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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca March 17th 2016

On the way back from Mirador we have a full frontal view of Cerro Blanco, the highest sand dune in the world. It's a whopping 3875 ft from base to summit, that's higher than England's highest mountain. The picture from my phone can't do it justice, it really is almost unbelievably huge for plain old sand..... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca March 8th 2016

Last night's visit to my Trip Advisor recommended Pizza Boulevard was an experience; three pizzas ordered and three pizzas remaining on the table when we left. Good learning to only go with recommendations that have +50 review to avoid any owner influence. Up early again, so Cas finished Harry Potter book one and started the first chapter of book two. I was a bit peckish so had one of my treats, which are Percy Pigs. There is enough for one a week and two for two weeks, of course I might not be able to ration myself. The combination of baking hot room, hard bed and that cock-a-doodle-do-ing has led Cas to make some changes to future accommodation, to add some more hotels with either air con or a pool so that we can cool down. ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca March 7th 2016

Staying at Nazca House, a guest house run by the lovely Nancy. It has a tiny door in a rendered wall and this was why it was took us time to find. After unpacking and relaxing in our little room, it was time for Ed and I to go out in search of food. Night had fallen and the streets were very busy and I spotted lots of suspicious looking people, but this could simply be that I'm not used to travelling yet. We came back with some random morsels. The room was baking hot in the night, the fan only really helped to move the hot air around the room. Cas and I woke up laughing as it sounds like we're staying on a farm, with cockerels crowing and dogs barking from the early hours. ... read more

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca March 7th 2016

Breakfast turned out to be much better than expected (for the adults anyway), including slices of cucumber topped with dressed onions; sounds strange for brekkie but it was delicious. We headed out to take a look around the covered markets which were full of very different fruit and veg and unusual smells. Huge bags of onions and melons and things we didn't recognise. Cas and Hat bought straw hats as the sun is intense at a warming 32 degrees C. We bought some postcards, a Peruvian scrunchie and two cheap plastic toys (Hat's was a little doll) and then we were all ready for drinks and a meal at Encantada.... read more
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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca July 30th 2015

Distance driven today: 297miles/478km Cumulative distance driven: 11,219 miles / 18,055 km (5,000 miles to go) Today’s trip: Lima to Nazca, Peru Full bike service completed: yes After a long three day Independence Day holiday, all offices and business finally opened today. I was standing outside the BWM dealership service entrance 8am sharp, i.e. by the time they open their doors for business. In the next three hours the motorcycle got an oil change, new air and oil filter, valve adjustment, new brake pads all around, and a thorough check-up. As soon as the service was completed, we went back to the hotel in Lima, checked out and started (finally) driving south again. Every time now that I turn on the ignition and see the pre-check icons flash on the display, and then hear the engine ... read more
Coastal village north of Ica
Nazca Hummingbird figure
We are definetely on the right road

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca June 12th 2015

Hello All, We woke up in our own room (with own shower room-luxury) in Nazca. We decided not to eat any breakfast as warned not to before the flight over the Nazca lines can be a little nauseating. The included pick-up for the flight arrived at 9am, which took us a few miles away to the prop-plane airport. Apparently as it was cloudy this morning our flight was delayed for 1h30, so it allowed us enough time to watch the Nazca Lines documentary video twice. It was a little annoying because we were told not to eat before the flight, so as soon as we could do the flight meant we could eat-and we were starving! The flight was incredible. 30 minutes flying over the different patterns and animals, with live commentary from the co-pilot. We ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca June 10th 2015

Hi Family and friends, We woke up at 0600 and tried to be as quiet as possible as we didn’t want to wake anyone, well only this one girl who coughed all night and kept everyone awake, she didn’t even have the courtesy to get water till I started tutting loudly!!! Our taxi turned up on time and getting to and onto the bus was easy. We were travelling with Oltursa, this was recommended by the receptionist and he said it was the only company he used, it was a big more expensive than the cheapest company but it was well worth it!!! It was a 5 star bus with 180-degree reclining seats and got a free breakfast and lunch!!! We were so impressed!!! We got into Nazca around 1500 and got picked up by our ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca May 13th 2014

After spending an amazing couple of weeks around the Sacred valley we had to make a decision which way to head next, did we go to Bolivia and see the amazing salt flats via lake Titicaca, or start making our way to Colombia. I know, life’s hard right? As it is getting towards winter here we based our decision on the weather so the north won. I was also struggling with the altitude so the thought of going higher made my head hurt. We booked a slightly more expensive bus with Cruz del Sur as we had a 14 hour journey through the mountains to get to Nasca. The buses are more like getting on a flight as the security is just as tight. You also get a meal and a screen to choose your own ... read more
The moon through a telescope
Sunset over the desert
Gert big sand dune

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca August 28th 2013

Après une nuit sans trop de sommeil, nous arrivons à Nazca. Le bruit de fer n'était en fait qu'une barre se baladant dans la soute. Ouf ! Nous nous rendons à l'aéroport, où après une courte attente, nous prenons place à bord d'un petit coucou de 6 places. Nous voilà partis pour un vol de 30 minutes au dessus du désert et de ses lignes. De là haut, il n'est pas tout de suite évident de se rendre compte de la grandeur des dessins mais ça reste impressionnant. Si dans l'avion les lignes nous apparaissent clairement, les photos ne leur rendent malheureusement pas honneur. De retour à Nazca, nous patientons jusqu'à 18h pour assister à une intéressante présentation : ici, quelques explications sur les lignes, mais surtout des hypothèses. Servaient-elles à indiquer les cours d'eau voisins, ... read more
Prêts à décoller !
Au dessus du désert

South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca March 17th 2013

I still wasn't having any luck finding a tour to the aqueducts or for the sand dunes. As I sat doing my research and combing through my guide books, the phone rang. The tour desk here at the hotel had 4 people confirmed for the dune buggy ride out to the sand dunes and would I like to go? Heck yeah I would! All I had to do was show up in the lobby at 2:30 with my sunglasses, hat, sun screen and a jacket for the ride home. Sign me up baby, I am going boarding down the sand dunes in the Peruvian desert, something I really wanted to do. Since I had several hours to kill, I decided to take the bull by the horns and just hire a dang taxi to take me ... read more
Beautiful Bougainvillaea
Best Chicken Ever!
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