Pisco….. what we learned from lecturer…. for March 15/19
The ship doesn’t actually go there unless you’re going to the airport to fly over the Nazca Lines.
Something to see is Peruvian Galápagos Islands, off the coast called Ballestas Islands.
Be wary in Peru.
Humboldt current off the coast.
2nd exporter of copper and silver in world.
When the Europeans arrived there were 9 million indigenous ……. down to 600,000 soon after Europeans arrived.
Today 4% of population is Asian, 27% are indigenous.
The Napoleonic war in Europe lead to end of Spanish rule in South America because the Spanish had to concentrate efforts on Napoleon and not so much on the new world.
Guano…. bird poop is a source of wealth…. it’s gold.
1980 end of dictatorship in Peru but it is still iffy with corruption.
Paracas is nearest port from where we dock….. Playa el Chaco…. every half hour drive shuttle. Also to go see is Paracas national reserve.
Now my observations of our excursion to the Nazca Lines.
Absolutely barren…. salt on the hills near the port and the area of theNational Reserve. Two different stories… one that salt deposited from sea spray, the other explanation is that it’s from the rains from a month ago that caused the salt to leach out.
Guide on trip said:-
One of biggest producers of asparagus, paprika (banca chili is their similar spice but is redder and hotter), also yellow onions.
Discovered in 1911 but 1920…wrote about Machu Picchu; Nazca lines
450 sq. kilometres.
5 century BC to 2 century AD
Figures were made at different times
Nazca people used those same figures on pottery etc. On the June and December solstice the hummingbird and heron bird (both face east) there is a connection so there is a belief it is of a bigger “picture” calendar. …. astrology!
Pisco means flying bird but is also the name of a tribe.
Wow…. what an airport! Brand new…. so different than the town which is nothing but shanties…. with lots and lots of tuk tuks!
At the airport we had to get weighed….that is to balance the plane and make sure it isn’t overloaded (the weights that we had previously given when we were at home are not necessarily the same now that we are coming to the end of a 3 week gastronomic cruise…. lol!)
Finally at 2:30 our flight took off…. 1/2 hour to get there….1/2 hour there then 1/2 back +/-.
Absolutely desolate countryside but then you see great swathes of farms that are apparently irrigated by underground sources.
We had been forewarned to not eat a heavy meal before and to take Gravol because of the fact the plane tips from side to side so that each side get to see the figures. Well…. some people didn’t fare so well! I would say that it was so very hard to see the figures before they tipped the plane the other way. And then my good camera wouldn’t snap. Very stressful after coming all this way and at a premium price.
Hint:-When looking at these images of the “Lines”, in most cases you will have to expand them to see the figures.
Lima …. where we got off on March 16/19
City of kings
10 million pop.
Could be chaos at Callao port.
Huge Cathedral from 1700s
Spanish been here since 1535
Plaza de Major.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry & narrow mindedness.. mark twain