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This year’s Sandboard World Cup will begin on June 3 in Huacachina and continue on June 5 in the Paracas…
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Sunset over the Bay of Paracas, a favorite destination for Limeños, nature lovers, birdwatchers and free spirits. See slide show.
By Jorge Riveros-Cayo
Photos by Eileen Marie Roche
We decided to leave early in the morning on the first bus departing at 3.45 a.m. to be exact. After some deadly strong pisco sours and supposedly refreshing pitchers of beers, we headed to the bus station – quite dead indeed – with the hope of sleeping tight during the approximate four-hour drive between Lima and Paradise. We were escaping from Peru’s capital damp weather and grayness to start a four-day trip in Ica, the sunny region 300 kilometers south of Lima. We were going to explore the land of superb pisco, of creamy butter beans and of a nature haven called the Paracas National Reserve.
People are reputed to live happy and warm all year round in Ica. Okay, maybe not the entire year but anything could be better than drowning in Lima’s humidity between June and November. And anyway, our boundless enthusiasm was going to summon the sun from wherever it was hiding from us. Eileen, a U.S. born photographer traveling South America who I met weeks before, and myself had been invited to spend a couple of days at the Doubletree Hilton-Paracas Hotel. The plan was to explore the sledgehammer-shaped chunk of desert coastline jutting in the Pacific Ocean from this comfy base. And that is exactly what we did.
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By Deborah Charnes
Sometimes, the best vacation souvenirs are not what you buy or what you visit, but rather, about the people you meet and the experiences you share.
The author made two friends during her stay in Paracas, Peru.
With three hours to kill, I went to eat lunch at an informal oceanfront café in a small town four hours south of Lima, Peru. For 15 soles ($5), I ordered the seafood special. My selection for an appetizer was a tangy and spicy whitefish ceviche, which was served with corn nuts, boiled sweet potato and white potato slices, and a small piece of corn on the cob served over a few lettuce leaves. To save room for my main course, I left about a third of the platter untouched. My next selection was lightly breaded and fried fish served with a heaping side of French fries and slices of avocado, tomato and onion. I barely touched the fries but gobbled up the fish and vegetables.
A little girl came by selling beaded jewelry. I told her I wasn’t interested. She still hung around. I started to talk to her. She was seven. She said she went to school during the week, but admitted she didn’t know how to read or write. Her mother made the beads and worked nearby.