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  • Day81

    Today was moving day with our bus leaving at 12:10pm so we were in no rush to do anything. We went for breakfast which again was made fresh when we sat up to the bar and it was great scrambled egg, coffee and juice.

    We packed our bags and vacated the room around 10 to sit out and wait to get a taxi.

    Our bus was only an hour or so to Paracas but they still fed us. We had Chinese style rice and chicken (similar vibe to the night before) and chocolate cake for desert. We barely had time to finish lunch and an Inka Cola before we arrived in Paracas. It was a 10 minute walk to the hostel so we didn't bother with a taxi but that didn't stop about 10 beeping their horns at us whilst walking and screaming out the window 'taxi taxi'.

    The hostel was only a stones throw away from the beach so once we had set our bags down in the room we changed into our beach attire and headed out for some sunbathing. It still gets pretty chilly on the coast when the sun goes down so we headed back for a shower before dinner.

    I was craving a nice burger and chips for dinner and luckily the number two restaurant on trip advisor was a burger joint! We ordered food and smoothies which came out in a giant goblet along with giant straw to go with it. It was like a meal on its own!!

    We headed back to the hostel after for some Suits on Netflix and an early night.
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  • Day18

    16/05/2017-17/05/2017 Paracas and The Islas Ballestas: “The Poor Man's Galapagos”

    We have been using a company called Peru Hop to get around via bus. The buses are comfortable and clean with English speaking tour guides, and cover the areas that we want to go, which has made travelling very easy (so far!).

    We got to Paracas on Tuesday, where we visited Paracas National Reserve. This is an area of desert landscape, which has been reserved to protect the extensive wildlife, in particular birds. The beaches have a red sand which is because of the underwater volcanoes, which are still active. The lava causes the sand to be red. The nature reserve also has lots of archaeological significance, with remains found there dating back to 6500BC. We visited the museum and saw some of the human remains found in the site. Some of the skulls had holes drilled into them due to brain surgery, and also in the museum were the original tools used to perform the surgery... it was quite gruesome.

    The following day, we took an early morning boat trip to the Islas Bastellas, otherwise known as “the poor man's Galapagos”. On this trip we saw many more birds, including vast amounts of pelicans, sea lions and one penguin. Unfortunately we didn't see any dolphins. The islands themselves were not particularly attractive, and although we have not been there, not comparable to the Galapagos Islands. The waves were particularly strong and was a little hairy given how close we were to the rocks!
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  • Day222

    Fr, 07.04. Nasca & Ica/Huacachina
    This country surprised me even more from Nazca onwards: for me, Peru was always about high mountains, high altitude from 3,000m and more, thus cold, rainy and unpredictable weather incl hail and snow as well as the potential danger of altitude sickness; Inka temples and Andinian people.
    Arequipa was despite almost winter time already quite hot but at least still mountaineous. Nazca was now only at an altitude of 200m and with 30-38* only the beginning of roughly one hot summer feeling week at sea level.
    After around 10h I arrived in Nazca at 6am. There is not too much to see in the town itself and most people including me only shortly pass by to see the UNESCO World Heritage Nazca lines. These are gigantic lines in the desert from a Pre-Inkan culture that can only be clearly and all seen from the air. However, as I did not want to spend $90 to see 23 lines I decided to visit the 11m high tower for 2S and 3S bus ride located on Panamericana Sur that was created by the German Maria Reiche. The tower is indeed directly located on this highway 25km north of Nazca somewhere in the middle of nowhere and you can easily see the 3 figures 'Manos' (hands, 45m), 'Arbol' (tree, 84m) and 'Lagarto' (lizard, 110m). As already mentioned, there are 23 in total on a surface of 50km2, with the smallest being 39 and the biggest 290m. I arrived there quite early around 07:30am as first and only one, spent around 45m there including breakfast and dixi toilet and then took the next 2,5h bus to Ica.
    The lines were kind of interesting to see but I really don't understand the hype about it and was glad that the Mirador was on the way and hardly cost me anything ;)

