715. Peru Trip | Ballestas Islands + Paracas National Reserve

Paracas Peru drone
Paracas is a little resort area on the west coast of Peru. Here is a drone shot of the place. It was so windy when we went and we ended each day full of sand in our clothes and hair.

While planning our trip to Peru, we originally wanted to visit Huacachina to experience the sand dunes. After some research we decided to stay in Paracas as our base, since the accommodations there are a lot nicer than actually in Huacachina. They are about an hour drive away from each other.

We were here for 3 nights. One day was spent in Huacachina while the others were in Paracas. There isn't a whole lot to do there, so we were able to have a relaxing couple days. I really enjoyed everything we did. In Paracas, the main things are visiting Ballestas Islands to see wildlife in their natural habitat, and also driving around the Paracas National Reserve.

Paracas Peru drone
Aranwa Paracas Resort
Our resort! It was the Aranwa Paracas Resort & Spa

Aranwa Paracas Resort
Aranwa Resort Paracas
View from our room.

Ceviche Aranwa Paracas
Ceviche at the resort restaurant.

Mancha Pecho Paracas
I wanted to try a local dish and ordered this "Mancha Pecho" which translates to something like "chest stain". I guess that means it's a messy dish. It was pretty good the first few bites but then I didn't like it so much. There were a lot of spices in it.

Paracas boats
Ballestas Islands Paracas
Nazca lines on the way to Ballestas Islands

Ballestas Islands Paracas
Ballestas Islands Paracas
Ballestas Islands Paracas
Ballestas Islands Paracas
Ballestas Islands penguin
We mostly saw a bunch of sea lions and birds there, and only one penguin (if you can find it)

Ballestas Islands seals
Ballestas Islands seal lion
Ballestas Islands crabs
Ballestas Islands Paracas
If you look closely you can see the thousands (or millions) of birds standing on the mountain.

Ballestas Islands Paracas
Xoloitzcuintli dogs
Back on land..some Xoloitzcuintli dogs

Paracas Food
This lunch was really good but I remember it being really difficult for me to eat since it was so windy that my hair kept going all over my face..and the table was super high in proportion to the chairs so I could barely reach it lol.

Paracas Mini Buggy
On our last day we rented a mini buggy and drove around the Paracas National Reserve. I really loved this experience! The landscapes were amazing and it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere at times. We also went up and down some hills. It was such an adrenaline rush.

Paracas National Reserve
Paracas National Reserve
Paracas National Reserve
Paracas National Reserve
Paracas National Reserve mini buggy


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