Peru 🇵🇪 - Huacachina and Nazca

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Tips 👏

  • Bring sunscreen, swimbath, walking shoes, flip-flops and light clothes.
  • Take earplugs for the party-hostels.
  • Withdraw cash in advance since there’s very few ATMs on the way.
  • Always be in advance for the bus since it can leave without you.
  • You can ask Peru Hop to upgrade your room or sleep at another hotel.

🏠 Accommodation

We slept the first night at Hotel Residencial Los Frayles and the second night at El Boulevard. Both room were pretty basic but calm, with a good breakfast.

🚲 Getting there

We booked the Peru Hop Tour of three days, more details below.

⏱ Duration

It took us three days and two nights to visit Paracas, Huacachina and Nazca. Break it down would have been better since it involve a lot of driving.

Peru Hop 🚎

Being short on time, and tired of organizing, we decided to go with Peru Hop Tour, a system where we could go on-and-off of a touristic bus to visit different areas. Our pass included accomodations, transport and some touristic visits for a good 269$/person. They were also very responsive via mail to change plans last minute. While that was fuss-free, we didn’t really like it for the following reasons:

  • Our schedule was very tight, and we didn’t realized up-front.
  • There’s always around 40 people with you, big groups.
  • The bus is not that comfortable, the one from Sucre to Uyuni was better.
  • You can save some money if you do the same by yourself.

Long story short, it’s good if you’re alone and to avoid having to book activities, but all the rest is just ok.

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Hacienda San Jose 🏠

The first day, we started our tour by an early pick-up at our hotel in Lima at 7AM. We drove until 8:40AM where we stopped for a basic breakfast (not included) at Mirasur Resort. Belly full, we carried on driving until 11:30AM to visit the slave tunnels in Hacienda San Jose.

We were suprised to find a beautiful colonial villa, with a huge park at the back, a pretty church at the front and big secret tunnels below which were used to move slaves around to avoid paying taxes. We went with the guide exploring the area before getting in the tunnels for 10 minutes. Avoid if you’re claustrophobic. This place would be fantastic for a night stay, but seems you have to book 6 months in advance.

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Paracas islands 🐬

We jumped back in the bus and drove until 2PM where we stopped for the day in Paracas, a small, windy and sandy beach town. We checked-in at Hotel Residencial Los Frayles, and chill for the rest of the day nearby the swimming pool.

The next morning, we left our luggages at the hotel and went to the pier at 8AM for the Ballestas Island 2 hours boat tour. That’s a must do. After 40 minutes of boat, we arrived on the shores of the wild islands, where we spotted sea lions, penguins sun bathing, and thousands of birds like in the Nat Geo documentaries. Smells pretty bad but it’s fantastic, we both never saw that many birds at once.

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