    Ica or the oasis Huacachina are the place with the biggest sand dunes and only desert oasis in South America. It is the perfect for action 4WD races in dune buggys up and down dunes the size of mountains and my 1h trip was absolutely amazing, better than some rollercoasters and we had a speed of up to 90km/h along the up to 100m high dunes ;) Similar to Namibia and Australia you can also do sandboarding here.
    My hostel was also superb: super small family run by a mother and her daughter incl scrambled eggs for breakfast, hammocks, Spanish music etc for my nice budget of max 20S/roughly 5,50€ - plus, as I am travelling in low season it was almost empty apart from 2 Belgian guys so that I was upgraded from a 4 to a 2-bed dorm which I finally used on my own :)
    Before I went to the a.m. sand dunes we also visited some other places in this tour such as the town itself. Ica is also known as 'Tierra del sol enterno' as the sun is shining all year round and it is always warm. That is the reason for all buildings at Plaza de Armas being yellow, the two obelisks representing the 2 pre-Inkan cultures Nazca and Paracas. There is also a popular church and temple which have both been destroyed by a strong earthquake in 2007, a fact you can still see today.
    After that we were informed about the Pisco production, Peru's typical national drink and tasted the original as well as 7 other flavours (2 red, 2 white ones, Pisco Sour, 2 cream ones). The typical Pisco is btw only cultivated in the 5 regions Arequipa, Ica, Lima, Quitos and Trujillo. Ui, tasting 45% alcohol in the heat of 38* around 2:30pm was maybe not the best idea for me being such a small tiny, not really alcohol consuming person but strangely enough my stomach felt better afterwards, it must have killed everything :P
    We then went to a Panaderia to taste local sweets and pastries before visiting the 'Parque de las Brujas' (witches park) in the only 15-20 people village Cachiche listening to interesting witches stories and seeing palm trees shaped as animals. There you will also find the 400y old 'Palma de 7 cabezas' (7 headed palm tree) which can otherwise only be seen in North Africa.
    And then we were already in the oasis and a.m. adventure - it was really good, the only thing to complain about is all the plastic garbage - Peru is already trying to improve that with waste separation, bins and signs but is still at the beginning.

    Sa, 08.04. Ica & Paracas/Islas Ballestas
    After a delicious egg breakfast I continued to Paracas in the morning, now being like Lima at sea level. Paracas is a super sweet small village directly located at the sea, its main income is fishing + tourism and it is especially known for the 'Islas Ballestas' - an island group often also called 'The Poor Man's Galapagos'.
    It is an island group roughly 20m by boat from Paracas in the Pacific Ocean and home to thousands of birds such as pelicans and Inka terns as well as mammals such as penguins, sea lions, dolphins. Fortunately, the islands are protected, you are not supposed to walk or swim there.
    This being said I had a lot of luck on my morning tour: after 5m already there were 10-12 dolphins swimming right next to us, we then saw a lot of sea lions jumping out of the water, dozens of pelicans and passed the peninsula with the 300m big cacteen drawn into the desert sand, similar to the Nazca lines and Paracas' landmark. The islands and rock formations were incredible, I have seldomly seen such an awesome natural spectacle with so unbelievably many birds and sea life - there were so many of them you could hardly see the rocks and we even saw a lot of baby sea lions, such an incredible experience :)))
    After that we continued from the harbour to the national park 'Reserva Nacional' through incredibly big and high stone dunes. There we first saw the 'Playa Roja' (Red Beach), then 'Playa Lagunilla' as well as 'Playa La Mina' - super beautiful beaches and landscapes and at the last one we could also finally say 'Vamos - a la playa' and spent almost 1,5h swimming and relaxing there ;)

