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From Bogotá I flew down to Lima, since I intended to visit the Peruvian Amazon. Lima is a coastal desert. The city and the area immediately surrounding it is irrigated by the River Rimac. Outside the irrigated area the lanscape is dead and empty as the moon. It never rains in Lima, but during the winter months - their winter is our summer) - a heavy mist comes down from the Andes and covers the city.

William Burroughs:'The Yagé Letters' (1956)


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Overview: Peru



After a year in power, in mid 2012 President Ollanta Humala had felt obliged to reshuffle his cabinet, principally to address the anti-mining protests that had sprung up in the Andean province of Cajamarca. The highest profile change in the reshuffle was the dismissal of Prime Minister Oscar Valdés, replaced by Justice Minister Juan Jiménez Mayor, thought to be a better, or more conciliatory, negotiator. On assuming his new post, Mr Jiménez described the new line-up as a ‘Cabinet of dialogue,’ adding that the administration ‘did not want any more deaths.’ This was a reference to the 15 civilian deaths that had occurred in the previous year. In July 2012 the Peruvian police had killed five demonstrators during protests at the Yanacocha mine in Cajamarca. The brutal treatment of protesting miners contrasted sharply with the lowering of the sentence given to former President Fujimori’s head of intelligence Vladimiro Montesinos as well as that of the former military members of the so-called ‘Colina’ group, following the Supreme Court’s ruling that their crimes were not crimes ‘against humanity.’

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Profile: Peru

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: República Peruana (Peruvian Republic)
Head of State: President Ollanta Moisés Humala Tasso (from 28 Jul 2011)
Head of government: Prime Minister Pedro Álvaro Cateriano Bellido (from 2 Apr 2015)
Ruling party: Coalition named Alianza Gana Perú (Win Peru) (from 28 Jul 2011) including the Partido Nacionalista Peruano (Peruvian Nationalist Party), Partido Socialista (Socialist Party), Partido Comunista Peruano (Peruvian Communist Party), Partido Socialista Revolucionario (Revolutionary Socialist Party) and the Movimento Político Voz Socialista (Political Movement Socialist Voice).
Area: 1,285,216 square km
Population: 31.42 million (2014)*
Capital: Lima
Official language: Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
Currency: Nuevo sol (S/) = 100 centimos
Exchange rate: S/3.23 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$6,458 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 2.35% (2014)
GDP: US$202.95 billion (2014)
Labour force: 4.70 billion (2010)
Unemployment: 6.00% (2014) (plus additional underemployment)
Inflation: 3.25% (2014)
Oil production: 110,000 bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 12.90 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: US$612.90 million (2013)
Annual FDI: US$8.23 billion (2011)
* estimated figure


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