A 9-day adventure by Billy Oaks
  • Day8

    Paracas and Huacachina

    September 23, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    This last day trip took us South of Lima to a couple of Amazing places. Paracas and Huacachina.

    Paracas is located some 3 hours South of Lima and although there is no much to see in town, it is the departure point to visit the Ballestas islands. From Paracas the boat took some 30 minutes to get to the islands, which are a paradise for wild life. The islands boomed with birds, including small penguins and also lots of sea lions.

    Back in Paracas, we had time for some lunch and to buy souvenirs.

    From Paracas it was another hour South to the city of Ica, and the famous Huacachina, which is basically a mirage in the middle of the desert. We hire a sand buggie, which is some sort of roller coaster type of experience...... we also did sand-boarding, which was worth the challenge.
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  • Day7

    A day trip to Caral

    September 22, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Our plans were disrupted after being sick so instead of a 3 days trip to Ica we had to adjust to a couple of day trips from Lima. The first one was a visit to the ancient ruins of Caral.

    This time we headed north along the Pan american highway. Getting out of Lima was terrible due to the horrendous traffic. Our first stop after nearly two hours was for breakfast in the town of Chancay. We then continued for another two hours passing the city of Huacho and other small towns. The ruins were located some 20 minutes of the main highway.

    We learned that Caral was possibly the earliest town in the Americas, built at the same time than the pyramids in Egypt. The place was magical, filled with pyramids and ancient paths giving the place a mystical feeling.

    From Caral we headed back to Huacho for a well deserved lunch and to see the picturesque beach, filled with fishing boats.
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  • Day3

    Last day in Huaraz

    September 18, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    I started to feel a bit sick today, some flu or stuff like that. We had to cancel to Pastoruri glacier and instead spent some time exploring Huaraz.

    From the top of the hotel we had some really nice views of the snow capped mountains.

    We had a nice lunch in town and then just relaxed back at the hotel, I was definitely feeling sick by now so had a good rest before taking the long trip back to Lima
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  • Day2

    North of Huaraz

    September 17, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Today we travelled North of Huaraz to some interesting and picturesque townships, a buried city and one of the most beautiful lagoons I've ever seen.

    The trip started early in the morning with a quick breakfast, then started our trip North along the Santa River. Our first stop was the town of Carhuaz, which contrasting with the coldness of Huaraz, had plenty of sun so we took advantage of this and had some ice creams.

    From Carhuaz we continued along the highway to the buried city of Yungay, here we learned that in 1970 a strong earthquake triggered a massive avalanche that ended with life of over 20,000 people in a matter of seconds, the old city is buried under more that 3 metres of mud.

    After Yungay, we started an hour and half climb on a dirty road to the Llanganuco lagoon. The lagoon has a beautiful turquoise colour and has a relaxing environment. We stayed for nearly an hour before returning down to lower grounds.

    Our final stopped was the town of Caraz, where we had a delicious lunch with trouts.
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  • Day2

    Chavin de Huantar

    September 17, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Feeling better today we had a quick light breakfast and then we were in our way to the temples of Chavin de Huantar. The journey to Chavin was really long and boring, over 3 hours of no much to see in a winding road that took us up to 4,100 masl, really high.

    Initially we run on the highway next to Santa River but after an hour, we started the steady climb toward the pass. Halfway on this road we stopped in a lagoon to get some snacks and use the "toilets". From there it was another hour over a painful road until we got to Chavin.

    The ruins were relatively small when compared to other ruins in Cusco. We spent over an hour here in the middle of a rain but had time to get some photos. I personally avoid visiting the obelix, placed in the middle of a labyrinth. The corridors were just too narrow and dark for me. At the end we observed some heads made of stone and that were inserted on a wall.

    The group stopped for lunch however altitude was already affecting us so we had just a cup of Coca leave tea before starting the painful way back to Huaraz.
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  • Day1

    Arriving in Huaraz

    September 16, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Overnight trip from Lima via "Cruz del Sur", the bus left 10:20PM and we arrive in Huaraz on Saturday 6am. The weather was cold and the altitude was already killing us so we went straight to the hotel and got some rest.

    At midday, I went out with Ximena to the craft markets and to buy some stuff in a supermarket. My sister was still struggling and did not move out of bed.

    We managed to book a trip to Chavin tomorrow.
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  • Around Lima

    September 15, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    The day started with a visit to Huaca Huallamarca in San Isidro. This pyramid has been re-built so it looks better that Pucllana however it is smaller in size and has less to offer.

    From Huallamarca we took a 15 soles ride to Museo Larco in Pueblo Libre, here we were astonished for the amazing collection of pottery, jewellery and ancient textiles.

    Our last stop was Downtown Lima and the Plaza Mayor, centre of Peruvian power. We also visited San Francisco church and the catacombs, something no good for a claustrophobico guy like me.
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