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Nov 12, 2011 - Ballesta Islands

What An Amazing Day We did so much. The day started with visiting the Ballestas Islands which is a sancturary for birds and other wildlife. These islands have been dubbed the "Peruvian Galapagos". We took off in speed boats. You had to wear hats because there were so many birds and you could get hit by guano (bird poop). Paul did! These islands have a series of arches and caves that provide shelter for more than 160 species of marine birds. We saw: Humbolt Penguins, Peruvian Boobies, Peruvian Pelicans, Inca Tern and Cormorants. There were...

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Nov 12, 2011 - Huacachina Oasis and Nazca Desert.

AN OASIS and SAND DUNE BUGGYING Next we went to an oasis out in the Nazca desert, called Huacachina. It is a green lagoon ringed with palm and huarangos trees. We road on dune buggies. It was so exhilarating. The dunes were veryhigh and so steep. Our driver had us screaming. We stopped and did some "sand boarding". But not standing up; just lying on our tummies. When we got to the bottom of the sand dune we were covered in sand. Back at the oasis there were showers so we could wash all the sand off our bodies. There was also a pool to...

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Nov 12, 2011 - Ica

PERUVIAN WINE We packed up and went to Ica, which is Peru´s premier wine center with vineyards dating back to the 16th century. We visited a local vineyard that makes the famous Peruvian drink called Pisco. This is distilled wine (clear grape brandy) and is the main drink in Peru. Peruvians do not drink wine. At the end of the tour we got a chance to try varios kinds of Pisco.

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Nov 11, 2011 - Passing through Pisco to Paracas

Lima to Paracas We left Lima and travelled along the ocean. The land is arid and there are lots of sand dunes. The further we got away from Lima, the more agriculture that was visible. Sections of land were irrigated since this part of Peru gets very little rain. They grow bananas, all kinds of fruit trees, onions and potatoes: in fact 3000 different varieties. A Peruvian dinner must have some kind of potato dish or it is considered not a complete meal! There were numerous farms raising chickens, cattle and goats. There is no shortage of...

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Nov 5, 2011 - Nasca Lines

nov 5 Nasca Woke up and went to the Nasca airport to fly over the Nasca Lines. Went in a little 4 seater plane, the ride was very bumpy and turned very sharply so you could feel the g forces as they circled the lines. It was an amazing view of a very historic place. We learned a german lady Maria Reiche had come here and stayed to research and take care of the lines for 50 years. Locals thought she waas crazy but she felt she had lived here in a previous life. A strange fact is 2 of the lines, one depicting a monkey with nine fingers and...

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Nov 4, 2011 - Paracas / Ica / Nasca

nov 4 Paracas/Ica In the morning we went on a boat tour of Ballista Islands aka bird shit islands. Lots of wild life sea lions, seals, crabs, PENGUINS!!!, dolphins, and a shit load of birds. Turns out these islands harvest bird shit for fertilizer. In a very small area of the island there were approx. 200 000 birds and in this area they can harest over 1 1/2 meters of bird poop in 8 years. They collect it then send the packages onto boats via a zipline from the top of a cliff down to the waiting boats. The islands were very pretty with lots...

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Nov 3, 2011 - Paracas

Nov. 2 Lima Peru Wondered around town, shopped and booked a tour for next 6 days ending in Cusco on Nov 9. Nov. 3 Paracas Peru Arrived in Paracas around 10:30am by bus. The buses are double decker and extremely fancy (think first class seats on air plane. Checked into our hotel and then spent the rest of the day touring Reservation National Paracas for the rest of the afternoon. Turns out Paracas is a desert with one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. The reserve covers 350 000 hectares but most of it is in the...

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Sep 27, 2011 - No Mas Pisco!

Heather and I spent more time in Huacachina than we expected and were given far more pisco than desired. As soon as we arrived on Saturday, we made friends with a tour guide who planned out our next three days. The first night was a winery tour. It ended up being a party bus to a winery where we sampled two kinds of pisco and three wines. Turns out pisco is quite strong and Peru has nothing but sweet wines.... by the pitcher. Yes, that´s right. After sampling all the drinks, pitchers of pisco and wine were put on our tables in the adjoining...

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Sep 25, 2011 - Lines in the desert.

Nascar 25/09/11 Lines in the desert. We got a private tour from Huacachina to Nazca, which visited the museum of the German lady that rediscovered the Nazca and Inca Lines. She used to sweep the lines all day and night with a broom, and the locals used to call her a witch. She was very poor, lived in a one room house with all of her measuring equipment and used to be funded by her sister who was still living in Germany. Next we got to visit the Mirador, a tower that over looked a few of the figures and a few of the Inca Lines. The Inca...

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3rd Gap Year

Sep 22, 2011 - More miles of nothing, but sugar cane and asparagus.

Huacachina 22/09/11 More miles of nothing, but sugar cane and asparagus. From Trujillo it was a 10 hour bus ride to Lima. We had an hour and a half wait at Cruz Del Sur’s bus terminal. It’s a bit like an airport terminal with gates for departure and arrival, baggage check inn and a café. If there were more bus companies like this in Europe I think that more people would use them. On the trip south from Trujillo we passed fields upon fields of asparagus. Apparently Peru is the number one producer in the world. Once we arrived at Ica we...

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3rd Gap Year

Aug 4, 2011 - Nazca

yay they let me fly with my cast! The Nazca lines are amazing. Tiny little plane took five of us around to see them and tried to make our stomachs fly out! Not many good pictures sorry, my camera skills couldn't cope with the flight, so you will just have to take my word for it that they are great. They are also huge and have stayed well despite being made only shallow in the dusty rocky surface. i wonder if some goes and tidies them up at all. The main road through destroyed one of them, despite a German ladies best attempts, they didn't...

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Jul 20, 2011 - Paracas and its abundance of life in the desert

We have just spent the last morning in Paracas, which is the town near the Isla Bollestas (or poor mans Galapagus). You can tell from the photos they have similar animals. Although, being a desert most of the similarities lie under the sea, where we couldnt see. Still, a fun morning, hearing the sounds all the coastal animals made. Its set to get very windy and sandy later so enjoying the cool sun before we head off back to Lima and then onto Iquitos. Neither of us have ever been big fish fans but thats all they serve here. However it seems...

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