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11 Things To Do In The Huacachina Desert, Peru

11 Things To Do In The Huacachina Desert, Peru

If you are going to travel to Peru, you cannot miss the Huacachina Desert; although, after seeing these great images, it will be difficult to convince yourself that it is not simply a splendid invention of your mind.

This beautiful lagoon in the middle of the desert was formed naturally; however, there is a legend that tells that a young princess of the area was bathing when she was discovered by a poacher and fled, leaving behind a puddle of water. Its fluid layer was said to have created the surrounding sand dunes. The page hoteles en Lima (hotels in Lima) recommends places and activities that you can take into account when visiting Peru.

    Today the descendants of the Incas make their living by welcoming travelers who come from all over the world to climb to the top of the sand dunes by the sculpted wind to see the stunning sunset that illuminates the golden landscape. If you happen to be in this little paradise in the desert, believe in what you see – it is not an illusion. Do not hesitate to find shade, some water, rest, and peace in this place.

      Upon arrival at the “Oasis of America,” one of the last oasis in North and South America, you will be greeted by hotels with rustic facades, quaint shops. and even a library in the middle of the oasis.

      The desert paradise Huacachina is located just 4km from the city of Ica, an ancient colonial Spanish city located on the desert frontiers. This fascinating city was popular among the Peruvians of the aristocracy in the 1940s, who used to come to this desert to bathe in the charming lagoon, thinking that in these waters had healing powers.

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        Because some nearby landowners built wells to access groundwater, along with evaporation during the summer and high temperatures, the water levels of the lagoon have been steadily decreasing. In an effort to combat this, they have recently pumped water into the lake from natural lagoons created by the overflow of the river, so that the inhabitants do not run out of this paradise. The area has been declared a National Cultural Heritage by the National Institute of Culture (INC), and it is expected that this quiet oasis will always be real, and will never become a mirage.

          The city of Paracas is located in a privileged area of ​​Peru. It belongs to the ecoregion of the Pacific desert, a system that runs along the western coast of South America, from the Pacific to the Andes. Its subtropical climate gives it special conditions that make it the perfect area to carry out many activities of all kinds, attracting tourists from all over the world with a wide range of interests. The options and activities offered by the city of Paracas and its surroundings are endless.

          Here are 11 activities that you should not miss in Paracas.

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          1. The National Reserve

          Without a doubt, the National Reserve is one of the star activities of the area. Its creation dates back to 1975 and receives around 100,000 visitors per year. The Reserve is located in the most desert area of ​​the Peruvian coast, and at the same time is located in one of the richest maritime areas with cold water currents. For nature lovers, this is a place you cannot miss. You can find birds such as pelicans, tendrils, parihuanas, arctic plovers, Peruvian potoyunco, buzzards, or Humboldt penguins, mammals such as the buffoon, fish such as stingray or pampano, and other fascinating animals like muimuy, geckos, or leatherbacks.

            Peruvian Pelicans.

            2. El Candelabro and The Cathedral

            But not only that; through tours in Paracas you can discover the magic of “El Candelabro,” a geoglyph of 120 meters in length, as well as the remains of the imposing rock formation of “The Cathedral.”

              Navigating there you can enjoy the views of “El Candelabro.”
                Visit to the The Cathedral rock formation: A unique landscape

                3. Islas Ballestas

                From Paracas you can take boat tours that will take you to the islas ballestas, the natural refuge of species like the penguins of Humboldt, at present in danger of extinction. Another of the main attractions is to be able to hear the concert of the howls of sea lion herds that inhabit the islands (fine and chuscos). A show without equal.

                  Humboldt penguins
                    Sea lions at the shore.

                    4. The Nazca Lines

                      Discover the mysteries of the Nazca Lines. There are several tours from Paracas that allow the overflight to the Nazca Lines. These famous Lines are the representation of animals, plants, and forms on the surface of the desert of Nazca – in the Pampas de Jumana – and are Patrimony of the Humanity of the UNESCO since the year 1994.

