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Published on April 2nd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team

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FACTY THINGS: 10 FACTS ABOUT PERU

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When you travel to Peru, you’re setting yourself up for a pretty mind-expanding adventure. You’ve got the Inca Trail to hike, Machu Picchu to explore, guinea pig to eat, poison dart frogs to avoid, pisco sours to consume and the Nazca Lines to get your head around. Then there’s the facts. Don’t forget the facts.

1. WEDDING SANDALS

Incans were not considered marrid unless they exchanged sandals.

2. PERUVIAN ORIGINS

Paddington Bear came from “darkest Peru”, where he was brought up by his Aunt Lucy after being orphaned during an earthquake.

3. GOOD COVERAGE

A total of two-thirds of Peru is covered in prime Amazon Rainforest. It really is a jungle out there.

4. BIG TITICACA

Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest lake and the world’s highest navigatable lake, much to the envy of all other nearby lakes.

5. TRI-LINGUAL

There are three different official languages in Peru – Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. But’s it’s thought that some natives living in Amazon Jungle regions speak a further 13 languages.

6. MELLOW YELLOW

On New Year’s Eve, Peruvian families traditionally give friends and family yellow underwear. Good.

7. MASSIVELY MICRO

Peru has around 90 individual micro-climates, which makes it one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet. It’s not all about Machu Picchu, y’know.

8. HIGH SAND LOWS

Cerro Blanco, in the Sechura Desert, is 1,176 metres high, making it the highest sand dune in the world.

9. SUPER CORNY

Love corn? Peru grows around 55 different types. Yellow, black, purple – you name it, you got it.

10. PER-TATO

The humble potato originated in Peru (and there are about 3000 varieties). The phrase:  “Soy mas Peruano que la papa” is often used by the locals. It means “I am more Peruvian than the potato”.

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