Peru Journals

Peru Part 1

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A travel journal to Peru by Essexgirl09

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: From my trip to Peru, August 2009.

Islas Ballestas Reserve

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Attraction | "Penguins and Poo"

Islas Ballestas Reserve Photo, Ica, Peru
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The Ballestas Islands are a small group of islands, situated just off a small peninsula about three and a half hours drive south of Lima. They are well known for their marine birdlife and boat tours can be arranged. Ours was included in our holiday. Arriving at El Chaco port within the Paracas Marine Reserve we had some time before the boat, so had a little walk along the beach. There are pelicans on the beach and some tour groups have included the opportunity to feed them. I had done this elsewhere, so was content just to wander around the small, waterfront stretch of shops and cafes. Upon joining our boat we were all given life jackets and the speedboat set off. It was a bumpy an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2010

Islas Ballestas Reserve
Islas Ballestas
Ica, Peru

Ica Regional Museum

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Attraction | "Small But Interesting Museum"

Ica Regional Museum Photo, Ica, Peru
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This is a small, but quite interesting museum in the town of Ica. The town is in the region of Ica, which starts on the coast, but the town itself is inland and about four hours drive from Lima. You can get tourist flights here from Lima, this is because it is also the gateway to the Nazca Lines and scenic flights can be taken from the nearby airport (more of an airfield!). It was quite an important area in its day and the various cultures that have inhabited the region are featured: Paracas, Nasca, Wari (Huari), Chincha, and Inca. Before going to Peru I knew that the Incas had been the culture that had been significant in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest, what I hadn’t realised is ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2010

Ica Regional Museum

Ica, Peru

Lake Huacachina Oasis

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Attraction | "Mid-Afternoon at the Oasis"

Lake Huacachina Oasis Photo, Ica, Peru
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After an educational morning at the Regional Museum in Ica, we went for some fun in the afternoon at the Huacachina Oasis. The Oasis is a small lake in the middle of a desert full of sand dunes. It is now a family resort but there are sand dune based adventure activities that you can participate in, and this is what we did. The cost of this little excursion was approximately US$70. First of all we boarded dune buggies – open sided jeeps with protective bars around. They are quite high up so difficult for us shorter people to get in and out of. You are strapped in tightly with a harness that goes over you shoulders and fastens between your legs. I recommend wearing reasonably thick tr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 18, 2010

Lake Huacachina Oasis
Lago Huacachina
Ica, Peru

Chauchilla Cemetery

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Attraction | "Death Valley"

Chauchilla Cemetery Photo, Nazca, Peru
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Chauchilla Cemetery is in the middle of nowhere, off the Pan-American Highway, near Nazca. After you turn off the highway you travel for what seems like ages into barren lands. There is no other civilisation around here, and the land is flat and dry with a few hills in the distance. Eventually we made it to the cemetery and it really is like nothing I expected. When our guide told us that we were going to see some pre-Inca tombs, I didn’t realise that they would be 2000 years old and with the clothed skeletons still in place! Sadly over the years the site had been pilfered by grave robbers who took all the valuables and a lot of the artefacts, scattering bits of bones all over the pla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2010

Chauchilla Cemetery
Near Poroma Riverbed
Nasca, Peru

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "City of the Incas"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca site built in the 1450s but abandoned about a century later (possibly due to an epidemic). It remained a mystery to the outside world, known only to locals until American explorer Hiram Bingham re-discovered it only in 1911. It has since become one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world and was recently voted one of the seven new wonders of the world. I went as part of an organised tour and we travelled from just outside Cusco, by train, to the incredibly unattractive and touristy town of Aguas Calientes (‘hot waters’ in Spanish, due to nearby hot springs). The journey itself is quite pleasant, but long and slow and takes about three hours....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 14, 2010

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site
Above The Urubamba Valley
Cusco Region, Peru