When my dear friend Ågot invited me to celebrate her birthday in Peru, my immediate response was: Yes! I visited Cusco, Lima and Machu Picchu when I was 20 years old, and I have always meant to go back to explore more of this fascinating country. Our 17 day trip in March and April 2015 was very comprehensive, but still all to brief in my opinion. Peru is a country that needs to be savoured slowly, there is simply too much to see in one go.
After a brief morning of sight-seeing in Lima, we headed south to the Paracas National Reserve, Peru’s oldest nature reserve, located at the desert coast of the Ica region. In Paracas, pelicans roam the streets, and the Ballestas islands are teeming with marine birds and sea lions.
On the way to the Ballestas islands, we passed the 2500 years old pictogram called the “Candelabro” or the candlestick, which is carved into the sandy hillside at the north coast of the Paracas peninsula. It’s significance is still a mystery, however the fact that it points due south has lead researchers to believe that it has some relation to the southern cross.