The Poor Mans Galapogas

Trip Start Dec 08, 2004
Trip End Dec 07, 2005

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Getting up at 6am being our daily routine now, we had signed up for a trip to "Poor Mans Galapagos" which was the nickname for the "Islas Ballestas", some islands east of Pisco.

The perfect spot to watch sea lions, birds and flamingos and if we were lucky dolphins.
Well guess what? As our tour boat made its way out of the bay, we were LUCKY!!!!

Nothing spectacular but we've never seen dolphins before and it has been a dream of Tashas for a long time. So to see the grey leathery fins breaking the waters surface was a dream come true!

The boat took us for a trip around the islands. There we saw countless sealion colonies, it was an amazing sight and the noise was incredible, like hundreds of dogs barking.

Also we saw hundreds of birds including pelicans, boobies, cormorants, turkey vultures, terns... and even some Humboldt Penguins, which are very rare and only breed on these islands. The sea was quite choppy and waves kept crashing on the rocks, everytime a strong wave hit it would nearly wash a load of penguins into the sea! Watching them precariously hopping down the rocks and timing the waves for entry was very funny to watch, just like something youŽd see on a wildlife program on tv!

In the afternoon we were taken to see the Flamingoes in the Paracas National Reserve which is one of the driest deserts in the world at less than 2 mm of rain a year. We climbed the look out tower to watch the famous flamingos 400 meters away! All we could see was hundreds of tiny small pink dots and we couldn't tell if it was flamingoes or not. Not quite the close up photo opurtunity they showed us in the tour agency.

Later on we walked along the cliff tops to some spectacular formations called the Cathedral Cave. The day was finished of with stop off at a tiny fishing community and a gorgeous meal of fresh Ceviche the national dish of Peru. Its a salad made with raw fish which is marinated in lemon or other citrus juice together with salt, chilies, onions, and garlic DELICIOUS!!!

On the way back were also extremely lucky to spot a desert fox, never been seen by our guide during the day and he has been doing guiding there for 17 years!
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