Ica & Paracas

Hello everyone,

This is (finally) the last part of our Peru trip. We’ve been relaxing in Brazil so I haven’t felt like writing any updates and this is only going to be a quick one because we are going to go to the beach soon.

The south of Peru wasn’t our favourite place… I think we would have enjoyed the north more but it was still interesting.

When we arrived in Ica we decided to go straight to Huacachina – it is a little oasis village about 15minutes away from the city of Ica. Here is a lagoon and sand dunes. Lots and lots of sand dunes.

This is Huacachina... a lagoon and sand dunes.
This is Huacachina… a lagoon and sand dunes.
Sunset over the lagoon
Sunset over the lagoon
We climbed up the sand dunes -- so hot. The sand burns.
We climbed up the sand dunes — so hot. The sand burns.

We decided to only spend a night here because it was a PARTY place. Ever single bar and hotel had a party that went on until 8am. It was crazy and so hard to sleep. It was really nice but after taking a paddle boat ride on the lagoon and climbing a sand dune there wasn’t much else to do. We visited some wineries (of course) to see how they make Pisco (40%+ alcohol used in Pisco sour). That was very interesting and we tried some of the wines they make in the region. Interestingly, the type of grape variety they use tastes like the Hubba Bubba grape flavour.

The fermenting pots for Pisco and wine
The fermenting pots for Pisco and wine
Portrait of Simon Bolivar -- this winery is run by his descendants. They also had a bunch of his stuff on show.
Portrait of Simon Bolivar — this winery is run by his descendants. They also had a bunch of his stuff on show.
They also had a bunch of artifacts and relics -- including skulls from Incan times of human sacrifice. Real ones.
They also had a bunch of artifacts and relics — including skulls from Incan times of human sacrifice. Real ones.
The wine maker pouring some wine to try. He dips the bamboo rod into the fermenting pot and there is an opening/cut that collects the wine and he pours it out into a cup/glass.
The wine maker pouring some wine to try. He dips the bamboo rod into the fermenting pot and there is an opening/cut that collects the wine and he pours it out into a cup/glass.
How nice a picture of both of us. surrounded by weird exhibits including stuffed animals, animal skeletons, human remains and just some old stuff.
How nice a picture of both of us. surrounded by weird exhibits including stuffed animals, animal skeletons, human remains and just some old stuff.

After we visited here we jumped on a bus to Paracas. It is a beach town. The cool thing here was the natural reserve. It was a boat trip tour and we got to see so many birds, sea lions, penguins. They were amazing. Interestingly enough, even though this place is a national park and nature reserve and is protected every 7 years the government comes out and collects the bird poop for fertilizer.

The first thing we saw was the sand etching the Candelabra.

Candelabra
Candelabra

Then after about another 15-20minutes in the boat we reached the place where the sea lions, penguins and birds live. It was amazing and our photos don’t do it justice. We were too busy looking and marveling to take heaps of photos. However, this is what we did take.

The first sighting of the sea lions.
The first sighting of the sea lions.
The rock covered in penguins and birds. No wonder they collect hundreds of tonnes of bird poop.
The rock covered in penguins and birds. No wonder they collect hundreds of tonnes of bird poop.
Us enjoying the trip.
Us enjoying the trip.

The rest of Paracas was small — you could easily walk it in about 15minutes. The water wasn’t super clear so we didn’t spend time swimming, we relaxed by the beach, drank coconuts and relished the warm weather. Then we flew to Brazil.

 

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