Islands Covered in Poop!

Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Chris- We're not too impressed with the coastal cities south of Lima so we decided to do a day trip to Paracas to see Peru's largest pile of bird crap. I know what you're thinking, and no, it was not the most amazing thing we've ever seen. We were going to see at least one wild penguin on this backpacking trip even if we had to pay money to take a boat to a guano goldmine to get the footage. So that's exactly what we did. The boat ride was nice and when we got to the island we encountered thousands of birds neighboring hundreds of sea lions resting and beaching themselves all on this nitrogen infused landmass that actually use to be a big part of Peru's exports. That's right Peru would sell it's bird poop as fertilizer to other countries and made a good business out of it until it became obsolete. Now it's a wildlife reserve and the birds are left to make the island as large as their little poopers can build it. So now instead of charging people to buy their bird poop they're charging people just to look at it. We did get some penguin shots as well as some footage of a baby sea lion learning to swim. 

So if Peracas is the town that hosts the bird islands and Ika hosts the pisco vineyards than how can the city Pisco live up to it's name. It can't. It is an extremely depreciated city from the last earthquake and needs so much work that the whole city should be torn to the ground and restarted. Evidently, Pisco is the city that people try to visit when they should be looking for Ica to realize they should stay in Paracas while studying a map in their Haucachina hostel. Paracas is nice with a small Monterey feel. I think we should have stayed there instead of Haucachina. Oh well enough with the pit-stop sites and on to sunny beaches, and my senorita with a margarita. Mancora is the next stop and there is absolutely nothing to do but to eat, sleep, play in the ocean, and get tan.

Sarah- What Chris said.
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Lia on

So jealous! I would love to see penguins up close. However, I am not really into bird poop. Hope the beaches are prettier!

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