53 Interesting Facts About Peru | Inca Times to Modern Day

Peru is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. It’s full of interesting sites, like Machu Picchu, the Amazon Jungle, the mysterious Nazca Lines, and even a rainbow mountain.

It has diverse landscapes, unique cultures, uncommon dishes, and so much more. What better way to appreciate it than by reading about the most interesting facts about Peru?

Peru Has Three Official Languages

Spanish, Quechua, and Aymara are the three official languages of Peru. About 84% of Peruvians speak Spanish, followed by Quechua at 13% and Aymara at 2%.

Lima Is The Third Most Populated City In South America

Following behind Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lima is the third most populated city in South America.

Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 via a worldwide internet poll.

Machu Picchu Means ‘Old Mountain’ or ‘Old Peak’

In Quechua (the language of the Incas) Machu Picchu translates to ‘Old Mountain’ or ‘Old Peak’.

The Inca Religion and Christianity Have Similar Views of Heaven and Hell

In Inca culture, Hanan Pacha was the Upper World, it was also known as the Land of the Sun. 

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