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Peru 2012


Iquitos, Peru

From Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian rainforest, we traveled down the Amazon to a Ribere“os village near the confluence of the Napo River and disembarked at the village landing. As always, many curious children came to the dock to meet the arriving boats. This girl was very proud of her pet sloth and was quite happy to find that I appreciated her pet. From that time on, I had a young friend in the village. Usually girls this age must care for younger siblings and have big responsibilities at an early age. Perhaps she was the youngest child in her family and was devoting herself to taking good care of the sloth.
– John Schilling ©2007

Peru/Republica del Peru
In western South America. Tropical east, dry desert in west, coastal plain, rugged Andes mountains in center; lowland jungle/Amazon basin east. 1,285,216 km2 (slightly < AK), 3% arable.

Capital Lima (5.7M)

Population 29.25M (53/km2)

Life expectancy 72.5 years


Literacy 93%

Languages Spanish (official) 84%, Quecha official 13%, Aymara 2%, Ashaninka 0.3%, other native (many minor Amazonian) 0.7%, other 0.2%

Religions Roman Catholic 81%, Evangelical 13%, other 3%, unspecified/none 3%

Ethnic Groups Amerindian 45%, mestizo 37%, white 15%, black, Japanese, Chinese, other 3%

Gov’t Republic

GDP/cap $9,200

PCVs 1962-74; 2002 to present; small business development, community health, environment awareness, youth (Volunteers in country: 270; total to date: 2,944)

Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 28 July (1821)

Adult Books

Peru: Photographs
by Robert Frank

Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Steidl; First edition (October 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-3865216922

Book Description
Documents the country's massive vistas, weathered faces, manual labor and dusty roads stretching to the horizon with a spontaneity of motion that propels the viewer into the midst of the scenery.

Kids' Books

Tonight is Carnaval
by Arthur Dorros; illustrated with arpilleras sewn by the members of the Club de Madres Virgen del Carmen of Lima, Peru

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-0-525-44641-5
Interest Level: K-3
Age Range: 6–9 years
Publisher: Dutton, c1991


Film: Octubre
Director: Daniel Vega, Diego Vega (2010)


Eva Ayllon: Music from Peru

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2012 - "Freedom"

Aymara: Antutaña

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