Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low

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Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more
Thursday November 17, 2016 - Posted by to Adventure Travel, Peru Travel

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low

and more

Peru is a unique travel destination for all kind of travelers. It ranges from the Pacific coast with sandy beaches over the high Andes mountains to the tropical Amazonian rainforest in the center of the South-American continent. A natural environment formed by extremes like this can only create true wonders in its nature and culture. But, did you know, that Peru holds an impressive series of RECORDS, that come from it’s extreme and impressive nature?
 

  1. Fun Fact # 1:

Did you know that there are 10 million alpacas in the world? Three-quarters of them live in Peru!

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

  1. The Andes High-mountain Range

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

The Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world. Stretching along the West coast of South America, Peru shares these impressive mountains with seven other South American countries. Did you know that the Andes are the second-highest mountain range in the world, after the Himalayas? Mt. Huarascán is the highest point in Peru and is part of the western Andes. It is also the fourth-highest peak in South America.
 

  1. Lake Titicaca – Highest Navigable Lake

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

Lake Titicaca, which forms part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, is considered the highest navigable lake in the world! Its deep blue waters stretch out on an altitude of 3,812 meters! The Lake Titicaca is also home to the Uros people who – traditionally – lived on islands made of vast reed mats. Today we can still visit this traditional culture and marvel at how the Uros people have adapted to their truly impressive environment.

 

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Tours to Lake Titicaca
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Dos Manos

 

  1. The deepest Canyon in the World

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

Did you know that the Grand Canyon is not the deepest Canyon in the world? Colca Canyon, close to Arequipa, is actually the deepest Canyon in the world! It is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! At its magnificent view points above the canyon we can also spot the great Condor, the world’s largest flying bird with a wingspan of 3m (10 feet)! Native to the Andes, the Condor was considered a sacred bird by the ancient Incas.

 

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Tours to Colca Canyon
and
Arequipa with Dos Manos

 

  1. The Amazonian Rainforest

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

The Amazon River is the longest river in the world. It rises high in the Peruvian Andes and ends in the Atlantic Ocean over 6,000 km (3,278 miles) from its source.

Peru counts the 2nd biggest part of the Amazonian Rainforest, the huge tropical rainforest that is crossed by the Amazon river. In the Peruvian Rainforest, we can find the fruit, Camu-camu – it has the highest vitamin C concentration of any food, about 60 times that of an orange!

 

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Tours to the Amazonian
Rainforest

 

  1. Peru´s National Park Manú

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

In the protected area of Manú in Peru we can not only marvel at the extraordinary tropical nature but here we also find an astounding variety of animals! The highest density of species of butterflies in the world are found here in this National Park!

Peru also holds the world record for the maximum number of birds sighted in one place (650) and the greatest number seen in a single day (361). They were recorded in the Reserva Nacional de Tambopata and Parque Nacional de Manú.

 

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Tour with Dos Manos
to
Manu National Park

 

  1. The biggest Sand-dune in the World

 
Peru is home to the highest sand dune in the world. Cerro Blanco is located in the Sechura Desert near the Nazca Lines and measures 3,860 feet (1,176 m) from base to summit.

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

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Tour with Dos Manos
to
Nasca or Ica

 

  1. Land of the Orchids

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

In Peru grow 3,500 varieties of Orchids, and it is estimated that only 50% of the species have been identified as of yet! A high variety of orchids is found especially close to the World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. One can experience the orchid vibe along the train ride from the City of Cuzco.

 

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Tour with Dos Manos
to
Machu Picchu

 

  1. The Extreme Climate of Peru

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

Some places in the coastal desert of Peru are so dry, they have received just 3 cm (1 inch) of rain in the past 30 years! In Peru, the weather in the desert can be very different: from the sun beating down resulting in extreme heat – and then it all changes between May and November when the coastal desert is covered in a thick sea fog that does not move for weeks at a time!

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

  1. Peru´s unique crops and food

 
Did you know that Peru is the largest exporter of asparagus in the world? They exported 117,000 metric tons in 2012! But not only this fact makes Peru unique in its food production: Peru grows over 55 varieties of corn, and consumers can find it in colours ranging from yellow to purple, white, and black. Apart from that, Peru is a champion in the potato production! The ancient Peruvians domesticated the potato as far back as 8,000 years ago. Today, there are over 3,000 different varieties of potatoes grown in Peru!

 

Peruvian Records: from the Highest high to the lowest low and more

 

  1. The Last, rather unusual fact about Peru

 
Did you know that about 65 million guinea pigs are eaten in Peru every year? The guinea pig, or cuy, dates back to Incan times, when commoners would dry out guinea pig skin and use it in soups and stews.

 

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