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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines November 4th 2018

This is our last tour in Peru and so will be my last blog. All good times come to an end. And so our trip to Peru! But I was waiting for this icing on the cake – Nazca lines! And boy, was I excited! You see, I never got out of my childhood dream of imagining aliens. I loved ET. And I loved to believe that Nazca lines were actually created by the aliens. And I knew I was not thinking rationally…there are many credible theories about who created those lines all over the Nazca Mountains. It didn’t matter to me. I felt it thrilling to imagine that aliens came from the outer space, landed from the spacecraft, created those lines and disappeared. Why? Because I am crazy! So, how could I say Good Bye ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines June 12th 2018

The Nazca Lines (10/06/2018-11/06/2018) What: 300 different figures depicting animals, plants, human beings, lines, and geometric shapes etched into the arid desert; most made from 1 single, continuous line. Where: Located in Southern Peruvian desert, between the towns of Nazca and Palpa. When: Carved 500 B.C. - A.D. 500 Why: Who the hell knows! How: Not a scooby. The Nazca Lines in Peru, one of the World’s great mysteries! Who made them? Why did they make them? What purpose did they serve? In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s when commercial air travel was taking off (excuse the pun), we were able to see our World through a totally different perspective. Pilots flying over Peru’s desert started reporting peculiar images and markings etched into the vast and arid land below. Since then, many people all over ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca November 11th 2016

I continued my journey in the southern desert by going to Nazca where the legendary lines are. The town of Nazca is really small and it feels a lot more isolated than all the other desert towns I have been in simply because it was harder to find food. I decided to take a little flight above the lines to see them at their best....first i was excited, in a Cessna (I know this from the diploma we receive afterwards) for 8 people including 2 pilots. I had the whole two back seats to myself which was great but then we took flight...I will admit I only saw the first half of these lines cause the other half of the time I was concentrating on not throwing up, which I got very close to. The pilots ... read more
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South America » Peru » Ica » Nazca » Nazca Lines May 31st 2016

Woke up 7 feeling much better. I went downstairs and had a light breakfast and got my bags sorted. At 9 we met in lobby to go to Nazca lines. I think all but 4 choose to do it. We were put in a van and driven to the airport with instructions on meeting a lady when we got there. We checked in, weighed in and were divided into groups. My group Went first. It was a really small plane. Even smaller than the African one. It only held 6 passengers and 2 pilots. The Pilot took photos of us outside the plane then we piled in and off we went. Such a small plane I was even told to close and lock the door myself. At the first Nazca line right away I could tell ... read more

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

We all woke up about half an hour before the bus arrived in Nazca. Ed was very excited as he's turned eleven. The hotel was only a two minute walk from the bus station and it was great that they let us into our room so early. Ed asked if we could go back to Encantada for breakfast and they were just opening the metal shutters when we turned up at 8.00. We had a small bag of prezzies and cards for Ed to open and he was very chuffed with them all. He had spaghetti bolognese for breakfast and, much to my amusement, Cas' order turned out to be a bowl of tinned peaches. However, she was very happy with her Cappuccino and Frappuccino as the coffee overall has been lack lustre. Back to the ... read more
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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 March 17th 2016

A poolside rendition of Happy Birthday to You and a cream covered chocolate cake. We bought Ed a magnetic travel set in a smart little wooden case. He was very pleased with it and we played two games. He won the first and I won the second, so he's keen to play a decider. The afternoon was spent larking around in the pool playing some games. Shortly off for a birthday tea.... read more
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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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