Background: Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime. FUJIMORI won reelection to a third term in the spring of 2000, but international pressure and corruption scandals led to his ouster by Congress in November of that year. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which ushered in Alejandro TOLEDO as the new head of government; his presidency has been hampered by allegations of corruption.
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- October 2nd 2011 End of Ecuador and beginning of Peru!
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- July 25th 2011 Hola Amigos...
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- July 25th 2011 Part 2
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- January 16th 2011 REINTRODUCING LOCAL SPECIES AT THE TAMUSHAL WATERFALL
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- November 22nd 2009 Quick adventure to the amazon
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- April 24th 2009 ‘I drink good coffee every morning...it comes from a place that’s far away...’
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- October 30th 2008 TARAPOTO: Grotty little Amazonian Gateway
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- July 29th 2008 Amazonian Adventure - Yurimaguas, Pacasamayo, Tarapoto
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- February 18th 2008 Yurimaguas-Iquitos Boat
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- February 17th 2008 Taxi to Yurimagus
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- February 16th 2008 Tarapoto y Lamas y Yurimaguas
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- December 28th 2007 suite et fin (for now anyways)
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- November 26th 2007 a little taste of heaven
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- November 23rd 2007 la selva....
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- September 22nd 2007 Jungle Boogie
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- March 21st 2007 Yurimaguas to Tarapoto to San Roque PERU
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- March 21st 2007 Going Home! My work in Peru is done for now...
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- July 28th 2006 Latest update!
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- July 24th 2006 The tiger!!
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- July 19th 2006 The orphanage
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