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…