Trip Planning: Peru WITH kids
Part of the fun of trip planning is the researching portion! I love reading and learning about all the new and interesting stuff about a new country and then presenting it to the kids. Sometimes this involves lots of research so I can really wrap my head around something before figuring out a way to make it interesting for the kids. Other times…. a place is oh, so crazy kid friendly.
I can not get over how much FUN information there is on Peru!! Who knew?
Crazy kid friendly information tidbit #1 –
Butterflies drink the tears of turtles.
I’m not making that up – you can read more here. Butterflies (and bees, too, but they seem to bother the turtles more than butterflies) flutter and drink the tears of turtles because of the salt. It doesn’t harm the turtles and researchers are looking to see if the butterflies are getting anything else besides salt.
Why do they need salt from turtles? The western portion of the amazon in Peru is lower in sodium than most places on Earth.
Interesting because not THAT far away, also in Peru….
Crazy kid friendly information tidbit #2 –
The Moras Salt Flats where the water has 60% MORE salt that the ocean. These small spots have been privately owned and passed down through families for generations. When the water evaporates, salt is scraped off the top and sold. Impurities add color.
Fun photo from lovethesepics.
Crazy kid friendly information tidbit #3 –
Llamas only have front teeth on the bottom and they chew in a figure eight. Can you? Go ahead and try it…I’ll wait. That explains their funny expressions!
Enjoy llamas? Try writing your name with the llama font!
Crazy kid friendly information tidbit #4 –
Peru grows 3800 different TYPES of potatoes. Would you have even guessed there were that many in the whole world? Where there are potatoes of that number there are potato dishes!!! French fries anyone? Chips? Hash browns?
Doesn’t this fun stuff make you want to start your trip planning for Peru? Stay posted for more fun!
Happy curious travels with the family!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist