Our last days in Peru found us coming full circle, one more day in Lima before flying home to Boston. When we finally got into our hostel, it was about 11PM on a Saturday night. Every one in the hostel was already asleep! Well, not everyone, we ended up hanging out with some folks from Australia, England, and Canada before meeting our Peru Hop tour guide to go out.
Boston isn’t New York or Tokyo. I’m used to “going out” around 10PM, and getting back by 2AM (and that’s if it’s a really crazy night). People in Lima don’t even leave the house until 1AM! We were out until 5 in the morning, with a much needed pit stop at a very Peruvian McDonald’s…
The next day, we woke up late, and wandered down to Mistura 2015 to experience Latin America’s biggest food festival.
Paracas is a bit of a sleepy coastal town, but still draws plenty of people with its “poor man’s Galapagos” and an active tourist industry. According to one of our guides, the area saw it’s heyday in the “Guano Boom,” and now it’s a bit more quiet around Paracas.
If you’ve never seen a real oasis, Huacachina should be on your list. The town is completely surrounded by an ocean of massive sand dunes, with a tiny body of water in the middle. The town hugs the edge of the water, boasting only a few hostels, restaurants, and dune buggy garages. It really is neat to see. We arrived at night, and didn’t even realize the towering sand dunes behind the hostel when we checked in.
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Not far from a few of the world’s deepest canyons, a couple of active volcanoes, and a vast desert, you might not expect to find that gorgeous white cathedral in the picture above.
But if you miss the city of Arequipa while traveling in southern Peru, you might regret skipping it.
The city boasts some amazing cuisine, arguably one of the best plazas in South America, and is mere steps from amazing natural and archaeological sites. Needless to say, we were stoked to be there, and loved our time in Arequipa.
One of the best decisions we made during our trip to Peru, was to ride with a bus company called Peru Hop.
Peru Hop operates a few different options along two routes in Southern Peru. The first route is Lima-Cusco, and the second is the reverse, Cusco-Lima. Your next option is where you want to stop along the way. You can stop and spend a few weeks in one spot, or you can go straight through if you’re short on time.