Peru: South of Lima (aka Screaming towards Bolivia!)
The avian inhabitants were a little wary of their new two-legged neighbors. With good reason, after a day in the car our kids were crazed Mexican jumping beans.
Peru challenged our family. The long driving days took their toll on everyone. Too much time cooped up in a small camper makes everyone crabby. If I had to do this trip over, I’d have not rushed us quite so much in Peru.
The resort was deserted; the kids let off a little steam and we settled in for the night.
We’d been told horror stories about the traffic in Lima: always bad, always crazy. After a calm night at the lagoon, we were ready to face the the metropolis.
It was…manageable! I won’t say it was the easiest driving we’ve done but perhaps not the worst, either. I don’t have any pictures because I was too busy being a fabulous backseat driver. 🙂
Huacachina is known for the small natural lake that lies in the midst of vast surrounding sand dunes. Dune buggies are the primary mode of transportation on the sand but we took one look at the driving antics of the men behind the wheel(s) and decided that this was not an activity for young children (or people with bad necks/spines/etc).
In the brochures it looks like a blast (of course) but our experience was a bit like watching paint dry: very very slow. Perhaps the campground’s freebie boards needed a new wax job. Has anyone had an exciting sandboarding session? I won’t write it off completely if you had a successful trip down a dune.
Frankly, the most entertaining part of the dunes is madly throwing oneself down the face of the slope.
Campgrounds (North of Lima)
Camping Albufera Medio Mundo. Outside of Barranca District. We thought this was a very nice, very quiet spot for the night before facing the rigors of Lima. We liked that it was an established campground and that there was plenty of places for the kids to run around. We were literally the only guests on the property and the restaurant was closed. It felt very secure. That said, I just read back through the iOverlander posts and one guest who visited around the same time was robbed by three armed men during the night….so perhaps not as secure as we felt?! I wonder what happened to the security guard at the gate.
Campgrounds (South of Lima)
In hindsight, I wished we’d skipped Ica in favor of the coast: Paracas looks lovely (and quieter!) than the sand madness that is Ica/Huacachina. That said, we did like Ecocamp Huacachina, which was directly on the dunes and had a level spot for us to put up for the night. You basically set up camp in their paved parking lot so there is lots of foot traffic plus the sounds of 100 dune buggies roaring right outside, but it was actually a great spot staffed by friendly folk.