9 Interesting Facts About Peru – Where The Wool Worth More Than Gold Is Found

Here are some unique facts about Peru!

9. P-E-R-U is the only country whose English name can be typed on a single row of a standard keyboard. Give it a try!

8. The Cerro Blanco is the highest sand dune in the world, with a height of 1,176 meters.

7. Cotahuasi Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world. At 11,004 feet deep, almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.  

6. The Andean condor is the world’s largest bird. It weighs 12 kilograms, stands 1.2 meters high, and has a wingspan of up to 4 meters long.

5. Soccer player Teófilo “El Nene” Cubillas is considered Peru’s greatest athlete. From 1966 to 1991, he played in 513 games and scored 303 goals. He received only one yellow card throughout his career.

4. The national animal is the vicuña. It comes in 22 natural colors and its wool is considered the world’s most luxurious fabric. Per kilo, vicuña costs between $399 to $600, compared to $75 to $85 for cashmere and $5 or $6 for wool.

3. Peru is the home to the mysterious Nazca Lines, a collection of more than 70 giant human and animal geoglyphs. These depressions and incisions were created between 500 BCE and 500 CE. Most lines run straight across the landscape, but there are also figurative designs of animals and plants. The combined length of all the lines is over 1,300 km, and the group cover an area of about 50 km squares.  

2. Peru is the birthplace of the super food, Potato. More than 3000 varieties are found here. You’ll find everything from wild potatoes and sweet potatoes, to white potatoes and purple potatoes.

1. A roasted guinea pig called Cuy, is the national dish of Peru. It is served crispy and with whole head, feet and eyes intact!

So that was all for Peru. Do let us know how did you find these facts in the comments section below!