Peruvians are known for their genial warmth and hospitality.
Peru today has a mixed population but is still predominantly ‘Amerindian’ (indigenous American indians). There are many ‘mestizos’ (mixed Amerindian-Spanish/European) but less so in the Andean highlands, away from the capital, Lima. And also a significant Asian (Japanese, Chinese) population or mixed ethnicity.
The Inca empire (15-16th Centuries) was the most recent historic indigenous unification, centred around the Andean mountain city of Cusco, before the Spanish conquest in 1532.
Many Peruvians still consider Incan culture as their heritage.
Peru is a beautiful land with geography ranging from Pacific sea coast to Amazon rain-forest. From sea level to Andean mountain plateaus up at 6,000 metres. Much of Peru is over 2,000 metres in altitude.
Peru is blessed with abundant food choices – sea-foods, river fish, meats of many sorts (chicken, alpaca, guinea pig….. ), tropical fruits, innumerable varieties of potatoes and corn and of course, quinoa (chisoya mama – “mother of all grains“).
( All images captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkI or MkII camera, with a 17mm F1.8 or 45mm F1.8 lens. )