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Dec 17, 2016 - Pisco Region but village of El Chaco

I'm trying to resurrect this section of the trip now that we are in BA (Buenos Aires) with wifi. Unfortunately Terry's camera chip is refusing to import to my ipad so no pictures are available for the El Chaco section. It was a bit of a surprise to see the village since we thought the ship was taking everyone in to Pisco - that was the stop advertised. But the little shuttle you paid for only took us to a close by village - small in size and the casualty of several earthquakes given the tumbled down buildings that have not been rebuilt....

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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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May 10, 2011 - Day 10-12 Pisco/Nazca/Night bus

Travel by bus to Pisco. Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. Stop at a winery en route as well as at the Oasis of Huacachina. Optional sandboarding. In the evening, take part in a traditional Pachamanca meal. Optional flight over the Nazca Lines before the nightbus to Arequipa.

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Feb 27, 2011 - Nazca Lines

Sunday, February 28, 2011 Today was spent mostly on the road and in the air. A 4:00 am wake-up call got us to the airport for a 7:30 am flight that didn’t take off until 8:30 am because of airline traffic. We arrived at Lima airport to board buses for a 3 ½ hour drive to Pisco where we would get on a small plane to fly over the Nazca Lines. The pisco sour (the national drink of Peru) is named after Pisco which means “birds” because of all the birds the Spaniards found here. The type of grape used in pisco sour thrives in Peru and is sweeter...

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South America

Oct 23, 2010 - Pisco, Ballestas Islands, Nazca

The morning began with a speed boat trip out to the Ballestas Islands. All were wearing the most fashionable fluro orange life jackets with cameras at the ready. What were we to see?? One million birds apparently as well as penguins, pelicans, and sea lions. I did do I rough count and I think either one bird had slept in or was on holiday cause I only counted 999,999 birds. Either way there were stacks of birds and it was difficult to dodge the flying bird sh**t. Of course the penguins made a show and the sea lions did their best to look...

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Oct 22, 2010 - Day 4 Heading off from Lima

The day began with a sleep in till 8.30....nice!! Catching a local bus about 1pm. The group is 14 people with only 3 other Australians. We have people from Switzerland, USA, Canada, Sth Africa, New Zealand and Germany. Have stocked up on water and snacks for the 5hrs bus trip to our next destinations. The journey is finally beginning....... The bus ride was not too bad even had movies although they were in Spanish!! Almost lost Rachel at a rest stop somewhere in Peru as she took a little long on the toilet and the bus just decided to leave....

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May 17, 2010 - Bird Poo land & Pisco sours

Today we went to the ballestas island which was an optional activity, I didn´t really wanna do it because I saw lots of that sort of thing in the galapagos but everyone else was doing it and didnt want to be left out, as it was saw loads of dolphins so that was cool. The acutal islands were a bit crap, literally. They are covered with swarms of birds, it stinks and the island looks actually like one big bird poo. Apparently they farm it every 5 years and sell it as fertilizer. But basically- imagine a landfill site, like brogborough,...

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Kellys Month Off!

May 13, 2010 - Eating Sand

The third activity we enjoyed within a 24 hour period within Southern Peru was sand buggying and boarding. We set off in a dune buggy, immediately climbing what felt like a vertical sand dune of about 2000m high (but clearly wasn’t as we were not far from the sea!), only to have to descend this vertical drop back down – bit like a truly horrific fairground ride, except I actually enjoyed it! Next vertical sand dune we came across was time for us to get out boards out to board/toboggan down. I say board, in the broadest sense of the word...

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Apr 16, 2010 - my little dune buggy

Om 7u40 op nr de boot om de islas ballestas te gaan bezoeken ook wel de galapagos van de armen genoemd.Is een groep eilandjes die overbevolkt zijn door zeehonden,pinguins,stormvogels,aalscholvers e.a. die guano (mest ) produceren die om de zoveel jaar van de rotsen wordt geschraapt en nr het vasteland verscheept voor de export. Onderweg varen we langs de candelabro, een reusachtige en schitterende kandelaar die door de paracas in de rotsen werd gegrift, 200 m hoog en 60 m breed en volgens sommige een weergave van het zuiderkruis, de...

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Jan 25, 2010 - Pisco, Peru

Our port today was Pisco. Actually, the ship docked at San Martin - a protected harbor area - as there is no harbor at Pisco. Our docking had been delayed because of heavy swells, so we had to choose between a wildlife excursion and a trip into town. We decided to take the wildlife excursion. Our excursion was to the Ballestas Islands in small open boats. This area is Peru’s own version of the Galapagos. The Paracas Peninsula and Ballestas Islands comprise the most important wildlife sanctuary on the Peruvian coast. This is also the...

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Jan 19, 2010 - Pisco Sour

We learnt this morning that the public bus sector of Peru has decided to go in strike over fuel prices. We today took a public bus, but It will be our last for a while Roland the tour guide things. There are those who aren’t happy with the situation. (But they tend to be the older generations) The journey to Pisco took a number of hours, and when we finally arrived there was little for us to do. Most of the group have decided to visit a collection of islands off the towns bay this morning. The Peruvians compare them to the Galapagos...

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May 13, 2009 - Pisco - Island Ballesta

Today we took a boat ride to the Ballestas Islands. They lie a short distance off the Peruvian coast south of Lima, we went on a speedboat which in itself was a fun trip over occasionally choppy waters. On the way to the islands we passed the candelabra, a pattern etched into the sand and rock of a small island not far off the coast. The guide wasn't overly helpful in explaining its origins - he said it might be pre-Incan, or a symbol used by Spanish sailors to navigate the waters, or even a mark made by the Masons in the eighteen hundreds....

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