Published: February 17th 2013February 10th 2013
Leslie and Tiffany have joined me in Lima since the 5th of February...and I can tell you...it's been a lot of fun the last few days. The school summer holidays are soon over in Buenos Aires. Time to go back to a "normal" life...school and re-settling in our flat for the next four months, and the first part of a new school year.
But before that, we still have two weeks of fun in Peru...and this is the first entry of a serie of four of them. We first spent few days in Lima...but as we did two short stays in Lima...that entry will come second.
It must have been close to my twentieth visit to Peru....but this one is the one, as it is a first for Leslie and Tiffany!
We spent our week-end, aka Friday morning to Sunday evening showing Leslie and Tiffany the beaches and few wonders just outside Lima. Normally we would take the bus, but with so many stops, it was easier to drive...and this is where the fun start...my friend Christophe found out his driving licence had expired by few weeks...so I was on to drive
around 700km in Peru (including getting out and in Lima!)...why not! Only problem...driving or drinking you have to chose...well...guess I'm in the same league with Leslie and Tiffany most of this week-end! Good news...once the sun is down...they have taxis everywhere!
We first started by Huacachina. This is one of the "must-stop" of any backpacker on any tour involving Peru. Huacachina is actually an oasis, just outside the city of Ica...and the oasis is lost in huge sand dunes...giving the opportunity to have fun rides in buggy...and some sandboarding! Put it simply, it's only my fourth visit here! Leslie and Tiffany had a great time. Something rare, the sun was not out...so instead of spending 20 minutes watching the sunset....our buggy driver decided to spend way more time sandboarding...I took the pictures...and Tif and Leslie followed Christophe down the slopes! Fun, and they were actually pretty happy not to have any sunset!
During our buggy ride, our friend Pello decided to start the aperitif with Cucho, one of his friend, and the member of a pretty famous peruvian rock band from the 80's. As you can guess, I had no idea! They were playing
the same night in Ica. So we did the buggy...than the night started with the pizzas and few drinks before getting first row action at the concert. Thanks Pello and Cucho! That will remain a cool experience for the kids...who by the way....were obviously not in bed early that night!
Next morning...not too ealry, it was time to drive to Paracas to take the two hours boat ride to the Islas Ballestas...also called...the "Galapagos of the Poor"...I never saw so many people here...really high season...so we just queued like everybody else. Islas Ballestas have millions of birds...and they smell....plus hundreds of seas lions...and even few penguins...trust me, even after coming here few times, it's still fun, and the kids loved it too!
After a cool lunch...and no pisco sour...we made our way to Asia, two hours in the direction of Lima.
Asia or rather Playa de Asia is the cool place of the summer for anybody who lives in Lima. The capital bars and hip restaurants are empty each week-end of the summer...as everybody is heading 95km away...to the beaches of Playa de Asia. There are not really hotels around here...it's
either you have a villa....you know somebody who has a villa...or you take the first bus back to Lima at around 6am.
This place is all about the party time...and yes, it's a little like a zoo...but that can be fun too. Thanks to Elias, a good friend of Christophe, and who I met for the first time a nearly 10 years ago...we have a great place to crash from Saturday...and when I mean a great place...that's what I call a villa on the water! Here Leslie and Tiffany would basically follow the program close to midnight...and than all the grown-ups would head down to "the Boulevard" to party till nearly 5am for me...and 7am for some others of our group! Yes...wake up call before 10am as Leslie and tiffany were expecting to play mini-golf and baby-foot with Christophe and I.
So, another typical peruvian week-end...in between two short stays in Lima with even more fun on the program...
...more coming soon...and yes, I have way too many pictures to sort out!
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