Peru

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A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
John Steinbeck

Peru

General Facts 

  • Population: 32,551,815 people
  • Capital: Lima ; 9,751,717 people
  • Area: 496,200 square miles
  • Language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Currency: Peruvian Sol
  • Life Expectancy: 75 years old
  • GDP per Capita:U$D. $12,071 per year
  • Literacy Percent: 94.5

Other Fun Facts:

  • Peru is the world's second-largest producer of cocaine. 
  • Peru’s name may come from the Spanish misapplication of the Quechua word "pelu", meaning a river.
  • About 65 million guinea pigs are consumed in Peru every year.
  • The pisco sour is Peru’s national drink. It is made using pisco (grape) brandy, lemons, sugar, egg whites, and ice and is finished with Angostura bitters.
  • Peru is the eighth-largest producer of coffee in the world and the fifth-largest producer of Arabica coffee beans.
  • Peru’s Cotahuasi Canyon is reported to be the deepest canyon in the world. At 11,004 feet (3,354 m), it is almost twice as deep as the U.S.’s Grand Canyon.
  • By about 3,000 B.C., almost every weaving technique known today had been invented by the Peruvians.

Our Suggestions

  • Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco
  • Take the gringo trail around the south
  • Ayahuasca Ceremony with an Amazonian Shaman in Iquitos
  • Eat some of the best food in the world in Lima (it's known for it)
  • Beaches along the pacific are great!
  • A trekking mecca in the Andes

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