Facts

  • Population: 32 million
  • Languages Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 72 years (men), 77 years (women)
  • Currency: nuevo sol

Geography

  • Area: 1.28 million sq km (496,225 sq miles)
    • 19th largest country in the world, and the third largest in South America
  • Bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the south and west by the Pacific Ocean.

Notes

  • Police (as well as other officials) are very corrupt, often stopping tourists and demanding bribes. (Personal experience)
  • “Peru is a developing country, ranking 82nd on the Human Development Index, with a high level of human development with an upper middle income level and a poverty rate around 19 percent. It is one of the region’s most prosperous economies with an average growth rate of 5.9% and it has one of the world’s fastest industrial growth rates at an average of 9.6%.” (Wikipedia)

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This page was last updated on 2021.03.18 by Robert Vinet