Gringo trail, Peru

Eugene Katella
15 min read · 25 Aug 23


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This route is perfect for those who are eager to combine deserts, mountains and ocean views. You will see them all! Starting at Lima, following along the Pacific Coast and then all the way up to the mountains through Nazca lines and Titikaka floating islands.

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    2,029 km
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Full route

  1. Lima
  2. Lima - Península de Paracas - Huacachina - Nazca
  3. Nazca - Nazca Lines - Arequipa
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Our to-do list

  • Visit Machu Picchu as it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Enjoy the fabulous view of how the desert of Paracas meets the ocean and try buggy (the area is huge)
  • Try sandboarding on the top of the dunes of the oasis Huacachina
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Interesting places we didn’t visit

  • Paracas Candelabra: a mysterious geoglyph resembling a candlestick etched into a hillside in Peru. It’s possible to view just from the water.
  • Chauchilla Cemetery: an ancient burial site in the Nazca Desert known for its well-preserved mummies.
  • Maria Reiche Museum: the museum honors the pioneering work of Maria Reiche in studying the Nazca Lines.
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Day 1: Lima
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Lima is a very contrasting city. When driving from the airport, you first notice the broken roads and slums. However, as soon as you get onto a road that runs along the ocean, you forget about that because the coastline is incredibly beautiful.

Areas like Miraflores are very pleasant, and you feel safe in them. Everything is stunning, a bit chaotic and casually Latin American, but with style. At the same time, the electric fences on many houses remind you that complete safety here is a privilege.

What to visit in Lima:

  • Miraflores area.
  • Miraflores Chinese Park with a cool view of the ocean shore.
  • Lima Main Square.
  • Not far from the city centre, there is a Muninet Parque La Muralla.
  • Huaca Pucllana Site Museum, dedicated to an ancient civilization even before the Incas.
  • And next to it, there is a relatively expensive but very tasty restaurant of Peruvian cuisine, Huaca Pucllana.
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