Peru, officially the Republic of Peru, is a country in western South America. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The estimated population in July 2007 was 28,674,757. Although the culture is primarily Amerindian and Spanish, traditionally, it has been influenced in its cooking, clothing, music, dance, and art by a number of African, Asian, and European ethnic groups. Because of this blending, Peru is a country so vibrant in colour.
Please see the bottom of this post for how you can help in the Earthquake Relief Efforts in Pisco, Peru.
The indigenous people of Peru -- as well as Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, and Colombia -- are the Quechuas, who can be compared to the Native Americans in the United States. They refer to themselves as Kichwas or Quichuas. Their native tongue, Quecha, was the official language of the Incan empire, still spoken by nearly a fifth of the population. Their clothing is characterised by worn earthy colours -- yellows, greens, reds, and purples.
In the 15th century, the Incan Emperor Pachacútec built a city in the clouds on the mountain known as Machu Picchu (old peak). This extraordinary settlement lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle and above the Urubamba River. It was probably abandoned by the Incas because of a smallpox outbreak and, after the Spanish defeated the Incan Empire, the city remained 'lost' until 1911.
The Amazon Rainforest stretches its limbs through nine South American nations -- Brazil (with 60 percent of the rainforest), Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Because of the wealth of rain, and the rivers than sprawl like veins through the broad-leaved trees, lush greens and teal waters are born there. The range of wild life brings a broad spectrum of colour as well, but most dominant is the abundance of plant life.
Pisco, Peru: Earthquake Relief Project
The creator of COLOURlovers is also co-founder of Hands On Disaster Response, an international disaster relief non-profit. HODR has just organized a volunteer project in Pisco, Peru to assist in recovery efforts from the 8.0 Earthquake that hit August 17th. If you are interested in using your hands to help out as a volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to volunteer, please help those that are by making a donation.
(HODR is a registered US Non-Profit and your donations are tax deductible.)