Interesting facts about Piura Peru
Surprising Lima - facts and curiosities
A market full of copied books
Lima is one of the largest cities in South America, so it's no wonder that it holds so many (open) secrets. As a first example, we would like to mention the gigantic Amazon book market that takes place in Jirón Amazonas Centro. About 80% of the fonts offered here are self-made copies, and nobody cares. Many Peruvians simply do not have enough money to buy original books, which is why this inexhaustible market arose. There has even been one on this topic an Arte report, which provides information about the origin of the variety of goods offered.
Fog time and drizzle
The South American Las Vegas
A bright yellow soft drink
Inca Kola has been the hip fashion drink in Lima and all of Peru for many years. It has a bright yellow color and tastes extremely sweet, something like a mixture of Hubba Bubba and gummy bears. But when cooled, it is simply addicting! Hardly any tourist can avoid trying the soft drink at least once, shaking it and ordering a glass or can the next time. Coca Cola has already reached out to its competitor, but 51% of the shares are still in Peruvian ownership. And it should stay that way. PS: Whoever is in the mood for Inca Kola will find it here.
Colorful market activity as a culture boost
This point may not sound particularly surprising, but it shows Lima from its original, traditional side: the city has several different marketsthat invite you to get to know the exotic culture better and to buy the most beautiful souvenirs. At the Inca market you have the opportunity to admire Peruvian handicrafts, buy exotic jewelry and buy brightly colored textiles. At the Gamarra market you dress up in Peruvian style from head to toe, while you get delicious local food at the Surquillo market. In comparison, the Mercado Central looks really modern, it extends over several floors and offers a wide range of goods.
Warning: trap for vegetarians!
Vegetarian dish with chicken
If you order a dish “without meat” in Lima, you can definitely get a good portion of poultry. This is because chicken and Co. in Peru are not meat, but are, well, poultry. If you want to be on the safe side, it is best to state that you do not want to eat any animals. Hopefully only plant-based products will end up on the plate. Chicken, however, is one of the most popular ingredients in Peru's fabulously delicious cuisine; Thousands of different dishes entwine around the chicken. Meat eaters shouldn't miss these delicacies, but vegetarians will also get their money's worth with the numerous exotic spices from Peru and its fresh vegetables.
Millennia of history
When the Spaniards landed in Peru, there was already a relatively dense settlement area where the city of Lima is located today. The ancient cultures naturally left their traces, mostly below the ground. In the capital alone, archaeologists have discovered more than 350 ceremonial tombs so far. Last came four more than 1000 years old pyramid tombs which can be assigned to the Ichma culture. There is no doubt that modern city life takes place on deeply historical ground! This thought certainly gives the Peru vacation a special charm, because most tourists love both the mysterious past of the country and the dynamic present.
Varied and full of surprises: this is how a vacation in Lima could be summed up perfectly. If you are adventurous and like something special, you will certainly experience a wonderful time and have a lot to tell when you return.
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