Our drive to Paracas on the Pan American Highway



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Our drive to Paracas on the Pan American Highway

Pan American Highway south of Lima, Peru

With our rental car topped up with gas, Bob and I headed south from Lima into the desert along the Pan American Highway towards our next stop at the village of Paracas located 15 kilometres south of the town of Pisco, in Peru.  The Pan American Highway runs along the Pacific Ocean coastline and is bordered on the left by sweeping desert landscape.   Huge hills, dare I say mountains, of sand, bisected by valleys and gullies, dominate the countryside. Read more

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Our tour of the Ruins of Pachacamac



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Our tour of the Ruins of Pachacamac

Temple of Pachacamac ruins south of Lima in Peru, South America

Early on our second morning in Lima, Bob and I hired a driver to take us 40 kilometres (25 miles) southeast of Lima to the Ruins of Pachacamac.  These ruins are some of the oldest pyramids uncovered from beneath the desert hills and dunes of Peru.  To the casual eye, the 500 acres of this national museum and archaeological site just appear as a monotone conglomeration of crumbling adobe bricks.  These  ruins were built before the arrival and final conquest of the local people by the Inca Empire.

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Our walking tour of Miraflores



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Our walking tour of Miraflores

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What a pleasant scene awaited us in Miraflores on our arrival at Hotel Antigua Miraflores in Lima, Peru.  This hotel is small, with a real sense of privacy, and the atmosphere and décor are eclectic and charming with Spanish overtones. Read more

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