While returning back in a chauffeur driven car when the Peruvian sun was setting for another good night sleep, I kept on thinking with an exhausted body but an enlivened mind that why Sacred Valley was called so, what was so special about it that it is felt differently by different people? The sights, the sounds, the structures, the smell in the air – all that left such a new flavour all over my senses that I’ve never felt before while travelling anywhere in the world ever. I scour through the plethora of results the Google search returns but I still can’t find a word articulate enough to describe how the feeling is. So I opt for action verbs over adjectives – just be there, just immerse yourself in the wide open Valleys of the Sacred Valley and it will unwrap the feeling it had in store for you and only you. Along the voyage we discovered a few jewels of the Sacred Valley which adorned the Inca crown in all its glory.
Too much salt is not good for your health, that is what your doctor would say and rightfully so. Until the point the doctor sees for himself/herself the Salineras s/he will always keep claiming that too much salt is not good for you. Your discovery of the Sacred Valley in Peru will be left incomplete if you don’t spend a couple of salty hours in Las Salineras de Maras, to find out for yourself how the Incas invented the immaculate method of deriving salt from the flowing briny waters of the Salineras springs from thousand of years.
Mysterious and visually stunning, seeing the well-preserved Inca city of Machu Picchu is a voyage of a lifetime for team OneTimeFashionista. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is unfathomable in its beauty.
The mystery of Peru spans across all the forms of nature. While Machu Picchu is hidden in the clouds up in the mountains surrounded by majestic peaks, you have the glorious golden sands in the deserts of Huacachina. No wonder in order to explore what lies in the ocean side you have to set sail off to the mighty Pacific, some 30 minutes by boat from the Peruvian town of Paracas to see the beautiful Ballestas islands. These are a group of small islands near the town of Paracas located within the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region, on the south coast of Peru. The main reason for visiting Paracas is its national park, a peninsula of maybe 20 square kilometers, some islands and the surrounding waters. These islands are eroded by water and wind. Imagine the reason! The wind and the sea has eroded the rocks into many arches and intriguing caves, these give the islands their name ballesta (Paracas means sand storm) which means bow, as in archery. Those surreal formations are covered by sea birds, if I understood correctly more species than in any other region of the world. Composed largely of rock formations, these islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna like the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril. Other notable species include Humboldt penguins and two varieties of seals (fur seals and sea lions), amongst other mammals.
Last time we’ve been to a desert was 14 years ago, in Jaisalmer, India. So the excitement was too much to contain with the idea of going to Huacachina desert in Peru. Welcome to Southern Peru –Huacachina – home to some of the tallest sand dunes in the world. Dubbed “The Everest of the Desert,” Cerro Blanco, located nine miles east of Nazca in the Nazca Valley, is considered one of the world’s tallest sand dunes. At 2,080 meters above sea level, it is said to be the highest in the world.
You can safely take for granted that opposites attract and they do attract for a reason. Ever imagined why there must be so much to discover and so much to unearth in the completely opposite geographic location where you were born in? Dreams come true as long as you dream with your eyes open and that is exactly what happened to me when I finally realised that I am in Peru.