Friday, April 8, 2011

Islas Bolestras

When we missed our stop in Pisco, we were upset that we may have missed our chance to visit the Islas Bolestras. However, when we arrived in Huacachina, we found out that they do the exact same tours for an extremely reasonable price! The Islas Bolestras have been lovingly referred to as "The Poor Man's Galapagos of Peru."

On the way to the Islas Bolestras is this candelabra (although some believe it to be a kind of cactus instead) that was apparently carved around 150 years ago.

Our boat was followed by a series of birds on our way to the islas.

Our first sneek-peek of the beautiful, rocky islands.

Our captain first drove us up to this little cove full of barking sea lions.

And then we proceeded around the corner to see the many different types of birds living in harmony with one-another.

The islands were completely unique, as they were basically completely flora-baren rocks ranging from small to big.

We were both super happy, as we got to see many more penguins! This little guy was doing a little dance down the rocks for us.

Here is a rock cave full of sea lions (we could hear them through the dark) and covered in millions of nesting birds.

More birds and caves!

There is also a research station out on the desolate rock islands where people will spend months on end studying the surrounding creatures. This seems like a pretty cool job, but please note that all the birds and sea lions create quite a stench, which was almost intolerable!

A group of pelicans, with a few penguins and peruvian boobies mixed in!

A big bull sea lion came over to say hello to our group. The male sea lions look quite a bit different in Peru than in the Galapagos, as they are much fatter with squished faces.

You can see the dozens of babies scrambling towards their respective mothers, below.

We were both really glad we didn't miss out on the Islas Bolestras, as they were quite unique compared to the Galapagos - the landscape was entirely different and so were a lot of the bird and sea lion species. The only thing we missed out on were the dolphins that sometimes follow the boat!

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