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Peruvian Records: from the highest high to the lowest low

Peruvian Records: from the highest high to the lowest low

Peruvian Records   ||  Planning a trip to Peru? Check this! Did you know that Peru holds an impressive series of records that come from its extreme and impressive nature? Peru is a unique travel destination for all kinds of travelers. It ranges from the Pacific coast with sandy beaches to the high Andes Mountains to the tropical Amazon rainforest. A natural environment formed by extremes like this can only create true wonders both naturally and culturally. We hope the following fun records will motivate you to dream now and plan a trip to Peru soon. Have run reading: Peruvian records – from the highest high to the lowest low.

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If you are looking for a highly unique destination, with few tourist traps, impressive cultural and natural activities and a rich history, look no further than Peru. Plan a private or semi private trip to Peru with one of our highly skilled travel experts!

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You may be asking, is it safe to travel right now? Peru travel restrictions are minimal but are working well to protect against further infection. Peru offers some of the safest places to travel during COVID due to the hundreds of activities you can plan outdoors or in the wilderness.

In Peru, you can visits the many impressive national parks all throughout Peru, do hikes in the Andes Mountains, outdoor adventure activities like zip lining, paragliding, rafting, horseback riding. Many off the beaten path outdoor tours will help protect you from COVID.

1. Fun Fact # 1: most Alpacas

Peruvian Records Most Alpacas

Peruvian Records – here is # 1: Did you know that there are 10 million alpacas in the world? Three-quarters of them live in Peru! And even more interesting is that llamas and alpacas are even helping scientists to help fight COVID-19 due to their unique nanobodies.

2. The longest Mountain Range: the Andes

Peruvian Records The longest Mountain Range

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. If you are looking to avoid crowds and stretch your legs and lungs in the fresh mountain air, then check out one of the many hiking adventures you can partake in, in Peru!

3. Lake Titicaca: the Highest Navigable Lake

Peruvian Records Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, which forms part of the border between Peru and Bolivia, is considered the highest navigable lake in the world! Another of the Peruvian records.  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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4. The deepest Canyon in the World

Peruvian Records The deepest Canyon in the World

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.

Peruvian Records The Condor

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5. The Amazonian Rainforest: the longest river

Peruvian Records The Amazonian Rainforest

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 houses the 2nd biggest part of the Amazon Rainforest after Brazil, 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! If you are looking for immune boosting foods, make sure you try this Peruvian super food!

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6. Peru´s National Park Manu: the hightest density

Peruvian Records National Park Manu

In the protected area of Manu in Peru we can marvel at the extraordinary tropical nature and find an astounding variety of animals! The highest density of species of butterflies in the world is 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 Manu.

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7. The highest 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 The highest Sand-dune in the World

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8. Land of the Orchids: most variety

Peruvian Records Land of the Orchids

3,500 varieties of orchids grow in Peru, and it is estimated that only 50% of the species have been identified! A high variety of orchids are found especially close to the World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. One can view some of the species of orchids along the train ride from the City of Cuzco or along one of the many hikes to Machu Picchu.

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9. The Extreme Climate of Peru:

Peruvian Records Extreme Climate of Peru

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 The guinea pig

10. Peru´s most 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 many colours from red, yellow, purple, white, to black. Apart from that, Peru is a champion in 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 most unique crops and food

11. The Last, rather unusual Peruvian records:

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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We hope the fun records have motivated you to dream about a trip to Peru. YOU can actually start planning it, we are happy to help you plan a safe trip to Peru.

We hope you enjoyed reading: Peruvian records: from the highest high to the lowest low.
Do you want to read this article in Dutch?
Peruaanse Records: van de hoge Andes tot diepe valle, stranden en oerwoud
Do you want to read this article in Spanish?
Récords peruanos: la impresionante naturaleza de Peru

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