Peru has come a long way. Only fifty years ago the life average life expectancy was only 48 years, now it is over 70. Yet, fifty percent of Peruvians still live in poverty. Sixty percent of Peruvians earn less than $160 a month.
However, there are many things to celebrate about this wonderful country. The national food is Cuy (Guinea Pig), and they grow over 55 varieties of corn and nearly 3000 different varieties of potatoes. Hence the local phrase “Soy mas Peruano que la papa” (I am more Peruvian than the potato). Near the town of Chicama is the worlds longest left-hand surfing wave (4km!). Peru is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world, with over 10% of the worlds plant species (25,000) and it ranks first in the world in terms of distinct fish species, second for birds, and third for mammals (nearly 5,000 species!) Don’t forget, it is home to the worlds largest bird, the Andean Condor. It has the worlds deepest canyon (twice as deep as the grand canyon), the second highest mountain range (second only to the Himalaya), and is the starting point of the mighty Amazon river.
I could go on, and on, and on. Truly, it is an amazing country, and you should see it for yourself. But first, see these pictures.