do you know about Peru? Answer the questions and then check your
answers by reading the text below.
is on the South Pacific Ocean in the west of South America. It
has very different climates in different parts of the country.
It is tropical in the east, dry in the west and temperate to frigid
in the Andes mountains.
population is 27.5 million. 45 percent of the population is native
Amerindian. 37% is Mestizo (part Amerindian and part white). The
official languages are Spanish and Quechua.
economy is based around fishing, and gold mining. In 2002 and
2003 it was one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America.
in different parts of the country have different lifestyles. People
in the cities live a modern lifestyle, though today many live
in poverty. Mountain people tend to live a more traditional lifestyle
on small family farms. They don't have television, computers or
1533 the Incas were based in Lima and ruled their own country.
In 1533 the Spanish Conquistadores came. The Incas loved music
and it is still an important part of Peruvian culture today. Family
is also an important part of Peruvian culture. Most children share
a house with their parents, grandparents and other family members.
The whole family looks after the elderly.