Paracas – another paradise only 3 1/2 hours south of Lima

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A few weeks ago, I felt stressed and knew that I had to leave the BIG city to reload my body and soul. There are many options around Lima, but this time I chose Paracas – a little paradise only 3 1/2 hours south of Lima.

I’ve been there a couple of times with visitors from abroad visiting Las Isla Ballestas, the sand dunes, and of course the national park which is a must when visiting that part of the country, but I never stayed overnight since my first visit back in 1990, when the only place I could afford was a hostel.

My family and I left Lima by car riding the *new’ highway all the way to Chincha, which is absolutely fantastic. The last part becomes a little more complicated, but driving through the pisco’ land, where street vendors offers you fruits, wines pisco and more right at your car door, also has its charm.

We stayed at the Hotel Paracas which a couple of years ago was completely remodeled to meet todays standards and demands. It is a beautiful luxury hotel located right on the beach near the village of Paracas.

The hotel has really nice rooms, four restaurants, two bars, a Spa, two pools, a conference center, various water activities, and a kids club to park your children, when you really need to relax and enjoy a good book and cold drink looking over the ocean.

Paracas is located in a micro climate system, which brings you sun almost all year round. When visiting Paracas in mid october we woke up to a blue sky, lots of sun and about 26 degrees celsius.

Hotel Paracas is located only a 5 minute walk the old village, where you find lots of restaurants, a malacon, tourist information and of course a few agencies offering you tours to see the hidden gems of the area.

Being located next to the ocean the restaurants there offers lots of seafood dishes and we visited both Restaurante Juan Pablo, Restaurante El Delfín Dorado, and of course the local pizza place to ensure success with the kids. All restaurants served us tasty dishes and offered a good service, but the winner among the three was Juan Pablo, which in our opinion offered the best food and most value for money. They could improve the service, which was quite slow, maybe due to the popularity and many guests there at the time.

The hotel also offers delicious food and the breakfast was outstanding. There is nothing better than to sit on a terrace looking at the ocean, while the sun is heating up the day and you are enjoying a fresh brewed espresso and omelet cooked to perfection. Even the kids have their own buffet with healthy dishes and not so healthy dishes, but which you need to allow for a special occasion like this. My kids loved it!

Paracas is the perfect weekend getaway and we will definitely go back to kayak, bicycle, walk, swim, windsurf, play, and sail in the small catamarans that the hotel offers you. If I get the chance, I’d love to go back and learn how to Kitesurf, which is getting more and more popular every day. Paracas is a great place to get some sun and relaxation close to Lima

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Originally from Denmark, Carsten returned to Peru in 2002 with his wife and eldest son. He started LivinginPeru.com in 2005, among other ventures in Peru. Before this, Carsten has worked in tourism, living in France, Sicily, and the U.S., and promoted bands like Metallica, Def Leppard and U2 for PolyGram Records (now Universal Music). Carsten loves pisco sours, Peru’s cuisine, and traveling with his family within Peru, a country that he believes is the land of opportunities.