Nazca and Paracas

From Lima to Lima
  • Peru
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Cultural Experiences
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Tour Description

Extend you adventures in Peru by adding on this Nazca and Paracas 6 day journey - the perfect addition to Signature Peru.

Discover the rich Peruvian coast as you travel from Lima, Peru. Visit the Ballestas Islands colloquially known as the "Poor Man's Galapagos," an island group in the Humboldt current where you will find Sea Lions, Humboldt Penguins and an impressive array of bird life. Enjoy the coastal resort town of Paracas, perhaps sample the local ceviche (typical fish dish), and pisco sours. 

A highlight is sure to be the famous UNESCO World Heritage listed Nazca Lines -  take a flight over these mysterious Nazca Lines and learn about the ancient culture. 

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The Nazca Lines are some of the most mysterious finds of ancient Peru - take a flight over pre-Columbian geoglyphs etched into desert sands, spot a hummingbird, a condor geoglyph and more!

Take a cruise to the Ballestas Islands, a group of small islands near the town of Paracas, also known as the "Poor Man's Galapagos," See incredible wildlife such as marine birds, sea lions and penguins.

Learn about Nazca culture and appreciate a beautiful collection of pottery, painted textiles, mummies and more. On another note, this is a great area to try the famous alcoholic cocktail of Peru - the Pisco Sour!

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Lima

On arrival in to Lima you will be met & transferred to your hotel.

Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. The city is home to the various museums including the Museo Larco that houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. Lima is known as the “gastronomical capital of the Americas”, encompassing specialties from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. It even boasts several of the top restaurants in the world.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2
Lima Nazca

Transfer to the bus station. Travel by luxury bus from Lima to Nazca. This service departs early in the morning and the total travel time is approx. 7.5 - 8 hours. On arrival into Nazca, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. *please note bus departure time is approx 5:15am

Nazca is located in the Ica region of Peru, on the southern coast, one of the most arid regions in the world. The name is derived from the Nazca culture that flourished in the area between 100 and 800 AD and was responsible for the Nazca Lines, the ceremonial city of Cahuachi and for constructing an impressive system of underground aqueducts (Puquios) that still function to this day.

Nazca Archelogical tour
You will be collected from your hotel and visit the following places: The Aqueducts of Cantalloc, located 4 kms from Nazca city. These aqueducts are defined as an underground system of irrigation that dates back to approx. 300 AD. The underground channels were built of rivers stones and flat stones called “Laja” which were used to cover the underground channels as a roof. They are still used today to irrigate the thirsty Nazca lands.

Next stop will be another geoglyph located 3kms from Nazca, The Paredones Ruins. This was once an Inca Administrative Center built in the 15th centuy for specific purposes such as exercising administrative control and being the link between the Coast and the Highlands.

Last stop will be the “Antonini Museum” , to learn about the evolution of the Nazca culture and appreciate a beautiful collection of pottery, painted textiles, mummies, trophy head and other remains of Nazca culture ( 200 BC – 600 AC ). Tour duration is approx. 3.5 hours.

Overnight in Nazca

Day 3
Nazca Lines Overflight Paracas

Nazca overflight - 30 Minutes
The Nazca culture is famous for its line drawings etched into the desert floor. These Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert, naturally preserved due to their isolation and the dry, windless and stable climate of the plateau. The lines were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and the geometric shapes, some over 200 metres across, are best viewed from a higher elevation. The designs include a monkey, spider, condor, hummingbird, hands and a tree. A flight over the Nazca Lines is the best way to view these intriguing geoglyphs. Includes Airport taxes and transfers.

You will be collected from your hotel to transfer to the bus station for your onward journey from Nazca. Travel by luxury bus from Nazca to Paracas. This service departs in the afternoon. Total travel time is approx. 3.5 hours. On arrival at Paracas bus station, transfer to your hotel.

Paracas meaning ''sand rain'' in Quechua, is a small port town and beach resort on the southern coast of Peru, a few hours south of Lima. The cliffs that fringe the beaches teem with birds, ranging from guano birds to Humboldt penguins. Paracas is the access point for tours to Islas Ballestas and to Paracas National Reserve, where there are huge colonies of seabirds as well as sea lions.

Overnight in Paracas

Day 4
Paracas: Ballestas Island Cruise

Ballestas Island Cruise
You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the small port of Paracas to board the boat that will cruise around the Ballestas Islands. See the remarkable marine mammals and birdlife the islands are famous for. From the boat, you can see the incredible ancient etchings in the coastal cliffs including the mysterious three pronged Candelabra of the Andes. This 180 metre tall geoglyph is carved into the side of the hill alongside Paracas Bay. On completion of the cruise, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Please note this is a small group tour.

Half Day Paracas National Reserve Tour
You will be collected from your hotel for the National Reserve Tour. We will visit Playa Roja (red beach) and Yumaque beach, two places where you can enjoy the beautiful desert landscape and the surrounding nature. Another place we will visit is the Interpretation Centre of the Paracas National Reserve, where there are photos of the fauna and flora of the reserve are on display. Continuing onto 'La Aguada' which is a captivating place that offers you the opportunity to see flamingos through a viewfinder, before our final stop at 'El Obelisco de la Independencia', a symbol of the 150th Anniversary of Peruvian Independence. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel. Approx duration is 2.5hrs.

Overnight in Paracas


Overnight in Paracas

Day 5
Paracas Lima

You will be collected from your hotel to transfer to the bus station for your onward journey from Paracas.

Travel by luxury bus from Paracas to Lima. This service departs in the afternoon. Total travel time is approx. 4.5 hours. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Lima.

Overnight in Lima

Day 6
Depart Lima

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

You may wish to fly to Cusco to explore Machu Picchu, please ask us for more details

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Accommodation in standard hotels
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrade to superior or deluxe accommodation
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Private Airport Transfers
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing with local English-speaking guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • Included Copy 20 Bus transfers between listed destinations and pick up/from off from hotels
  • Included Copy 20 Nazca Lines Overflight
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
Transportation
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Activities

  • Included Fly over the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nazca Lines
  • Included Learn about the history of the Nazca culture on an archeological tour
  • Included Cruise around the Ballestas Islands spotting penguins and more
  • Included Sample the local cuisine at a beachside town
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Duration

6 days

Price from

$1,035 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily departures