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Peru 2016



República del Perú
Western South America

Area 1.3M km²

Arable 3%

Population 30M (23/km²)

Gov’t Constitutional Republic

Capital Lima (9.1M)

GCP/capita $11,100

In poverty 26%

Wealth owned by top 10 percent 36%

Life expectancy 73 yrs

Infant Mortality 20/1K live births


Literacy 90%

Languages Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, other

Religions Catholic, Evangelical, other

Labor Force Agriculture 26%, 
industry 17%, services 57%

PCVs 1962–1974, 2002–present CURRENT: 233, TTD: 3,365; youth development, community economic development, health, environmen

Adult Books

Turn Right at Machu Pichu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a TimeTurn Right at Machu Pichu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time
Mark Adams, 2012

Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition
Format: Paperback: 333 pages
ISBN-10: 0452297982 / ISBN-13: 978-0452297982

Synopsis: What happens when an unadventurous adventure writer tries to re-create the original expedition to Machu Picchu?

In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it. In fact, he’d never even slept in a tent.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu is Adams’ fascinating and funny account of his journey through some of the world’s most majestic, historic, and remote landscapes guided only by a hard-as-nails Australian survivalist and one nagging question: Just what was Machu Picchu?

Kids' Books

Go and Come BackGo and Come Back
Joan Abelove, 1998, AGES 12+

Publisher: Puffin Books, NY, 2000, 1998.
Format: 176 pp.
ISBN 0-14-130694-7

Synopsis: Alicia, a young tribeswoman living in a village in the Amazonian jungle of Peru, tells about the two American women anthropologists who arrive to study her people's way of life.


Film: Asu Mare
Director: Ricardo Maldonado, 2013
Languages: Spanish

Film: Gospel of the Flesh
Director: Eduardo Mendoza de Echave, 2013
Languages: Spanish

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