Poor Man´s Galapagos

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We decided to venture out to the Islas Ballastas aka Poor man´s Galapagos ( poor cause it costs five dollars instead of a couple of hundred dollars to experience it...).

The wildlife was spectacular...hundreds and HUNDREDS of sealions lined the rocky beaches around these small islands...and thousands upon thousands of exotic birds and Penguins. The whole experience was definately an olfactory overload with the sheer quantity of guano (bird poo) that covers...and we think even forms some of these islands...in some places on the islands the guano is meant to reach 50 metres in depth...its hard to believe, but its true! Guano is meant to make a fab fertilizer, and was actually Peru´s number one export during the 19th century...nice.

In the afternoon we went to see the pink flamingos in the Paracas National Reserve, which is one of the driest deserts in the world with less than 2mm of rainfall a year...it´s bizarre because a lot of the coast of Peru seems to be desert...its just weird seeing a desert alongside the ocean...doesn´t seem right somehow. We ended up seeing two tiny pink dots in the far distance...if we used our imagination, we could kinda see that they might be flamingoes.


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