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Jun 12, 2014 - Pisco to Nazca, Peru

Thursday 12th June 2014 Pisco to Nazca, Peru After breakfast in the hotel, we set off in the truck heading further south. After about an hour, we did shopping for food for the next few days at a supermarket in a large town. We then drove through sandy desert country away from the coast until we reached an oasis surrounded by sand hills where everyone else in the group went on a dune buggy expedition into the hills followed by sand boarding. We decided that we would walk instead to the top of one of the dunes that overlooked the oasis. This...

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Jun 11, 2014 - Lima to Pisco, Peru

Wednesday 11th June 2014 Lima to Pisco, Peru Set off from Lima today with 7 more people - 6 ladies and 1 man - who are almost all going through to Rio. One is getting off in La Paz. Today was an early start - 6:00am - and we drove south along the coast arriving in Paracas at about 10:30am, where we boarded a speedboat to visit the Ballestas Islands, sometimes known as the "poor man's Galapagos". The boat was quite 'flash' with leather seats and newish lifejackets. There were a number of people already on the boat and we had to fit into the...

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Mar 1, 2014 - Nazca Lines

We woke at 6:30 to get ready for the day, we'll it was actually 5:30 I read my watch incorrectly! Today we went up in a 4 passenger plane with a couple from Norway to view the Nazca lines. We saw 12 of the 17 identified. Some were easier to see. But to think these were made in the dirt/rocky soil thousands of years ago and are still visible is amazing. We also could see some other diagrams not on the map. The pilot was very good about flying so both sides of the plane could see and telling you exactly where to look. There was no wind so it...

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The 7th Continent

Feb 28, 2014 - It Never Rains in Peru

4:30am our driver, Jose, arrived to take us on the 3 hour drive to Paracas(means sandstorm). An interesting drive...desert, desert and more desert! We do drove through some small towns, with the same rush hour traffic as in Lima. There were small 3 wheeled motorized vehicles used for taxis. They are called tuktuks. Some owners took the liberty to really decorate them! We passed many desert areas that had grass huts. One four sided small hut. No water or electricity around. These shanty towns form when individuals put them on public property...

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The 7th Continent

Oct 3, 2013 - Paracas

A 4 hour bus trip from Lima to the dusty/sandy bus terminal at Pisco took us through what can best be described as sandy, dirt coloured desert. The housing along the way was primitive and seemingly incomplete with roofs of corrugated iron, concrete, bricks or rush matting with bricks, wood, stones, dirt stored on top (?to hold them down?). Every now and then we would come to an oasis in the desert where fruit and vegetables were being grown. Our accommodation was in nearby Paracas, this was a real oasis in the desert - it could have been...

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Aug 26, 2013 - The great Peru adventure begins!!

A few technical problems have delayed my blogging...but better late than never! Is it possible to fall in love with a country the minute your plane hits the ground? If so, it has happened- I guess because my expectations weren't that high or maybe I was just focusing on the hike and didn't put much thought into "Peru". We started in Lima, 10,000,000 people most of them seem to be in cars - speeding, honking (oh the endless honking!) vying for position, biggest to smallest take priority with pedestrians being nothing more than target...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Oasis in the Desert

After the Amazon adventure I flew back to Lima to continue my journey onward, which is known as “The Gringo Trail”, being that all us gringos tend to take the same route around Peru. I spent the night at the same hostel I had previously stayed at, walked around town a bit and relaxed in the hostel common room with a book – (also a great place to meet people). I soon started talking to a girl that had just gotten into Lima and was taking the same route (Lucia – Argentina). We had both booked our bus tickets by this point but agreed to meet...

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Apr 22, 2013 - Paracas to Nazca

Early morning start, 6.30am! Watched the sunrise from our balcony overlooking the sea. We met at 8am for our trip to the Ballestas Islands. Amazing! I have never seen so many birds in my life! Such a vast amount of species in one place from Pelicans to Penguins. We also got so close to sea lions! A perfect start to the day. We then got a private minibus to Ica to visit and winery. After a short tour to show how they make both their sweet wine as famous pisco, we have a tasting. Pisco sour is great, an equivalent to limoncello. And then...

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South America 2013

Apr 21, 2013 - Miraflores to Paracas, Pisco

Slept great. Woke to a breakfast off fresh fruit, toast with eggs and beef casserole! (With mushrooms and what are like pea aubergines), and a slice of pizza! Freshly juiced by the hotel a mix of papaya, pineapple and melon, yummy! Quick stroll around the town before getting the bus to Paracas in Pisco. Roughly 4 hours, looking out the window to see shanti towns and deserts. We arrived in Paracas to a really cool hostel, our room is next to the balcony over looking the sea. We then took a stroll down to the beach with a few beers to relax...

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South America 2013

Mar 13, 2013 - My last day in Peru

Hi everyone Today is my last day in Peru. I'm so sad... Well at least I get to see you guys again! My last city is Ica. It's a desert so it is the hottest city I visited! It is 93°out! For breakfast I had Dried corn humitas! To be honest, I didn't really like them. After breakfast I went to Regional Museum of Ica. There were a lot of wooden carvings! In Ica there are a lot of natural dangers like earthquakes! Luckily I was not in one! I am so sad to leave. See you tomorrow! Wait... Maybe see you tomorrow!

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Mar 7, 2013 - flight 119 to Ica

Today I landed in Ica. The city of Ica is the capital of the Ica Region. It borders the Pacific Ocean on the west. Today was 81 and partly cloudy. Great weather for sightseeing. I visited Paracas. It is a small town great for tourists. Feeling hungry I stopped off at a little restaurant. I noticed all the grape vines and winery's around. It is so beautiful here. I decided to order traditional food from the area. I ate dishes made from pallares, or lima beans.I also had some delicious desserts like frijol colado (strained black beans mixed...

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flight 119 to peru

Mar 7, 2013 - Ica (day 2)

Hello! I'm in Ica, the oasis of the desert. Ica is very dry. I feel like I'm going to melt because it is also hot. I'm also sweating. Did you know that the conquest of Peru is one of the more important events of Peruvian history and, as well, one of the most outstanding events of the New World History. This city was conquered by Spanish conquistadors in 1533 and didn't obtain independence until 1821. Watch out because there are lots of natural dangers like earthquakes, tidal waves, floods, landslides and smooth volcanic activity. Here are...

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My 2 Months in Peru

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