Ballestas Islands Nature Reserve is five hours south of Lima, near Pisco. In the mornings ferries go to the islands where there are a lot of different species of birds, sea lions, Humboldt penguins and with some luck you can even spot dolphins. On the way towards the islands there is a stop beside a rocky island on which you will see a petroglyph engraved in the form of a candelabra. No one knows who did it, or when or why it was done, but it is believed that it was the work of a pre-Inca civilisation.
Situated 300km southeast of Lima on the Pacific coast, this was one of the places worst affected by the earthquake which struck a couple of years ago. Its proximity to the Paracas National Reserve makes it a starting point for expeditions to both the Reserve and its coastline, particularly the Ballestas Islands, a haven for sea lions and birds. The photos are taken a year before the earthquake during which the churches were completely ruined.
We were aware that Latin America was very diverse in terms of its fauna, flora, landscapes and environments, but we could not imagine encountering a true wilderness. Out here you will find sand dunes and a blue sky every day, far away from the dunes of the Sahara, even when here you have all the "ingredients" of a true desert.