    So, 09.04. Paracas & Lima
    As Paracas is such a small village or rather a bay there are unfortunately not many bus companies. However, the usually really expensive but biggest, most known and quite popular amongst both tourists and backpackers company 'Cruz del Sur' had a super good offer for only 36S which was even the same price than the local Peru Bus so I decided to take the luxus variant this time for the 4h bus ride to Peru's capital Lima. Well, the seats are a bit wider and more comfortable, the blanket is thicker (but also needed with these fridge temperatures) and there is even a TV on every seat incl headphones - which doesn't help a lot when the person in front of you is in a 180* position and they also weren't punctual - so I could not really understand the hype and dearer prices of this company, especially as the buses in Peru are in general very good. Concerning the landscape there were yellow sand mountains on the East and dunes with sea view on the West.
    In Lima itself I stayed 4-5h at the bus terminal before heading further north into the trekking heaven and thus high mountain area Huaraz; I am anyway not that interested in the capital and might be able to still meet Benjamin on the way back (the upper north is unfortunately still blocked and I might have to fly from Lima). Moreover, 'Semana Santa', the Holy Easter Week would start which would certainly unfortunately result in higher prices everywhere plus I was hopefully not yet declimatised ;)
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  • Day93

    En début d'après-midi nous sommes arrivés à Paracas et nous n'avons pas perdu de temps! En effet à peine arrivé nous avons trouvé un hostel et décidé de nous ballader dans la ville, en nous renseignant auprès d'une des agences de tour nous décidons de faire le tour du désert en buggy 2 places. Le tour était déjà parti et nous avions donc tout juste 10min pour retourner à l'hostel nous changer pour le tour. Cela ne nous à pas fait peur et en un rien de temps nous étions prêts pour l'aventure :)
    La Réserve de Paracas est une grande zone naturelle protégée située au Sud de la ville de Pisco. Le mot “paracas” vient de la langue quechua et veut dire “pluie de sable”, il fût utilisé pour indiquer ce lieu où soufflent des vents forts en soirée. La Réserve de Paracas s’entend sur 335.000 hectares et représente un des écosystèmes les plus importants de la planète
    Au tout dèbut nous nous serions cru à La Franquie avec une Tram à plus de 80km/h. On s'est prit du sable plein la tête car le vent venait de face et le guide qui nous devançait nous envoyait plein de poussière dans la tête. Nous avons donc vite pris nos distances avec lui et ce fut beaucoup mieux ;)
    Le désert était magnifique (en plus avec le couché du soleil nous avions de très belles couleurs). Nous avons fait 3 stops pendant la balade: un pour voir un rocher qui ressemble à une cathédrale (la partie qui le reliait à la terre s'est effondrée en 2007), un second pour profiter d'une plage très jolie et où nous avons pu ramasser des pierres ponses (pour nos futures séances spas maison), et enfin un dernier sur une plage de sable rouge (cette plage est protégée et personne ne peut y marcher ou s'y baigner car le sédiment rouge ne se régénère pas). Nous sommes rentré à l'hostel décoiffés mais avec de belles images pleins la tête!
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  • Day93

    Ce matin nous sommes allés voir led iles balestas en bateau et on à même pas été malade 😜🙌🏻
    Ces iles sont le refuge de milliers d'oiseaux et de lions de mer. C'était hyper impressionnant de voir toute cette vie réunit sur un si petit rocher (pas un seul mètre carré n'était sans oiseau), nous avons même pû admirer des pinguins qui se sont acclimaté à l'eau chaude de la région! La roche qui est volcanique est à l'origine de couleur rouge, mais avec toutes les fientes d'oiseaux elle apparaît jaune/blanche. L'odeur était donc très difficile à supporter selon l'orientation du vent. Ces excréments qui sont un des meilleur fertilisant au monde sont vendu et exporter en Angleterre (l'ironie veut que le Pérou soit obliger d'acheter et d'importer un fertilisant chimique pour sob agriculture auprès des USA...).Read more

