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We provide you with the most comprehensive guide about Peru. Everything you need to know about this country, and specially before you travel here. Explore hotels, attractions, maps, pictures, cities and more relevant information on Peru and its people.
AS THE CRADLE of South America’s most advanced native American civilizations, Peru has a rich and unique heritage among the nations….
Peru is a country in South America, situated on the western side of that continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America.
INFORMATION ABOUT PERU
Although Peru has rich natural resources and many great places to visit, many of the people live in poor conditions. 36% of the population live under the poverty line. The rich, consisting mostly of a Hispanic (or "Criollo") elite, live in the cities. Nevertheless, most Peruvians are great nationalists and love their country with pride (largely stemming from Peru's history as the center of both the Inca Empire an spanich South American Empire). Also, many Peruvians separate the state of Peru and its government in their minds. Many of them distrust their government and police, and people are used to fighting corruption and embezzlement scandals, as in many countries.
The Peruvian economy is healthy and quite strong, however, still some Peruvians see their economy as stuck in a rut. It is indebted and dependent on industrial nations, especially the United States. This dependence, combined with US foreign policy decisions in recent years has contributed to a widely held negative view about the United States government in Peru, but not against individual US citizens.
Generally, people are very friendly, peaceful and helpful. When in trouble, you mostly can rely on getting help. But as with any setting, it is always good to watch out for yourself and try to avoid bad situations. If you get into an argument, it is a good idea to remain amicable, but firm. Most of the time, you can find a compromise that satisfies everyone.
Peru is not exactly a haven for efficiency. Do not expect things to be on time, or exactly as they intend to be. Outside of the more upscale tourist services and big cities like Lima, English is uncommon and the people, trying to be friendly, can give wrong or inexact advice, a translator can always be helpful in this cases. Plan ahead and leave plenty of time for traveling.
A trip to Peru is incomplete without a visit to the spectacular Manu Biosphere Reserve in southeastern Peru. Among habitats ranging from high Andes and cloud forests to lowland tropical rainforests, adventurous travelers will discover a world teeming with exotic birds and butterflies, black caiman, spectacled bears, tapirs, ocelots, monkeys, and the elusive jaguar.
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