Taking a vacation form our vacation

Trip Start Sep 16, 2012
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Trip End Mar 03, 2013


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Flag of Peru  , Lima Region,
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It sounds absolutely ridiculous but we were about ready for a break from moving around every few days so we found ourselves a nice little spot on the coast of Peru, just south of Lima to stay still for a bit! We stayed in a little hostel in Paracas, a little fishing town, with a beach, a few seafood restaurants and trips to the Ballestas Island, otherwise known as the poor mans Galapagos.

We spent a morning out on a boat for a couple of hours watching the thousands of sealions with their babies and the big males fighting, the noise was incredible and I could almost hear David Attenborough's voice in my head narrating the plight of sealions! I can see how many of the pups are crushed to death, the males are massive and the sheer volume of them can't help. There were also massive colonies of sea birds, pelicans, humbolt penguins, guls, terns - a bird watchers heaven. We think we also saw a dolphin in the distance on the way back but it's difficult to know for sure. They are sighted in the area but not as common. That was the best thing about our stay in Paracas - we also visited the national park which was basically more desert. It's great to see the desert but I think once you've seen a desert, they all look pretty much the same! :-) we had a great afternoon though and enjoyed watching the pelicans at the beach we stopped at in the afternoon, they're so stupid and clumsy looking!

After three nights in Paracas we decided to travel a little further up the coast to Punta Hermosa which ison the outskirts of Lima. Wealthy limeans flock there in their thousands during the summer to their swanky weekend pads. We found a great little family run hostel (Patty, her brother Havier and their pet cocker spaniel, Taba) they were lovely and looked after us like long lost family. We spent our days reading, sitting on the beach and Alasdair also rented a board most days and went for a surf. We also filled up on lots of lovely seafood and the famed peruvian dish ceviche (fresh raw fish mixed with lime juice, chilli and coriander). Not a bad way to end our travels really!

With instructions from patty on how to get to Lima and orders to call to let her know we arrived safely, we packed up after six lovely relaxing days and made our way to Lima! In Lima we stayed in the miraflores district, we had a great few days walking along the coast, exploring the streets of downtown Lima, miraflores and barranco and soaked up the last few rays of sunshine before heading back home!
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