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Peru is the home of the world’s most fa­mous bear. Padding­ton, cre­ated by Michael Bond, ar­rived in the UK as a stow­away from “deep­est, dark­est” Peru.


Both the tomato and potato hail from Peru – with the coun­try pro­duc­ing more than 3000 va­ri­eties of pota­toes.


New Zealand is pretty proud of its na­tive birds, but we’ve got noth­ing on Peru. The South Amer­i­can coun­try has 1701 species of birds – the high­est in the world.


The Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of San Mar­cos in Lima is the old­est con­tin­u­ously func­tion­ing uni­ver­sity in the Amer­i­cas, founded in 1551.


Like New Zealand, Peru is a huge ex­porter of wine. Grapes were first planted in Peru in 1554.

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