Petroglyphs and trying to get to an Oasis

Today we packed up and headed to the petroglyphs. Our packs are in the trunk of Raul’s car and we picked up Olga. We are all heading to Huancachina – the Oasis just outside Ica – this afternoon. It is warm and very bright. We drive for just over an hour but make a stop to see the prickly pear – known as tuna in South America – and the cochineal beatle that lives on them. This the beatle that provides the color to textiles and foods (Starbucks just removed this beatle from one of their products due to overwhelming “ick” sentiment). We also make a stop for the viewing tower for the geoglyphs of Palpa.

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