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Interesting Facts About Peru: South America Is Fun

Fun And Interesting Facts About Peru…

The South American country of Peru is a land full of exotic animals, incredible historic sites and an eclectic variety of indigenous peoples with unusual cuisines and lifestyles. Here are some interesting facts about the intriguing land of Peru.

Interesting Facts About Food And Drink In Peru

Visitors to Peru will enjoy a variety of unique food and drink during their visit, but one of the country’s unique libations is the Pisco Sour, considered the national drink of Peru. Tradition holds that visitors who are served a Pisco Sour right before they leave to travel home will be drawn back to Peru in the near future.

One of the most popular foods in Peru is cuy, an animal many Americans consider a household pet: the guinea pig. Cuy is usually served whole, after being barbecued on a spit. Cuy is so popular that there is even a version of Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting hanging in a cathedral in Cusco that depicts Christ and His disciples sitting at a table with a platter of cuy in front of them.

Coca Leaves

One thing most visitors find in Peru are coca leaves and coca tea. Coca leaves are the leaves of the coca plant, the same plant that is utilized in the making of cocaine. One interesting fact about Peru and the use of coca leaves is that native Andes-dwelling Peruvians have chewed the leaves for ages to alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.

Cuy - Traditional Peruvian Dish. Photo credit here.

Cuy – Traditional Peruvian Dish. Photo credit here.

Interesting Facts About Peru Fashion

Many visitors to Peru are confused when they first see some of the native women of Peru wearing bowler hats, as the bizarre juxtaposition of the hats seems inappropriate when combined with the beautifully patterned skirts and vests worn by the indigenous people. Peruvian women were greatly influenced by the clothing introduced to the area in the 1920’s by British railroad workers, and still retain a love for the bowler hats today.

Peru Facts about Uncontacted Indian Tribes

The Amazon rainforest is home to indigenous tribes that are considered ‘uncontacted’ peoples:tribes that have been isolated from contact with the outside world. Peru’s Ministry of the Environment recently released images of such people to the public, with warnings to avoid contact with them. Interaction with the groups may result in illness to the native people, who have no immunity to combat common illnesses; there are believed to be between 4000 and 5000 of these people remaining in Peru.

More here: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/18/peru-releases-new-video-of-uncontacted-indians/

Fun Facts about Peru’s Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, one of the most incredible historic sites in the world today, is situated approximately 8000 feet about sea level, nestled in the surrounding mountains. Built by the Incans in the 1400’s, Machu Picchu is renowned for its beautiful stone architecture and scenic views. In the early morning the site is often obscured by mist, making its mystique even more intriguing. Machu Picchu has been named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Hopefully these fun facts about Peru reveal that Peru is an exotic land full of mystical sites and fascinating people.

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