Blogs from Paracas, Ica, Peru, South America


South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas July 23rd 2019

Dear All Greetings from Paracas, a small but wonderful town on the Peruvian desert coast about 4 hours south of Lima. I arrived here on Saturday afternoon, and have had an absolutely incredible time here. These last few days have really been filled with fantastic sights and adventures, really quite unique ones, and have reminded me once more why it is that I travel – to see more and to learn more about this beautiful world that we live in. What a pleasure it has been! So on Saturday morning I bade farewell, temporarily, to my hotel in Lima and took a taxi to the Cruz del Sur bus station south of the city centre. Cruz del Sur is supposed to be the country’s best intercity bus service, and I have to say it has probably ... read more
Sea Lions
Me, Scott and Casey
The Astronaut

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas August 22nd 2018

From the north to the south of Lima the landscape changes from high altitude mountains to desert landscape that is accompanied by the Pacific. There's small town called Paracas which is a popular spot to stop for a few nights. It was good to be back in to some warmth and less altitude and we didn't think about coming here until a couple we had met in the Galapagos were staying here and we thought that it would be a good opportunity to catchup with them and see what all the fuss was about. Paracas has some cool things to see and do. One trip everyone does is to take a boat to visit Los Ballestas islands (or poor mans Galapagos) which consists of thousands of birds including nazca boobies, comorants and terns and it also ... read more
Sea Lions On Isla Ballestas
Huacachina Dunes

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas March 8th 2018

Day four/evening and day five. Surprises in the restaurant and expectations exceeded in Peru. Starting off with last night’s formal do. We booked a 7:30 pm slot at the restaurant as we had the night before. When we arrived the greeter pulled us to one side and said “ Sir, you don’t need to book, you are club class.” Turns out being club class (which was a free upgrade princess gave us) not only secured us the mini suite but means we get priority service at the restaurant. We get our own cordoned off area with our own wait staff and, best of all, a chef who cooks one item for us not on the menu or available to anyone else. Talk about upgrade! It was awesome and we thoroughly enjoyed that as a totally different ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas November 11th 2017

I rented a bicycle in town and biked to Playa la Mina of The Reserve. Spent the night camping out on the beach under the stars. I met Jana while waiting for a bus to Lima. As the bus pulled up I looked inside and she caught my attention. I found her attractive at first sight. Jana, was from Germany, but her English sounded American. She was an awesome travel buddy. We chatted on the bus ride to Piso, where we caught another bus to Lima.... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas February 5th 2017

I haven't been very loyal to my blog. Sorry, to much to do. It seems the more you learn, the less you know, this certainly applies to learning about Peru. I've searched my soul, dug deep to understand my attraction to this South American country. The beauty of course, the wonderful, accepting people but it's more than that, the language with a creative, romantic edge. Spanish, especially Castellano gives the speaker the ability to be creative in the delivery of his speech. The listener is treated to romantic to angry sounds almost like a song. With English we speak very direct, not a lot left to speculate on. Spanish leaves areas of reflection and interpretation, it seems to create a romantic aura. I'll leave this to the linguist, this is just my take on language. OK, ... read more
Hotel in Paracus
Boats in the habor, Paracus
Ian and family in Paracus

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas November 7th 2016

I left Trujillo Sunday evening on a very comfortable bus and arrived in Paracas on Monday afternoon in Paracas which is in the desert three hours south of Lima. It was much prettier than I expected simply because the activity to do there was another ´´Poor man´s Galapagos´´ so I imagined somthing similar to Puerto Lopez in Ecuador. Actually it is a lot more touristic because people can also come from Lima on day trips. I treated myself to a boat tour of las Islas Ballestas which are a reserve for birds, seals and a few penguins. I couldn´t believe how many birds and seals there were. I heard that in the past, it was obligatory to wear a hat because of the bird shit, now they just tell you it´s lucky if you get shat ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas May 29th 2016

My new tour starts today. Unsure to be excited or depressed. Peru is such a large and incredible country. So much variety of what I will see on this next part of the tour. I met the guide Andreas downstairs and he did a quick run through of what I missed last night. He didn't go in as much details as he did the group meeting as he said he gets the group to meet every night before dinner and then runs through the following days plans - what it involves, meeting and travel times, what to take etc. He said its easier to do it that way so everyone remembers and is informed. So rather than overloading me now just touched base and was there to answer any questions I may have. He said he ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas March 6th 2016

All up early as we still haven't fully adjusted to the time. Mozzi's throughout the Eco-bungalow (read small caravan surrounded by bamboo) as it was roasting and we opened all the windows before we went to bed. I was woken up by Ed in the middle of the night as he was being bitten all over. We shut the windows and squished as many as we could find. Hat slept through the entire thing. By morning time it was clear that Ed has the sweetest blood as he received 26 bites. By comparison, Hattie had 10 bites. We hadn't booked the taxi from the caravan site so we asked the security guard to call us one which, given our lack of common language, was a little tricky.. The bus station (a shack with a loo) had ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas March 5th 2016

Apparently, it's very cold in a good way. Cas is feeling very refreshed.... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Paracas March 5th 2016

The kids are singing 'it's a hard knock life in the pool; out of the mouth of babes...we're so lucky to be doing this trip. Took the 3 1/2 hour bus to Paracas. Coach was very comfy but the 18 rated action movies on the communal TV monitors met with our disapproval and we asked the kids to keep listening to their music and avert there eyes. The journey south from Lima showed us just what a desert area this coastal strip is: huge sand dunes, arid plains and the occasional palm or cactus. There is no motorway to speak off, just a wide single lanes carriageway which meant lots of hairy overtaking in our big bus.... read more

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