Nazca Lines, Paracas and Ballestas Islands

Nazca Lines, Paracas and Ballestas Islands

Ana reporting from her mobile office in Paracas:

Yesterday I arrived early in the morning by bus in the city of Nazca. The town  looks pretty small and there were a lot of kiosks with locals enjoying breakfast (a type of soup with meat, noddles, veggies, etc!) 
I wanted to have breakfast but my guide said that it wasn’t a good idea because we were going directly to fly over the Nazca Lines and the flight could make me dizzy and nauseaous! 
We went to the airport (actually it is an aerodrome!) which is only used for the flights to the famous  pictorials! There are only 8 companies that offer the flights. There used to be more but since the government started to check on the security and conditions of the planes a couple of years ago, only the safer and better ones can work now!
After a little bit of wait they called us to embark. I was the only Spanish-speaking/Latina apart from the pilots. Everybody else was from Japan! So it was quite an experience. The flight is approximately 30 minutes and you can see 12 figures, apart from other lines , the plane flew over each figure twice so passengers from the right and left could see them. It was really amazing to be able to see these lines that we still don’t know how and why they are there. There are different hypotheses but nothing 100 % sure. Regardless why they are there,  it’s incredible to see them knowing that they have been there for centuries!
After the flight I had a day use at a hotel called Majoro. It was a great idea because I didn’t sleep too much on the bus and I had another bus to Paracas in the afternoon! 
The ride from Nazca to Paracas takes about 3 hours in a very comfortable bus from Cruz del Sur company. The check-in was organized like in an airport and the security was checking all of us. 
Once in Paracas I  went to my hotel, located just a few meters from the ocean. 
The town is very small, still with the feeling of old beaches where not so many tourists come… The population is about 2000 people but it’s getting more popular with travelers because of its national Reserve Paracas; the sand and desert activities like sandboarding, buggies;  and new hotels coming in like the one I am visiting right now:  Hotel Paracas, a luxury resort. It has great location and 5* service. And by the way, super tasty Pisco sour:)
This morning I went to the Ballestas Islands located 1/2 hour by boat from Paracas. The excursion lasted 2 hours total but we were able to see lots of the incredible birds, Peruvian Booby (like the one we saw in Galapagos but with brown feet instead of blue!) penguins, sea lions, more birds… I really enjoyed it and was amazed by the quantity of animals inhabiting these few islands! 
We also saw the candelabra, a unique figure on the land that some related to the Nazca lines but again, we dont know for sure! 
The excursion does not stop on any of the islands, so we just  saw them from the boat and rode around. 
I thought about how lucky I was to be able to see all these things during this trip! How many great places we can enjoy and how much responsibility we have to preserve these natural wonders. 
I am going back to Lima this afternoon were I will see my friends Charo and Publio and have dinner at a local Peña. Then back to LA tomorrow morning. Looking forward to seeing my husband and being able to prepare better trips for my  clients so they can experience all of these amazing places too:)

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