About Peru

volunteer in peru from usaPeru is a country in South America that’s home to a section of the Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains. The region around Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco, is rich in archaeological sites. On Peru’s arid Pacific coast is Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial center and important collections of pre-Columbian art. 

Peru At A Glance

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Peru is the third largest country in South America, after Brazil and Argentina. It contains a variety of landscapes, from mountains and beaches to deserts and rain forests. Most people live along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, where the capital, Lima, is located.

The world’s largest rain forest, the Amazon, covers nearly half of Peru. Called the selva in Spanish, this huge jungle, which also covers half of Brazil, is home to plants and animals that do not live anywhere else on Earth.

Official Name: Republic of Peru
Form of Government: Constitutional republic
Capital: Lima
Population: 31,331,228
Official Languages: Spanish, Quechua
Money: Nuevo Sol
Area: 496,224 square miles (1,285,216 sqare kilometers)
Major Mountain Ranges: Andes
Major Rivers: Amazon, Ucayali, Madre de Dios

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