When I got to Casma, everyone told me I had to visit Tortugas, the beach, and Sechin, the ancient ruins. Both are just outside of town.
On my first weekend I visited Tortugas. It was small, as expected, but there was no sand! It just seems unjust that a place surrounded by desert has no sand on its beach. Hmm..
Still, I spent a few hours there getting to know this village.
Friendship Park – The Only Green Part Of Tortugas
I quickly found the only green part of Tortugas – Parque de Amistad/Friendship Park. It sticks out and I met the guy tending to it. It’s a park, but it’s really just a garden in front of his house that he’s pouring his love and passion into.
As part of Tourism Week for Casma, a beauty queen was crowned for the event. The media was there covering the festivities. Below is the media, the queen, and a video of a local school band playing some music.
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Yes, Tortugas is surrounded by the desert. Maybe it’s because I lived in the Persian Gulf, but I really do find the desert beautiful. Below some pictures, including one sad one showing a dumping ground for glass garbagein the desert.
The Beach And Town
Otherwise, Tortugas was a beautiful cove placed among the mountains and desert. It’s not the best place in the world to swim and lay out, but it’s beautiful in its own way.
About Adam Pervez
In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.