Peru

Tropical Climates

The Basics

Location: Peru is located in the west of South America and borders the Pacific Ocean to the west. Peru also borders Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.

Weather: In Peru the weather tends to be slightly damp but rarely cold. In some areas of Peru it hardly rains and in others it has tropical climates.

Climate: The climate is extreme! It goes from freezing snow in the mountains to boiling hot sun on the coast.

Peru has many wonderful physical characteristics and it is epically known for being a large mountainous country. Most of the country's resources (silver, zinc, lead, copper and gold) come from the Andes Mountains.

How to Fit In

The 3 official languages in Peru are Spanish, Aymara and Quechua. Most of the people who are from Peru are Catholic. Sundays are very important day for the people in Peru. Every Sunday people get together with their extended family's and have lunch together, after they eat lunch they go for walks and have family time. This is an interesting fact about Peru, over half of the population is under the age of 15. There are some very important taboos in the country of Peru. Business casual is not considered appropriate attire for lunch. Never communicate in far proximity, always communicate in close proximity. "I'm thinking" is a common gesture by tapping your head with your finger. Peru has many values in there culture. Peruvians value Religion, Music and dancing because its a big part of there culture. They also value food because food expresses their culture in many ways.
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Digging Deeper into Culture

Subcultures: In Peru there is High/Middle class and Low/slum class.

Culture Landscape: In Peru there is a shortage of housing. There is not that many housing options in Peru. There is the option of a single family dwelling or a high rise apartment. Peru is also a popular country for futbol known as "soccer" in America. Traditional clothing is very big in Peru culture. They make their traditional clothing out of alpaca fur. Lomo Saltado is a very traditional dish in Peru. It is made with sliced beef stir fired with red onions, tomatoes, yellow Peruvian chilies, soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro.

Culture Diffusion: Peru is know for five wonderful restaurants Astrid y Gaston, Chez Wong, El Rincon Que No Conoces, Fiest and Lamar. Peru transportation is mostly railways, highways and Buses. Peru is also trying to strengthen science and technology.

Culture Change: Peru is a middle class-income country. Less then 1/3 of Peruvian population lives below nation poverty line. Education is for children 7-16 years old. Secondary education in the governments institutions is free.