Lima Cathedral


Lima, Peru

Built on the banks of the Rio Rimac, Lima is Peru's largest city and its capital.

Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, Lima was used as the headquarters of the Spanish conquistadors, perhaps because of its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean port at Callao.

Cusco, Peru

The first thing that hits the newly arrived visitor to Cusco are the Inca walls; enormous granite blocks carved to fit together perfectly without the aid of mortar beds.

Its a tribute to the Incas that their anti-seismic design has survived the test of time while the Spanish colonial architecture has had to be rebuilt several times when earthquakes that have hit the city.

Inca Stone

PEru River

Rural Peru

Peru is a middle-income country with a growing gross domestic product. It ranks 80th out of 187 countries on life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide.

Less than a third of the Peruvian population now lives below the national poverty line, compared with around half in the early 2000s. Poverty is deepest among people of indigenous origin living in remote rural areas.

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