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Peru

Background

Peru

Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his ouster in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which ushered in Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of Native American ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, has overseen a robust macroeconomic performance.

About

Peru is a country in South America, situated on the western side of that continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America. Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Peru is a country that has a diversity and wealth little common in the world. The main attractions are their archaeological patrimony of pre-Columbian cultures and the center of Inca's Empire, their gastronomy, their colonial architecture (has imposing colonial constructions) and their natural resources (a paradise for the ecological tourism).

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PeruHilton Lima Miraflores 

Av La Paz 1099
Lima 18
Peru

Price (US$): $194 - $319 / night

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Location. Hilton Lima Miraflores is located in Lima's Miraflores neighborhood, close to Larcomar, Kennedy Park, and Huaca Pucllana. Nearby points of interest also include Olivar Park. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hilton Lima Miraflores include a restaurant and a coffee shop/cafĂ©. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves cooked to order breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an… more »

PeruHotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort 

Av. Paracas S/n
Ica
Paracas
Peru

Price (US$): $220 - $350 / night

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Location. Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort is located on the beach in Paracas and attractions in the region include Pisco Plaza de Armas. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hotel Paracas, A Luxury Collection Resort include 2 restaurants. 2 poolside bars are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a children's pool, a health club, a sauna, a steam… more »

PeruMiraflores Park Hotel 

Ave Malecon De La Reserva 1035
Lima 18
Peru

Price (US$): $325 - $445 / night

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Location. Miraflores Park Hotel is a business friendly hotel located in Lima's Miraflores neighborhood, close to Larcomar, Kennedy Park, and Huaca Pucllana. Additional points of interest include Olivar Park. Hotel Features. Dining options at Miraflores Park Hotel include 3 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. The property's full… more »

PeruThe Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center 

Calle Las Begonias 450, San Isidro
Lima 27
Peru

Price (US$): $300 - $590 / night

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Location. The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center is located near the beach in Lima's San Isidro neighborhood and close to Olivar Park, Huaca Pucllana, and National Museum. Additional points of interest include Reserve Park and National Stadium. Hotel Features. Dining options at The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center include 2 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational… more »

PeruINKATERRA LA CASONA 

Plaza Las Nazarenas 113
Cusco
Peru

Price (US$): $418 - $649 / night

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INKATERRA ONE OF THE FIRST SPANISH BUILDINGS IN THE TOWN IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF CUSCO ONPLAZA LAS NAZARENAS. IT IS THE IDEAL STARTING POINT TOEXPLORE THE REGION. THIS AUTHENTIC 16TH CENTURY RESIDENCE WHICH TRULY UPHOLDS AGE OLD TRADITIONS REFLECTS THE BLENDOF CULTURES IN THIS TOWN. BETWEEN TWO EXCURSIONS ON THETRAIL OF THE INCAS YOU ARE SURE TO APPRECIATE THECOLONIALLY INSPIRED DECOR SKILFULLY COMBINED WITH EVERYMODERN COMFORT AND THE TRANQUIL ATMOSPHERE ON THE… more »

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Peru

Full name
Republic of Peru
Capital
Lima
Location

Western South America, bordering the South Pacific Ocean, between Chile and Ecuador

Geographic coordinates

10 00 S, 76 00 W

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Alaska

Border countries

Bolivia 1,075 km, Brazil 2,995 km, Chile 171 km, Colombia 1,800 km, Ecuador 1,420 km

Coastline

2,414 km

Climate

varies from tropical in east to dry desert in west; temperate to frigid in Andes

Terrain

western coastal plain (costa), high and rugged Andes in center (sierra), eastern lowland jungle of Amazon Basin (selva)

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Nevado Huascaran 6,768 m

Natural resources

copper, silver, gold, petroleum, timber, fish, iron ore, coal, phosphate, potash, hydropower, natural gas

Population

29,907,003 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Amerindian 45%, mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 37%, white 15%, black, Japanese, Chinese, and other 3%

Religions

Roman Catholic 81.3%, Evangelical 12.5%, other 3.3%, unspecified or none 2.9% (2007 Census)

Languages

Spanish 84.1% (official), Quechua 13% (official), Aymara 1.7%, Ashaninka 0.3%, other native languages 0.7% (includes a large number of minor Amazonian languages), other 0.2% (2007 Census)

Government type

constitutional republic

Independence

28 July 1821 (from Spain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 28 July (1821)

Chief of state

President Alan GARCIA Perez (since 28 July 2006); First Vice President Luis GIAMPIETRI Rojas (since 28 July 2006); Second Vice President Lourdes MENDOZA del Solar (since 28 July 2006); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Alan GARCIA Perez (since 28 July 2006); First Vice President Luis GIAMPIETRI Rojas (since 28 July 2006); Second Vice President Lourdes MENDOZA del Solar (since 28 July 2006)

Internet country code

.pe

Internet users

9.158 million (2009)

Airports

211 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Callao, Iquitos, Matarani, Paita, Pucallpa, Yurimaguas; note - Iquitos, Pucallpa, and Yurimaguas are on the upper reaches of the Amazon and its tributaries

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