Originally Posted by opisska
A slight aside on Peru in general. We have spent a month there and we found that it's basically two countries in one. The "Gringo Trail" (Cuzco, MP, Titicaca, Arequipa/Colca, Nazca, Paracas) is strikingly different from the rest. We sortof expected that and thus spent most of the time in "the rest" but the cultural shock after finally entering the other side of the mirror in Paracas was striking. The "normal" Peru is friendly, open, chatty, dirt cheap and fantastically welcoming, while the Gringo trail is one big theater optimized to milk as much money from a gringo as humanely possible. I have never been to Cuzco, MP, Nazca or Titicaca, but everyone who ever has confirms that it's like that and so I think Paracas was way enough of this for me ... It's actually quite difficult for me to understand why do people do this to themselves and continue visiting these touristy areas.
If visitors have the money, and are willing to spend it in a comfortable touristy area all power to them. Not everyone wants to sleep in a hammock in the rain forest and forage for mushrooms for a fortnight!