Colored sands in Paracas

The coast of Paracas is the amusement park of wind. Its shores are buffeted by gusts South constants that slip without permission in the lungs. A divine breath pushes sea in perfect harmony, rocks, sand, clouds, animals, plants, stars, the sun and moon. Millions of years of natural air that have shaped a coastline of rugged cliffs facing the ocean in zigzag. In these fearsome cliffs that plunge into the sea birds nest funny. The most elegant is the tendril. His suit combines sober shades of gray with red legs and beak. White and yellow brushstrokes near your eyes and tail completes the striking model. The bird that can be seen easily is the red-headed vulture, master,-when the condors are coming down from the mountains to fight them the stiff-paraquense of carrion.

In this desert coast settled hundreds of years ago, Peruvian wisely took what they offered Mamacocha (the goddess of the ancient marine) and the fertile valley of Pisco. The Paracas culture (1300 BC - 200 AD) has left evidence of their existence, looms mummies wrapped in presenting complicated labyrinth embroidery lines. There's a lot of geometry and fantasy in these strange human figures carrying trophy heads in his four hands and breed of their mouths, snakes, birds and fish. Textiles convey a philosophical message, religious or ideological nature that transcends life and reflects the idiosyncrasies of a culture that made its way in a difficult geographical space.

The Paracas were forgotten for centuries until, in 1924, grave robbers and looters began offering in Lima Antique Market, some looms that fascinated archaeologists Julio C Tello and Samuel Lothrop. He soon found out that they came from a place near Pisco, Ica, where is the peninsula region, and headed there. When arrived at the scene found that the ground surface was drilled filled with human remains and tissues strewn everywhere. To stop his vehicle filled with everything recovered and returned to the burden spooky to start scientific studies of this fascinating culture. The following year his assistant Tello and Toribio Mejía Xesspe found intact burials.

Not far from where they slept their eternal sleep these mummies, is the modest Paracas, a town that is altered only in the morning when hundreds of tourists arrive at the port of El Chaco to visit the Ballestas Islands, a haven of different types of sea birds as booby, guanay and pelicans. It is also a favorite place for sea lions, cormorants, sea ravens and Humboldt penguins.


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