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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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                                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                      1. Gratitude

                                      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                          6. Rise Earlier

                                          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

                                          Reference

                                          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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