Looking for facts and information about Peru?
Fun facts, facts about food, culture and history as well as the diverse nature – we got you covered.

5th of November, 2017
8°58'42.0"S 75°33'05.5"W



Peru is a fascinating country. Rich in culture and biodiversity – offering kilometers of coast-line, high mountains, deserts and at the same time dense jungle. There is no place such as Peru.

Inca citadel of Machu Picchu - Peru - 7wonders

Peru has the second largest portion of the Amazon rainforest after Brazil
it covers 60% of the country

There are over 3,000 different varieties of potatoes in Peru
they differ in color, shape, size, skin, texture and taste 

Potatoes from Peru

Lima is the food capital of Latin America
Peru has the best fusion food in the world and was voted the World’s Leading Culinary Destination every year since 2012
For the best ceviche in Lima check our 
article about Canta Ranita

Peru has about 90 different microclimates
making it one of the most diverse countries in the world

Volcano in Peru
Mountains - Andes in Peru - Fact Sheet from Amazon Jungle to high mountains and deep canyons - interesting facts to know

Peru is the third largest country in South America
after Brazil and Argentina

Has some of the deepest canyons in the world
such as El cañón de Cotahuasi 3535 meters (almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon) or El cañón del Colca 3400 meters

Colca Canyon - Arequipa - Peru

Peru is the largest exporter of asparagus in the world
mainly to France, Germany and the United States

Is a world-class destination for surf
Among the top 5 surf spots Lobitos, Máncora, La Herradura, Punta Hermosa and Chicama, Chicama is internationally recognized as the longest, left-breaking wave in the world

Surfing in Lima, Peru
Surf, Playa Makaha - Miraflores, Lima - Peru

Home to two of the world’s 10 best restaurants 2017
No.5 Central and No.8 Maido – both are located in Lima

Guinea pig (cuy) is a traditional meat served in Peruvian cuisine
Millions of guinea pigs are consumed in the country each year

Guniea Pig - Cuy in Peru

Peru has over 55 varieties of corn
with different colours ranging from yellow to dark-purple, white and black

The highest sand dune in the world, the Cerro Blanco is located in Peru
14 km east of Nazca

Land of the unique Inca Empire
The most famous monumental architecture is the 15th century Inca citadel of Machu Picchu – check our article! 

Inca citadel of Machu Picchu - Peru - 7wonders
Inca citadel of Machu Picchu - Peru - 7wonders

The famous instrument “Cajón” comes from Peru
a box-shaped percussion instrument

Pastuso is the Peruvian name of Paddington Bear
In the story Paddington was sent to London from Peru

The Amazon river starts in Peru
high up in the Peruvian Andes

Peruvian Amazon - Iquitos - Peru

Peru has the second largest amount of Shamans in the world, second only to India
Most of them use hallucinogenic drugs, such as the famous ayahuasca in their healing ritual

The oldest University in the Americas was founded in Peru
The National University of San Marcos was founded on the 12th of May, 1551.

About three-quarters of all alpaca in the world live in Peru
Alpacas live in an altitude of 3.500 – 5.000 meters

Alpaca - Arequipa, Peru

There is a tradition to give yellow underpants to friends and family for New Year’s Eve
as it should bring luck

Lake Titicaca in Southern Peru is the world’s highest navigable lake
It shares its borders with Peru and Bolivia

Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia

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Peru - Fact Sheet from Amazon Jungle to high mountains and deep canyons - interesting facts to know
Peru - Fact Sheet from Amazon Jungle to high mountains and deep canyons - interesting facts to know
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