Peru is a cultural hub filled with rich history and beautiful people. It shares borders with Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia. The capital city of Peru is Lima. It’s known for its cuisine, and colorful textiles that tell stories about the past. The country also has a vibrant culture that can be seen in its festivals, music and art. Read along to learn about the latest banknote family of Peru.

View of Lima, Peru Capital City | Source: AS

Peru is also home to many museums, galleries, and performing arts centers, as well as some of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Peru has a rich history that spans thousands of years, with ancient civilizations leaving behind traces that can still be seen today. There’s also a strong economy with plenty of opportunities for tourism and trade, which is why so many people choose Peru as their destination country when planning an international trip.

Museum of the Central Bank of Peru | Source: Unsplash, Aaram Ore

Ancient History

The Incas were the pre-Columbian natives of Peru. The Incas had a distinct culture, language and architecture that was highly developed for their time. They built massive stone cities out of volcanic rock, primarily in Cusco and Machu Picchu. Their art incorporated gold, silver, copper and pottery into its construction. Both men and women wore tunics with fringe around the bottom hem that reached to the knees or below them depending on gender; men also wore loin cloths around their waist called ‘huipil’.

Statue of Inca Pachacutec in Cusco, Peru | Source: AS

Many things about Inca culture are still not known because it was lost after the Spanish conquest in 1532, but there are some things we do know about their daily lives: they were farmers who planted crops like corn (maize), potatoes and squash which they used to make food; they hunted animals such as deer and llamas for food; houses were made from wood with dirt floors covered by straw mats filled with other materials which acted as insulation against heat during summer months or cold during winter months when temperatures could drop significantly.

Peru 10 Soles Banknote | 2021 | Source: BCRP
Peru 20 Soles Banknote | 2022 | Source: BCRP

New Peru Banknotes For 2022

Their currency has also been a source of history. Their banknotes and coins features portraits of memorable Peruvian figures, historical sites / buildings, flora and fauna. Earlier this year the Central Reserve Bank of Peru released new 20 and 50 Soles banknotes. The last year (2021) they also released new 10 and 100 Soles banknotes as well. They feature new ultra modern designs that combine old historic elements with brand new eye catching designs. The green 10 Soles features María Isabel Granda Larco who was musician and composer. While the reverse side features flowers and a lama. The brown 20 Soles features José María Arguedas Altamirano who was a poet, writer and anthropologist. The reverse side features images of a condor as well as flowers. The pink 50 Soles features María Rostworowski who was a historian notable for her work on Incan history. The reverse side features a jaguar. Lastly the 100 Soles banknote features an portrait of Pedro Paulet who was a diplomat, architect and enginner. The reverse side features a hummingbird and flower.

Peru 50 Soles Banknote | 2022 | Source: BCRP
Peru 100 Soles Banknote | 2021 | Source: BCRP

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