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Cruises visiting Islas Guanape & all Islas Guanape cruises for  2019

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The Guanapes, located 9 km off the coast of northern Peru, are sheer columns of rock jutting straight out of the Pacific Ocean, with not a speck of mainland in sight. There are two main islands (North and South), plus a number of small stony islets. The larger North island is one kilometre long and up to 300 m wide: just a breeding place for birds. Hence the islands are covered with guano (consisting bird poo and dead birds, rich in phosphates, smelling of ammonia); dug out, and sacked for use as fertiliser. Now the islands are a protected nature reserve area.

These are some of Peru's 21 guano islands along its 3000 km coast. Around its shores a restricted area has been established. The islands serve hundreds of thousands of sea birds as a breeding ground, although there is no soil and no vegetation on the island. There are squat Peruvian pelicans, smaller boobies crowding up next to them. Terns skim the waves then soar up to find a tiny scrap of rock on which to perch. On one sheer face, heavy-winged cormorants brood together like a tough gang.

Not to be missed are the numerous sea lions at the spray-lashed spot where waves break over jutting rocks, as they take the chance to relax on solid ground. One of its peculiarities is that for a period of ten years only two men may live on it. However, on every eleventh year, hundreds of men make their way to the island to harvest the birds’ dried excrement, which is then used as valuable fertiliser. Yes, its exceptionally high content of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium, three nutrients are essential for plant growth. Interestingly, it is also used for producing dynamite. It’s also thrilling to think that few people will ever see what you’ve just seen.

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