20 Amazing Facts About Peru

Do you know, the world’s largest river Amazon River starts in the Andes of Peru near Machu Picchu.

Do you know, the lost city of Machu Picchu located in Peru was voted as one of the seven wonders of the world.

You will be surprised to know that more than 3,000 different varieties of Potatoes are grown in Peru. One of the popular phrases used by proud Peruvians is “Soy mas Peruano que la papa” (meaning I am more Peruvian than the potato).

The World’s largest flying bird, The Giant Andean Condor can only be found in Peru. It is a 33-pound heavy bird with a wingspan of up to 14 feet.

The world’s longest left-handed wave can be seen in Chicama, located in northern Peru which is about 4 km long. Peruvian surfer Cristobal de Col holds the Guinness Book of Records for pulling up to 34 turns on one single wave at Chicama.

The Reserva Nacional de Tambopata and Parque Nacional del Manú, in the Amazon, Peru holds the world record for sighting the maximum number of birds in one place.

Do you know, Peru has the highest sand dune in the world, which is about 3860 feet from the base to the top. It is popularly known as Cerro Blanco sand dune and located in the Sechura Desert of Peru.

Do you know, the Andes Mountains are the second-highest mountain range in the world after the Himalayas.

Peru has the world’s highest navigable lake called Titicaca with an elevation of 11,436 feet.

The world’s first census was created by the ancient Incas civilization in Peru by using a complicated system of knots called quipus, for record-keeping.

Peru is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, thanks to its more than 90 different microclimates.

The mysterious Nasca Lines of Peru is one of the world’s greatest archaeological mysteries where more than 70 giant human and animal geoglyphs were found.

Vinicunca Mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain, is one of the adventurous destinations for trekkers, located in the Andes of Peru. It is famous for its beautiful view of the vivid colors of the mountains.

Do you know, the world’s deepest canyon, Cotahuasi Canyon having depth over 11,000 feet, also lies in Peru which is almost double in-depth as compared to the Grand Canyon.

Even today some people in Peru, follow the ancient technique of the Incas civilization to mine salt.

Puya Raimondii, the world’s tallest flowering plant in the world can only found in Peru.

In Peru, you can easily figure out the relationship status of a native Quechua woman by their hat. The women with straw hats are married while the knitted hat women are single.

The national tree of Peru is Cinchona which is known for the treatment of malaria, as it contains important medicine called quinine in its bark.

The world’s driest place, Atacama coastal desert also lies in Peru, which received less than 1 inch of rain in the past 30 years.

After India, Peru has the largest population of Shaman in the world. Shamanism, the healing art for a cure has been practiced in Peru for over 3000 years.

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Professor Atom is a science enthusiast and alumni of IIT Bombay. According to him, every question can be solved with curiosity and mind mapping. ( Curiosity = Asking Questions = Learning )

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