An unexpected destination.
Have you ever been somewhere you’ve never heard of and then found out it was exactly the kind of place you never knew you were looking for?
That’s exactly where Michael Sousa, Justa Jeskova, and I found ourselves while on a mountain biking trip in Peru. Having just completed two high altitude bike-packing missions and blessed with a few days to spare, we hit the maps in search of something different. Over some local brews and random electronic sleuthing we decided on an oceanside village called Paracas.
We knew little about Paracas except that it was in a desert and promised incomparable marine life viewing. It also happened to be conveniently located halfway between where we were and where we needed to be next. Impulsive? Maybe. But when has impulsive not answered questions you didn’t know you had?
Riding wise, we expected little, which each one of us was content with. A few days of relaxation and leisure were well deserved at this point. Over the 3 days we had to spare in Paracas we thought we would jump on a questionable boat, see some marine life, enjoy some pisco on the beach, then move onto greener and much hillier pastures.