Galapagos too expensive?
Of course they are. The solution is to visit the "Poor Man’s Galapagos," otherwise known as the Ballestas Islands, just off the coast from Paracas.
In one 20hour tour, we saw seals, sea lions, penguins, and innumerable birds, including the Peruvian cormorant and the red-footed booby. We even met a school of dolphins on the return journey.
The huge fish factories on the 20-minute bus ride from Pisco hint at the reason for this diversity. Warm and cold sea currents clash at this point, generating perfect conditions for fish to thrive. And where the fish thrive, what feeds on them will flourish.
The connection with the Galapagos is no fl...Read More