Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America and is home to a section of Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city high in the Andes mountains.

It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

The region around Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail and colonial city of Cusco, is rich in archaeological sites. On Peru’s arid Pacific coast is Lima, the capital, with a preserved colonial centre and important collections of pre-Columbian art.

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Currency:Nuevo Sol
Religions:Roman Catholicism

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