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The word “Peru” is derived from an Inca word meaning “land of abundance.” Once the heart of the great Inca empire and cradle of many other ancient civilizations, Peru appeals to anyone with a passion for history, anthropology, archeology, nature or simply travel. Located in the west central part of South America, its terrain embraces the Andean peaks surrounding Machu Picchu, lush tropical rainforests, Amazonian jungles, sandy beaches, arid deserts and remote farmland oases and fishing villages. Likewise, Peru’s people are as diverse as its spectacular landscapes. Nearly half the population is made up of Quechua Indians, descendants of the Incas, who live in the highlands of the Sierra. Mestizos, whose heritage is part-Indian and part-European, comprise another segment of Peru’s populace, while 10% are of Spanish ancestry. While each group remains true to its customs and lifestyles, all Peruvians are known for their warmth and spirit.