Exploring Latin American Countries
What Are the People Like?
What To Do and Weather
The most famous tourist attraction in Peru is Machu Pittchu located in the city of Cuzco. The site stretches over an impressive 5-mile distance, featuring more than 3,000 stone steps that link its many different levels. In 2007, it was designated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Peru's capital city, Lima, is an impressive cultrual center with lots of art and cuisine. There is awesome nightlife, lots of shopping, and perfect for paragliding.
The Amazon rainforest is another popular attraction there. It is easily accessed and amazingly beautiful.
Peru doesn't really have a winter. December through February is known as the rainy season. March through May and September through November are prime weather conditions and perfect for visiting Peru. Those months tend to be less humid and and not too hot. June through August are very hot and dry months.
Festivals and Holidays
One of the most colorful festivals is the month-long celebration of the Lord of the Earthquakes in October. Peru is prone to servere earthquakes and during the month of October they have a weekly procession through the streets of Lima that features a painting of Christ that has survived quakes.
Peru's Independence Day is July 28. Every household is required by law to fly the Peruvian flag.
The elegant dance of courtship and love.
The dancers' graceful movements simulate
the pursuit of the hen by the rooster.
A sensual dance with a lively rhythm and a happy pace,
often evolves into a challenge or competition between the dancers.
Rites of Passage
Fun Facts About Peru
Potatoes originated in Peru.
Peru produces 55 different varieties of corn.
Guinea Pigs are an important source of food.
Peru has the second largest segment of Amazonian rainforest.
Pisco Sour is the national drink of Peru.
Peru is the sixth largest producer of gold.
It is tradition to give friends and family yellow underpants on New Year's Eve.