|A tour group explores ancient ruins of Peru. (Photo: Living in Peru archive)|
Peru’s tourist information and assistance office, or simply Iperú, helped a total of 358,519 tourists across the country between May 2010 and April 2011.
The National Institute for Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property, Indecopi, announced Wednesday that 95.48 percent of tourists asked for travel information.
Of the total number of tourists, 45.51 percent were Peruvians, followed by visitors from Chile (10.35 percent), the United States (6 percent), Argentina (5.50 percent), France (4.55 percent), Spain (3.76 percent), Germany (2.49 percent) and Brazil (2.43 percent).
Iperú is a free service provided by the Peruvian government through Indecopi and the Export and Tourism Promotion Board, known as PromPerú.
It provides official tourist information on attractions, routes, destinations and businesses offering tourist services as well as assistance if the services contracted for were not provided in the agreement offered by tour operators.
Iperú has 29 offices in 12 cities nationwide, including Lima-Callao, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Iquitos, Puno, Trujillo, Huaraz, Chachapoyas, Piura, Chiclayo and Tacna.