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Mar 18, 2006 - Pisco and Bird Poo Island!

We made a stop in Pisco whose name is the same as the white grape brandy drink that originates from this area although at one point in history Chile claimed that the drink originated from their country and the two countries had a little fight over this. The town of Pisco wasn't too exciting the main reason to stop is to go to The Ballesta Island, which is often described as Peru's answer to the Galapagos Islands or at least The Lonely Planet described it as this. We caught the 8am boat to the islands loaded with travel sickness pills on an...

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Mar 13, 2006 - Febuary 20 - March 12, Peru (Arequipa, Cuzco, Machu Pichu, Nazca, Pisco)

Hola from Peru! We have been in Peru for a little over 2 weeks and are enjoying the country so far. Peru has similar landscape as Bolivia, but has the benefits of being on the coast, economically and otherwise. Although Peru remains a relatively poor country, it appears wealthier than Bolivia at first glance. We have seen less begging children, fewer people living on the streets, and the cities seem more developed in general. Most of the people do not wear traditional clothing and dress in western fashions. Other than Cuzco, most of the...

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Nov 24, 2005 - Nasca & Pisco

Nasca We travelled by overnight bus from Arequipa to Nasca, on Webnesday morning the 23rd. I didn't enjoy the trip, I couldn't sleep and my stomach was still delicate. When we arrived in Nasca, we were brought to a hotel that also appeared like a compound, though it had a swimming pool. There seemed little in the town of Nasca, the main reason tourists come here is to see the Nasca lines. These are lines etched on the stoney sandy plains by the Nasca peoples during pre-Inca times. To appreciate these lines you need to see them from a plane,...

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Oct 6, 2005 - Pisco - Islas Ballestas

Hallo Zusammen Die Fahrt aus Lima heraus war ziemlich ernüchternd. Fand ich ja die Vororte vom Norden her schon nicht sehr einladend, sind nun im Süden die richtigen Armenviertel angesiedelt. Die Gegend wird immer karger und trockener und die Häuser immer kleiner und einfacher bis es nur noch Hütten sind. Ich fragte mich wie die Menschen in dieser unwirtlichen Gegend leben können. Doch hat diese öde Landschaft natürlich auch etwas faszinierendes. Vor allem wenn man im komfortablen klimatisierten Bus sitzt. Nach etwas mehr als 3 Stunden in...

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Ecuador - Chile

Sep 30, 2005 - Pisco

Nous voila repartis pour une ballade en mer, mais cette fois ce n'est pas pour voir des baleines mais des otaries et des pingouins (entre autres)! On peut voir ces animaux sur les iles Ballestas, a une petite demi-heure en bateau. Eh bien ca valait le coup de se lever tôt!!! On a vu quelques pinguoins, pas tres nombreux, par contre les otaries étaient venues en masse pour nous accueillir! Elles sont trop mignonnes! Restent les oiseaux, eux aussi tres tres nombreux, et qui n'ont pas arrêté de nous chier dessus, pardonnez-moi l'expression!...

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Emilie & Ben

Sep 14, 2005 - Pisco

Venturing out on our first long distance journey in Peru wasn't as easy as we had anticipated. With strikes and demonstrations blockading the roads, only the third bus company (and most expensive) we tried would take us. This was our first experience of "hora Peru" (Peruvian time) - the whole of South America works on a mañana basis (it will get done eventually)! After travelling through an arid landscape we arrived at the port town of Pisco along with lots of other backpackers. Surprisingly, there have been more travellers here than any...

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Sep 8, 2005 - Paracas... la réserve naturelle nationale et ses islas

Le seul intérêt de ce tour ultra touristique : la faune marine du Pérou... aucune possibilité de pouvoir la voir, sans passer par un tour operator et se retrouver à 20 dans un bateau arnachés de gilet de sauvetage orange ! J'ai détesté ce mode touristique ... mais bon, le positif dans tout ca c'est qu'on a pu voir les otaries s'amuser comme des folles dans l'eau, à faire des galipettes et éclabousser tout le monde ! (ne serait-ce pas un juste retour des choses ?), des lions de mer... c'est vraiment rigolo ces betes-la ! c'est vrai que ca...

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Lenalatina 2005

Sep 5, 2005 - Pisco - Where the desert meets the sea.

After weeks of high altitude, the prospect of unwinding at sea level seemed very attractive... That was until we laid eyes on the Peruvian coast! It seems 90% of Peru's coastline is desert, a strange climatic result of cold ocean currents, wind and the fact that all the bloody ice from the Andes decided to melt towards the Amazon basin in the east! Add to this the fact that for most of the year the whole coastline is shrouded in a thick cold 'guara' or fog, and our seaside getaway was looking less and less appealing. We took to the water in...

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Aug 27, 2005 - Pisco

We made a hasty get away from Lima, as we had planned, due to it not being entirely safe for gringos (just noticed the anagram with Grigson!). Our friends Tom and Emma that we met whilst climbing Cotopaxi in Ecuador had been mugged there during the day a few weeks earlier, not hurt but lost everything! Every bus journey seems to make you endure at least one discomfort, this time it was a unpleasent smell again, something between baby poop and cabbage. Oh, and a chicken clucking ocasionally from up the front of the bus somewhere. Louise...

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Jun 14, 2005 - Pisco, Peru

At the junction Paul and Emily decided to continue farther on to Ica, so I grabbed the taxi that zoomed up to me the minute I got out of the bus and found the Reserva Hotel. It was nice and clean and they gave me the single rate but a large double bed. Emilio and Mario, two brothers, ran the place that was owned by their uncle. Emilio and I decided to take a walk around the center of the small town and we stopped and had a beer and talked. He was a friendly guy, 25 years old, and came from the next town down the road, Ica. He said he worked...

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Jun 9, 2005 - Pisco & the National Reserve of Paracas

We arrived in Pisco in search of some wildlife and arranged a tour of the National Reserve of Paracas which included a morning sailing around the Islas Ballestas and a tour of the Peninsula de Paracas. We managed to see Sea Lions, Penguins, Pelicans and loads of birds (..including some Boobies!) on our island tour and were then taken by bus round the peninsula. Our guide Harold talked at length about the geological formations of the desert area and coastline. Marie and Sharna were in their element as they claimed to have spent 3years...

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Jun 1, 2005 - Pisco

A few hours up the Peruvian coast and we reached Pisco. Not too much to dwell on here as what we did was very much like what we'd already done in Puerta Madryn/Ushuaia (about 1500 miles away) in Argentina, so cue several more photos of sea lions. However, we did see pelicans and dolphins which we had not seen before, and we were very lucky to see the dolphins in particular, so the boat trip out to the Bellestas Islands did offer something new...other than strongest smell of fish I've ever experienced. The Bellestos Islands are apparently...

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