Published on July 27th, 2017 | by Geckos Tales Team
10 awesome 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
Going to the chapel? Make sure you take your sandals (nice ones too, not Crocs). Incans were not considered married unless they exchanged sandals.
2. PERUVIAN ORIGINS
Paddington Bear came from “deepest, darkest Peru”, where he was brought up by his Aunt Lucy after being orphaned during an earthquake. You probably won’t spot any bears if you’re adventuring in the Peruvian Amazon (unless you’re lucky enough to spot the Bespectacled Bear) – you’re more likely to see capybaras, giant otters and caimans.
GOOD AMAZIN’ AMAZON COVERAGE
A total of two-thirds of Peru is covered in prime Amazon Rainforest. It really is a jungle out there. (Check it out for yourself here!)
4. BIG TITICACA
Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest lake and the world’s highest navigable lake, much to the envy of all other nearby lakes. While you’re there, check out the incredible Uros floating islands; the people of Uros actually BUILT the islands themselves out of totora reeds to isolate their community from rival tribes in ye olden days. Hey, that’s two facts for the price of one.
There are three different official languages in Peru – Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. But 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. As you do.
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. NUMBER CRUNCHING
As at 2017, the population of Peru is 32,193,565 (give or take a couple), and the median age is 27.8. The total land area is 1,281,219 square kilometres, with about 25 Peruvian peeps living in each square kilometre. How do we know that? Maths (and Google).
9. SUPER CORNY
Love corn? Peru grows around 55 different types. Yellow, black, purple, white, red and GIANT – you name it, you got it.
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”.
See the facts. BE the facts. Check out Peru on a small group adventure with Geckos.