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Interesting Lima Facts That You Didn’t Know About

Everyone knows that Peru is famous for Machu Picchu, mouth-watering food, and llamas but did you know that Lima is one of the most interesting capital cities in Latin America? If you didn’t here are some interesting Lima facts that you might enjoy reading about…

1. It’s the 3rd largest desert capital in the world.

View of the Sechura Desert Sand Dunes
Credit: Sechura Desert. Digital Image. Cultura Colectiva. October 31, 2017.

With its 10.4M people, Lima is the 3rd largest city in the desert after Cairo, Egypt (19.6M) and Karachi, Pakistan (18.1M).

2. Riding waves is 2,000-year old tradition.

 Surfers riding waves at the Pico Alto beach
Credit: Pico Alto. Digital Image. Viaja Perú. October 17, 2017.

While Hawaii is indisputably the surf capital of the world, there has been proof found that surf was first recorded in ancient Peru (even before the Incas). Researchers claim that this activity could go back as far as 5,000 years when the indigenous people of the Peruvian coast used this method for fishing.

3. Lima is the 5th largest city in Latin America.

Air view of the Lima coastline
Credit: Coast Line. Digital Image. New Peruvian. August 4, 2017.

After Sao Paulo (21.7M), Mexico City (21.4M), Buenos Aires (15.6M), and Rio de Janeiro (13.1M).

4. There are 25,000 bodies in the catacombs below the Monastery of San Francisco.

View of the Catacombs of the Monastery of San Francisco
Credit: Catacombs. Digital Image. Nihaowang. September 30, 2008.

Also in the monastery’s library, there are 25,000 books including the 1st dictionary published by the Royal Spanish Academy in the 1700s.

5. Paddington Bear is Peruvian.

Still Image of Paddington Bear's movie
Credit: Paddington. Digital Image. Variety. March 3, 2015.

His real name is Pastuso but he changed to Paddington when he arrived in London as no one could understand it.

6. (Literal) Frog juice is a popular beverage.

Image of the Titicaca Water Frog
Credit: Flickr @Brad Wilson

Many believe that this juice made from Titicaca water frog has medicinal properties.

7. You can’t have ceviche for dinner.

Image of Peruvian Ceviche
Credit: Ceviche. Digital Image. Peru Hop. March 13, 2017.

Because it’s raw fish they prefer to eat it freshly caught, that’s why almost none of the restaurants in Lima serves it after 3:00 PM.

8. It never rains.

Image of Fog Catchers at the top the Peruvian mountains
Credit: Fog Catchers. Digital Image. Creating Water Foundation. September 19, 2016.

This natural phenomenon happens because rain clouds (cumulonimbus) can’t fully form due to the hot wind currents that pass over the city. The way they collect water is by using “Fog Catchers”, which are nets that help take the humidity out the fog.

9. It’s one of the only 3 places in the world where Coca-Cola is not the leading soda brand.

Image of Inca Kola products
Credit: Inca Kola. Digital Image. Navalwiki.

The other 2 being India and Scotland. In Lima, the soft-drink of choice is the bright yellow Inca Kola (now owned worldwide by Coca-Cola, except in Peru).

10. Guinea Pigs are a local delicacy.

Image of several guinea pigs
Credit: Cuy. Digital Image. Navalwiki.

We may be accustomed to seeing these cute little furry fellow as classrooms pets but in Lima they’re called Cuy, they’re a traditional dish from Los Andes that’s gaining popularity due to its savory taste and high nutritious value.

11. Lima has the fastest growing tourism in Latin America.

Image of tourist at Punta Hermosa beach
Credit: Lima Beaches. Digital Image. Destinia.

Growing 15.2% yearly, it’s the 3rd Top Destination City in Latin America after Punta Cana and Mexico City.

12. There are 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Lima region.

Air view of the Sacred City of Caral

Credit: Caral. Digital Image. Peru.com. March 19, 2017.

Peru is the 4th Latin American country with more Heritage Sites. Out of the 12 sites they have, 2 can be found in Lima: Lima’s Historic Center and the Sacred City of Caral (the most ancient city of the Americas).

13. Black vultures can be seen everywhere.

Black Vultures (Gallinazos) resting on a roof in Lima
Credit: Flickr @Bernhard WK

These birds are called Gallinazos and they’re the official bird of the city. They’re respected because as scavenger birds they have helped clean the city and avoid the creation of hygiene-related diseases throughout the centuries.

