Peru facts for kids
|Republic of Peru
República del Perú
|Motto: "Firme y Feliz por la Unión" (Spanish)
"Firm and Happy for the Union"
|Anthem: Himno Nacional del Peru (Spanish)
National Anthem of Peru
Gran Sello del Estado (Spanish)
Great Seal of the State
and largest city
|Official languagesa||Spanish (offical) 84.1% Quechua (official) 13% Aymara (official) 1.7%|
|Government||Unitary presidential constitutional republic|
|-||President||Pedro Pablo Kuczynski|
|-||Prime Minister||Fernando Zavala|
|-||Vice Presidents||Martín Vizcarra
|Independence from Spain|
|-||Declared||July 28, 1821|
|-||Consolidated||December 9, 1824|
|-||Current constitution||December 31, 1993|
|-||Total||1,285,216 km2 (20th)
496,225 sq mi
|-||2013 estimate||30,475,144 (40th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2013 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2013 estimate|
|Gini (2010)||▼ 46.0
high · 35th
|HDI (2013)|| 0.741
high · 77th
|Currency||Nuevo sol (PEN)|
|Time zone||PET (UTC−5)|
|Date format||dd.mm.yyyy (CE)|
|Drives on the||right|
|a.||Quechua, Aymara and other indigenous languages are co-official in the areas where they predominate.|
Peru is bordered to the north by Ecuador and Colombia, to the east by Brazil, and to the south by Chile and Bolivia. Peru is a representative democratic republic divided into 25 regions and over 29.5 million people live in it.
Peruvian territory was home to the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century and established a Viceroyalty, which included most of its South American colonies. After achieving independence in 1821.
Peru suffered a terrible guerrilla war in the 1980s. The communist (Maoist) Shining Path tried to take over the country. But after the leader of the group was captured in 1992, Shining Path was not a threat anymore. During the 1990s, it was ruled by President Alberto Fujimori. During this time, the economy of Peru got better, and it became easier to start a company or operate a business. After Fujimori, Alejandro Toledo was elected President, and then Alan Garcia, who was President from 1985 to 1990, was elected again in 2006. Ollanta Humala was elected President in 2011 and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was elected President in 2016.
Peru's most important exports, products that it sells to other countries, are fish, gold and other metals, oil, coffee, sugar, and cotton. Also, the food in Peru is very diverse, including typical dishes like Ceviche and Broiled Chicken.
Tourists from other countries like to come to Peru because of the history and also to enjoy nature. Many people come to climb mountains in the Cordillera Blanca in the Ancash Region, and many people visit Peru's long Pacific coast or the Amazon jungle. Cuzco and Macchu Picchu are just two of the places where many buildings built by the Incas are still standing after hundreds of years, and these are some of the most visited places. The Incas were not the only tribe in Peru who left buildings and artifacts, but they were the most powerful.
Peru is divided into 25 regions of Peru regions. Lima is the capital and other main regions are Cuzco, Arequipa and Lambayeque.
In the Amazon jungle region, we can find many important rivers and different animals, plants and people of many indigenous cultures.
Population: 29, 5 mill.
The currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol.
The population of Peru is apprx. 30 million. The ethnic composition of Peru is like the following:
- 44.0%: Mestizo.
- 31.0%: Native American.
- 15.0%: European.
- 7.0%: Mulatto.
- 2.0%: Black.
- 1.0%: Asians.
About 39.8% of the population lives below the national poverty line.
Peru was the home of the Inca Empire. The Incas were a well-organized Indian civilization that began the city of Cuzco (now called Cusco). Beginning in the 1400s, they defeated many nearby tribes and built an empire in the Andes. The Inca forced the people to work for the king for a certain number of days every year. They used this "work tax" to build roads and terraces on the sides of the mountains to grow crops, and huge cities with rich palaces for the rulers and their queens. Records were kept on quipa, knotted ropes, since the Incas never invented writing. These could be quickly sent anywhere in the empire by a series of relay runners set up along the roads. Heavier loads were sent by llamas, the pack animals of the Andes. The Incas were rich in gold and silver which could be found in the mountains. The Spanish wanted that treasure when they discovered the nation in the 1500s. Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish man, kidnapped and killed the Inca ruler in 1532, even after his people paid a huge amount of treasure for his release. The Incas fought the Spanish for many years, but the last Inca king was killed in 1572. Peru was a Spanish colony until 1821. Spanish is still the main language of the people, although many also speak Quechua, the Inca language.
- List of rivers of Peru
- Machu Picchu
- Manú National Park
- National University of San Marcos
- Peru at the Olympics
- Peru national football team
- Lord of Miracles
Images for kids
The citadel of Machu Picchu, an iconic symbol of pre-Columbian Peru
Lima in the early 19th century, near the Monastery of San Francisco
The Battle of Angamos, during the War of the Pacific
Areas where the Shining Path was active in Peru
Casa de Osambela, headquarters of the Academia Peruana de la Lengua (APL) in Lima
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