Encounter Culture: Peru
AAG wants to not only promote cultural exchange through our programs, but also provide an opportunity to travel the world virtually. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to learn more about a featured country with whom we are establishing and creating stronger business, political and human ties. This month we would like to feature Peru. Over the past two years, AAG has assisted bringing almost 1000 Peruvians to the United States on the Summer Work Travel Program.
Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in South America and the 5th largest country in Latin America. Peru is a representative democratic republic divided in 25 regions. Its geography varies from the arid plains of the Pacific coast to the peaks of the Andes Mountains and the tropical forests of the Amazon Basin. Peru has three main climatic zones; tropical jungle, arid coastal deserts and mountain highlands.
If you travel to Peru, you must take time to visit one of the most familiar icons of the Inca ancient civilization, Machu Picchu also known as the “Lost City of the Incas.” The Incas built the estate around 1450, but abandoned it a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. It is known for its breath taking views, Inca architecture, and sacred temples and fountains.
Peru is also recognized for outstanding handcrafted textiles and art form in mediums such as gourds, wood, stone, gold, silver and pottery. Peruvian cuisine is an expression of multiple cultures co-existing in one territory. Check out some Peruvian recipes here
The motto is “Firme y Feliz por la Union” which means Firm and Happy for the Union.
- Language: Spanish
- Currency: Nuevo Sol
- Capital: Lima
- Religion: Christianity
- Population: 30 million