Ica: An Oasis in the Desert (Literally)

The last stop on the Federle family expedition across Peru was a tiny little desert oasis in Ica. This shady, greenery-wrapped body of still water in the middle of the desert met the stereotype (minus the colorful paddle boats). After grabbing breakfast at a local restaurant, Chrissi and Ivo grabbed a paddle boat for about…

Paracas: Ocean to Desert

Paracas is home to my new favorite oxymoron: the tropical desert. It is, thus far, the best example I’ve seen of how intensely and vibrantly varied this country is. Our touring adventure began with a ten minute (or less) mini-bus ride to the docks, where we boarded a ferry and strapped on our orange life…

The Paracas Hotel

Paracas was just a few hours from our farmhouse stay in Mala. We drove past the yellow mountains and the quirky stretches of shops and homes occasionally lining the highway. We drove through several one-lane towns, some of which Ivo said had been leveled by earthquakes not too long ago. We drove past streaks of dumped…