From the Pacific coast, low lands, to the rugged Andean Highlands and high plateaus, the geography of Peru is wide and varied. Like its country, Peruvians are also diverse with a mixture of indigenous, African, Asian and Spanish influences.
Each region has its own geography, traditional foods, music and customs. Traditional foods include creole dishes, a spicy stew, common in the capital city, Lima, and guinea pigs, which may be baked or roasted.
Regions have their own festivals. The Inti Raymi festival in Cuzco, influenced by the Incas worship of the Sun god, Inti, celebrates the Winter Solstice.
Spanish, African and Andean cultures have also influenced Peruvian music. The Charango, a Peruvian stringed instrument, is plucked like a Ukulele, and the cajon a box-shaped percussion instrument, is played like a drum.
Peruvians have many different beliefs and religions but the majority are Catholic. The nations favorite sport is football.
Here are some traditional clothes a Peruvian might wear:
Woman or girl
A cape worn over her shoulders and back, also called a manta or an llicilla. She may have to carry a baby on her back while she worked.
A polleras or wide skirt tied round her waist with a chumpi (belt).
A jabona or jacket made from warm alpaca wool.
A wide brimmed monteras (hat) decorated with white beads.
Man or boy
A poncho or cape
A sombrero, a wide brimmed straw hat or an andean chullo, a knitted hat made from alpaca wool
He may also be holding something like a charango or small animal like a lamb.