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Paracas to the border

    After the Nazca lines we decided to take in some of Peru’s natural beauty with a stop at Paracas and Islas Ballestas – and the sea lions and birds. We’ve never seen so many birds. The island is black – covered in ‘guano’ birds – gulls, blue footed boobies, cormorants and pelicans. The ‘guano’ is sold as fertilizer.             We saw many seals in Antarctica but we’ve never seen so many as here. We can hear some grunting and then we see the …

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Peru – the Nazca lines

From Cuzco we headed to the coast and Nazca where the inexplicable lines lie in the desert – drawings of animals, birds and men etched in the sand thousands of years ago. Why is the question many have tried to answer but none have succeeded. We know the ride down to Nazca is going to be a long one but we don’t expect more than 600 ks of winding roads making their way through the mountains. We ride up in to the clouds where the temperature drops to 0.5 degrees …

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Peru – the wonders of the ancient worlds – Puno & Cuzco

February 18 to March 8 Peru holds one of the highlights of any visit to South America – Machu Picchu, but there is so much more to this country.   We entered from the south, heading straight to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world – a mass of water it shares with Bolivia. From Puno we explore the reed islands where people live as they have lived for thousands of years on islands made of reeds that literally float on the lake. …