Paracas is a coastal resort just a few hours south of Lima in Peru. Its known for its beaches, its national park and it is the gateway to the Ballestas Islands which are home to many species of wildlife including the Humbolt Penguin.
Peru must be on most peoples dream places to visit list. Amazing historical sites and iconic hikes. From glacier covered peaks to dense jungle, Peru has it all. Most visitors only see the south but as we were coming down from Ecuador we had a wonderful opportunity to see the full length of this stunningly beautiful, and a times, desolate country. Night buses are an amazing way to travel. The ones in Peru are very comfortable and you can actually get a decent nights sleep. The big disadvantage is that you don’t see anything of the landscape you’re travelling through. The change is quite dramatic as you cross the border from Ecuador to Mancora in Peru. You are travelling into the Sechura Desert a vast dusty barren stretch of sand.
We had drawn up a rough plan of the things and places we wanted to visit as we traversed the country north to south. Unfortunately these plans had to change as mother nature had intervened. Kuelap, near the city of Chachapoyas had been closed as some of the sites walls collapsed due to extreme weather. This mean’t that from Mancora we would travel to Chiclayo to visit the archaeological sites of Sipan then straight to Trujillo to explore Chan Chan and the Temple of the moon.
From Trujillo another night bus would bring us back up into the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca for a stay in Huaraz. Here we will spent our time hiking & exploring the local area doing three day hikes. Firstly Laguna Wilcacocha, a good hike to get things started. Then the more difficult but beautiful Laguna Churup. Then Laguna Llaca before taking in the four day Santa Cruz trek.
“A Prophet once said, “Don’t tell me what a man says, don’t tell me what a man knows. Tell me where he’s traveled? I wonder about that, do we get smarter more enlightened as we travel? Does travel bring wisdom? I think there is probably no better place to find out than Peru”
The Santa Cruz trek is one of the best multi day treks in Peru if not the world. With stunning views that take your breath away.
Laguna Llaca is a beautiful hike, It’s a little more difficult to get to as there’s no public transport and no tours but this adds to the attraction
Laguna Churup is a great day hike from Huaraz, the trail head can be reached by public transport. It’s within the national park so you will have the fees to pay but it still works out to be a cheap day out.
Laguna Wilcacocha makes the perfect acclimatisation hike in Huaraz. It’s not to high and not to difficult
Often called the gateway to the Cordellia Blanca or the White Mountains in English, Huaraz is the trekking capital of Peru.
Trujillo is Peru’s third largest populous city and lies on the North Western coast of the country. Its said to be rich in culture and the ancient archeological sites of Chan Chan and the Temple of the Moon which lie just outside the city are testament to that.
The undisturbed tombs of Lord of Sipan were unearthed at Huaca Rajada, in Lambayeque, just north of Chiclayo. This is said to be the greatest archaeological discovery in Peruvian history.