Las Islas Ballestas

I travelled south from Chiclayo to Paracas via bus and then onto Pisco in a taxi. I had to change buses in Lima, which involved a 3 hour wait. During the wait, I managed to fall out with the restaurant staff, who somehow had managed to lose my order. They seemed dumbfounded when I insisted on having my money back but eventually saw sense.

The journey overall took more than 21 hours during which I dozed a lot but I was very tired when I got to my hotel. I went out for dinner and then had an early night ready for an early start the next day to the Islas Ballestas, a marine wildlife sanctuary close to the coast.DSCN2491I was on a boat similar to this one. There are many boats that do the tour of the islands, which lasts about 2 hours.

DSCN2396The tour starts with a look at some of the other boats in the port…

DSCN2402…before moving quickly to the islands.

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DSCN2418There is a massive population of birds…

DSCN2430…seals and sea lions…

DSCN2422…and Humboldt penguins.

DSCN2448The islands were a source of guano for many years, which was exported around the world as fertilizer. The bird population is busy replenishing the stock.

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DSCN2465Affectionate…

DSCN2467and sharing.

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