On December 14, 2011 we had three special guest speakers come into our classroom to share all about their amazing adventures in Peru. Tim and his two children, Ben and Ella took time out of their day to come and talk to us. Wow, we were so lucky! Their stories were really interesting and they brought a lot of cool artifacts for us to see. During their presentation they also showed us photos, videos and slide shows of their great journey to Peru last year.
We learned a lot about Peru while Tim, Ben and Ella shared with us. Here are some of our favourite, wild facts:
- Machu Picchu is a lost city built 600 years ago by the Incans for the Emperor Pachucuti. The Incans were smart people. They even built the Temple of the Sun. When the sun shone through one window onto a special part of the wall it told the Incans it was either Summer or Winter solstice. There are hundreds of stairs up to Machu Picchu so it is really tiring to climb up.
- On Lake Titicaca there about 60 floating islands built by human hands. Can you believe these islands are made out of reeds, straw and mud?! They have to keep adding new layers onto the islands because the plants get soggy and it is not safe for the people who live there.
- The corn that they grow in Peru has bigger kernels than the corn we have in Canada. The corn also comes in many different colours. We wonder what the popcorn would look like in Peru!
- Alpacas and llamas are raised in the mountains of Peru. Their wool is used for clothes. The wool is woven by the Peruvian people. To colour the wool they dye it with bugs, berries and plants. Some of the bright colours they can make are red, orange, yellow, blue, green and purple. They use the Alpaca wool more often because it is longer and softer for clothes.
- Eating guinea pigs is a very special treat for Peruvians, just like eating turkey on Thanksgiving is for us. The guinea pigs live around the house, running free. The guinea pigs in Peru are much larger than the ones we have as pets. Guinea pigs are also traded at the markets for tools, toys and food.
- Soccer is the national sport in Peru but they call it football. They don’t play like we do, they play much rougher. If the people watching don’t like what the ref is calling they sometimes throw empty cans and garbage onto the field. Then the police have to come with shields. Playing soccer in Cusco, Peru is breathtaking because they are at a higher altitude and the air is thinner. Altitude means the height above sea level. Calgary’s elevation is 1000 m and Cusco, Peru is 3400 m.
Tim, Ella and Ben made the presentation so alive that we actually want to go to Peru, too! The more we learn about Peru the more questions we have.
- Have you been to Peru? If you have do you have any interesting facts to add?
- If you live in Peru could we ask you some of our questions? One of our many questions is do they have hockey there?
- Have you ever thought about visiting Peru? Would you go if you had the chance?
- Do you have questions about Peru that we could maybe answer?