Part 1: Haucachina Oasis, Nazca Lines & Paracas National Reserve
Part 2: Puerto Maldonado/Amazon Rainforest
Part 3: Cusco
Part 4: Machu Picchu
Overall Trip Guide
We were picked up from the airport early in the morning and started through Lima to the Oasis at Haucachina. On the way there we stopped at a few villages that specialize in Pisco, a grape whiskey made in the wine making regions of Peru. It's also the liquor needed to make the national drink of Peru, the Pisco Sour!
|left: old way of storing pisco to ferment |
center: pisco for sale (we left with a couple)
right: pisco sour (pisco, simple syrup, lime juice, and an egg white on top)
After getting a morning buzz on Pisco Sours, we arrived at the Haucachina Oasis. Good News: It looks absolutely beautiful (minus all the tourist-y shops and restaurants)! Bad News: 20 or so years ago the lake emptied due to the nearby town, so the water is now artificially pumped in to keep the oasis look up. In Haucachina there are about three things to do: boozing, buggies, and 'boarding (sand boarding that is)
|left: having a drink while watching the sunset over the dunes|
center: dune buggies!
|view of the oasis from the top of the dunes|
|sunset over the dunes|
Nearby the Oasis is Nazca, home to the Nazca lines. No one knows exactly how these (extremely straight) lines and creatures were created, and the best way to see them is from the air.
TIP: these tiny, vomit-inducing airplanes are not for the easily motion sick. trust me.
center: straight nazca lines
|Ballesta Islands, each rock was COVERED in birds|
|plenty of seals tanning themselves, I liked this ones expression!|
|landing in the water|
|I swear this guy wanted to eat me|
|the contrast of the red sand (from the red cliffs nearby) against the yellow-y rock was beautiful|