Thursday, March 23, 2006

Peruvian World Records permanent link   8 comments
"Latin America doesn't matter ... People don't give one damn about Latin America now." Thus spake Richard Nixon in April 1971, discussing with a young aide named Donald Rumsfeld which areas of the world he should not concentrate on if he wanted a brilliant career.

And that ignorance probably hasn't changed much in the last 3 decades. One way to put a country on the map of worldwide acknowledgement is by advertising its greatest achievements ... also known as "World Records".
So I will give it a try and list some of the most outstanding feats ever recorded by Peruvians and showcase some of the world's true wonders you won't find anywhere but here, in Incaland!
Through my random observations and little googling, I created the following list, in random order...

1. The highest navigable lake
Lake Titicaca, located in the southern Andes of Peru, between the borders Peru - Bolivia, Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. Its altitude is 3,812 m (12506 ft) above sea level.

2. The deepest canyon
Cotahuasi, located in La Unión (Arequipa). A scientific expedition made in 1991 determined that the Cotahuasi Canyon has a depth of 3,535 m (11598 ft), some meters more than the Colca Canyon in Caylloma, Arequipa (3,200m). Although other explorers say that the real deepest canyon is the Apurímac Canyon (between Apurímac and Cusco) with 4,772m in the area of Chojesapra and Huarjajata, it is not scientifically proved until today. At least we can say that Peru holds the three deepest canyons in the world. In comparison, the Grand Canyon is 'only' 1830 m (6,000 ft) deep at its deepest point.

3. The highest railroad pass
The Ferrocarril Central del Peru is, undoubtedly, the highest in the world. Starting in Callao port, from almost sea level, it passes by Lima city and then reaches the peak altitude of 4,818 m (15,807 ft) in the Anticona pass (Ticlio, Lima).
It choo-choo's into the hardy Andes through more than 60 tunnels and several bridges and reaches its highest point in less than 150km.

4. The biggest convent city
With an area of 20,426m² (219,865 ft²) the Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Arequipa is the biggest convent city in the world and the most important religious building in Peru.

5. The longest bus journey
Expreso Internacional Ormeño is a bus company created in 1970. It is one of the largest in Peru and it has been included twice in the Guinness Book of Records because it makes the longest international overland journey. Ormeño buses link the cities of Caracas (Venezuela), Bogotá and Cali (Colombia), Quito and Guayaquil (Ecuador), Lima (Peru), Santiago (Chile) and Mendoza and Buenos Aires (Argentina). The covered distance is more than 9,000 kilometers between all these cities.

6. The largest and unique collection of pre-Columbian erotic ceramic
The Museo Larco Herrera is the place where you can find an exclusive collection of pre-columbian erotic ceramic, the biggest and unique in the world. Placed in Lima, this private museum has a number of more than 40,000 ceramic pieces, most of them belonging to the Moche culture, which makes it the biggest ceramic museum in the world. The Moche people were very expressive and they did not hesitate to reflect this in their crafts.

7. The largest collection of weapons
The Museo de Oro del Peru y Armas del Mundo, located in Lima, houses this fine collection of weapons and military goods from all over the world. Here you will find almost all the countries and empires represented by its original weapons, armors and combat supplies. A part of them belonged to famous people like Napoleon, P.Díaz, and Pinochet.

8. The largest mud city
Chan-Chan or "Sun-Sun" was the capital of the Chimú Empire. It is a huge urban complex made of a kind of mud called adobe. It is located in Trujillo (northern Peru) and was built by the 13th century. In fact, Chan-Chan is a city of cities covering an area of 1.418 km² (350 acres). When a chief died, his city had to be closed and the next chief built a new one near to it.

9. Highest Death Toll From A Single Landslide
A single landslide of rock debris from Mt. Huascarán, Peru, killed over 18,000 people in the town of Yungay on May 31, 1970.

10. The largest Pachamanca ever cooked
Hugo Crespo Sánchez cooked a Pachamanca using 2,975 kg (6,558lb 12 oz) of ingredients in the District of Jesús María, Lima, Peru on December 8, 1999.
A Pachamanca is a traditional Peruvian dish of baked lamb, mutton, pork, chicken or guinea pig, marinated in spices. Other Andean produce, such as potato, sweet potato, and occasionally cassava, as well as ground maize and chile, is included in the baking.
Preparation begins with the heating of stones over a fire, and the meat is then placed on top. The fire is covered with grass and earth, and the resulting oven is opened up after around an hour and a half. Usually, a large quantity of meat is cooked, perhaps a whole sheep, to serve several people... in this record case thousands.

