Day 12... Cruise to South America... Part 1... Visit to Pisco, Peru... A colorful, interesting culture, shown in our photos

We had no idea Pisco, Peru had this type of desert terrain.
"Sightings from the Veranda while Cruising"
A variety of vendors set up shop outside the ship hoping to attract shoppers leaving and arriving on shuttle buses.
Pisco, a town in Peru

Pisco is a port city on Peru's southern coast, known for the grape brandy of the same name. It's a gateway to the uninhabited Ballestas Islands, home to scores of sea lions, pelicans, Peruvian boobies and Humboldt penguins. Nearby is the Paracas National Reserve, which encompasses desert, ocean and the Paracas Peninsula. Also here is the Paracas Candelabra geoglyph, a huge hillside etching of mysterious origins.
Area1,536 mi²
Weather66°F (19°C), Wind SW at 6 mph (10 km/h), 84% Humidity
Population99,550 (2007) UNdata
Local timeMonday 7:45 AM


The sand dunes reminded us of Morocco.
We had no idea the shuttle bus ride to Pisco would take us through a desert of rolling sand dunes, not unlike those we've seen in many countries in the Middle East.  Here's a bit of information about this subtropical desert climate:

Geography of Peru - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Peru

The Peruvian coast is a microclimatic region. The region is affected by the cold Humboldt Current, the El Niño Southern Oscillation, tropical latitude, and the Andes mountain range. The central and southern coast consists mainly of a subtropical desert climate composed of sandy or rocky shores and inland cutting valleys.
Area‎: ‎Ranked 20th
Lowest point‎: ‎Bayóvar Depression‎, −34 metres ...
Coastline‎: ‎2,414 km (1,500 mi)
Highest point‎: ‎Huascarán Sur‎, 6,768 metres ...

A metal dolphin sculpture In Pisco, Peru.
After a 25-minute ride through the uninhabited and barren desert, we arrived in Pisco, a town dominated by its seaside industry which included tourism and fishing, evidenced by the many colorful fishing boats in the harbor.

Our ship appeared to be the only one in San Martin Port in Pisco, Peru.
A pleasant boardwalk, wide enough to accommodate the thousands of passengers that walk along its tourist-themed shops on the inland side, was easy to navigate in the crowds, most of which were from our ship.
Vendors line the boardwalk hoping for a sale.
The flavors of Peru permeated the air with over a dozen restaurants, with staff literally pleading with passersby to partake of their many offerings.  There was no doubt in our minds that this small town was thriving with its frequent status as a port of call by over a hundred ships throughout the year.
Some shops and restaurants are decorated for the Christmas season.
And yet, the town's persona was one of low income with old worn buildings and the most minimal of infrastructure when many former utility poles were void of any wiring of any type.

This dog may not have been a stray when he appeared well-fed.
However, it's these less affluent tourist towns that intrigue us the most; the stray dogs lounging in walkways; the young children running willy-nilly through the streets; the vendor's hopeful expressions as we walked by bespeaking a lifestyle few of us can fathom as we sit at our computers.
There are dozens of restaurants along the boardwalk all offering local delicacies.
For us, the town of Pisco offered an interesting array of fascinating scenes as will be illustrated by our photos today and over the next few days.  Whether it was the faces of the locals, marine wildlife or friendly strays dogs lying in the road, it's genuine culture remained consistent.

A variety of handmade and imported goods are peddled on the boardwalk.  Vendors are relatively aggressive in promoting sales but not particularly offensive.
This type of seaside town may not appeal to some travelers for a long-term stay but as a port of call, it was definitely worth seeing.  We spoke to several passengers who participated in a variety of tours offered by the ship and on private tours, they or others had arranged.

A restaurant with a bougainvillea-covered lattice roof.
In each case, we heard nothing but rave reviews about each tour. As mentioned earlier, we'll be returning to Peru in the next few years when we return to South America for an extended stay. 

This is possibly a memorial for a local, lost at sea.
At that point, we plan to visit many interesting locations in Peru including Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands and more.  For now, we continue to tighten our belts as we carefully watch our budget based on the pricey upcoming Antarctica cruise.
Children playing at the beach with views of colorful fishing vessels.  These boats remind us of the colorful fishing boats in Negara, Bali. (See that link here).
Last night, we had a blast; Captain's Club from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with friends Lisa and Barry; dinner in the Trellis Restaurant; then off to the Ice Bar for the 10:30 pm Silent Disco bouncing around with many other passengers we've come to know.  It was too much fun!
Shopkeepers were enthusiastically attempting to attract shoppers from the cruise.  A cruise in port is crucial for this existence.
By the time we got to bed, it was after 1:00 am.  Then, the clocks moved forward one hour and it was 2:00 am.  We were up and dressed and out of our cabin by 8:30 am, new time.  Pooped?  Yep!  Ready to go again tonight?  Yep!

Many fishing boats are anchored in the harbor.
We're going to need a "vacation" after this cruise!  Ha!


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Photo from one year ago, December 4, 2016:
Our first morning's view from the living room window in Penguin, Tasmania.  It was a cool sunny day. Tom always says when asked that Penguin was his favorite place to stay in our world travels.  For more details, please click here.

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