Peru is a country on the western side of South America. The country is well known for being extraordinarily biodiverse. The habitats in Peru range from mountainous regions to Amazon rainforest. The capital of Peru is Lima.
There are three official languages of Peru. The most popular is Spanish, but Quechua and Aymara are also spoken. In the Amazonian areas, there are some indigenous languages still spoken.
- Peru is located around the central portion of South America and is known as the basket of civilization for all of South America.
- Lake Titicaca, shared with Bolivia, is the highest navigable lake in the world and the largest lake in South America.
- Peruvian territory served as the home of Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
- Caral is believed to have been built between 2627 BC and 2000 BC, making it the oldest city in the Americas as well as one of the oldest cities in the world.
- Ceviche is a lime marinated seafood dish. It originated in Peru, but is now enjoyed throughout the world and is considered a delicacy by many.
- Machu Picchu is a 15th century Incan Citadel. It’s regarded as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is a popular tourist attraction.
- Sports are very important in Peru. Football (soccer) is probably the most commonly played and the national team has competed in the World Cup on several occasions. Also, Taekwondo is extraordinarily popular among both adults and children.