UniEel Experiencing: Peru

Peru is a country located in South America. The nation is known for a beautiful landscape, hosting the Machu Picchu and range of coastal areas. Peru shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, with the Pacific Ocean to its west of the country. Peru enjoys a mostly warm climate – with its best weather coming between December and May. The nation is a big country. The population of the country is approximately 32,500,000. There is a lot to see and do in the country. Overall, Peru is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of ‘UniEel Experiencing’.

 

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QUICK FACTS

Nation: Peru
Continent: South America
Capital: Lima
Land Mass: 500,000 square miles
Population: 32,500,000
Religion: Roman Catholic
Language: Spanish
Currency: Sol

 

Peru has an interesting history. The origins of the nation can be traced all the way back to 9,000 BC. Peru would eventually be colonized by Spain following years of conflict. Peru struggled at times during their rule under Spain, but eventually managed to secure independence – declaring it in 1821. Around fifty years later, Peru were going through a tough economical time, and entered the War of the Pacific. Political stability would eventually be achieved during the early 1900s. A military coup took place in 1948. Further coups and conflicts would take place, while chronic inflation also caused issues. Economic reform would take place, though bloody battles with insurgents marred these advancements. While the battle for long-term stability goes on, the nation seems to be secure

 

Things to Do and See:
Peru features many different things to see! Without doubt – the most famous location is the Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is an iconic city ruin, with millions of tourists visiting year-on-year. Such is the beauty and symbolism of the location, that it is one of the New7Wonders of the World. Staying on the ruins-front – Coricancha hosts the ruins of a temple, again a popular tourist spot. Another location well-known is Sacsayhuaman – an impressive spot known for its stone walls. Moving to the green space – the Colca Canyon is great for hiking, picturesque views and bird-watching. As the name suggests, the site features a canyon. The Manu National Park also features some stunning sights. The Amazon rainforest makes up parts of Peru, and has proven popular to hike in. Finally, the Santa Catalina Monastery is a great history point, and features a traditional monastery that is popular with visitors. For more on Peruvian history – there are several museums worth visiting, including in the capital city Lima. The coastal areas of Peru are well-known for their tranquillity – especially in the warm weather!

 

Peru is a nation well worth visiting. As shown in this article, Peru certainly is an interesting country that offers a lot to its visitors. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Peru, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Peru, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Peru at this link. Happy travelling!

 

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