OK, I wasn’t expecting anything from this port, partly because we didn’t know anything about it and partly, because the Capt. sent out a letter that indicated that Peru was going to be dangerous, don’t wear jewelry, etc. Well he should have defined more of what he was talking about, because Pisco, is a very cute little town in the desert. It is a long way from where the ship docks, so you have to take a shuttle into town if you don’t have a tour. Cost $8 each way, but it is a half hour ride, so understandable. We had a tour to the Islas Ballestas, this place blew us away! This tour was WAY better then we had any idea it would be. Where to begin; we boarded our bus, and drove the half hour ride to the town, now this looked like we were in the Sahara, and would see Laurence of Arabia, ride by at any moment! We arrived at a beautiful hotel that looked like an oasis, and walked to the boats that were going to take us to the Islands.
This was one of the smoothest boat rides I have ever had. We first traveled back across the bay and to the tip of where our ship was docked, and there must have been a thousand Pelicans,
So now our boat headed out to sea, we went about 11 miles, when we finely saw where we were going, it was a pretty incredible group of islands, they call them the "Galapagos of Peru”,
and I can see why. There were literally thousands of seabirds and marine life. We were awestruck by the number of boobies, cormorants, terns and Humbolt penguins,
and Chilean flamingos. Sealion colonies abound, we even were able to see brand new baby sealions,
All and all it was a fabulous day!