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Peru received more than 300,000 tourists in January

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More than 300,000 tourists arrived in Peru this January, registering an increase of 2.2% compared to the same period last year, according to Minister of Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) Magali Silva, reports _El Comercio_.

Tourists from Chile, the United States and Argentina, were the highest in number during the first month of 2016.

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A total of 304,712 international tourists arrived in Peru in January this year; 100,194 of them were from Chile, Peru’s southern neighbor.

In second place were United States citizens of which a total of 39,767 visited Peru, and following them were 24,052 Argentine tourists who arrived in Peru in January.

After Argentina, tourists came from Ecuador, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil (registered a decrease compared to last year), United Kingdom, the Netherlands, China, Australia, South Korea, and many others.

China registered a great growth as 47.8% more tourists arrived to Peru in January 2016 compared to the same period in 2015

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Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.