This month, one of our staff members will be leaving for a two year sabbatical to Peru. Thus, our selection of Peru as the Focus Country for February 2012.
– The Andes have more people living in them than any other mountain range in the world. The highest home in the world is a shepherd’s hut in the Andes at 17,000 feet.
– Peru has the world’s highest navigable body of water. Lake Titicaca is 3,800 meters above sea level.
– Peru is considered to be the archeological capital of South America. The Lost City of the Incas, called Machu Picchu, is located in the Andes Mountains. It is called lost because the Incas abandoned it and the city remained unknown to explorers for several centuries.
The main staples in the Peruvian diet include rice, beans, fish, and a variety of tropical fruits. Many families in Peru live on the equivalent of $1.00 a day, so food is scarce for many in Peru.