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11 Things To Do In The Huacachina Desert, Peru

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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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                                      Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

                                      During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

                                      But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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                                      Simplify

                                      I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

                                      Absolutely.

                                      And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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                                      • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
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                                      Be Mindful

                                      You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

                                      Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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                                      Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

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