An Observation of The People of Paracas and their Income

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Moving southward from Lima to Punta San Juan, we made a night stay in Paracas to see the anchoveta factory and the guano harvesting on the Ballestas islands. When we arrived in Paracas, we walked the town towards the docks where we boarded boats and they took us out to see the sea lions, fur seals, guano birds and the harvesting of guano. But before getting onto the boat, we had a chance to look around at the merchandise and observe the area. I noticed all the stray dogs, and garbage on the side of the roads as well as the rundown buildings. I was told recently that there was an earthquake that caused a tsunami a few years ago and the town was destroyed. Once we were on the boats, it took about 20 minutes to see the rocks where a colony of guana birds and seals thrived. Here, we saw the ramps of which the locals harvested the guano for the use of fertilizers. This seams to be the main source of income for Peruvians who lived in Paracas. This is an example of how the environment shapes the economy.

After returning from our boat ride. We were suppose to get a tore of the anchoveta factory, but do to inspections, they had it closed from any tourists. This was really disappointing to hear because I was really looking forward to seeing how the factory worked but we found another alternative. We ended up meeting with one of the workers who was off dooty on the docks. There we saw some fishermen preparing the boats to head out for a fishing journey. We learned that the majority of the men would go out on these fishing journeys for two to three days. This was because there boat engines were no more that 100 horsepower and the lack of technology on board kept them searching for the fish as opposed to a fish reader. The workers do not seem to mind it though because they had the help and support of there family. Much like on smith island where the women picked the crabs that their husbands had caught earlier in the day, the pervuivians fishermen a wives were usually the ones working in the anchoveta factory. They were in charge of cleaning and canning the fish that then would be shipped out. This was very interesting to observe and even compare back home on the Chesapeake.

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