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May 13, 2005 - Pisco

We got into Pisco at supper time on Thursday afternoon and checked into our hotel which was like a REAL HOTEL, with decent beds, a private bathroom, a pool (ok, it was a bit dodgy), and, to top things off, CABLE TV WITH HBO!!! All for $5 each a night! Even though we were tempted to stay in bed and watch movies until it was time to head to Lima, we mustered up the energy to head out and explore. We quickly discovered that the trade-off for a cheap hotel with so many features was that it was not in a great neighbourhood... we were on a dirt...

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Sarah Down South

Apr 28, 2005 - You know you have been in Central/South America for a while when:

There are some things that just start to become second nature when you've been in Central/South America for a while.... Here are a few of our favourites... You know you have been in Central/South America for a while when: * Seeing a sheep or pig on the roof of a bus is normal * You dont know what to do if there is no bin for your shitty toilet paper * When hot showers are worth more than life itself * When getting an electric shock in the shower is normal * you look at avocados and mangos as a cheap snack * its not strange to feel like a...

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Mar 30, 2005 - Pisco: Merileijonia ja puuvillanviljelijoita

Vasta Piscossa tajusin, etta Perun rannikko ihan oikeasti on aavikkoa. Siihen asti kun luulin, etta on vain kovin kuivaa ja siksi maisemat nayttavat kovin aavikkomaisilta :-) Loputtomat ruskeat hiekkadyynit johtuvat kuitenkin maan kiertoliikkeestä. Perun rannikkoa pitkin virtaa kylmä Humboldtin virta, joka pakottaa mereltä tulevan ilmankosteuden sateena alas jo meren yläpuolella. Ehtiessään rannikolle ilma on kuivaa eika alueella sada oikeastaan koskaan. Rannikkokaupungit sijaitsevatkin kaikki keitaiden tai vuoristosta virtaavien jokien...

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Feb 4, 2005 - Galapagos Islands for Poor People

The Ballestas Islands are 4 hours south of Lima just off the coast of Peru. They have often been called a poor persons Galapagos Islands. They are visited by people like us who aren´t willing to fork out the $1000 USD but are more than happy to pay $10 USD to see millions of birds, thousands of sea lions and 54 penguins. Our guide explained to us how the Ballestas Islands worked, but we were travelling in a fast motorboat over the open ocean so we didn´t catch it all. It goes something like this. The Humboldt current of the Pacific Ocean...

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Jan 4, 2005 - Pisco

A funny little town by the beach with views out over the sea to the islands Balletas. WE wandered around and made friends, before setting ourselves in for a night of Pisco Sours- the local drink famous all over Peru. Lemon and egg whites- a very strange combination.

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Dec 13, 2004 - Pisco (Peru)

Hallo allemaal, Hier up to date nieuws! We zijn nog naar Lima centrum geweest en daar ook wel crazy things meegemaakt, mar best lollig! We hebben dan de bus genomen en drie uur later kwamen we aan in Pisco! Weerom een leuk hotelletje (foto's zullen waarschijnlijk over een kleine week op de site verschijnen, want nog in Peru zijn er nog niet zoveel supermoderne PC's alsbij ons!) maar we wzijn dan maar snel gaan slapen, want we waren er pas rond half 11 en we moesten de dag erna alweer vroeg opstaan! Na ons ontbijt zijn we om 7u20 op het...

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Nov 30, 2004 - Pisco

Arrivé a Pisco, nous avons eu droit a un souper accompagne de musiciens qui jouent de la flutes de Pan avec poncho et tout. J'ai un petit video, mais je dois trouver un endroit pour mettre cela sur internet. Les photos devront peut-etre attendre mon retour au Canada. Les prochains jours le diront. toudelou

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Nov 19, 2004 - Pisco & Islas Ballestas

Hooked up with young Charlotte from Rotterdam and we took the bus south from Lima to Pisco. The route took us into Peru's coastal desert for the first time and I don't think I've ever seen a more desolate place in my life. A few hundred miles further south this merges with the Atacama desert in northern Chile, the driest place in the world. The appearence of the desert wasn't much improved by the unbroken grey sky leaving the dusty mountains a dull brown colour and the few signs of human life were plain depressing. There were a couple of...

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Ruth on the road

Nov 16, 2004 - home of the Pisco Sour, Peru

Pisco is the name of a liquor made out of a white grape and the Pisco Sour is the national drink of Peru. It's pretty good, although not surprisingly, quite sour. Pisco is also the name of the town near Paracas National Park which has some wildlife similar to that found on Galapagos, such as sea lions, penguins and enough birds to give Alfred Hitchcock nightmares. They used to be the famous guano (bird poop) islands and the area got rich by mining this great resource and selling it as fertilizer. For some unknown reason we wanted to take a...

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Oct 26, 2004 - We´re engaged!

So by the end of the third day we were engaged. That´s right. I can´t believe it and we´re both thrilled! In typical Chris and Ali style... he was making plans for a proposal and I completely derailed them. So now we´re looking for a fun engagement ring and think we found one tonight... we´ll post a picture if we get it. (For the Bucknellians, "I have two words for you, cubic zirconia".) Unfortunately he´s only half kidding... So for those of you trying to figure out how this happened (please tell us if you do), we were in a little coastal...

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Sep 23, 2004 - Pisco

Nach einer langen Busfahrt von Lima nach Pisco (ca. 5h) sind wir in einem kleinen verschlafenen Staedtchen angekommen. Gleich nach dem wir das Hotel Benel bezogen haben, machten wir uns auf die Suche nach einem Reisebuero fuer einen Trip auf die Islas de Ballestras. Eine kleine Inselgruppe ca. 30 Min vor der Kueste. Nach einem guten Nachtessen und gequasel mit dem Hollaender Marc machten wir es uns in den "Betten" gemuetlich. Am Morgen konnten wir Seeloewen und Voegel beobachten, am Nachmittag sollten dann die Flamengos dran sein. O.k. da...

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PERU - mit Rucksack

Jul 23, 2004 - Ica. Sandboarding in the desert!!!!!

Now this was fun!! And I think we also showed that even though I (Sam) am getting old (nearly 30!!!)we can still keep up with the best of them. We basically had no sleep whatsoever on the journey over from Cusco, as the mountain roads are pretty twisty, and you get thrown around alot on the buses. So we arrived in Ica at around 7 in the morning, and jumped in a taxi for a 5 minute ride to Huacachima, which is basically a desert/massive sand dunes with an oasis in the middle of it all. Well, I say oasis, but it's more like a giant dirty...

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