We are lucky to work for a company that, despite very modest resources, encourages us to take a day on our business trip to do something fun and/or educational. To really dive into the culture and understand the people.
As veterans of larger apparel brands, I can tell you that typically the only culture we were able to absorb on our rushed trips was a quick couple of hours at a touristy market.
On the last day of our trip to Peru in July 2010, we made a journey four hours south of Lima to the Inca region. A vast coastal desert with one of the largest sand dunes in the world at Huacachina.
But first, we toured a Pisco vineyard and winery. Pisco is a type of grape brandy and the main ingredient in the Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru. Some of us like this drink more than others.
Next we were awed by the mysterious Nazca lines…who do you think made them? Racky the Raccoon loved the plane ride but was feeling a little air sick after so many twists and turns to see the lines.
But after six long and grueling days of work, what we really needed was to let off some steam. Our steam letting took the form of sand boarding and dune buggying around the sand dunes at Huacachina. So remote feeling as to be almost cartoon-like, our dune buggy driver gave us a roller coaster-worthy trip of a lifetime. We finished the day at the beautiful town of Huacachina, long considered the “Oasis of America.” No really, it looks like a Roadrunner and Coyote cartoon scene.
Peru is truly a spectacular place to visit, for work, for play, and to live. The diversity of things to do and see is hard to find anywhere in the world in such a small area. Did you know Peru contains 28 of the world’s 32 identified climates? If you need suggestions, we are happy to put you in touch with folks who can help you plan a trip!