Nazca Lines,  Paracas, Ica

The flight over the Nazca Lines will surely be a highlight of this 2-to-3 day  desert excursion

 
south of Lima. But in addition to the Nazca Lines, other wonders are in store, including the Paracas wildlife sanctuary and the home of Peru’s signature alcoholic beverage – pisco.

Paracas, 150 miles south of Lima, is home to Peru's largest coastal wildlife sanctuary. Within it are the Ballestas Islands, home to thousands of resident and migratory sea birds, including pelicans, boobies, cormorants, terns and penguins that share their habitat with herds of sea lions and fur seals. In the summer, condors and flamingoes are also frequent visitors to the bayshore. Paracas boasts a charming hotel that is ideal for a quick stopover or a weekend getaway.

An hour's drive along the Pan American highway takes the visitor south to Ica, a verdant oasis and home of Peru's famous pisco grape brandy. Ica also houses a fine archaeological museum and two of Peru’s finest resort hotels.

Further south lies Nazca, site of the world famous Nazca Lines. These giant animal and geometric figures were etched on the desert sands by Nazca people 1,500 years ago. While they can be seen from ground towers, the Nazca Lines are best viewed from the air. Airstrips in both Ica and Nazca permit aerial viewing of the Nazca Lines on short, comfortable flights.

Before leaving Nazca, the traveler may wish to opt for a half-day tour of the Cantalloc hacienda and its famous underground aqueducts.
2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

DAY 1 / LIMA - ICA
Drive 310 km. (194 miles) south along the Panamericana highway from Lima to Ica, through arid desert and lush coastal oasis. Arrive in Ica at midday for a short tour of the city. In the afternoon, fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines. Overnight at Las Dunas Resort.

DAY 2 / ICA - PARACAS - LIMA
Drive 60 km. (37 miles) north to Paracas for an excursion by boat to the Ballestas Islands to view thousands of birds, sea lions and fur seals in their natural surroundings. The famous candlestick design, a Nazca civilization figure etched on the desert face, can also be seen from the boat. In the afternoon, a relaxing drive back to the hotel in Lima. (B)
* Daily departures.
* Seat-in-bus available with tour restrictions.
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

DAY 1 / LIMA - NAZCA

Drive from Lima to Nazca 440 km. (273 miles) south         through arid desert and lush coastal oasis. Stop in Ica at midday for a tour of the city, and if time permits, for a short visit to the regional archaeological museum. Overnight in Nazca.

DAY 2 / NAZCA - PARACAS
Morning flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines seen from the air. Afternoon transfer to Paracas where you will enjoy the rest of the day at a charming hotel situated on the peaceful Paracas bay.

DAY 3 / PARACAS - LIMA
Morning boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands. Afternoon ride back to hotel in Lima.
* Daily departures.
* Seat-in-bus available with tour restrictions.

Half/Day NAZCA AQUEDUCTS
Drive 25 minutes passing Paredones, Inca ruins, until we arrive to Cantalloc Hacienda where the famous underground aqueducts are located, built 2,000 years ago and still in working order. This tour also includes a visit to a small family processing gold in a very old-fashioned way as well as a potter atelier to appreciate the ancient Nazca techniques.

 

 

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