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 so many birds on the cliffs that the cliffs appeared black in colour.
We also saw lots of sea lions sunning on the rock cliffs. Some were pregnant. There were young ones too. Some of the males were competing for the females. A few were swimming around. There were hundreds of them.
We watched men loading bags of guano onto a barge. It is used as a fertilizer. It use to be an important source of revenue for Peru.
Along the way to the islands we saw the famous "Candelabra" geoglyph. It is found on a hill in the port. Some say it was a navigation aid. Others claim it was a pirate's sign. Some say it is more likely a Nazca ritual symbol. It is 150m high and is stamped into the desert hillside which is sandstone. Because it does not rain much in the area and it is windy, the depression still remains visible.