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Peruvian culture can be defined as a conglomerate of distinctive traits; spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional which describe a particular society or a social group. This definition also includes not only arts and literature, but also lifestyle, human rights, values, traditions and a set of beliefs.
The Embassy of Peru in India is in charge of the bilateral relations with five important countries which it promotes the vast possibilities to strengthen their current bilateral realm in several important aspects including political relations, trade and investment, tourism, cooperation and cultural aspects, among others.
Since the beginnings of time, the Andean region has been the center of an important and original civilization. Today, Peru takes-up much of the predominant geographic location which harbored such cultures, thus it can be said to be the center of the archeological patrimonies of America. Its people have managed to keep their languages, worldview, and traditions alive, which are the foundations of their identity and are essential components of their cultural diversity. It is in this diversity where we find the cultural wealth of a rich nation; Peru.
Some of the most important archeological remains of the Andean culture (Chavin, Huantar, Nazca, Chan Chan, Machu Pichu) have been registered in the World Heritage List (WHL) of the UNESCO because of their uniqueness, exceptional value and state of conservation. The WHL includes the extraordinary sites of "El Parque Nacional del Abiseo", "El Parque Nacional Huascaran" y "El Parque Nacional del Manu".

The Spanish Conquest altered the Andean cultural process which gave way to the birth of new expressions from the criollos and mestizos. These too had special meaning. With the portrayal of our conflicts and other contradictions it symbolized the wide cultural diversity inside Peru. The Spanish legacy was one of the main contributors of European culture in Peru, later came African and Asian influences.
    This is how historical centers such as Cusco, Lima, and Arequipa, are understood as outcomes of the acculturation process in colonial and post-colonial times, which are also registered today in the WHL. In the same way "La Obra de los Cronistas", "La Escuela Cusqueña de Pintura" and other artistic, archeological, literary, artisan, and intellectual expressions from the "Barroco Mestizo", the neoclassical and the Illustration period, form part of the same ordeal.

In these last decades Peru has continued to produce important cultural expressions, especially in the fields of artistic creation and intellectual reflection. Is in its survival through domestic and foreign struggles of politics and homogenization initiatives that our cultural diversity has managed to produce a legacy that is an essential component of the cultural wealth distinctive of Peru.

Today we can proudly say that while new generations have -today more than ever- access to information from all over the world, globalization has not held them away from their cultural backgrounds, thus keeping a firm connection with traditions, Peruvians still practice and enjoy their rich cultural diversity.
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