We boarded the plane in groups of 12 to fly over the Nazca Lines. Scholars believe the Naca Lines were created by the Nazca culture between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. The largest figures are about 400 yards long. The lines are not only visible in flight but can also be seen from the surrounding foothills.
We toured a winery specializing in Pisco Sour. This is a cocktail that is considered a South American classic and is very popular in Peru and Chile. The cocktail originated in Lima and was invented by an American bartender, Victor Vaughen Morris, in the 1920's.
Our final morning in Paracas we boarded speed boats for a two hour tour of Ballestas Islands. The islands are an important sanctuary for Humbolt Penguins, fur seals, sea lions, pelicans, and the blue-footed booby.
Every seven years people use wooden structures like the one above to facilitate removal of guano from the islands to be used for fertilizer. The islands are uninhabited except for one caretaker who is brought food and supplies from the mainland every two weeks.