Lima to Pisco
Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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Anyway, we departed Lima at the humane hour of 2pm
From the turn off, we boarded a comfortable van to a housing estate on the coast. The main reason for coming to Pisco is to visit the Ballistas Islands... home of a mind boggling array of wildlife, including sea lions, pelicans, seals and birds.
On Saturday morning, we hired a small boat and ventured out to the Ballistas Islands for 2 hours... I loved this part of the visit and can´t wait to get the photos on here... I took 140 photos. Surely there are some good ones! An abundance of fantastic wildlife... makes up for my non-visit to Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
In terms of value for money, the accommodation on this tour is far less superior than that experienced on the budget tours in China and Vietnam. We are having heaps of cold showers (if there is water at all... my current hotel has no water due to an electricity strike for 1 day) and many of the rooms are very small and cramped... some with musty smells. At least the tour is giving me the confidence, and added Spanish to embark on this continent independently... which I´m now very much looking forward to given that I´ve been on tour for 20 days now.
The food on the other hand has been absolutely superb... the country offers a full abundance of dishes similar to the standard offered in Australia. I´ve enjoyed pasta, seafood, chicken, steak and lots of beans, scrumptious salads and delicious desserts.