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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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Pleasantly Puttering Around Paracas — Part 2


Paracas, Peru

Paracas, Peru

Ursula and I didn’t spend a lot of time in Paracas.  We had other items on the agenda this stop.  Nevertheless, we had a great time sightseeing and photographing both the town and the approach into the town.  Here is the Jose de San Martin Monument overlooking Paracas:

Jose de San Martin Monument

Jose de San Martin Monument

The port serving Paracas is only 3.2 miles/5.1 kilometers from town . . . in a direct line across Paracas Bay.  By road it’s more like 12.5 miles/20.1 kilometers, or a little over fifteen minutes by bus.

Golden Princess in Paracas

Golden Princess in Paracas

At the Golden Princess mooring lines

At the Golden Princess mooring lines

As for the town itself, I found the colorful offshore boats held most of my photographic interest:

Paracas, Peru

Paracas, Peru

Paracas, Peru

Paracas, Peru

Paracas, Peru

Paracas, Peru

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