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Apr 5th, 2008
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Ballestas Islands are a nature reserve south of Lima, and that's where we went on our 3rd day in Peru. Now, obviously, after Galapagos Islands, we weren't expecting to see much here, but what Ballestas Islands lack as far as diversity and extravaganza goes, it makes up in numbers.

The islands themselves are just a half an hour's jet boat ride away from the main land and the town of Paracas.



The number of birds on these islands is absolutely insane. Above you can see a bird nesting site with a bird density of about 20 per square meter.



One of the most impressive sights was the Sea Lion Nursery, where hundreds of Sea Lions are raising their young.



Yes, all of those are Sea Lions, here's a close up:



We also saw a lot of other wildlife, like these penguins, who are the same as the ones in Galapagos.



One of the main attractions in Ballestas Islands is this giant Cactus:



Nobody knows how, why or exactly when this giant cactus was made, but it is known to be several hundred years old, and looks very much like the old Nazca lines, so some people think it may be a leftover from that civilization. Others think it may be a navigation sign used by early sea travelers.

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