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Coffee Around the World: Peru

Updated: Oct 10, 2018

Additional Information about Peru

Current Events/ News:

• Lima, the capital of Peru, has a population of 12.1 million people and is the fourth largest city in South America. On October 7th the country held regional and municipal elections.

Culture/ History:

• After learning about the wealth of the indigenous Incan people, Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1631 to take over the country.

• Peru claimed independence form Spain in 1824, with many revolutions occurring in the next 100 years


• Peru is classified as upper middle income and is the 39th largest in the world by total GDP

• As of 2017 it has a growth rate of 2.7%


• Peru is renowned for its amazing cuisine with a fusion of several different cultures combining the best and most varied foods on the continent

• The key to the amazing cuisine is the first class ingredients creating unforgettable dining experiences


• The Amazon rain forest covers about half of Peru

• The Andes, the second highest mountain range in the world, also runs through Peru

Natural Resources:

• Peru is the 3rd largest producer of copper, silver, zinc and tin and the 7th largest producer of gold

• Mining is the country’s economic engine driver

• Copper accounts for 60% of exports


• Peru has some of the greatest biodiversity in the world with a diverse range of habitats.

• Three quarters of the worlds population of alpacas live in Peru

• Some animals that might be seen in Peru include macaw parrots, the pink Amazon river dolphins, jaguars, and Humboldt penguins.

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