  • Day91

    Paracas - ein kleiner Ort am Pazifik. Wir freuen uns endlich mal am Meer zu sein und auf unsere Pazifiktaufe am winzigen Strand hier. Trotz Meer sind wir doch immer noch mitten in der Wüste. Das fällt uns besonders auf, als wir das Naturreservat auf der kleinen Halbinsel bei Paracas besuchen. Die Landschaft ist recht unspektakulär, da alles aus Sand und Steinen besteht. Doch die Küste hier im Reservat ist wirklich einen Besuch wert. Es gibt viele beeindruckende Felsformationen zu sehen. Hier sieht man auch mal richtig wie die Wüste in Form eines roten Strandes am Meer endet.
    Etwa eine halbe Stunde Fahrt mit dem Speedboot entfernt liegen die Ballestas Islands (berühmt für den Abbau von Guano) . Die sogenannten Galapagosinseln für Arme. Hier können wir Massen an Vögeln beobachten, wie beispielsweise Pelikane, Pinguine und Kormorane. Und Seelöwen können wir auch mal wieder aus der Nähe bewundern. Ein toller Ausflug!
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  • Day18

    Les esclaves des espagnols

    Nous sommes allés visiter une magnifique maison coloniale construite par les conquistadors. Rapidement, la main d'oeuvre locale a été remplacée, dans les champs de coton  et de canne à sucre, par des esclaves d'origine africaine, plus grands, plus costauds et  qui ne coûtaient rien. Sous la maison, il avait plein de galeries souterraines comme un labyrinthe. C'était extrêmement poussiéreux : on n'arrêtait pas de tousser. À un moment nous sommes entrés dans une toute petite pièce très chaude. Nous étions 24 et nous ne pouvions pas rester dans la pièce sans nous toucher. À l'époque, on y mettait 50 esclaves dans le noir complet, pendant 1 à 15 jours. Ils essayaient souvent de s'échapper mais c'était très dur car comme je le disais tout à l'heure les galeries étaient un vrai labyrinthe. Mais certains y arrivaient. Tous avaient un tatouage au fer rouge pour que quand ils s'échappaient les gens qui les voyaient puissent les ramener à leur propriétaire. Quand ils s'échappaient et étaient retrouvés entre 1 et 7 jours, on les fouettait pendant 2 jours. La porte avait des trous car comme ça les autres esclaves pouvaient les entendre crier et ils avaient moins envie de s'échapper. De 7 à 10 jours, on leur coupait un membre (sans anesthésie). Retrouvés au bout de plus de 10 jours, ils  étaient tués devant tous les autres esclaves.


    PS) les photos n'ont rien à voir avec l'article comme vous l'aurez compris ! Il s'agit de la réserve nationale de Paracas.
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  • Day13

    10.-13. Juni 2017

    Die Fahrt von Lima nach Paracas dauerte knapp 4 Stunden. Ausserhalb von Lima und die ganze Küste südwärts gibt es viele Slums, Hühnerfarmen und Industrien. Zum Glück haben wir uns gegen einen Stop in Pisco entschieden, beim Durchfahren sahen wir nur Lehm, Sand und sonst nicht viel. Paracas ist auf Touristen ausgelegt; bereits am Busterminal wollen sie alle möglichen Touren verkaufen. Wir haben uns aber wacker geschlagen, sind auf kein Angebot hereingefallen und finalmente mit unserem Hab und Gut im ein Kilometer entfernten Hostel "Icthus" angekommen.

    Das Hostel ist herzig, sauber und hell; eine angenehme Überraschung. Und unser Papiereimer (Toilettenpapier niemals ins WC werfen, Verstopfungsgefahr!) hat einen Pandabärkopf als Deckel:))). Natürlich ist es hellhörig und das Gehupe, das hier allgegenwärtig ist, ist immer hörbar. Das ist aber normal hier und wir werden uns daran gewöhnen. Der Köter, der in der ersten Nacht stundenlang gebellt hat, hätte allerdings nicht sein müssen.

    Auch Paracas ist von Wüste umgeben, was wir eindrücklich auf unserer Velotour gesehen haben. Bei der Bikeübergabe machte es uns schon etwas hellhörig, als wir zuerst eine Schnellinfo bezüglich Kettenreparatur erhielten. Auch die Ersatzkette und der Ersatzschlauch ohne Pumpe stimmten uns nicht wirklich zuversichtlich. Trotz allem Rost ist aber alles gut gegangen.