14. There are over 300 Pre-columbian relics all over town.

Image of Huaca Pucllana
Credit: Huaca Pucllana. Digital Image. El Universal. August 22, 2015.

These relics or ceremonial sanctuaries are called “Huacas“. Some of the most important ones are Pucllana, Huallamarca. and Mateo Salado.

15. Lima has the biggest Chinese community in Latin America.

Image of the dragon dance in capón street
Credit: Calle Capón. Digital Image. Erasmusu. April 18, 2016.

There are over 1 million Chinese people in Peru, from which 200,000 live in Lima.

16. It once was a walled city.

View of Parque de la Muralla
Credit: Parque de la Muralla. Digital Image. El Comercio. September 23, 2015.

The city walls were built by the end of the 1600s to protect it from foreign attacks. Most of it was teared down during the 1800s as the city needed to expand.

17. Peru has the 2nd largest silver production in the world.

Image of silver bars and coins
Credit: Plata. Digital Image. Minería Perú.

Lima, alongside Áncash and Junín extract over 55% of the country’s silver.

18. Capillita del Puente is the smallest church in the world.

Street view of Capillita del Puente
Credit: Chapel. Digital Image. Medium. July 4, 2016.

It’s believed to be the smallest church in the world and it was built in the 1600s. The chapel is 16 ft wide, 32 ft tall, and 39 ft long.

19. Parque de la Reserva is the public park with more fountains in the world.

Night view of the lit fountains on Parque de la Reserva
Credit: Circuíto Mágico del Agua. Digital Image. La República. January 7, 2015.

With it’s 13 interactive fountains, Parque de la Reserva earned itself a Guinness World Record.

20. Most of the year the sky is grey.

Air view of Lima's foggy coastline
Credit: Lima Beaches. Digital Image. Destinia.

This constant fog is caused by the low temperatures in the water and the high temperatures in the air.

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

READ: Mexico Announces 11 New Pueblos Mágicos And It’s The Post-COVID Travel Lust We All Need Right Now

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Video Shows A Man Who Lied About His COVID-19 Symptoms Dying On A Flight

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Video Shows A Man Who Lied About His COVID-19 Symptoms Dying On A Flight

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There’s a reason the CDC is recommending that people avoid travelling during the holidays–there’s no way of knowing the health statuses of the people around you. This fact was illustrated very clearly by a shocking event that occurred last Monday that was caught on video.

On December 14th, a man died on a United Airlines flight from Orlando to Los Angeles after lying about his symptoms.

Since news of his death went viral, footage of multiple passengers performing emergency CPR on him for 45 minutes has since been circulated.

According to various reports, the unidentified man was exhibiting troubling symptoms before the plane took off–namely shaking, sweating heavily and breathing with difficulty. About an hour into the flight, the man stopped breathing and the flight crew asked for CPR volunteers. In the meantime, they diverted the flight to New Orleans.

By the time the plane landed and the man was transported to the local hospital, he was pronounced dead.

Like every other passenger, the man had filled out a pre-flight checklist in which he agreed that he was not exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus.

United later confirmed that the deceased passenger “wrongly acknowledged this requirement.”

Passengers also confirmed that the airline did not take people’s temperatures when boarding the flight. One passenger also reported that, after the diversion, United did not switch planes, but instead gave passengers the option of

In response to this, United gave the following statement: “At the time of the diversion, we were informed he had suffered a cardiac arrest, so passengers were given the option to take a later flight or continue on with their travel plans.”

According to the flight’s passengers, the man’s wife was also overheard saying that her husband had been ill in the days leading up to the flight and that he had also lost his sense of taste and smell.

One of the passengers that attempted to resuscitate the man described the experience later via Twitter.

“I made the decision to attempt to save the passengers life and along with 2 others performed CPR for close to an hour until we landed. And continued to help the firefighters when they came onboard,” wrote passenger Tony Aldapa.

He continued: “I spent the remainder of the flight covered in my own sweat and in that man’s urine. I have since become symptomatic myself and am awaiting the results of my second test. I have not been contacted by the airline or by @CDCgov as of this time.”

Unsurprisingly, many people are upset both at United for failing to have a protocol in place from preventing sick passengers from boarding their planes and at the unidentified man for knowing he was sick and putting everyone in danger.

“What a disaster!” wrote one Twitter user. “Not only was passenger and family exhibiting selfish behavior, United Airlines continues to exhibit incompetence as an airline.”

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