Our last stop before Lima took us to Paracas where we stayed at the Kokopelli Hostel and enjoyed laying in hammocks and swimming in the pool. But the best part was our tour of what some refer to as “The Poor Man’s Galápagos Islands” or the Ballestas Islands. Here we were able to see, from our boat, sea lions, penguins, pelicans, and many other types of birds. We also saw an ancient candelabra that was drawn onto the surface of the desert.
After the tour of the islands we headed to the national park where we saw a beautiful oceanfront view, and what is left of the cliff side after an earthquake several years ago. Eventually we began our journey back to Lima with a pitstop at an old mansion, that had underground tunnels we were able to walk through.
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We next journeyed to the Nazca Lines, where we climbed a viewing tower and watched the sunset over these famous ancient lines, carved into the dessert hundreds of years ago that still stand today. After that we went to Huacachina, a desert town that was fortunate enough to have an oasis in it. Here we had the most fun, getting to ride on a horrifying dune buggy and go sandboarding down steep sand dunes. We also had the best milkshakes and fruit filled crepes here, oh and our pool had a relaxing swimming pool. For mor information on Peru Hop go to their website here or search them on Facebook.
We needed to get back to Lima for our flights home next week, so instead of taking a regular local bus, or even an expensive flight home we tried South America’s first hop-on, hop-off bus that goes between several cities, called Peru Hop. The company began four months ago, and is still figuring out some of the kinks, especially relying on Peruvians to be punctual/organized, which is sometimes not the case (if you’ve been here you’ll know what I mean). Our group became very close and we even got to sit down to a delicious dinner with the owner of the company so that he could apologize for our bus’ DVD player being broken. I highly recommend traveling from Cusco to Lima, or the other way around, using Peru Hop as your means of transportation.
Our first stop was in Arequipa where we drove outside of the city to view Condors and the Colca Canyon; as well as, some quaint hot springs near the mountainside. Back in the city we had a meal with our new friends, and explored around a bit to see the main squares. For mor information on Peru Hop go to their website here or search them on Facebook.