The political map of Peru shows the international boundaries, region boundaries, national capital along with the regional capitals.
Geography of Peru
The 3rd biggest country across South America, after Argentina and Brazil, Peru is comprised of different landscapes including beaches, deserts, mountains, and rain forests. The Amazon, the biggest rain forest in the world occupies around 50% area of Peru. The 2nd highest mountain range worldwide also runs through Peru, from the north through south; this can be viewed from Peru’s beaches 80Km towards the west. Mount Huascarán is the highest peak across Peru, which is 22,205 feet high. Peru is surrounded by Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil.
Demography of Peru
The total population of Peru, as per the World Map is approx. 33,110,530 as of Oct 2020, which is equal to 0.42% of the overall population of the world. Peru’s population density is 26/SqKm on the total landmass of 1,280,000SqKm; approx. 79.1% of total Peru’s populace is urban. Life expectancy at birth is 77.44 years for both males and females and the infant mortality rate is 10.7 deaths/1000 births and the death rate under age 5 is 13.7deaths/1000 births.
Culture of Peru
The culture of Peru, popularly called the Peruvian culture is a lovely mixture of native and Hispanic cultures. The Aymara and the Quechua are the 2 chief native traditions of Peru and both of these talk in their ethnic languages. Peruvian are basically the descendants of the Inca civilization that triumphantly upheld and grew their proud traditions in spite of the advent of globalization. Peruvian culture is highly renowned for its ethnic dress; in some areas, females wear layered and bright-colored skirts known as ‘polleras’ and in some other regions, ladies wear black skirts with embroidered belts. The official languages of Peru include Spanish, Aymara, Quechua; while indigenous dialects are also being used in some parts of Peru. The largest religion is Christianity and Roman Catholics have the most followers.
List of top places to visit in Peru
Lima, the capital city of Peru, is popularly called the ‘City of Kings’ that represents the industry and history of the Spanish Colonial system and the subsequent independence from them. If you visit Lima for the first time, you must visit the local museums to know about the country’s history in detail. Museo Larco has a prehistoric assortment of pre-Columbian displays of Peru’s aboriginals; visitors can even enjoy the beautiful parks and have delicacies at the in-house restaurant. You must visit Larcomar if you want to shop for some traditional items from Peru.
If you ever visit Peru, you must certainly visit Cusco; this small and mesmerizing city would beautifully keep you engaged with the displays of its Inca tradition, the 16th -century colonial structure, and its current winding and narrow streets, leaving you amid romantic feelings of the European culture. The breathtaking Cusco Cathedral situated on edge of the square is also a World Heritage site, declared by UNESCO. Cusco has several archeological remnants, articles, and colonial arts and works, sufficient to keep you awe-struck and overwhelmed.
The Sacred Valley
Popularly known as the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley is the best destination for discovering the Inca ruins. If you are fond of outdoor activities, you may take the day trip to the Sacred Valley from either Machu Picchu or Cusco; you may even consider spending a day or two at Urubamba Valley to travel the region.
What is the best or most ideal time to visit Peru?
The most ideal time to visit Peru is in between May to October when the weather becomes drier; especially for people that love trekking, hiking, and outdoor activities. The dry season is also the peak season to visit Peru; hence early booking is desirable.