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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
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.
Major cities and tourist destinations
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.
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 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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