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A Visit to Poo Island


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We finally made it to back to Lima! We arrived at our hotel just as our tour group briefing was beginning, so thankfully even with the 28 hour delay we didn’t miss anything. For the next 21 days we will be a group of 19 travelling together from Lima to La Paz.

After a good nights sleep in Lima (finally in a room with a fan! whoop whoop) and a lazy morning, we made the 3 hour drive down to Paracas. Our guide (Jesus) had said we were going on a ‘public bus’, so in all of our minds we were expecting a mini van, too many people and some chickens. BUT what we actually got was a pretty swanky coach, with comfy reclining seats, snacks, an onboard bathroom and movies – it certainly wasn’t a bad way to travel!

Paracas is on the coast, so we arrived into a sea-side town to find water front restaurants and lots of souvenir shops. We had a short wander around, watched the sunset and then had a group dinner together at a roof top restaurant. Our group is a great mix of nationalities – 3 Aussies, 1 Kiwi, 2 Irish, 5 English, 4 Scandinavian, 2 European, 1 Canadian and our Peruvian guide. There are 3 couples in the group (which we were relieved about) and ages range from 22 to mid 30’s, so we are excited for a pretty fun trip ahead.

The next morning a small group of us headed to the harbour to visit the Ballastas Islands, which is a national reserve approx. 30 min by boat from shore. We learnt once we had boarded and set sail that they island is also known as ‘poo island’ due to the number of birds that are there and wowzers it certainly lived up to it’s name! It smelt horrendous. However it was worth the stink to see all the wildlife – penguins, sealions and Peruvian boobies (which is a type of seabird). There were hundreds of all of them, nearly every inch of the rock formations were covered in some kind of animal.

After sailing around the islands for about an hour we headed back to land and then it was already time to pack our bags and move on to the next place.

Next stop Ica and Nasca.

Posted by sdyzart 16:46 Archived in Peru Tagged animals birds boats honeymoon #travel paracus #southamerica #peru #mrandmra

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