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5th of November, 2017 8°58'42.0"S 75°33'05.5"W
PERÚ: LAND OF HIDDEN TREASURES
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.
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
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
Peru is the third largest country in South America
after Brazil and Argentina
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
Guinea pig (cuy) is a traditional meat served in Peruvian cuisine
Millions of guinea pigs are consumed in the country each year
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
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
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
There is a tradition to give yellow underpants to friends and family for New Year’s Eve
as it should bring luck
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