Day 3 - Pisco to Nazca
Trip Start May 22, 2009
33Trip End Jun 14, 2009
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Back to the hotel and off on another tour – this of a local winery/distillery specializing in Pisco and sweet wine. Pisco is a traditional Peruvian drink - a spirit distilled from Peruvian wine varietals much like cognac or brandy. The sweet wine is a byproduct of the first fermentation. And of course there were tastings - just enough to sample the different products from the distilling process - thankfully given the desert sun and the early hour
Lunch and the highlight of the day - dunebuggies and sandboarding in the enormous dunes south of Pisco. What a ride, what a driver - like a roller coaster in the sand. It was a blast. The sandboarding was more like tobagganing, but on dunes steeper and longer than any hill I ever went down. Actually the entire coast is a desert. it makes for an amazing landscape. Like going through a moonscape at times. Will upload pictures tomorrow.
Back on the mini-bus for the drive to Nazca, through the desert twilight to Nazca. A quick stop at an observation tower to overlook one of the Nazca lines - the tree - almost to dark to see. On to the hotel on the outskirts of Nazca, at the end of a dark, short road - we wondered where the hell we were going to end up - which ended up being a nice courtyard hotel in the middle of nowhere. Dinner and ping-pong...