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Pisco, Paracas, Ica, Huacachina

Finally I went for trip out of Lima this weekend.

On Friday evening, with Szymon (from Poland) I went by bus to Chincha. We took Soyuz bus, cost S./20 because of elections. It takes 3 hours to get to Chincha. We arrived at place just before midnight. There we met with Sandra (from Mexico). From Chincha took bus to Pisco. There we found a hotel, where after bargaining we could stay for S./15.

Early in the morning, at 7 a.m. we went thru deserted streets of Pisco to the center to take a trip to Paracas. Whole day trip costs only S./40.

The first part of the trip are Islas Ballestas. We went to port in Paracas, where we boarded a boat. But before we did that, we could listen for while to Peruvian version of mariachi in a restaurant. Islas Ballestas is an archipelago of 3 islands where several species of rare animals live in their natural environment – like sea lions, Humboldt penguins, pelicans and many more. We were cruising for almost two hours among all those wonderful animals.

Second part was Reserva Nacional de Paracas. We were going on the bus, on the roads of salt, sand and dirt desert to finally see breathtaking cliffs, beaches and more of desert.

After the trip was finished, we went back to Pisco. While Sandra went to Chincha to get her baggage, we had some time to eat and see a little of the city.

Next stop was Ica. In Ica we stayed only for while to see Plaza de Armas, and then we took taxi (cost S./4) to go to Huacachina.

Huacachina is an oasis in the middle of the desert. The lake is surrounded by hotels and restaurants. We checked in to Casa de arena hotel (S./15 per night).

The biggest attraction of Huacachina is sandboarding. Of course we had to try it for ourselves. On Sunday morning we went to rent boards (S./5 per day), and after that we went to the dunes to slide. We've picked the worst moment of the day to do that. We went up exactly at noon. It was hot as hell, sand getting everywhere, in your shoes, under your shirt, into your eyes. Maybe for those, who tried snowboarding before it would be easy, but for me it was first time to do any of them. I must say, that it's great fun, but the heat was unbearable. After this the only thing I was thinking of, was to go under the shower to wash the sand off, and then to jump into swimming pool.

Around 7 pm it was the time to go back. First by taxi to Ica, where we stopped to have a dinner, and then by bus back to Lima.

Under this link you can see picture gallery with all pictures from our trip.

Have a nice day, folks!

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