. . . the last time Lima had measurable rainfall was in 1963?

It is true! The only rain comes in form of a drizzle during the damper winter months. Lima is situated in the coastal desert and gets most of its water from glaciers. in the Andes Mountains. The hills and mountains surrounding Lima are rocky and barren, reminicient of the lunar landscape. Peru’s desert is so dry it preserves mummys often discovered dating from early Indian civilizations.

. . . that there are over 370 varieties of potato in Peru?

In fact, scientists say that the potato originated in Peru, and there are more than 3000 documented varieties in the Andes Mountains of South America! Aghast, carbohydrate watchers note that rice is often served together with potatoes at most meals. Some favorite traditional Peruvian dishes which include potatoes: Causa, Papa a la Huancayna and Papa Rellena.

. . . Peru is south of the equator?

That means we all walk upside-down here, and Christmas is smack-dab in the middle of summer. It is funny to observe people put imitation frost on their windows, drink hot-chocolate and watch Santa Claus walk on the beach in 90° weather in his thick red suit!

. . . Mexican food is generally not served in Peru?

Here hot-peppers are called “ají,” as Chile is the country south of the border, and “tacos” are high-heeled shoes! Tortillas are found in some stores in the “International Food Section.” Do not worry, however—Peru has its own excellent food, so you will not be disappointed when you come to visit. Just bring your own jalapeños and tortillas, however!

. . . the Indians surfed Peru 3000 years ago?

For centuries, the Mochica Indians rode the waves on caballitos de totora (reed longboards), still in use today, on Peru’s northern coasts. In Chicama, six hours north of Lima, surfers enjoy the longest ride on the planet, where surf rolls to the opposite side for nearly a mile—a goofy footed surfer’s paradise! This Southern Hemisphere phenomenon explains why water swirls down flushed toilets in the opposite direction across the equator.

. . . Alligators, Llamas, Anacondas and Guinea Pigs all have something in common?

They are all delicacies in Peru, and are regularly found on restaurant menus throughout the country! But you’ll need a party of 10 in order for the waitress to justify killing an entire anaconda. Grubs, called suri, can be fried, boiled or eaten alive and DO forget to order some masato from the jungle village chief. We’d rather not describe this alcoholic drink, but if you are that curious, write us, and we will send you the recipe.

. . . 87% of the country is Roman Catholic?

The people are very religious, but they are very uninformed on what is mentioned in the Bible. Many do not know about Noah and the Flood, David and Goliath or the Feeding of the 5000. The good news is that they are eager to learn and they are so hungry for the truth about Jesus!

. . . Peru has delicious, inexpensive fruit year round?

Outrageous varieties of mangos, pineapples and watermelon are in abundance, as well as fruit you’ve never heard of, nor would be able to pronounce! But it is great—and is traced all the way back to the Garden of Eden! Because of Peru’s three geographical regions—desert coast, Andes Mountains and Amazon jungle—there are coconuts, strawberries, apples, kiwi, papaya, bananas and cactus fruit!