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Boating to Ballestas


Fellow Golden Princess passengers in another boat

Fellow Golden Princess passengers in another boat

We left behind El Candelabro and continued west.  Figured out our destination yet?  Hint: It ‘s one of several places off the west coast of South America touted as an alternative “Poor Man’s Galapagos”.

Stretching Out

Stretching Out

Along the way we came across several fishermen battling greedy pelicans and other birds for the catch of the day:

Stealing Fish

Stealing Fish

It was definitely a fun trip, but the best was yet to come.  You’ll see that beginning Monday and over the course of the next three weeks.  On Fun Photo Friday look for more shots of our trip past the north shore of the Paracas Peninsula.  Until then I’ll leave you with these images of man versus nature:

Fishing off Ballestas

Fishing off Ballestas

Preditors on the Prowl

Preditors on the Prowl

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El Candelabro — The Candelabra


North Face of Paracas Peninsula

North Face of Paracas Peninsula

When I was a young teenager I held a brief fascination with Chariots of the Gods?, written by the infamous Swiss con artist and embezzler Erich von Däniken.  It was only later that I discovered most of his “facts” were in error, his “eyewitness accounts” manufactured, his “speculations” laughable, and his “conclusions” the subject of absolute ridicule.  Even much of his “photographic evidence” turned out to be, shall we say, “creative” compositions or fraudulently described.

Pelicans

Pelicans near El Candelabro

Our Destination today will be covered in depth starting with Wednesday’s blog post, but on the way to that site we passed by one of Erich von Däniken’s bits of “evidence”, the 595-foot/180-meter tall prehistoric geoglyph El Candelabro — also known as the Paracas Candelabra.  Mr. von Däniken claimed that El Candelabro was a giant visual navigation beacon pointing to the landing strips at the spaceport on the nearby Sechura (Nazca) Desert some 100 miles/160 kilometers to the southeast.

North Face of Paracas Peninsula

North Face of Paracas Peninsula

Amazing when you think about that claim.  First of all von Däniken’s space explorers navigate visually rather than using something a tad more space-age.  They’re also directionally challenged apparently, for this trident-shaped geoglyph is points in a line that would take our intrepid star trekkers far south of their spaceport.  Just eyeballing it on Google Maps I would calculate they were off by around 30°.  We passed by this misdirecting extraterrestrial signpost by traveling west from Paracas, past the mooring location of the Golden Princess, and boating along the north shore of the Paracas Peninsula.

El Candelabro

El Candelabro

On this week’s Fun Photo Friday we’ll take a look at some favorite shots of this area, but until then here’s a closeup look at von Däniken’s orbital exit sign for aliens:

El Candelabro

El Candelabro

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Fun Photo Friday — Paracas, Peru


Seeing Green

Seeing Green

Click on any image below to enlarge and bring up today’s slide show of Paracas favorites:

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