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Peru's Poor Man's Galapagos, Islas Ballestas

Paracas National Reserve

26 °C

We left the oasis of Huacachina for the sea. We got a minibus to Paracas and got a boat tour to see the Islas Ballestas. We saw so many birds on and around the islands. There were hundreds of birds, we saw: pelicans, Inca terns, Peruvian boobies, sea gulls, comorants, Humboldt penguins, turkey vultures. Wr also saw loads of sea lions and starfish and crabs. The guano (comorant poo) that covers the islands is a great organic fertiliser and is collected every 8 years and exported to Europe. It was really stinky!

Penguins

Penguins

After getting the boat around the islands we then went on a guided tour to Paracas National Reserve, which is part of the Atacama desert. It was very dry and there was not a lot of wildlife around. We stopped off at a beach that had red volcanic sand next to bright yellow sand and deep blue sea. It was beautiful! We then had lunch and I tried ceviche for the first time which is raw seafood cooked in lemon juice and chili. It's very tasty. We then drove back to Paracas town - i think the bus driver thought he was driving a buggy because he was going all over the shop!

Paracas is a seaside resort with lots of high-end hotels. It had to be completely rebuilt after an earthquake and tsunami destroyed it in 2007. We stayed there one night (not in a posh hotel unfortunately) before heading on to Lima.

Posted by Ninirock 12:43 Archived in Peru

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