Wildlife galore in Pisco / Basllesteras

Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
Trip End Mar 13, 2011

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

A very early 6am departure from Lima saw us begin with the new truck "Jack", which is the pride of the Tucan fleet. Normally used on for the more expensive “Discovery tours” it is a big Mercedes 34 seater which is surprisingly spacious but lacks a little in ventilation.

The group settled into their “preferred” seats and soon we were rattling down the Pan-American highway towards the coastal town of Pisco and the “poor mans Galapagos” Ballesteras islands.

We met Fabi and Duncan (our old tour leader and driver) in their new Kumuka blue truck at Pisco and were happy to swap beginning of the new trip gossip and stories.

We then all jumped onto a speed boat to do a tour of the Ballesteras islands and the local candelabra etching into the ground. It is said to be a navigational symbol dating back hundreds of years, but looks very much like a cactus.

We then continued onto the islands where there were thousands of birds (so many species including boobies, pelicans, vultures, penguins) and many many sea lions. We spent a good hour drifting around the islands trying to snap the wildlife and holding our noses from all the Guano! In fact the fertiliser forms a large part of the Peruvian economy as it is very expensive and exported around the world.

Our favourites I think were of course the sea lions, but the pelicans were also amazing to watch and the penguins waddling along the rocks were very cute. It as a very hot day, so sitting in the sun in the boat meant we had to put on loads of sunscreen. The ride was about 90minutes, and we returned to a sandwich lunch prepared by our tour leader and driver (Max and Scott). Think we need to get a decent sanitation process in place as it was quite relaxed for our first couple of meals.

We carried on our drive southwards to the desert Oasis of Huacachina and arrived in the early afternoon.
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