Leaving Lima seems like such a long time ago even though it was only 2 days ago. Exploring the Miraflores district as well as the Domingo Convent were both nice things to end on. Climbing the top of the bell tower in the convent gave a good view of the scope of the city and the convent itself reminded me of Seville – I did read that the tiles were exported from Seville so that may have been the reason!Then moved to Paracas where there was a gorgeous sunset. The coach journey provided amazing scenery and comfort – I’m using the same company a few times so that was useful to know. Still a tad sunburnt – the sun is very strong!! Had a nice fish dinner (ceviche & Pisco sour) as right by the coast and chatted away until the late hours.The next day, it was off on a boat to see some wildlife on the Ballestas Islands which included sea lions and penguins. Also visited a local vineyard which made Pisco wine as well as the spirit used in Pisco sours.
Some of the wine was really nice! Then off to Huacachina to do some sand boarding in the most amazing dunes that seemed to go on forever! I was a little tentative as I’m not amazing with throwing myself off from a height but had to remind myself that it was only sand. The buggy ride was great fun.
Then a long ride to Nazca where I went on a biplane and saw the most incredible Nazca lines. The different shapes were sometimes difficult to see but ok once you got used to it.Then onto the Chaucilla cemetery where a lot of mummified remains of some of the Nazca tribe exist. This was only discovered 40 years ago and grave robbers had ransacked the tombs beforehand. It was interesting to hear some of the history behind this particular part of Peru as well as learn a bit about the dry landscape and how it contributed in preserving the bodies. The fields of cacti have replaced the crops. Bugs that feast on the cacti are used to make lipstick! Mining is also a massive boost for the economy, as well as tourism.
About to catch a night bus……#lexit out.