10 Interesting facts about Peru

For anyone interested in visiting or curious for learning more about Peru, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. There are over 30 million people in Peru.  It’s on the west coast of South America, with borders including Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia in the southeast, and Chile to the south.  The name Peru comes from a local ruler name Biru in the 16th century.
  • 2. The capital and largest city is Lima with 8.5 million people, followed by Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, Iquitos, Cusco, Huancayo, Chimbote, and Pucallpa.
  • 3. The main language used is Spanish, other languages used include the indigenous language of Quechua, as well as some Portuguese and English.
  • 4. There are three main geographic regions of Peru, this includes the relatively flat areas near the coast, the Peruvian Andes going through the middle from north to south, and the Amazon rainforest in the east near Colombia and Brazil.  The largest park in Peru is the Manu National Park, recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site, located in southwest of Peru on the western side of the Andes.
  • 5. There are 15 Amerindian tribes in Peru that have had little to no contact with the modern world.
  • 6. The currency used is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol, PEN.  The major industries include mining, petroleum, fishing, textiles, and tourism.
  • 7. The Incas had a strong presence in Peru, most notable for the construction of Machu Picchu.
  • 8. The cuisine in Peru varies depending on the region you’re in.  On the coast you’ll find Ceviche, marinated raw fish or seafood, a shrimp soup including shrimp, potatoes, milk, and chili peppers, as well as Tamales and other dishes made from beef, chicken, or pork.  The northern coast includes more stews and meat dishes, as well as the Ceviche is mostly from black clams.  In the Andes you’ll find meals based on corn, potatoes, along with meats such as from a guinea pig.  Meats are often cured by salting and drying, the word Jerky comes from the Andean word for it, Qechuan.  In the Amazon, you’ll find fish, meats, fruits and vegetables native to the rainforest.  This includes the Paiche fish and the Camu Camu fruit, containing 40 times the Vitamin C of a kiwi fruit.
  • 9. For beverages, you’ll find Pisco, a type of brandy from grapes, wine from the Ica region, and local beers such as Pilsen, Cristal, Arequipena, and Cuzquena.  In the Andes you’ll find Chicha, based on fermented maize (corn) with aromatic herbs.
  • 10. There are about 2.6 million people that travel to Peru every year.  Attractions include Machu Picchu and other historical sites, different parts of the Andes as well as the many coastal cities and towns.

Have your own networks with others in Peru

If you regularly share content or work with people in Peru, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your preferred language, including Spanish, English and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views from respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, polls, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites, and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability create as many networks as you’d like, use the applications, and initial storage for your photos, office files, audio and video files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Peru, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples, and relevant blog articles.

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