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                      5. Tambo Colorado

                        Visit to the ruins of Tambo Colorado, which owes its name to the reddish color. They are a group of constructions, among which are the best preserved adobe of all Peru. In its time (AD 1450), it was one of the most important Inca settlements on the coast.

                        6. Exploring in a Dune Buggy

                          Do you not know the Dune Buggy yet?

                          Feel the excitement by venturing among the desert dunes in a buggy, just a few kilometers from the National Reserve. Fun is assured with landscapes of amazing beauty. Ideal for everyone, there are private services to control the pace and speed up groups up to maximum adrenaline.

                          7. Kayaking in Paracas Bay

                            Or maybe you’re a laid-back kind of explorer…

                            Discover the serene sea of ​​the Paracas Bay in the most original way: By kayak! It is a new experience that will transmit peace and tranquility in the middle of the sea, amid the most beautiful animals, in the middle of the world.

                            8. Biking

                              Travel at your leisure to the last corner in one of the best ways to discover an area like Paracas: On a bicycle. It gives you an absolute freedom to enjoy this unique environment.

                              9. Paragliding

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                                Or do you like heights? Do not miss the opportunity to see Paracas from another point of view. Fly by the birds and watch from above as the waves break. It is simply magic, and if you are a lover of photographs, this is the plan for you!

                                10. Quad Tours

                                  Craving some pure adrenaline? Start engines!

                                  Quad tours for the various trails in the Paracas Reserve is one of the most dynamic and adventurous ways to discover the area.

                                  11. Diving

                                    The beauty of the seabed and it’s creatures.

                                    And last but not least, an activity that we could not leave behind: Diving. A sea area as rich as Paracas is a unique place for lovers of this sport. Dive together the most amazing and beautiful marine species on the South American coast.

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                                      Last Updated on October 30, 2018

                                      How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                      How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                      What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                      To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                      All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                      There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                      With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                      What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                                      1.Think big.

                                        From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                        “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                        There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                        Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                        Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                        Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                        Instead be ambitious.

                                        2.Find what you love to do and do it.

                                          From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                          “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                          This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                          Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                          If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                          Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                          Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                          Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                          3. Learn how to balance life.

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                                            From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                            “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                            All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                            If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                            However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                            If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                            In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                            To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                            4. Do not be afraid of failure.

                                              From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                              “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                              There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                              Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                              His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                              He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                              Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                              Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                              5. Have an unwavering resolution to succeed.

                                                From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

                                                If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

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                                                Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                6. Be a person of action.

                                                  From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                  “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                  Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                  Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                  When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renissance era Italy, we think of Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.

                                                  Or think about the present day:

                                                  Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                  You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                  All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                  Applying this to you?

                                                  Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                  7. Avoid conflicts.

                                                    From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                    The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                    The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                    People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                    This is key to good leadership.

                                                    It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                    But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                    What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                    As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

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                                                    8. Don’t be afraid of introducing new ideas.

                                                      From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                      “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                      It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                      Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                      If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                      9. Believe in your capacity to succeed.

                                                        From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                        “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                        Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                        It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                        Keep dreaming!

                                                        10. Always maintain a positive mental attitude.

                                                          From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                          “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                          Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                          Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                          If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                          However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                          11. Don’t let discouragement stop you from pressing on.

                                                            From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                            “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                            It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

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                                                            When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

                                                            Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                            If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                            Take a look at these 5 Ways to Stop Self Doubt in its Tracks.

                                                            12. Be willing to work hard.

                                                              From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                              “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                              You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                              Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                              True success comes from work.

                                                              You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                              Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                              13. Be brave enough to follow your intuition.

                                                                From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                If you strongly believe and desire something, the chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                Final thoughts

                                                                What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this:

                                                                How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

                                                                More Recommended Lifehack Experts in Success

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