, the Capillita del Puente in Lima, is only 50 square meters big.
The LGBT flag is almost identical to that of the Tahuantinsuyo.
There are around 500 traditional dishes in Peru.
The celebration for the Virgen de la Candelaria, in Puno, lasts approximately 18 days and averages 40 thousand dancers, together with 5 thousand musicians and 25 thousand people.
The Amazon forest covers over 60% of the Peruvian territory.
The paiche is the second largest freshwater fish in the world.