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Fun facts about Peru

 

  • Peru is home to the highest sand dune in the world. Cerro Blanco located in the Sechura Desert near the Nazca Lines measures 3,860 feet (1,176 meters) from the base to the summit. The Nazca lines were first noticed from the air in 1927. Situated along the high desert plateau between Nazca and Palpa, this collection of geoglyphs—(human figures and animals) and 10,000 lines— is one of the greatest archaeological mysteries in the world. Archaeologists say that these lines may have represented a giant astronomical calendar during the Incan civilization, could have been a community centre, or even an alien landing strip. 

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  • In Peru, it is a tradition to gift your family and friends yellow underpants on New Year’s Eve.
  • Peru is a surfer’s paradise. The town of Chicama claims to have the world’s longest ridable wave (1.5 miles/2.2 km long).
  • Peru’s abundant rainforests and microclimates make it one of the most biologically diverse countries world. 

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  • Shamanism, an ancient healing technique has been popular in Peru for more than 3,000 years. A large percentage of the Peruvian population cannot afford or don’t have access to doctors or Western medical care, so they turn to a shaman’s healing art, or curandero, a rural spiritual healer. Infact, Peru has the second largest number of Shamans, second only to India. 
  • The National University of San Marcos is the oldest in the Americas and was founded on the 12th of May of 1551. 
  • Over 3,500 varieties of orchids are grown in Peru, and it is believed that only 50% of the species have been identified so far. 

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  • About 65 million guinea pigs are consumed in Peru every year. This practice dates back to the Incan time, when the local people would dry out guinea pig skin and use it to prepare soups and stews. 
  • The finest cottons in the world, Pima and Tanguis are Peruvian. 

-Edited by Travel Secrets writer Tanya Anand

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