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Overview

Peru - Overview


Capital: Lima
Government: Constitutional republic
Currency: Nuevo sol (PEN)
Area 1,285,220 km2
Population: 27,925,628 (July 2006 est.)
Language: Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara
Religion: Roman Catholic 90%
Electricity: 220V/60Hz (North American plug)
Calling Code: +51
Internet TLD: .pe
Time Zone: UTC -5

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. Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Peru is a country that has a diversity and wealth little common in the world. The main attractions are their archaeological patrimony (pre-Columbian cultures), their gastronomy, their colonial architecture (has imposing colonial constructions) and their natural resources (a paradise for the ecological tourism).

Regions

- Central Coast - Lima
- Southern Coast - Pisco, Ica, Nazca and Tacna
- Northern Coast - Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, Tumbes and Chimbote
- Southern Sierra - Huancayo, Ayacucho, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco|Qosqo and Machu Picchu
- Cordillera Blanca - Huaraz and Caraz
- Northern Sierra - Cajamarca - Chachapoyas
- Altiplano - Puno and Lake Titicaca
- San Martín - Moyobamba and Tarapoto
- Amazonas - Iquitos, Amazonas and Pucallpa
- Madre de Dios - Manu Biosphere Reserve and Puerto Maldonado


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