We came to this blog topic in a very round about way! We wanted to write a post about the longevity of the Andean condor. The Andean condor has a very long life span so we wanted to know how it “measures up” to other birds!
Our initial three questions were:
As a disclaimer we have to note that these are controversial topics! In order for the bird to make the record book there has to be very clear documentation! Frequently that involves a bird in captivity of some sort. So we are not saying that this is the absolute – just the best we can do with the information available!
Our search led us to many sources including the Guinness Book of World Records! Be careful on their website! You can get sucked in for many hours because there is so much interesting information! Three hours after I finished my research for this post, I found myself reading about mother´s day world records in Ireland – a topic completely unrelated to birds!
Enough background information. Here are the brief answers to the above questions!
So why all the fuss about the Andean condor? It was a sacred bird for the Incas and continues to hold significance in South America! It is the national bird of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Ecuador. Surprisingly Peru’s national bird is the Andean Cock-of-the-rock! You can look forward to a future post about that incredible bird!
There are four pictures attached to this post. Two of them are of the late Thaao. The others are of the condor sculpture that you will see at Machu Picchu. It is a little easier to visualize when you are actually there, but even in a photo its magnifesnce shines through! When you hike the Inca trail (classic or premium), join us for an alternative trek such as the Salkantay trek, or tour Machu Picchu, you will see this sculpture live and understand the work that was put into it. How important must it have been to the Incas to immortalize that bird´s with a giant sculpture!
To wet your appetite we will say that the Andean Condor will be covered in exstenvis detail in the future!
However the world records below are too good t o pass over!
Without further ado here are some Peruvian world records. All records are current as of March 24, 2015 unless otherwise noted!
Up until 2006, Peru laid claim to the world’s largest ceviche (4.1 tons). Mexico then shook Peruvian national pride with a fishy feast weighing in at 4.5 tons. Not to be outdone, Peru struck back in December 2008. In an open-air stadium in Callao, 450 students and chefs gathered to create a monster ceviche that would blow the Mexicans out of the water. Final weight: a massive 6.8 tons. Mexico has since reclaimed the record.