Today I headed approximately 250km south of Lima, Peru to Paracas. From here I took a boat trip around the Ballestas Islands. These islands are rich in bird and animal life and house a very large sea lion colony.
One of the first sights seen was a large drawing of a cactus, this drawing is believed to pre-date the Nazca lines. It is believed to have been created around 500 BCE. The Islas Ballestas are home to millions of birds, their droppings produce guano. The Peruvian government collect and export approximately 2000 tonnes of guano from these islands every four years.