Country profile: Peru



The Peruvian Andes provide amazing scenery and trekking for visitors to Peru and this is only a fraction of what the country has on offer. In the Amazon Basin there is the rain forest, parts of which can be visited; between Bolivia and Peru lies Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and you can take the Inca trail to visit Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, as well as other important archaeological sites.

The Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro founded the city of Lima in 1533 when Peru fell under Spanish rule following Pizarro’s capture and execution of the Incan emperor. In 1824 Peru was liberated from Spain.

In the 1980s guerrilla activity led to political instability but relative peace was established after the election of President Alberto Fujimori. However, in spring 2000 the presidential elections saw Fujimori reelected under accusations of election corruption. In November 2000 Fujimori resigned and political tensions have continued to grow. Several large demonstrations have taken place and visitors to Peru are advised to “keep well clear of large gatherings.” Check for current and the most up-to-date advice and information with your Foreign Office before undertaking travel.

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Quick facts

Capital Lima
Population 27,013,000
Language Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara
Literacy 88.7%
Timezone GMT - 5
Telephone code +51
Currency PEN (Sol)
Growth 1.75%

Health data

No. doctors ca.19,700
Hospital profiles 57
Medschool profiles 4

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