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Oct 29, 2012 - Pelicans

Easy drive south along good roads, largely parallel to the coast.  We took a diversion to the Paracas nature reserve - a beautiful coastal peninsular with dramatic sand dunes. At some times of the year you can see a wide variety of wildlife, but the only ones around at present are the Pelicans. They did not disappoint. Much larger than ones we have seen before and with red white and blue stripes on the side of their beaks. We travelled with Charles and Jane ( always ip for a good outing off route) drove across the sand to reach a small...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Sep 11, 2012 - Ballestas Islands - Paracas - Nazca

What a day ... up at 3:00 am to board the bus at 3:30.  All twelve of us are in a state of mutiny, but we steel ourselves for a very long day.  After polite greetings in the lobby of the hotel (no one slept very well in the 4-5 hours that we had), we all pile onto the bus.  Day one of travelling with new companions ... and in a few minutes on the road, our heads were bobbing along in various states of sleep. Our 6:30 am stop for breakfast (truck stop along the way) wasn't terribly invigorating ... confusion about what to order, how to...

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Nov 13, 2011 - Exploring Nazca

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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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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

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 18, 2011 - Nazca and its many lines

Hopefully the video has been uploaded. It will only accept certain sizes so we have had to break them down into parts. So, after Cuzco, we went straight onto Nazca where the famous lines in the desert are. Stretching for miles and miles across a specific patch of the desert. Instead of paying the hundreds of pounds to do a 30 min fly over, we grabbed a 75p bus and walked up a slope called "the Mirador" and a tower 2km away to get a rough idea of whats going on. They accidentally built a highway across one of the animals (a lizard who now...

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Jun 11, 2011 - Flying over the Nasca Lines, sandboarding and pisco distillery tour

We literally ran to the airport on Saturday morning in order to be first in queue for the flights over the Nazca lines. Unfortunately the mist from yesterday reappeared, so we had to wait at the airport for five hours until we were finally allowed to fly. We were all absolutely terrified at the prospect of getting on the plane because the safety record for the flight is horrendous. Thus, we paid double the price in order to secure an airline that flies with both a pilot and a co-pilot. Jonny spotted staff doing safety checks on the plane...

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Jun 10, 2011 - Chauchilla Cemetery and a delicious Pachamanca feast

Having caught a night bus to Arequipa, I am now in Nazca, home to the famous Nazca lines (ancient, animal shaped geoglyphs located in the Nazca desert). After a brief morning nap, I went on an excellent guided tour of Chauchilla cemetery. I saw many well preserved mummies dating back to 1000AD. Unfortunately, grave robbers had partially destructed the site in the fifties and stolen many of the the valuables that had originally been buried with the mummies. In their haste, the robbers left some of the mummies´ bones in the sand surrounding...

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May 29, 2011 - Nazca

Arrived in Nazca last night, and today started with a trip to an old Nazca cemetary where hundreds of mummies have been excavated. They are some of the best preserved mummies in the world, still with skin and hair and wrapped in cloth, so that was pretty wierd...not exactly my favourite activity so far! I then took and flight over the unexplained Nazca lines, which was actually quite good, although a bumpy ride!

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Apr 7, 2011 - Day 2-3 Nazca

Travel by bus to Nazca. Optional activities include a flight over the Nazca Lines, a tour of a pre-Inca desert cemetery with mummies and sandboarding before partaking in a traditional Pachamanca dinner. On the evening of day 3 board an overnight bus to Arequipa.

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Peru on a Shoestring

Jan 10, 2011 - Nazca

We had a different guide today called Susie who showed us around a pre-Inca cemetary where we saw lots of mummies. We also went to a museum about a German lady who did a lot of research into the Nazca lines. We looked around some markets for the locals and Susie tried to teach us to salsa in the square! It was really hot today!

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