The great diversity of regional cultures and cuisines in Peru reflects the country's natural and agricultural biodiversity. Millennia of geological and natural history are etched in wide range of ecosystems, from the rich fisheries of the Humboldt Current to the coastal desert, the craggy Andes Mountains and the tropical lowlands. Use the map at left to explore some of these systems, or follow these links to the coastal desert, Andes mountains and Amazon basin.
Barbara Fraser is a freelance journalist based in Lima, Peru. With 20 years of experience in Latin America, she puts a human face on current events and public policy. She offers research, writing, editing and photography services, with particular expertise in Latin American, environmental, public health and social issues.