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Exploring Ballestas island | The Poor Man’s Galapagos

Our second destination in Peru was Paracas, which is well known for its Ballestas Islands. Paracas National Reserve is one of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America; A fantastic desert that meets the ocean. Actually, it is a saline desert formed in the place of an ancient ocean and now home to a large wildlife. Because of its impressive marine and terrestrial wildlife, in 1975 was established as a protected area. Ballestas Islands What Are the Ballestas Islands The Ballestas are a collection of rocky islands, just a few kilometers off the western coast of Paracas. The islands are hosting a large wildlife. They are home for a thousand birds and mammals including penguins and sea lions. How to reach From Paracas, you’ll need to take a 2-hour wildlife-watching boat tour. Peru Hop arranged our tour with a local travel agency and we paid 15 USD. The tour…

Going crazy with a “Mad Max” experience in Paracas desert

Paracas represents the coastal desert region famous for Ballestas Island and Paracas National Reserve. Paracas national Reserve is one of the biggest protected desert reserves in South America; desert and ocean. It covers more than 3,000 kilometers of which 65% of it is sea and 35% is dry land and islands. It is considered one of the richest and most uncommon ecosystems in the world, but the attraction is not only its wildlife but also the beauty of the ocean and desert landscapes. We spent a day and a night here and we had the chance to experience a glimpse of what it can offer. After lunch, we rented some buggies and we started our mad driving adventure in the desert. We drove for 10 min to the Paracas National Reserve from our hotel, paid an entrance fee and started discovering the desert along the Paracas coast which was thrilling. We…

12 Amazing Things to do in Peru

From the deserts of the Pacific coast to the Amazon rainforest, from the world’s tallest navigable lake to the world’s largest tropical mountain range, Peru offers a wide range of landscapes and such different climate zones. And among mountains, forests and deserts are the remains of dozens of ancient civilizations. So, Peru has it all and it is so difficult to make a top because everything is so amazing in their own way. Below I will try to select only a few of the fantastic things that Peru has to offer. Discover the Magic of Machu Picchu When you think of Peru, there is only one thing that comes to your mind – Machu Picchu. It is indeed one of the most beautiful attractions in Peru. This Inca city, uncovered during the Spanish conquest, forgotten and undisturbed for centuries, is located in the most amazing area, surrounded by beautiful mountains,…