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Friday, 29 September 2017 10:44

12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Peru (or The Incas)

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Guinea Pigs Are Food!

One of the most shocking things about Peru (especially for American) is the furry and loveable child pet is actually a staple of Peruvian cuisine. That’s right; they eat them! If you don’t want to eat one, be sure to ask what meat you are getting, if they say “cuy” it’s a guinea pig.

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Peruvian Fries?

Ireland has long been known for potatoes, due to their heavy use in most of their dishes and the potato famine in 1845, but they wouldn’t have had potatoes at all if it wasn’t from Peru. Potatoes originated in here and were brought to Europe by Spanish conquistadors.

Amazonian Country

There is a vast land area of Amazon rainforest in Peru, which can only be outdone by Brazil. In fact, 60% of Peru is covered by the Amazon!

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Catch the Waves

Most surfers head straight to Costa Rica for their South America surfing fix, but the largest left-handed wave in the world is in Peru. Head to Chicama near Trujillo City or to Mancora to take advantage of this incredible 4km wave!

Machu Picchu is a Wonder

This historic landmark is not only admired worldwide; it was voted as one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2007. Put it on your travel itinerary!

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The Grand Canyon Isn’t So Grand

The Cotahuasi Canyon is actually the deepest canyon in the entire world. Measuring at 3,535 meters, it is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon!

They Like it Sour

Peruvians have their own national drink called a Pisco Sour. It’s made up of grapefruit brandy (called pisco), with ice, eggs, lime juice, syrup, and Angostura bitters. It may not be your typical sour, but it is quite delicious and a favorite of the region for good reason.

Inca Pony Express

Just like the Pony Express, the Inca had a well-planned messaging system that operated almost like a relay race. One messenger would travel to a designated location and hand off the message to the next messenger and so on until the message was delivered.

The main difference between the Pony Express and the Incas is they didn’t have horses. Everything was done on foot, so you had to be fast to make the messenger team!

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It’s Extremely Diverse

While the country is known to have inhabitants from all over the world (particularly in Lima), it isn’t nearly as diverse as it’s outdoors. Due to the rainforest, lakes, and ocean, it has ranked in the top ten most biologically diverse nations in the world!

Peru is home to 25,000 plant species, 5,000 species of fish and animals, 287 reptile species, and 1200 species of butterflies. As if that wasn’t enough, they set a world record for bird species with more than 1000 species in Manu National Park alone!

The Incas Were Surgeons

We love to think that we are the most technologically advanced in the world, but the Incas were making big moves in the medical field by performing successful skull surgeries. Not once or twice, but over 800 instances have been proven by the remains found in the area. Did we mention these occurred over 2000 years ago?

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They Celebrated Intelligence

Unlike today where the loudest and most ill-informed people get all of the press, the Incas highly valued intelligence. In fact, they would administer cognitive tests on young children to see what they were capable of.

The less capable became tradesmen, whereas the smarter children were taken to school and trained to administrators or they would even become nobility! It paid to be smart in Inca society.

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They Loved Freeways Too!

In America, we have more roads, freeways, highways, and toll roads than we know what to do with. The Incas were the same way! They developed a system with over 18,000 miles or roads and highways for the transportation of their goods and for individual use as well.

It was not only more efficient; it was safer because areas were cleared for the roads, making threats visible from greater distances.

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

If you’re looking to have an unforgettable vacation in Peru, give us a call, and we will help you create the trip of your dreams! You can reach us at 949-4592428 or 800-699-0989 for all of your travel needs.

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