11. Power-Pull with your throat
In 1999, Peru's Tabaré Soria González pulled a pick-up truck using piece of wire stuck in his throat! No joke....

....records from my own observations....

12. The foggiest place on Earth
Miraflores, a posh suburb of Lima is covered in fog at least 250 days per year, no matter what season it is. Or so it seems. San Francisco comes in as a distant second...

13. Highest consumation of potato and onions per capita
Although the potato originates from Peru, that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to eat tons of it. Every peruvian dish comes with potatoes in one form or another and onions in all its variations.

14. Most apartment buildings without balconies
It is simply unfathomable how many apartments in Lima, a city where it rains 1-2 days per year, don't have balconies to sit on and enjoy the sunshine (after the fog disappears, of course). And the ones that do have one are so small that even a normal chair doesn't fit or they are used as flower beds.

15. Most policemen serving as security guards
Every shop or store has their security guard watching its front door, standing there in one spot for 8 hours until shift change, even at night after closing hours.
Every tiny little bank branch, government-owned office building or public place has a policeman doing the exact same thing.

16. Most taxis per capita
Every second car on the streets of lima is a taxi. Since I already wrote an article on this astounding phenomenon, I will just leave it at that.

17. Most tuna fish cans in grocery store shelfs
If you go in any large grocery store in Lima, a whole 10 meter shelf is dedicated to nothing else but tuna fish.
Close second: vegetable and olive oil, the shelf is only 8 meters long.

please, feel free to make any additions you can think of!!



At 3/23/2006 06:21:00 PM, Blogger gamma-normids wrote...

I live across the street from Mueseo Larco Herrera and I've never been there! I fear people will ask me all the time about the erotic huacos :)
And san Isidro has more fog. My school was there and almost killed my while my childhood.

At 3/23/2006 06:58:00 PM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

that's funny, my wife works in San Isidro and whenever I tell her that I can't see the 11-story house accross the street, she tells me that the sun is shining in San Isidro. :-)

btw, erotic huacos is CULTURE and not porn... :-)

At 3/24/2006 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Cloud Strife wrote...

Well, I must say to you that 2 of the recors that you posted are not more the records. Cotahuasi Canyon is the second deepest. The first one is located in the Tibet, near China the Yarlung Tsangpo Canyon.
About the railroad, I must inform that this year, China built the highest railroad pass.
I don´t know if I can feel produ of all things, specially taxi drivers because is a sign of the lack of employs in Peru...

At 3/24/2006 01:15:00 PM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

well, cesar, that's depressing news.
But we all know that all records are meant to be broken eventually.
Thanks for the update.

speaking of taxis:
How about "oldest cars with the most sophisticated horns"!
People don't seem to care if the car is falling into pieces ... as long as the programmable musical car horn still works.

At 4/06/2006 12:01:00 PM, Blogger Sweet-ti wrote...

Just the fact that our country has so many world records, should be making us proud! I have been to the Ticlio and beleive...its amaizing...And whether Peru has only one record...I am still proud of it!

As for Taxi drivers...I agree that it proves un-employment in Peru. But those drivers may actually have better education than u and me!

At 4/06/2006 12:07:00 PM, Blogger Sweet-ti wrote...

I forgot to mention that MachuPichu(Peru) is actually going to be included as one of the 10 wonders of the world...but not only is within the 3 first...

At 4/06/2006 12:41:00 PM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

Hola, sweet-ti,
welcome and thanks for your comments, stop by and post often!

Machu Picchu, yeah! And now we have the 3rd tallest waterfall, too ! :-)
Here's to hoping that these landmarks will be preserved and that the tourists show respect and conscience for the environment.

what happened to your blog "perumipais"?

At 6/23/2006 10:57:00 AM, Anonymous Edgard wrote...

I'm happy to see you consider my country as yours... well I don't think Miraflores as being the place with most fog in Lima, I agree that San Isidro can have more fog (probably they were talking about the zone of San Isidro that's next to Costa Verde) but not everywhere... anyway, to the north, like Magdalena, or San Miguel can have even more fog...


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