Pisco and Paracas

Trip Start Sep 09, 2005
Trip End Feb 20, 2006

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

I finally got off my arse from Lima and travelled 235km down to Pisco on the coast. Pisco is a really small town which I used to explore the nearby Islas Ballestas and Peninsula de Paracas, which hold abundant wildlife in the Bird and Sea Lion Colonies. I took a cheap tour with the first sight being the famous three-pronged ´Candelacra´, a giant figure etched into the coastal hills, over 150m high and 50m wide (Photos attached). This was made by the Paracas Culture which was the most highly developed pre-Inca civilizations.

From there we spent a while cruising around the islands caves, with quite literally thousands of Sea Lions floating beside us or sunbathing on the rocks. There were also thousands of birds. After the boat trip we jumped on a bus and explored the Peninsula before ending with lunch at a beautiful bay.
During my first night in Pisco they had a beauty pagent float going through the main Square which was a pretty odd site but got all the locals pretty reved up.

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