Rich in culture and history, Peru is a fascinating country. A vacation to the birthplace of the Incan empire can be a beautiful and humbling experience.
The most popular tourist destination is the city of Machu Picchu, which was built around 1450 at the height of Incan civilization and expansion. It is a rich site for archaeology and a look into the grandiose of Incan architecture.
[...] While this is not a large concern for American tourists, they should be aware that Peru is one of the largest producers of cocaine and therefore has a large drug economy. Politically dissenting guerrilla groups and drug gangs do exist. Peru is a country that is very economically divided, and the unequal distribution of wealth causes a great deal of poverty. Recently protests erupted over rising prices. In 2007, Peru had a high growth rate of almost eight percent, yet many are concerned that too few citizens are seeing the benefits of this. [...]
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