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Peru (Spanish: Peru is a country in western South America, bordering Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the east, south-east and south, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Peru is rich in cultural anthropology, and is well-known as the cradle of the Inca empire.
|National motto: None|
|Capital and largest city||Lima|
|President||Alejandro Toledo Manrique|
|Prime Minister||Carlos Ferrero Costa|
- % water
| World ranking: 20th|
- Total (2002)
| World ranking: 39th|
| From Spain|
July 28, 1821
|Currency||Nuevo Sol (S/.)|
|Time zone||UTC -5|
|National anthem||"Somos libres, se᭯slo siempre" "We are free, may we always be so"|
1 Quechua, [[Aymara language|Aymar and other regional languages are also recognized in the areas where they are predominant.
Main article: History of Peru
Before the Spanish arrived, Peru was home to various Pre-Inca cultures and later, to the Inca Empire. Francisco Pizarro landed on the Peruvian coast in 1532, and by the end of the 1530s Peru became a Viceroyalty and a major source of gold and silver for the Spanish Empire. Peru declared its independence from Spain on July 28, 1821 thanks to an alliance between the Argentine army of [[Jos頤e San Mart�], and the Neogranadine Army of [[Simol�r]]. Its first elected president, however, was not in power until 1827. From 1836 to 1839 Peru and Bolivia were united in the Peru-Bolivian Confederacy, dissolved only after an armed conflict with Chile and Argentina. Between these years, political unrest didn't fade away, with the Army as an important political force. Once again, between 1879 and 1883, Peru and Bolivia made an alliance and fought against Chile in the War of the Pacific. After the war (and with the loss of the province of Tarapaca), political stability was achieved, during the early years of the 1900s; until [[Augusto Legu�] and his dictatorship arrived.
Main article: Political division of Peru
The Lima Province, located in the central coast of the country, is unique in that it doesn't belong to any of the twenty-five regions. The city of Lima is located in this province, which is also known as Lima Metropolitana (Metropolitan Lima).
Main article: Geography of Peru
Map of Peru
The western coastal plains (costa) are separated from the eastern lowland jungle of the Amazon Basin (selva) by the high and rugged Andes in the center (sierra). On the border with Bolivia lies Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 3821 m.
A land rich in cultural heritage and a variety of natural environments, harbors 84 of the 118 known life zones of the earth.
Main article: Politics of Peru
The second and third largest parties are in opposition; respectively Partido Aprista Peruano (short: PAP, 28 seats), which is led by [[Alan Garc�P鲥z]], and Unidad Nacional (short: UN, 17 seats), which is led by Lourdes Flores Nano.
Main article: Economy of Peru
The Peruvian economy has become increasingly market oriented, with major privatizations completed since 1990; in the mining, electricity, and telecommunications industries. Thanks to strong foreign investment and the cooperation between the Fujimori government the IMF and the World Bank, growth was strong in 1994–97 and inflation was brought under control. In 1998, [[El Ni's impact on agriculture, the financial crisis in Asia, and instability in Brazilian markets undercut growth. And 1999 was another lean year for Peru, with the aftermath of El Nind the Asian financial crisis working its way through the economy. Lima did manage to complete negotiations for an Extended Fund Facility with the IMF in June 1999, although it subsequently had to renegotiate the targets. Pressure on spending grew in the run-up to the 2000 elections. Growth up to 2004 has been driven by construction, investment, domestic demand, and exports to different world regions. Peru's economy is one of the better-managed in Latin America. Over the next few years, the country is likely to attract both domestic and foreign investment in the tourism, agriculture, mining, petroleum and natural gas, and power industries.
Main article: Demographics of Peru
Peru is one of only three countries in the Americas where indigenous people constitute the majority of the population — the other two being Bolivia and Guatemala — where almost half of all Peruvians are Amerindian, or 45 percent of the total population. The two major indigenous ethnic groups are Quechua-speakers, followed closely by the [[Aymara|Aymar, as well as several dozen small Amerindian ethnic tribes scattered throughout the country beyond the Andes Mountains and in the Amazon basin. Mestizos, a term that denotes people of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry, constitute around 37% of the people.
Peru has two official languages--Spanish and the foremost indigenous language, Quechua. Spanish is used by the government and the media and in education and commerce, although there is an increasing and organized effort to teach Quechua in public schools. Amerindians who live in the Andean highlands speak Quechua and Aymara and are ethnically distinct from the diverse indigenous groups who live on the eastern side of the Andes and in the tropical lowlands adjacent to the Amazon basin.
Main article: Culture of Peru
Pictures and Photographs of Peru
- Pictures and photographs of Peru (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Countries_and_Cities/Peru)
- Pictures and photographs of Cuzco (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Countries_and_Cities/Peru/Cuzco)
- Pictures and photographs of Cuzco (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Countries_and_Cities/Peru/Lake_Titicaca)
- Pictures and photographs of Machu Picchu (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Countries_and_Cities/Peru/Machu_Picchu)
- Pictures and photographs of Ollantaytambo (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Countries_and_Cities/Peru/Ollantaytambo)
- Pictures and photographs of Sacsayhuaman (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Countries_and_Cities/Peru/Sacsayhuaman)
- Pictures and photographs of Sillustani (http://classroomclipart.com/cgi-bin/kids/imageFolio.cgi?direct=Countries_and_Cities/Peru/Sillustani)
- Reporters without borders world-wide press freedom index 2004: Rank 123 out of 167 countries (2 way tie)
- UN Human Development Index 2004: Rank 85 out of 177 countries
- Miss Peru
- Surfing in Peru
- Communications in Peru
- Transportation in Peru
- Military of Peru
- Foreign relations of Peru
- List of famous Peruvians
- South American Community of Nations
- Public holidays in Peru
- Paddington Bear
- PeruLinks.com (http://www.perulinks.com/pages/english/) Very complete directory linking to possibly as many as 4000 Peru-related sites. The site and navigation are in both English and Spanish.
- Peruvian Tourism Authority's Official Site (http://www.promperu.gob.pe)
- South America Pictures (http://www.geographicguide.com/south-america.htm)
- South America Map (http://www.geographicguide.com/south-america-map.htm)
- South America Satellite Images (http://www.globe-images.com/south-america.htm)
- Machu Picchu Travel Information Site and Links (http://www.machu-picchu.info)
- Peru Tourist Travel Information Site and Links (http://peruinfo.org)
- Tabiviaje goes to Peru (http://www.tabiviaje.info/perou.htm)
- About Peru (http://agutie.homestead.com/files/AboutPeru.htm) Interactive introduction with animation and sound by Antonio Gutierrez from "Geometry Step by Step from the Land of the Incas"
- Climate of 60 locations among Peru (http://www.limaperunet.com/climate/climateall.html)
- Peru travel information and tours (http://www.peru-explorer.com)
- Peru Tours (http://www.ecstravel.com/)
- Peru Photodiary, by Andrys (http://andrys.com/indox.html)
- Inca trail hikes to Machu Picchu (http://www.inca-trails.net)
- Peru Rock Music (http://www.rockperu.com/)
- Peru Inca Trail (http://www.inca-tours.com/)
- Sports Fishing in Peru (http://www.sportfishingperu.com/)
- Surf in Peru (http://www.peruazul.com.pe/)
- Peruvian Modern Rock Webzine (http://www.revista69.com/)
- Peruvian Music News (http://www.sonidorock.org/)
|Countries in South America|
|Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | Guyana | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Suriname | Trinidad and Tobago | Uruguay | Venezuela|
|Dependencies: Falkland Islands | French Guiana|