Lima to Nazca

Leaving Lima seems like such a long time ago even though it was only 2 days ago. Exploring the Miraflores district as well as the Domingo Convent were both nice things to end on. Climbing the top of the bell tower in the convent gave a good view of the scope of the city and the convent itself reminded me of Seville – I did read that the tiles were exported from Seville so that may have been the reason!2017-04-IMG_14702017-04-IMG_14752017-04-IMG_14762017-04-IMG_14772017-04-IMG_14852017-04-IMG_14862017-04-IMG_15142017-04-IMG_15222017-04-IMG_15272017-04-IMG_1531Then moved to Paracas where there was a gorgeous sunset. The coach journey provided amazing scenery and comfort – I’m using the same company a few times so that was useful to know. Still a tad sunburnt – the sun is very strong!! Had a nice fish dinner (ceviche & Pisco sour) as right by the coast and chatted away until the late hours.2017-04-IMG_15482017-04-IMG_15452017-04-IMG_15532017-04-IMG_15552017-04-IMG_15582017-04-IMG_15622017-04-IMG_15502017-04-IMG_1534The next day, it was off on a boat to see some wildlife on the Ballestas Islands which included sea lions and penguins. Also visited a local vineyard which made Pisco wine as well as the spirit used in Pisco sours.2017-04-IMG_15802017-04-IMG_15972017-04-IMG_16082017-04-IMG_16312017-04-IMG_16352017-04-IMG_1642
Some of the wine was really nice! Then off to Huacachina to do some sand boarding in the most amazing dunes that seemed to go on forever! I was a little tentative as I’m not amazing with throwing myself off from a height but had to remind myself that it was only sand. The buggy ride was great fun.


​​​Then a long ride to Nazca where I went on a biplane and saw the most incredible Nazca lines. The different shapes were sometimes difficult to see but ok once you got used to it.2017-04-IMG_17052017-04-IMG_17112017-04-IMG_17172017-04-IMG_17222017-04-IMG_17302017-04-IMG_1736Then onto the Chaucilla cemetery where a lot of mummified remains of some of the Nazca tribe exist. This was only discovered 40 years ago and grave robbers had ransacked the tombs beforehand. It was interesting to hear some of the history behind this particular part of Peru as well as learn a bit about the dry landscape and how it contributed in preserving the bodies. 2017-04-IMG_17462017-04-IMG_17492017-04-IMG_1751The fields of cacti have replaced the crops. Bugs that feast on the cacti are used to make lipstick! Mining is also a massive boost for the economy, as well as tourism.

About to catch a night bus……#lexit out.


3 thoughts on “Lima to Nazca

  1. Your travels continue your pictures are amazing Lex. I loved the spider but not so sure about the mummified remains they were scary. The food also looks delicious. We have had a mini heat wave here sadly our caravan adventure ended and we drove home today before the Easter rush. Take care on your travels Xx


  2. Hi Lex wish I was back there – nothing has changed much. I remember the tombs and when I was there the tourists back then were buying the artefacts which had been looted from the tombs – the Nazca believed each of the dead should be buried with something to drink out of, an animal and a cup! I was very sympathetic to both the ‘dead’ and to the people who were so poor that selling sacred artefacts from the tombs was a means of staying alive! Your photographs are very good. I sent some to George and Jenny as George was asking how you were getting on. It looks a million miles away from cold old England but history is everywhere. Love Auntie Pennie x Miraflores in Lima was where Monica (George’s and Tom’s sister lived when she married a Peruvian person) it means a million flowers! There is a tree planted for Uncle Tom outside of their house……a very small world really, then….?


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