    Hauptattraktion dieser Region sind die "Islas Ballestas", Inselgruppen, die Tausende von Vögel, weit weniger Pinguine und Seelöwen beherbergen. Sehr eindrücklich! Der Vogeldreck (Guano) wird alle 8 Jahre abgebaut und als Dünger verwendet. Man ist auch gut beraten, wenn man auf dem Boot (an Land gehen kann man nicht) einen Hut trägt, die Vögel haben's nicht so mit zielen.

    Wir haben uns entschieden, von hier direkt nach Arequipa weiterzureisen und die Nazcalinien erst auf dem Rückweg zu bestaunen. Wir wollen jetzt erst mal in die Sonne und vor allem in die Spanischschule :). Vor uns liegt nun eine 13-stündige Busfahrt, die wir aber für über Nacht gebucht haben. Man darf gespannt sein, ob wir morgen noch alle Gepäckstücke beisammen haben.

    Memories: Suti flickt jeden Tag Kleider (T-Shirts, Unterwäsche); Lavabo-Stöpsel wäre hilfreich; Ceviche mixta naja; Bier-Weisswein wähhhh-Pisco Happyhour-ganzer gegrillter Fisch oder wie man 4 Stunden im gleichen Lokal verbringt; 1. Mal joggen; 1. Mal Sonne in Peru; 1. Teil Panamericana gemacht; Lessons learned (Bikes, Preise Shops für Wasser etc. -> vergleichen!)
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  • Day3

    Taigi pradedam aiškintis kas tas Peru ir su kuo jis valgomas. Ogi valgomas su ispanais. ir jei tau ši kalba nėra visai žinoma gali būti sudėtinga arba bent jau juokinga. panikuoti ar metus lankyti kursų nereikia , bet bent porą žodžių mokėti būtų neprošal, nors taip sakant ir be jų išgyvenama. kaip kad kollas darom mes. Perujiečiai mano nuostabai ir kaikurių blogų paneigimui labai maonūs žmonės. visi sveikinasi visi kažką pasakoja ir klausinėja. suprantu tiktiek kiek leidžia žinios iš muilo operų. still.. sugebėjom dukart užsisakyti autobuso bilietus, ir dvi ekskursijas. pasiekimas! Sunkiau buvo neturistinej kavinėj... meniu nei vieno zodzio. pazistamu carne ir pollo ir tu neradom.. padaveja nei zodzio anglu.. :) teko zaist loterija. visai gerai laimėjom! tik iki siol nežinom kieno šonkauliai ten buvo. nes pagal dydį arba žiurkės arba šuns :/ Nors viešbučio recepcionistas ramina kad greičiausiai mažo eriuko.. ufff.Read more

  • Day3

    Parkas šiek tiek skambiai pasakyta... nes jei ką ir rasi čia tai trijų rušių smėlį. Raudoną geltoną ir baltą :))) Kitaip sakant.. dykuma. DIDŽIULĖ! Šimtus kilometrų besitesianti. Vidurį jos ir gyvenom dirbtinai atgaivintam kaimelyje prie vandenyno. o toliau beribės smėlio platumos. Kaip minėjau kaimelis niekuo neįpatingas.Gal 100 gyventojų ir tiekpat turistų. viskas gyva tik atvykeliais. Ačiū Dievui susigundėme papramogauti ir daug žadantį 5val dviračių tripą dviese po dykumą iškeitėme į baladojimasi Buggi'u. ir žinokit keturračiai arba bugis the best opcija. Pamatai tą patį o nereik minti dviračiu, nereik sedėti su grupe maršrutkėj, ir svarbiausia nereik kaisti atviroje saulėje kurios ten neatimsi ;) Vienintelis ko reik tai dušas poto. Burna akys visas kūnas surūs ir oranžiniai. Smėlio neradom tik triusikuose :)Read more

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