10 Amazing Facts About Peru You Probably Didn’t Know

1. There are over 55 varieties of corn produced in Peru

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2. Peru has not one but three official languages – Spanish, Quechua and Aymara

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3. Peru is home to the oldest university in the Americas – The National University of San Marco founded in 1551

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4. There are over 3000 varieties of potato


5. Peru has over 90 different micro climates


6. Chicama has the world’s longest left hand wave at 4km long

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7. Cotahuasi Canyon is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon


8. The bowler hats that indigenous woman typically wear were introduced by British rail road workers in the 1920s

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9. 65 million guinea pigs are eaten every year in Peru

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10. Peru is home to the world’s largest sand dune. Cerro Blanco measures in at 3,860 feet


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