The Peruvian coast is a rather short story. Temperatures hardly ever reach 20° Celsius at this time of year and it is foggy most of the time.
Traffic in Lima is as chaotic and hectic as it can be. Barranco and Miraflores are some of the nicer and quieter districts.
During a short boat tour to the Islas Ballestas we could spot sea lions, Humboldt penguins and other birds.
The Reserva Nacional de Paracas stretches along the coast south of Paracas. It is a scenic drive between sand dunes and along some nice beaches.
Huacachina is a small oasis surrounded by sand dunes. It is very touristic but we found a quiet place to spend a couple of days. Walking up the sand dunes for sunset and running back down again is a great experience in a country otherwise dominated by mountains.
We only made a quick stop on the Panamericana to view the famous Nasca Lines from the top of a tower. To get the full experience a flight across the vast area is the only option.