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Peru 2024



With the 2021 easing of pandemic restrictions and the return of tourists, Youana and Leonarda also returned to Cusco’s historic center with their freshly shampooed pets in order to pose for tourists’ photos. Here, in the shade of Cusco’s Q’oricancha—the Incan Temple of the Sun—they pose with Blanca, Leonarda’s pet alpaca. Their traditional hats and clothing represent their homes in Quispicanchi and Paucartambo Provinces. This work allows them and other women the flexibility of working for themselves, as well as the opportunity to meet people from around the world.

Heather Jasper © 2021
PCV Morocco 2005–2007
Youth Development

República del Perú

Western South America

Area 496K mi2; 1.3M km2

Arable 3%

Population 32.4 (65/mi²; 25/km²)

Gov’t Presidential republic

Capital Lima (11.2M)

GCP/Capita $12,500

Unemployment 5%

In Poverty 20%

Infant Mortality 11/1K live births (131st)

Life expectancy 69 yrs

Median Age 29 yrs

Literacy 95%

Languages Spanish, Quechua, Aymara (all official) other indigenous Amazonian languages

Religions Roman Catholic 60%, Christian 15% (includes Evangelical and other), other/none 4%, unspecified 21%

Health 6% of GDP

Education 4% of GDP (118th)

Military 1% of GDP (124th)

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

PCVs 1962–1974, 2002–present CURRENT: Yes, TTD: 3,897

Adult Books

The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics
Edited by Orin Starn, Robin Kirk, and Carlos Iván Degregori

Genre: Anthology
Publisher: Duke University Press (2005)
ISBN-10: 0822336553, 0822336499
ISBN-13: 978-0822336556, 978-0822336495

This anthology draws from a vast array of sources to cover Peru’s history from pre-Columbian times to the 21st century: “essays, folklore, historical documents, poetry, songs, short stories, autobiographical accounts, and photographs. Works by contemporary Peruvian intellectuals and politicians appear alongside accounts of those whose voices are less often heard—peasants, street vendors, maids, Amazonian Indians, and African-Peruvians. Including some of the most insightful pieces of Western journalism and scholarship about Peru, the selections provide the traveler and specialist alike with a thorough introduction to the country’s astonishing past and challenging present” (Publisher’s note).

“[A] thoughtfully-chosen range of primary historical documents, anthropological and journalistic analyses, and literary endeavors. . . . The book is a compelling and convincing mix; there’s nothing else like it.” (Jessaca B. Leinaweaver, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology)

“A livelier, more literate introduction to a foreign world could not be hoped for. A Peruvian trove, indeed; so much that one hardly knows where to begin dipping into its treasures.” (Alma Guillermoprieto, author of Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution)

“This is an extremely deep, broad, and insightful collection on Peru.” (Jorge Castañeda, author of Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left after the Cold War and former Foreign Minister of Mexico)

Kids' Books

The Sky Fox: A Peruvian Graphic Folktale (Discover Graphics: Global Folktales)
By Alberto Rayo, illus Fabiana Faiallo

Format: HC, 32 pp, col Illus
ISBN-10: 1666341126
ISBN-13: 978-1666341126
Age Range: 4–8 yrs / Grandes 1–2
Publisher: Picture Window Books, Bloomington, MN, 2022

What happens to a fox that won't stop teasing the other animals? Read this Peruvian tale to find out. With engaging text and easy-to-follow panels; perfect for graphic novel fans new and old.


Film: Manco Cápac (Powerful Chief)
Genre: Documentary
Director: Henry Vallejo
Country: Peru
Release Date: 2020
Language: Spanish, Quecha
Color: Color
Run Time: 1 hr 32 minutes

Elisbán arrives in the city of Puno, too late to meet his friend Hermogenes, with whom he was going to work. The delay spoils everything. Stranded in Puno, homeless and without money, he survives wandering from unstable small jobs in a city that sharpens his loneliness at every step.

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