The Es­sen­tials

Timeless Travels Magazine - - PERU -

Time dif­fer­ence: GMT - 5

Lan­guage: The of­fi­cial lan­guage of Peru is Span­ish, and is spo­ken by 84% of the pop­u­la­tion. Other indige­nous lan­guages are spo­ken, such as the Amerindian lan­guages of Quechua and Ay­mara. English is spo­ken in the tourist ar­eas.

Dress: Peru­vians are used to see­ing trav­ellers so shorts, san­dals, and jeans are per­fectly ac­cept­able.

Elec­tri­cal cur­rent/ plugs: Peru uses 220 volt, 60 cy­cle elec­tric­ity. Plugs are typ­i­cally the 2 pronged flat type found in the US, though some fa­cil­i­ties have been noted to use the 2 rounded prongs in­stead.

Re­li­gion: Over 80% per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion de­scribe them­selves as Catholics.

Cul­ture: Peru­vian cul­ture is pri­mar­ily rooted in Amerindian and Span­ish tra­di­tions, though it has also been in­flu­enced by var­i­ous Asian, African, and other Euro­pean eth­nic groups. Of­fi­cially, most of the Peru­vians are Ro­man Catholic, but es­pe­cially in the coun­try­side, the an­cient pre-His­panic re­li­gios­ity is still alive. Re­spect that when vis­it­ing tem­ple ru­ins or other rit­ual places and be­have as if you were in a church.

Wa­ter: It is ad­vised to only drink bot­tled wa­ter.

Pol­i­tics: Peru is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive demo­cratic repub­lic di­vided into twenty five re­gions.

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