We arrived at our bus terminal for disembarking but it was the most rural rudimentary terminal we've been to yet! A thatched roofed structure on the side of the road with nothing but dirt and sand around it. However, it was the most organized and most secure for luggage that we've encountered. We were told a new station was being built because of the increase in tourism.
It was all worth it!! We came up these wonderful volcanic rock islands that had Penguins. Yes, Penguins!! So adorable!! Watching them waddle around sunning themselves was way cool! Then moving a little further, we encountered sea lions lazing about with their young, red footed boobies, red footed cormorants, and a few others. A fabulous exhibition of wildlife on these several islands!
Once back to the pier, Mike and I stayed on the Malecon to have some lunch, walk down the Malecon, and shop at the vendors. I was determined to find a sleeveless top with the Peru Logo, which I love! Mission accomplished!
Back at the hotel by 12:40pm for our pickup, again, to take us to the Pisco airport where we were to catch our flight in a 12 passenger airplane for our 1.5 hour flight above the Nasca Lines. What are they, you ask? If you haven't heard about them, please take some time to look them up. It's something Mike and I really wanted to see and the only real way to appreciate them is by air.
These are figures and lines that have been drawn in the earth centuries ago. No one knows by who or why for sure. One theory is by aliens visiting earth long ago - seriously! And, after you see them, you must wonder. They are huge and incredible!! A dream come true for us to be able to see them up close and personal like this. Another truly awesome experience!!
On Saturday, October 12, we slept late and enjoyed taking it easy until we needed to pack up and check out by 12:30pm. As our driver wasn't picking us up until 2:40 to take us back to the bus station, we decided to walk further down along the coast road past the Malecon to see what there was to see.
We thought our place was the cat's meow until we stumbled into a truly 5 star resort. We came in from the event location and the gates were open so we just kept going like we belonged there. To us, if gates are open, it's an invitation to come in - so we do. Well, let me tell you this place was opulent so after walking around a bit, we decided it was time to leave and head back to the Malecon for lunch before having to go back to Lima.
Another 4.5 hour bus ride and then a half hour drive to our hotel by the airport, the Mahattan Inn, via our driver, Alex. We spent the night here where there was no place to go to have dinner and the "bar" at the hotel had beer but no wine. Although in a neighborhood, it wasn't safe to go walking, so we stayed in our room. Not a big deal since we had to be up early for our shuttle over to the airport and a departure at 10:45am.
When searching and making our flight reservations to go from Lima, Peru to our next destination of Granada, Nicaragua, we found that if we flew in separate "legs" from Lima to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, spent 2 nights, and then flew to Managua, Nicaragua, saved a ton of money!! Our flight from Lima to Ft. Lauderdale (5.5hrs) was only $265/each on Spirit Airlines. And, then on Spirit a 2hour direct flight to Managua was only $93/each.
Spirit is a discount carrier that charges for baggage depending on its weight and how many bags to have. Mike and I had gotten our check in baggage weight down to 40 lbs for our flight from Ecuador to Peru already, so that was no issue for us. And, we were able to stuff our extra "personal" bags (his camera bag & my purse) into our backpacks so that they then became our "personal" bags and we didn't have to pay for a carry on. So there! The flights ended up being a total of $740 for both of us. Even when you add in the 2 nights in the hotel, we saved a fortune.
So, our journey continues and it will be an interesting next couple of months getting back to a "normal" routine of living somewhere for a month and not being on the go every day. So looking forward to that, actually.