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  1. The islands near Lima

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 0 Comments

    The islands near Lima

    Oct172009

    As Lima is located on the coast, it may come as no surprise that there are some islands nearby. On my last day in Lima I went out to check them out on a tour along with Francis, Stan and Abby, Kenny and Crystal from San Francisco, and Sebastian from Munich who we met down at the boat.

    Lobos Catamaran Tours operate daily tours out to the islands. They’re a bit pricy it has to be said (120 Soles per person) but it’s a nice way to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours. The tour lasts around three hours and takes you past San Lorenzo Island, Fronton Island and Cavinzas Islands.

    But by far the highlight of the tour are the Palomino Islands. This is where you will find sealions. Lots of sealions. Over 4,000 them to be precise. Once the boat made it out to the island the seals surrounded the boat. Literally. I found it a bit overwhelming to be honest – almost intimidating. The noise they made was almost deafening. The smell would almost knock you out also. On the way back in we went to the back of San Lorenzo island where there lots of penguins living.

    Oddly enough, there was another highlight on the tour – a film crew were on the boat also. Francis told us about it first of all so we presumed it was maybe a documentary being filmed or something. Turned out it was a teen soap opera that was being filmed! While the kids weren’t the most famous kids in Peru (apparently), it was still interesting to see it being filmed.

    Now for my last night in Lima...

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