Ballestas Islands

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Candelabro of the Andes

  Had a fast breakfast and loaded up on our small bus and went south of Pisco to catch a moterboat to see the Ballestas Islands, a National Reserve .  On the way to the islands we went by a large figurine on the side of a hill that is so large it can be seen from 10-12 miles out to sea.  It is known it was there when the Spanish came but no one seems to know who made it or when.  Does not seem related to the Nazca lines.  The picture looks like a candelabro and is known as the" Candelabro of the Andes"  but since candelabro's were not known in this part of the world back then who knows what it depicts.

  The Ballestas Islands are home to 160 species of birds including Humbodlt penquins, cormorants,boobies,and pelicans.--the sky is alive with the different birds flying around and the islands are covered with them too.  Are so many birds here that guano is harvested a couple of times a year to make furtilizer--Do not think I would want that job--dirty-backbreaking work.

Are mammals here too including Sea lions by the thousands,dolphins, and at times whales.

The trip took about two hours and I saw a number of places in town advertizing the trip.  Since we had just come from the Galapagos Islands Ann and I almost did not go but were happy we did as say a lot of wildlife and our boat captain told us a lot of history of the Islands

 

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Candelabro of the Andes
Candelabro of the Andes
Boat like the one we were in
Boat like the one we were in
Guano deposits
Guano deposits
Sea lions
Sea lions
sea lions
sea lions
the whole top of this island is ha…
the whole top of this island is h…
seal lions swiming
seal lions swiming
playing around our boat
playing around our boat
birds-birds-birds and more birds
birds-birds-birds and more birds
yep-birds
yep-birds
protected area in middle of islands
protected area in middle of islands
birds flying
birds flying
and more birds
and more birds
Humboldtpenquins
Humboldtpenquins
Humboldt penquins
Humboldt penquins
some type of scavenger looking for…
some type of scavenger looking fo…
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