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Paracas and Nazca

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Visit the small town of Paracas where desert literally meets the ocean. On the following day, you will visit Paracas National Reserve and the Islas Ballestas where you will view a variety of sea birds and sea lions that make their home there. The Paracas Reserve has one of the highest concentration of marine birds in the world. Then it is on to Nazca, where you can choose to take an early morning over-flight of the mysterious Nazca Lines that were etched into the desert many years before the Incas ruled.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bus to Paracas
Day 2 : Isla Ballestas and Paracas
Day 3 : Nazca Lines. Return to Lima

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  • Independent

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Hummingbird, Nazca Lines An aerial view Chauchulla mummy Pisco city hall Spider, Nazca Lines The striking landscape Nasca astronaut

Day 1 Bus to Paracas

Take a four hour bus ride from Lima to Paracas, a beach town where the desert meets the ocean. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the sands of southwestern Peru.

Day 2 Isla Ballestas and Paracas

Take a short bus ride to El Chaco, the beach and fishing village near Paracas village. Join a boat ride to explore the arches and caves of the islands that play home to thousands of sea birds. You will also see lounging and active sea lions. From here you will continue on to Paracas National Reserve, where you will view even more of the many species of sea birds that grace the area. Flamingos can often be viewed feeding in Paracas Bay. You will get an opportunity to visit the fishing village of Launillas and the Paracas museum. Transfer to Nazca by Royal Class Bus Lines (4 hour bus ride) where a private vehicle transfers you to your hotel.

Day 3 Nazca Lines. Return to Lima

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You may take the option of the flight over the Nazca Lines or wait for the others on the ground. These mysterious lines date back to the Nazca period, between 900 BC and 600 AD. The images of the monkey, hummingbird and lizard are so large that they can only be fully viewed from the air. From here you will go to Cauchillas Cemetery where countless mummies are preserved in the desert. Pieces of cloth and ceramics, dating back to the time of the Nazca culture, rest near each of the mummies. Transfer back to Lima with a 8 hour bus ride, and then transfer to your hotel or the airport. Alternatively, travelers can continue from Nazca to Arequipa by overnight bus.

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  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
  • 2 Days Guide Service
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights


  • $60 Meals not Included
  • $33 Airport Departure Tax
  • $90 Optional Excursions
    • $70-$90 for Nazca fly-over
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.

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