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Once home to the famed Inca Empire, Peru is located in western South America and borders the Pacific Ocean between Chile and Ecuador. The Western World became aware of Peru when the Conquistadors first confronted the Incas in the Peruvian mountain town of Cajamarca in 1532. Today, this fascinating history seems to live on just beneath the Peruvian soil. The strong Peruvian breezes often shift the sandy soil and reveal ancient Incan burial sites and buried treasures.

Peru is currently home to almost 28 million people. The children who are available for adoption from Peru have come under the care of the Peruvian government due to abandonment or extreme poverty. In 2002, Americans adopted 33 children from Peru.

Credits: The International Adoption Guidebook, Mary M. Strickert

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