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Paracas, Ballestas Islands, Huacachina

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Early morning again and 4 hour drive to the Ballestas Islands, commonly referred to as the poor mans Galapagos. Which was a pretty good description as for only 5 Soles ($2) you can get in a large speed boat and trip out to the Islands and cruise around them taking pictures of the seals, penguins and lots of birds (they farm guano from the island every 4 years or so).

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Somelines drawn into the rocks/sand on the way out to the Islands, could it be aliens? hmm

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After this we jumped back in the truck for the remainder of the journey to Huacachina for sand boarding and dune buggying (no jumps unfortunately even though our driver was having a few beers before we left, we had high hopes of some action). Sand boarding was pretty fun when you ignore the locals on how to do it (learnt that after the first downhill trip where I lost a bit of skin on the forearms). After the fun of sand boarding we drove to a campsite in the desert to have BBQ dinner and sleep under the stars after consuming lots of Pisco (local brew) and Coke.

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We were up early and found ourselves sleeping in a mist where we couldn't see more than 50m in any direction,
luckily the local drivers of the buggies knew they way out without seeing where they were actually going.

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Misty Morning Packing up our gear.

Posted by Tony's Travels 05:27 Archived in Peru Tagged islands ballastas

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