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Compare all the major car hire brands including Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Alamo and find the best prices for car hire in Peru. Car rental in Peru includes Theft Waiver (TW), Third Party Liability Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) as well as unlimited mileage when you hire with us.



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Peru guide

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The republic Peru was home to one of the world’s great civilizations. The Incas ruled the area for three hundred years, up to the 1500s. Many aspects of the civilization remains shrouded in mystery because the Incas had no written language, only an oral history passed down through the generations. But they left behind extensive examples of intricate architecture.

Located in western South America, Peru is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west; Ecuador and Columbia to the north; Brazil and Bolivia to the east; and Chile to the south.  It is believed that the potato, tomato, and avocado originated in Peru.

The country is geographically diverse, encompassing the Andes mountain range, deserts, and rainforests.

Population and language
The population of Peru is more than 30.1 million. The largest ethnic group is the Mesitzos, those descended from both the indigenous Amerindians and European settlers who were mostly from Spain and Italy.

A third of the Peruvian population is Amerindian. Prior to the arrival of Spanish settlers in the early 1500s, there were an estimated nine million Amerindians. One hundred years later there were only around 600,000, the natives decimated by smallpox and war.

Europeans, largely descendants of Spanish and Italian settlers, make up 18 percent of the population. There are also small numbers of Asian Peruvians, mostly of Chinese and Japanese ancestry, and Afro-Peruvians, descendants from slaves.

Spanish, the official language, is spoken by 80 percent of Peruvians, with about one in six speaking Quechua, an Amerind language that is common in Eastern Peru. There are also well over 100 indigenous languages spoken throughout Peru in various small tribal communities.
Peru is primarily a Catholic country but with a growing evangelical influence.

Major cities and tourist destinations
Lima, the capital of Peru with nearly eight million residents, is known for its elaborate catacombs and the Museo de Oro, or Gold Museum that exhibits a huge collection of gold, silver, and copper. Other major cities include Arequipa (841,000), Callao (813,00), and Trujillo (747,000).
Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, Colca Canyon is the second deepest in the world. At the base of the canyon is the winding Colca River.

Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. Located in the Andes near the Bolivian border, it is one of the highest navigable lakes in the world. There are dozens of small islands in the lake, which are popular places to explore.

Arguably the most famous attractions in Peru, if not the world, is Machu Picchu. Located 8,000 feet up in the Andes, Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, believed to be an estate for the emperor Pachacuti.

Weather and climate varies from region to region. The coast is cloudy and wet from June to September. The climate in the Amazon is tropical year round, with a rainy season from December through April. The rainforest in eastern Peru can get up to 125 inches of rain annually.
Lima has a moderate climate that averages 70°F (21°C) in summer and 50°F (10° C) in winter. In general the higher the elevation is, the cooler the temperatures.

Peru’s varied geography plays an important part in the country’s economy, which uses the Nuevo sol currency. Peru is the largest producer of gold, zinc, and iron ore in South America. It is also a heavily agricultural country, producing an array of vegetables and grains as well as cotton and coffee, all of which are important exports.

Primary imports include oil, plastics, color TV sets, telephones and telecommunication equipment, iron, steel and vaccines.

Peru’s gross domestic product is around $174 billion.

Most Peruvians travel within the country by bus, which are economical and extensive. Trains are also popular, mostly because of the “train experience,”even though the travel takes longer than bus travel.
Cars are good for exploring out of the way places but are not recommended for Lima, which is notorious for terrible traffic. Buses and taxis are recommended for getting around the city.

Most of the popular tourist destinations are a two-hour flight or less from Lima, so flying around the country is also gaining popularity among visitors. The top airports include Rodríguez Ballón International Airport (Arequipa); Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (Cusco); Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport (Iquitos); Jorge Chávez International Airport (Lima): Cap. FAP Guillermo Concha Iberico International Airport (Piura.)

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