"Vámonos!", our tour guide called out for nth time. We descended the balcony stairs of the museum and trudged toward our three-bus convoy. All our tourmates were already waiting on board. I guess, as the only non-Spanish speaking members of the group, we were the only ones who needed all that reading.
The rest of the afternoon didn't need much translation. The hubby and I were too busy gawking anyway.
Trip's Nitty Gritty:
1. How to get there: Pisco is easily reached via public bus from Lima. From Pisco, you could take a taxi from the terminal to Paracas town. The more expensive buses can take passengers all they way to Paracas, make sure you reserve a ticket in advance. Check Cruz Del Sur or Oltursa.
Whole trip from Lima to Paracas takes about four hours.
2. Booking a tour. Tour operators are aplenty in both Pisco and Paracas. Tours are more expensive in Pisco mainly because it includes a bus ride to Paracas town and back. Pisco was heavily damaged by an earthquake and establishments are still being rebuilt. Hence, tourists find the city unattractive. Paracas may be a better choice to stay for a night, but since the whole town thrives on tourism, everything's overpriced.
You may also hire a car if you wish to set off at your own pace. Ask hostels/hotels for such service.
3. Must bring sunscreen and water. If you're on a group tour, you'll be taken to Playa Lagunillas for a late lunch. You're free to choose which restaurant you'd like to dine in. Bring snacks if you don't intend pay for overpriced meals. Bring a sarong too so you can lay down on the sand and watch Peruvian pelicans fly about.
Round-The-World 2011-2012, Peru Leg:
Islas Ballestas, Paracas,Peru: Penguins In The Wild
Huaca Pucllana, Lima, Peru: The Ruins And The Red Balloon
El Zaguan B&B, Lima, Peru
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