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Aug 19, 2018 - Nazca

This morning we leave Huacachina in a shuttle to take us to Nazca as we have booked a flight to see the Nazca lines. The shuttle takes us 2 and 3/4 hours to reach the airfield. Our suitcases have been left with the PeruHop bus and they will pick us up in Nazca at 7pm this evening with our suitcases on board. The scenery is unamazing until we pass through a one lane rock tunnel and then down a windy road to come across and amazing green belt of crops and vegetation between two rivers. At the airfield we are weighed and allocated our flights....

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Aug 18, 2018 - Huacachina

Up early as we have a boat trip out to the Ballestas Islands. We meet our guide in the centre of Paracas and walk down to the wharf where there is a twin powered motorboat that holds 40 people waiting for us. We all board and head out first to The Paracas Candelabra which is a prehistoric geoglyph found on the hillside in the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay. It is estimated to date back to 200 BC, although many believe it is much older. With a large, branchlike appearance, the purpose and meaning of the Candelabra remain unknown. There has...

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Aug 17, 2018 - To Paracas - PeruHop

Up early today as we are getting picked up between 6-40 and 6-55 by PeruHop, the hop on, hop off bus company. We don't have breakfast as we have been advised there is a toilet on board but there are no number 2's allowed and we are a bit nervous that what goes in must come out! The bus is on time and off we go. Soon the bus is filled up with young people collected all over Lima. It's obvious we have raised the average age considerably! We hit the road and head south to Paracas which is on the coast. We stop just outside of Lima for a view...

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Apr 25, 2018 - April 25, 2018 – Nazca, Peru

April 25, 2018 – Nazca, Peru We didn’t start until 9 this morning. The 1st thing on the agenda was a flight over the Nazca Lines. They populate the planes by weight so everyone had to get on a scale. There were 10 of us. I was split from our group which flew on 2 different planes. I had to go with a group of people that I did not know. I wasn’t thrilled about that since the rest of the group had to wait on me since my plane took off 10 minutes after the others. The lines were fun to see from the air although I was on the wrong side of the...

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Apr 24, 2018 - April 24, 2018 – Paracas to Nazca, Peru

April 24, 2018 – Paracas to Nazca, Peru After breakfast this morning, we walked a short distance through the town of Paracas to the dock where we boarded a 32 passenger boat which was an oversized speed boat for the trip to the Ballestas Islands. There were just the 10 of us on it so we were able to move around from side to side for the best views. We were barely away from the dock when we saw dolphins. There were several including a mother and her baby. The Ballestas Islands are a half dozen or so rocks jutting up from the ocean bottom....

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Apr 23, 2018 - April 23, 2018 – Lima to Paracas, Peru

April 23, 2018 – Lima to Paracas, Peru We had a fairly late start this morning at 10:30. We met the rest of our group this morning as their flight did not arrive by the time of our briefing last night. We are a group of ten. Donna and Wally are from Toronto; Rob and Diane are from Oakland, California; Susan and Gerhard are from Vancouver; Coleen and Richard are from Calgary and Martin is from Wales. Our guide is Cheo (pronounced as if it were Jayoh). Wally is a retired principal. Susan was a law librarian for a while. Coleen is a retired...

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Feb 11, 2018 - Easy like Sunday Morning

For the first time in a long time we do not have a program for anything. So lie in today well at least til 8 o'clock, then breakfast and lying by the pool and playing along the beach. I have put some photos that did not make original entry from plane flight to Mexican evening and sunset. So enjoy. We move on later back to Lima for tonight and then onto Eucador, leaving Peru behind, leaving only footsteps in the sand but taking some many wonderful tear jerking moments and experiences that we will treasure for a life time, from Titicaca to...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Friday 9th Lima to Paracus and the Nasca Lines

I woke early at 4am as I needed to catch up on the blog, I have so many days, so many photographs from the Jungle to load today, but decided to catch up with my wonderous script catching each and ever moment. We boarded the shared transport today and we had 2 extra guests, Chinese Americans in with us. Very Unusual. So off we headed and for the next two hours we bumped and popped the horn, until we got to a service station 1/2 way. We jumped off, brought some biscuits had a wee and returned. What happened next shall be known as "The Chinese...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Paracas and the island of somewhere

We had found out last night that the boat trip was from the end of the hotels pier and we had to be there for 8am. They also told us that there was coffee and croissants available at the pier and we would be back in time for breakfast so a lay in until 7. On arrival we found good coffee and croissants so we got ready to go. In truth we had forgotten that this is Peru so things don’t always happen at the time they mentioned. A chap had arrived in a very complicated wheelchair and they we were looking at how to manhandle him and the...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Saturday 10th February finally caught up on my Blog!

Had a lazy start today as we were heading out to the national park on a remote island outpost called Ballestas island via the hotel speedboat. It was a beautiful increasingly hot morning at the hotel, but s we speed our way out to the islands, the sea mist lay thick ahead of us. We sped out to a small Penisular were a giant cactus known as the chandelier had be created. This sign post is on the direct flight line to the Nasca lines and is thought to have been the signpost for the aliens to take them to the centre of their activities. We...

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Feb 9, 2018 - Paracas and the Nazca Lines

Today we left Lima to journey down to Paracs and see the Nazca lines. Another early morning start at 5:30 to pack and get ready with our coach leaving at 7. The coach had two passengers already, both American/Chinese who seemed pleasant enough. The idea was to get out of Lima before the rush hour traffic started. The day was foggy from the sea mist and traffic slow. Everyone was trying to get to their destination and I am glad that I was not driving as it was chaos. How there are not more accidents I do not know. I was cringing at every set...

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Dec 3, 2017 - Pisco, Peru

Another private tour to attractions south of Pisco. We actually never saw the city. The Ballestas Islands are a group of small islands near the town of Paracas located within the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region on the south coast of Peru. Composed largely of rock formations, these islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna like the guanay guano bird, the blue-footed booby and the tendril. Other notable species include the Humboldt penguins and two varieties of seals (fur seals and sea lions), among other...

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