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  • Day6

    Lunch stop

    May 31, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    After the flight over the Nazca lines we stopped at this amazing hotel right on the beach, Hotel La Hacienda Bahia Paracas, for lunch. Had Aroz Paracas, which is a sort of seafood paella 😋

    Stuart Allan

    Dare I ask what delicacy this is

    6/4/18Reply
    Robert Allan

    It's Aroz Paracas, like a seafood paella, and this is a baby octopus

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  • Day6

    Nazca lines

    May 31, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Then it was off to the Nazca lines, a 35 minute flight. We then descended to roughly 700 ft above the ground, turning sharply left and right over each of the hieroglyphs, so that both sides of the plane could see them. This lasted for about half an hour, and it didn't take long before two of the female passengers were ill.Read more

    Stuart Allan

    What's the long lines?

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    Robert Allan

    They're not sure what they represent, some think routes of underground aquifers, others that they copy the stars

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  • Day6

    Pisco Airport

    May 31, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We then arrived at Pisco International Airport, with a very modern, fairly large terminal building. But there were only a couple of cars, and inside only a few airport staff.

    It turns out the airport is used as a backup to Lima, when it's closed or has serious days due to the thick fog which is common. This area is one of the driest areas of Perú and very rarely encounters fog.

    We had to do the normal airport activities, check-in, go through security and go to the departure lounge.

    Prior to going through security we went upstairs where there was a very good exhibition about the Nazca lines, the local Pisco drink, and the immigration of African slaves to the local area during Spanish conquistador times.
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    Stuart Allan

    Usain Bolt does it differently

    6/4/18Reply
    Stuart Allan

    From Wikipedia apparently In Peru and other countries, pisco is a "designation of origin" that is reserved for the alcoholic beverage belonging to a variety of grape aguardiente produced in Peru since the late 16th century.[1

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    Stuart Allan

    Busy airport

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    Robert Allan

    The destination is a sore head if you drink too many 😂

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  • Day6

    Pisco

    May 31, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Another early morning start for a tour to the Nazca lines. This required a four hour drive to Pisco. The first hour and a half was through the fog, and quite hilly terrain. Then it changed to flat open planes of sand, and the weather changed to bright sunshine.

    Quick stop in the centre of the city, home of Pisco sours, just long enough to get a photo.

    ¡Vamos Perú!
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    Stuart Allan

    Is this part of the Paracas?

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    Robert Allan

    This is on the road to Paracas, just huge sand dunes

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  • Day4

    Stadio Nacional, Lima

    May 29, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Quiet day today, building up to the Perú against Scotland game in the national stadium. Traffic to the game was horrendous taking us almost two hours to go 5 km.

    Stuart Allan

    I thought Paddington was an adopted Londoner

    6/4/18Reply
    Stuart Allan

    You could have marched the 5k in 45 minutes

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    Stuart Allan

    Is that the Tartan Army headquarters in Lima?

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  • Day3

    Road from Caral

    May 28, 2018 in Peru

    An interesting drive along this extremely bumpy road. Coming across workers in the fields, goat herds blocking the road, and a Toyota Hilux upside-down in the front area of a farmers house, after speeding along and somersaulting after hitting a huge hole. Missed that photo.Read more

  • Day3

    Caral

    May 28, 2018 in Peru

    Today's tour had a very early pick-up, 5:10am, then a 2 hour drive north of Lima, before an hours drive along a very bumpy road for 23km to Caral.

    I'd never heard of Caral before researching this trip. It was discovered from aerial photographs in 1984, buried under sand dunes. From that time to the present they've unearthed a whole city of pre-incan pyramids and buildings, all dating from 3000-1200 BC, making it the oldest city in all the Americas.

    They pyramids surround the main plaza, and were used for giving offerings to the gods. Alongside the pyramids were buildings made of stone, denoting the residence of a very important person, usually a preist. The commoners lived in wooden huts, long since disappeared. It was estimated to have a population of 3000 people, and was located 23km from the sea along the 44km long Supe valley which ended in the Andes. The valley was used as a trade route with many objects bartered. Flutes made from Condor and Pelican bones were discovered in a circular acoustic amphitheater on the site. The site has survived due to the very dry climate in the valley.

    Many part's of the city are still to be unearthed from the piles of sand.
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