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Destination Los Organos, Peru

At first, the long narrow desert strip that constitutes the Peruvian coast might strike the untrained eye as an inhospitable, harsh and forgotten destination where days seem to follow each other with stubborn inertia. Yet, despite this beguiling surliness, truth is that nothing can be as far removed from reality as these misconceptions. As in fact, the Peruvian coast boasts a great variety of unspoilt beaches, an extremely rich diversity of marine fauna, an inspiring past and living culture, and an amazing cuisine; all contained within the joyous, hospitable and contagious laid-back character of its inhabitants.

It is amongst these many hidden secrets that we come across Los Organos Beach, a small low-key gem of a destination, located on the northern border of Piura, and just a 15 minute drive away from popular surfing hub, Mancora Beach. Easy to reach, (from Lima a 1h45min flight to Tumbes plus a 1.5h drive, or an 18hrs overnight bus ride), here those who dare to break the lines of mainstream tourism and abandon themselves to the subtle rewards of experiencing a location from its core, will find out that no matter how long they stay, coming back for seconds is the norm.

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By Ruth Holliday

The grown-up gapper: Peru's other empire After two months battling altitude fatigue in the Andes, getting back down to sea level in Lima fills me with beans. Despite my re-oxygenated superpowers, I decide not to test my luck by lingering too long in the Peruvian capital.

The city is getting safer by the year and I spend an enjoyable night in the smart district of Miraflores without needing to fend off any baddies. Nevertheless I am eager to get away from the edgy atmosphere and frequent hassle that continue to make Lima unpopular with visitors.

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Kelly Hearn

National Geographic News

Mysterious Pyramid Complex Discovered in Peru The remnants of at least ten pyramids have been discovered on the coast of Peru, marking what could be a vast ceremonial site of an ancient, little-known culture, archaeologists say.

In January construction crews working in the province of Piura discovered several truncated pyramids and a large adobe platform (see map). Officials from Peru’s National Institute of Culture (INC) were dispatched to inspect the discovery.

It was  announced that the complex, which is 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) long and 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide, belonged to the ancient Vicús culture and was likely either a religious center or a cemetery for nobility.

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Nazca Lines Everyone here, it seems, has a theory about the Nasca Lines.

The mysterious markings on the desert floor are a massive astronomical calendar. That’s a popular one.

Or maybe they point to hidden reserves of water, the source of life in the desert.

Then there’s my favorite: UFO landing site. Forty years ago, Danish writer Erich Von Daniken popularized that theory with his best-selling book Chariots of the Gods?

Now, strapped into a four-passenger Cessna circling over a figure called the astronaut, I’m not sure what to think. One of its hands points to the sky, another to the ground. His owlish eyes stare into mine.

Look at me, the 1,500-year-old seems to say. Can you solve my mystery?

Here’s what’s known:

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Through the detailed travelogue Audre and Dimitri are keeping of their trip to Peru, we experienced their exciting and interesting visit to Arequipa and then joined them on their wonderful time in Lima.  After that we accompanied them on their adventure through Peru’s Amazon. In this part of the travelogue we will join Audre and Dimitri as they travel to Northern Peru. If you missed out on the first, second or third part of their trip, click here for part I , here for part II and here for part III.

Written by Audre & Dimitri

00Caral, Peru
Caral, the oldest city in the Americas. The people in Caral were building pyramids at about the same time as the Egyptians–around 3000 years ago. The website for Caral ruins is very well done.

There is a lot of desert on the coast in Perú. It’s endless and only sometimes interesting. Our first stop north of Lima, however, was definitely very interesting. We had heard about the Caral archeological site on a BBC travel show. We learned that at km 160 of the Panamericana Norte, there was a 23 km unpaved road in good condition that would take us to Caral. We left Lima at 11 a.m. but didn’t arrive at Caral until 3:30 p.m. The unpaved road was very bad and so it took forever to get to the site.

We were pleased with an excellent guide, Segundo, and it was a very rewarding experience. Caral is 5000 years old. When the people of Caral were building their pyramids, the Egyptians were building theirs as well. Awesome. The site started being excavated in the 1990’s, the Peruvian sand and desert having preserved even the colors. The website is very well done too: We were given the jubilados entrance fee rate of S/.2 (under US$1). We shared the price of the guide with another couple so it was an additional S/.10 for us (a little more than US$3). All in all it was a great detour even though a small section of our back bumper fell off during the rough road ride to Caral.

We didn’t stop at the pyramid of Paramonga. We pressed on to Barranca to stay the night at the Hotel Chavin (Jr. Gálvez 222, fono: 235-2253, website: It was okay but only if you need a place for the night.

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(LIP-wb) — Chincha is an enclave of Afro-Peruvian culture, the home of hospitable and joyful people who have managed to conserve the traditions and customs of past generations and disseminate them through their music. They say that they have a secret in heaven, which they guard jealously here on Earth.

The Mysterious Don Amador

To wander through the dusty streets of El Carmen in Chincha at midday can be an invigorating experience. An unsuspected luxury. Heat without thirst. And a mystical air which permeates everything without tiring anyone.

The children of Carmen run barefoot, their faces wreathed in smiles. They are happy, for they learn the secret of El Carmen at an early age and keep it from their nieghbours from nearby communities. Throughout the year, during hours stolen from their playtime, Chincha’s children practice traditional dance steps to the delight of the image of the Holy Virgin of Carmen.

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In the middle of the desert, noteworthy natural refuges survive.

Photos: Alejandro Tello

Festival of the crosses

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(LIP-wb) — Few people are aware that the extremely arid Sechura desert possesses three distinct aquatic ecosystems inhabited by an impressive number of birds: the lakes of Ñapique and Ramón, the mangroves of San Pedro and the Virrilá estuary.

Researcher Alejandro Tello, one of Peru’s birding experts, has visited the area several times and recounts here his valuable experience

The narrow ribbon of asphalt that links the city of Piura with the port of Bayóvar is interrupted to the south of the village of Sechura by a strip of sea water reaching 35 kilometers into the interior. This is the Virrilá estuary, the ancient course of the Piura River and still used by it occasionally.

Today it is home to the largest colony of flamingoes in all Peru; with no less than twenty thousand of these birds putting the famous flocks of Paracas in the shade.

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The Sea Of Lost Time


LIP-wb) There are two places in Peru where pleasure rubs shoulders with history: Colán and Cabo Blanco. The coastline that borders the desert department of Piura is a scenery of serene beauty.

Pure white sands, solitary beaches, a balmy sea, epic sunsets, fishermen about their tasks, local cooking based on seafood, and a sense of tranquility not to be found on beaches anywhere else on Earth: these are sufficient arguments to explain the fascination that those in the know feel for these shores, the only ones in Peru that enjoy a tropical climate.

What is more, Colán and Cabo Blanco are two spots in a region that hide a great deal of history.

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Sipán Museum


(LIP-wb)– The November 2002 opening of the Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum, in Lambayeque, marked an important step for the conservation of the almost two thousand pieces which traveled around the world before finally finding a home in this building conceived in the style of the mausoleums of the ancient Mochica culture.

The story began in the summer of 1987, when the Chiclayo police force arrested a gang of thieves who had sacked a Sipán tomb and confiscated several pieces, including an important gold mask. This incident alerted Walter Alva, who immediately organized an emergency plan aimed at combating the constant threats to the region’s archaeological remains.

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