After 2 weeks of hiking in the mountains with showers and restrooms few and far between, we had reached our paradise and the ”honeymoon” portion of our trip. The adventures have been fantastic, but this timely escape was very much appreciated. After taking a 6 hour bus from Lima, we arrived to the dusty, desert town of Ica.
The city of Ica is polluted with noise and exhaust fumes, but there is a hidden gem about 20 minutes outside of the city. This gem is Hotel Vinas Quierolo. For 3 (short) nights we indulged in the luxuries of this beautiful vineyard. In this tiny ”village”, we bounced back and forth from the 2 different pools. The pool nearest our room was a smaller, intimate pool that was perfect for peace and quiet – and also had a bar. The larger, resort-style pool with a jacuzzi was a 5 minute walk, but well worth it. Here you benefited from the beautiful view of the mountain in the background and could really feel like you were on vacation with some hip pool tunes playing on the speakers, and an even bigger bar. We spent the majority of our days lounging here, soaking in the rays, and ordering lunch from the poolside service. It was glorious. But, this place had more to offer than just nice pools. They had a a clay tennis court, workout facility, playground, and a game room with foosball, ping pong, and a pool table. For such a large place, we were 2 of maybe 10 guests, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves. At night, we took advantage of their excellent restaurant enjoying some great Peruvian dishes such as ceviche, and their $6 bottles of wine from the vineyard.
Included in our stay, we were able to take a tour of the vineyard. And although the tour guide only spoke Spanish, it was still nice to kind of learn about the process. After the tour, we were driven up to the mountain that had a beautiful gazeebo built for looking out over the vineyard. We enjoyed a glass of sparkling wine as we took in a breathtaking sunset, watching the golden sun quickly disappear behind a vast sand dune. Seeing such a spectacular sight, it really makes you appreciate what a beautiful world we live in. We then returned to the vineyard and had a fun, interactive wine tasting, followed by another great dinner.
Checkout was at 12:00 the next day, but our bus to Arequipa didn’t leave until 7:30; I guess we would have to spend some more hours lounging by the pool…bummer. It was truly difficult tearing ourselves away from this paradise. It was definitely one of the nicest and most relaxing places that we have ever been to, and it is absolutely worth making a detour here if you are ever in Peru.