From the time of the Incas through today, Peru has always been considered one of the leading countries in Latin America. There are thousands of archeological sites to be visited in Peru, such as Caral, which is the oldest city in South America, more than 5,000 years old.
The longest river on Earth, the Amazon, starts in Peru. The second highest mountain range in the world, the Andes, runs through this magnificent country. Because it has so many different ecosystems, Peru is home to a wider variety of plants and animals in comparison to most other countries on Earth.
Peru has always attracted the attention of scholars, experts as well as explorers, to study the treasures still hidden in our mountains, deserts and wild jungle. For instance, in 1911, the famous Yale and Harvard Professor, Hiram Bingham, made a trip to the Cuzco jungle. With the help of a group of local farmers, rediscovered the archeological site known as Machu Picchu, which today is recognized as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
Since Peru declared its independence from being a Spanish colony in 1821, this democratic republic has advocated to protect the human rights of all its citizens. Peru is a constitutional republic, with a president, a congress and a supreme court, and 32 million citizens in 2018. The richness of the Peruvian culture is not only limited to our Inca heritage, but also to the migration waves over the course of the last 500 years that bring about a new Peruvian identity.
Perhaps the biggest cultural exchange in the country can best be seen (or tasted…) in the Peruvian cuisine. It is an incomprable blend of Spanish, other European, African, Japanese and Chinese techniques and ingredients, fused with Peru’s native ways and huge diversity of local delicacies. Peru has been awarded the World’s Leading Culinary Travel Destination for 6 consecutive years at the World Travel Awards, also known as the “Oscars of Tourism”.
Peru is an incredibly fascinating country to visit, to invest in or to live!