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Most amazing trip i have ever been to. The only trip i have written a tripadvisor positive review!!!
This was a truly memorable experience. Be prepared for an early rise - 4am - but it's all in the interests in making it down to Paracas in time for the 8:10am trip out to sea. First the boat took us alongside the Paracas peninsula, to view the Candelabro de Paracas, before speeding off to the Islas Ballestas. On approaching the first island, we got a sense of the scale of what we were seeing. Cormorants were stood atop the cliff, too numerous to count. Dozens of sea lions loafed around or play-fought on the rocks below. After a slow cruise around the islands, we headed back, tracked most of the way by a flock of five pelicans, who were matching, even exceeding, the speedboat's speed! We then headed to the Paracas National Reserve. A harsh but beautiful place, it was brought to life by our excellent guide, José of San Juan in Lima, who shared his knowledge and showed us some of the more exclusive areas of the park. I won't go into more specifics as Paracas is a unique experience and the extent to which you enjoy it will depend on your guide and your own inquisitiveness. The Paracas museum was our final stop. Everything in the museum can be seen in half an hour to an hour but the content is fascinating. Again, José provided us with interesting background going far beyond the descriptions on offer. Then it was off to a local restaurant for lunch - although not included in the price, the cost of a meal is, as advertised, around S/. 35, so very reasonable.
In summary - a day that really has everything. A group of islands teeming with life. A desolate and somehow awe-inspiring landscape. A chance to learn about it all at the local museum. A great guide with lots of knowledge and excellent company. Thoroughly enjoyable, I will remember it for a long time.
Great day tour from Lima! Fun and interesting activities. Recommended if staying in Lima for a few days.
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