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Trip Report For crellston Ayacucho (with Paracas)

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I apologize in advance for typos and possible errors in prices.

This past week I took a short detour from Lima, to Paracas/Ballestas and then to Ayacucho.

Why Ayacucho? Stunningvcolonial architecture, artesania (especially the tallers in Santa Ana), local culture barely touched by international tourism. Also a fine climate and moderate altitude (2761 meters). Add the option of taking a day bus from the coast across the Andes on a paved road. Nearby an important Wari site and the village of Quinua. The Pampa de Ayacucho is historically significant altho for those with less interest in Peruvian history, perhaps optional.

Paracas: I did this from the Lima direction, following an overnight in Paracas. Cruz del Sur has a few services in to Paracas, vs stopping in the Highway. I took the 7 am from Lima, arrives in time for the tour to the reserve. Next morning the boat tour of Ballestas (both get a thumbs up). I used Zarcillo, they are at the Cruz del Sur station. They are probably slightly more $$ than some other options but the guide Yanina (sp?) was bilingual and knowledgeable (and also knows her birds!) The two tours together were 75 soles, plus 5 soles for each park entry. The Paracas Reserve tour leaves at 11 am, includes a stop in the fishing village of Lagunillas for lunch, about 1 pm. I did not follow the group (I suspect a kickback). Checked out the fish and went to the far left restaurant (20 soles menu). Our boat tour left late, and altho they have a fast boat I missed the 11am connection to Ayacucho.

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