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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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Mar 29, 2009 - Paracas et Pisco

Notre prochaine destination est Paracas, un petit villaje mais super tranquil. Au debut reticents mais finalement nous acceptons un tour touristique en bateau pour visiterles iles Ballestas, connues pour leur richesse en oiseaux. Lors de ce tour, nous decouvrons le fameux “chandelier”, qui une fois de plus cette forme reste un total mystere. Les iles Ballestas sont pour nous un beau spectacle; des milliers d’oiseaux poses ou dans le ciel. C’est presque irreel. Il y a une forte odeur de guano, qui reste la resource principal de ces iles...

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Aug 7, 2008 - Lima to Pisco

It is now 11.03am and this is the start of our first full day of our holiday. We are in Lima and at 1.30pm we will be catching a local bus to Pisco (4 hour journey). We had a great nights sleep and this morning have managed to exchange some of our American dollars into local currency (Soles) so now we are all ready for our adventure. Thanks so much to those of you who have left us messages already, its so nice to log in here and hear how things are back home. Thank you. Speak soon !!! As previously mentioned we will try to log in as much as...

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Jul 15, 2008 - Pisco

An important port town, Pisco gives its name to the white grape brandy produced in the region. This morning we slept in and had a late breakfast of toast, jam and really, really strong coffee. We sat and talked with James from England about our similarities and differences. We walked from our hotel to central Miraflores, where we were staying, and worked on this internet blog. Afterwards we walked to the grocery store to get rolls and water for the upcoming bus trip down the coast to Pisco. We stopped by the bank to get some much needed...

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May 9, 2008 - Visit the Islas Ballestas in Pisco, Peru

Early in the morning, we took a tour to visit the Islas Ballestas off the shore of Pisco, Peru. This island is nicknamed `The Poor Man`s Galapagos` because like Galapagos Islands off Ecuador, there are countless birds and sea mammals there but only cost $10 USD instead of the $1000+ it would cost to go to the real Galapagos. Given that we don´t have the money to go to Galapagos, we were all very excited about this tour as a consolence. Unfotunately, when we arrived at the boat dock, the weather was very foggy and we waited for 2 hours until...

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May 8, 2008 - Arriving in Pisco, Peru

After another good morning of eating at the market in Ica, we set off for our next destination, Pisco, which is the jumpoff point for the visit to an island call Islas Bellastas which has countless sea birds, penguines, and sea lions. The ride took a little over an hour on a regular bus (3.5 soles/seat) from Ica. Along the way, we saw more desert and sand dunes. But there was also many sizable plantations on the desert sand, showing that these desert lands are being converted into productive uses. Arriving in Pisco was a shocking...

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Apr 15, 2008 - Day 2: Lima to Pisco

We sleep well but in 2 phases – the first ends at about 2 am local time which is 9 am UK time and usual waking time and second at about 7am local time. The plan is to leave the hotel by 11 and make our way to Pisco via public transport. I wonder what the public transport will look like – hopefully not like private buses in some Indian cities. We stock up with some fruit and snacks at a local supermarket. Our choice of fruit is predicated on not having seen any of them before. We bump into Mike and Brenda who are fascinated by what they see...

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Ally & Maddy in Peru

Jun 23, 2007 - Pisco

Last night we met the rest of our group - ages 19 - 64. There's a girl about my age from Hawaii and her parents, her aunt and uncle from Halifax, Canada, two girls traveling together from London, two other single travelers from England, a girl from Ireland, a guy from Switzerland, and an older couple from Australia. We all ate together, then a few of us went out to the Lima bars with Rolando, our tour guide for the whole tour. Left Lima this morning for the drive to Pisco - once outside of where we were staying in Lima, we began to see a...

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Jun 23, 2007 - Pisco

We left Lima shortly after noon on Saturday. Our tour guide had arranged a 17 passenger bus for us instead of using a public bus. We headed south from Lima on the Pan American Highway and passed by many beautiful beaches, many of which walled off into private compounds. This was in contrast with the numerous shanty town which can be seen all along the highway. We arrived at the seaside town of Picso in the later afternoon and checked into the delightful little hotel called the Hostel Monstario. We walked around the town square and the local...

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Jun 6, 2007 - Pisco

Last night we met our group and we were happy to find the diversity in the places people were from. We are the only Americans on the trip; the others are from England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and Wales. So we will both be speaking with a different accent when we get back. We left for Pisco on a 5 hour bus ride period. We woke up early in the morning to go to the Ballestas Islands on a speed boat. We saw penguins, sea lions, seagulls, pelicans, and crabs. We journeyed back onto land and visited the distilleries to learn how Pisco Sours...

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May 28, 2007 - Pisco

Il est midi et dans une heure nous partons pour Pisco (quatres heures d'autobus de Lima). Nous voyagerons avec des "locaux", ce qui devrait mettre un peu de piquant dans ce long trajet!!!! (pas de panique maman Ingrid, Comme dit Claudia les gars sont la pour nous proteger ;) Süite: Le trajet d'autobus s'est tres bien passe. nous sommes arrives á Pisco en un seul morceau.

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PeruCLing 2007

May 24, 2007 - Pisco

Pisco was the first city I visited from Lima. It is part of a coastal desert environment and a popular port from which to visit the Ballestas Islands. It's also home to the "Pisco Sour," Peru's (and apparently Chile's) "national" drink. The tour took us through the heart of the city to an established winery and on to the port where we would catch a small boat to the Ballestas. First stop was the winery. We walked through several stations which each represented a stage in the wine-making process. There's the grape-crushing station (see...

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Viva Peru

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