Peru is a wonderland for tourists. The country is a perfect blend of culture, historical sites, great food and exotic animals. There is a lot to see and places to go. In this post, we will discuss a few facts about Peru. Some of these facts about Peru will help you determine if you want to immediately pack your bags or abandon the idea of visiting.
Here are a few things to know about Peru starting from the facts I found most interesting:
Top Things To Know About Peru
Be prepared to see varieties of Potatoes and Corn
A favorite Peruvian saying is “Soy mas Peruano que la papa” which translates to “I’m more Peruvian than the potato”. There are over 3,000 varieties of potatoes found in Peru. You will also find over 55 different types of corn in various colors.
Peru is home to the highest Sand dune
Cerro Blanco, located in the Sechura Desert in Peru is the highest sand dune in the world and stands at an impressive 3,860ft.
Guinea pig is a traditional culinary delight
Roasted Guinea pig is actually the National dish of Peru. The animal is roasted and served head and feet still intact.
Yellow underpants are gifted on New Year’s Eve
On New Year’s Eve, it is customary to gift each other yellow underpants. It is believed that this will bring good luck all year round. Wear them inside out underneath your clothes prior to midnight and then flip them after midnight.
Peru is home to one of the seven wonder of the world.
It is believed that the Incan site – Machu Picchu in Peru was lost to the rest of the world for hundreds of years. It was later rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American scholar. Machu Picchu is now listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and it is a glorious site to behold. It is the one of the few Incan sites that wasn’t ruined by the Conquistadors who wanted to destroy all remaining Incan religious monuments. The Incan empire was said to be larger than the Roman Empire.
Peru is home to the deepest Canyon
The Cotahuasi Canyon, 11,004 ft deep is the deepest Canyon in the world and can be found in Peru.
Alpacas are also quite popular in Peru
A significant portion of the world’s population of llamas can be found in Peru. The vicuña or Alpaca is the National animal of Peru and its wool which can only be shorn every 3 years is used for weaving.
Peru houses a huge portion of the Amazon Rainforest
After Brazil, Peru is home to the second largest portion of the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon actually covers about two-thirds of Peru which is about 60 percent.
Convinced yet? Then get to planning and have an amazing stay in Peru