Peru- Spanish Country Project

by Josh McBrayer

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Peru Basic Facts

  • Population: 30.45 million (2015)
  • Capital: Lima, Peru.
  • Education: 94.5% of all Peruvians over 15 can read and write.
  • Number one export: Copper ore
  • Government: Democratic Republic
  • Religion: Predominately Catholic, with other scattered Christians throughout the country.
  • Peru is approximately 1/8 the size of the United States.
  • Climate/ Weather/ Seasons: Andes Mountains have a cool climate with rainy summers and a very dry winter, eastern lowlands have hot weather and rain distributed throughout the year.
  • Vegetation: Peru is subtropical, as it contains some of the Amazon Rainforest and is coastal.

Machu Picchu

If there is one place I would visit it is Machu Picchu due to its rich background and overall beauty.

Peruvian food

Peruvians eat lots of potatoes (estimated that they are served in around 4000 types around the country). Many Peruvians eat Sopa (soup) for breakfast. The most popular Peruvian dish for tourists is called the Lomo Saltado, which is made with bite sized chunks of raw white fish (normally sea bass) and is then marinated with lemon/ lime juice, chilies, and onions. It is also traditionally served with boiled sweet potatoes or corn, but usually served with large servings of french fries and white rice.

Peruvian Currency

The currency of Peru is the Peruvian nuevo sol, or PEN for short.

Home Life in Peru

Peruvians place significant value on family. Most Peruvians live with their parents until marriage, and then they move out and live with their spouse. Peruvians have a very traditional household (think U.S. in the 1950's) in which the man of the house provides for his family economically and makes all major decisions, while the women tend to be the primary caretaker of the children and tend to the house.

Major Cities in Peru

  • Lima: Home to many wold heritage sites, museums, restaurants, and a gigantic shopping mall, and add to that list the city being right next to the Pacific Ocean, it is no wonder that this city is the most populated city in the country, at more than 7 million people.
  • Arequipa houses many natural land features such as snow-capped mountains (see image), volcanoes such as Chachani (6,075 meters high), small coves, deep canyons, and many beaches.

Peru Occupations

Mostly miners, farmers, and textile mill workers.

Music in Peru

Music in Peru is a fusion and combining of sounds and styles from Peru's Andean, Spanish, and African roots.

Animals in Peru

Peru is rich in wildlife diversity; the Amazon Basin is home to pink dolphins, jaguar, giant river otters, primates, 4,000 types of butterflies, and many different species of birds.

Art in Peru

Most of the famous Peruvian art depicts and draws it styles from ancient Spanish and Incan art and culture.

Peruvian Crafts

Peruvian crafts include pan flutes, wall carpets, carvings made from wood, stone, and even dried pumpkin, and also gold and silver jewelry.

Peru Business

The most successful business in Peru is Shougang Hierro Peru, which is a mining company that is among the top 100 business in Latin America. This is due to the large amounts of natural resources that can be mines such as copper, silver, and salt.

Sports in Peru

Most well known and popular sports are fútbol and volleyball. The Peruvian National Football Team has played in the FIFA World Cup 4 times, and won 2 COPA trophies.