April to December
Literacy rate (15+ years old)
Primary school – 99.32%
Lower secondary school – 98.13%
Upper secondary school – 87.97%
The Acronis Cyber Foundation first opened the Virgen de las Gracias School in June 2019, bringing an improved scholastic environment to the coastal region. Construction efforts were aided by local community members, many of whom had previously attended the school’s old facilities before going on to become accomplished tradespeople. The school was built with sustainability in mind, with durable materials that could withstand local seismic activity. Thanks to all involved, Acronis was able to provide about 230 children — representing some of the community’s most in-need members — with access to a free education, learning materials, uniforms, and school lunches.
In 2021, the Acronis Cyber Foundation (together with its project partner, Climb Channel Solutions) completed construction of a computer classroom. This new classroom will enable computer literacy and STEM classes for students in the region, and marks an important Phase 2 step in the Acronis Cyber Foundation’s Schools Initiative, empowering children in underserved communities and building the skills they’ll need to excel in the modern world.
News from the project
About the country
Republic of Peru
33 million people
Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, other indigenous languages
The coastal region has moderate temperatures, low precipitation, and high humidity, except for its warmer, wetter northern reaches.
The rainy season (summer) runs from December to March, and the dry season (winter) runs from May to September. In the central coastal area, where the school is located, the average temperature ranges from 17 °C to 23 °C (63 to 73 °F).
The Chimu Kingdom, with Chan Chan as its capital, reached its apogee in the 15th century, not long before falling to the Incas. The planning of this huge city, the largest in pre-Columbian America, reflects a strict political and social strategy, marked by the city’s division into nine ‘citadels’ or ‘palaces’ forming autonomous units.
Lake Titicaca is the largest freshwater lake in South America and the highest of the world’s large lakes. Titicaca is one of less than twenty ancient lakes on earth, and is thought to be three million years old. Said to be the birthplace of the Incas, it’s home to numerous ruins.
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.
At 3,812 m above sea level, in the Peruvian highlands is located the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, in Puno. Here you can find the Floating Islands of the Uros, a set of approximately 80 islands built of totora, an aquatic plant that grows on the surface of Lake Titicaca. The totora is woven and laid in layers to build the surface of each island. These islands are inhabited by the Uros, one of the oldest cultures on the continent, which dates back to pre-Inca times. The inhabitants of this floating community claim to be owners of the waters of Lake Titicaca.
Known as the “Oasis of America,” this small village has remained relatively unknown to non-backpackers, overshadowed perhaps by the soaring stone citadel, the bustling country’s capital, and the highest lake in the world.
The Basilica Cathedral of Lima, otherwise known as the Lima Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Plaza Mayor of downtown Lima, Peru. Construction began in 1535 and was completed in 1649. The building has been damaged by earthquakes three times. The current impressive building is from 1746 and has a museum inside.
Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.
Lima: InkaHuset Lima Airport, Holiday Inn – Lima Airport
Nuevo Chimbote: Maresta
Huacachina: Hotel El Huacachinero
Cusco: Llipimpac Guesthouse, Taypikala Hotel Cusco, Casa Andina Premium Cusco, Palacio del Inka
Titicaca: Uros Titicaca Lodge
Places to eat
Nuevo Chimbote: restaurant of the Maresta Hotel, La Sazón De Paola, Portón Gaucho
Huacachina: La Rotiseria
Cusco: La Bodega 138
Best souvenirs from the country
Alpaca clothing, textiles, Chullo hat, backpack from traditional textiles, paintings, musical instruments, Retablos altar pieces, carved gourds, Pisco, coca candies, pink salt, friendship bracelets, Inca crosses, Pucara bulls, Ekeko (smoking god of prosperity), Andean dolls, Alpaca dolls, finger puppets, passport stamp from Titicaca lake.
Lima: Taxi Green
Nuevo Chimbote: Cruz Del Sur
Juliaca: Radio Taxi San Roman
Proposed one week tour
Day 1: Arrival in Lima. City tour
Day 2: Chan Chan. Transfer to Nuevo Chimbote
Day 3: School visit
Day 4: Transfer to Huacachina. Tour of the lagoon
Day 5: Transfer from Huacachina to Pisco. Flight from Pisco to Cusco. City tour
Day 6: Machu Picchu
Day 7: Flight from Cusco to Juliaca. Transfer to Uros Floating Islands at Titicaca Lake