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Nazca Lines and Ballestas Islands

An ideal short extension for those wishing to see the coast and desert of Peru. From Lima, we head south to the vibrant Chincha which was once a Spanish colonial stronghold, to spend the night before heading to the Ballestas Islands for a wildlife cruise. We then travel via the oasis town of Ica to Nazca, home to the famous Nazca Lines carved into the desert and spend time viewing these amazing lines and shapes before returning to Lima.

Inclusions

2 breakfasts
local bilingual driver/guide
comfortable and central hotels
private transportation
sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed
boat trip to Ballestas Islands
Hightlights
Experience the Ballestas Islands (mini Galapagos) on a wildlife cruise
Behold the remarkable and enigmatic Nazca Lines
Explore the desert oasis of Ica and Inca temple site of Pachacamac
View 'El Candelabra'
Marvel at Peru's coastal desert scenery
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
3
Price From
AUD $1,340
Start Location
Lima, Peru
End Location
Peru
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 6
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
18 Nov 201820 Nov 2018AvailableAUD $1,340
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
We drive down the coast of Peru from Lima in a private vehicle to the vibrant town of Chincha. On the way (if the site is open) we visit the famous centre of the oracle at Pachacamac, which is a superb example of a reconstructed Inca temple site. Many believe this was one of the most important sites in the pre Hispanic world of the Andean peoples. It was home to the great oracle. Overnight in Chincha.
Day 2
This morning we will drive to the small coastal resort of Paracas. From here we continue towards the Paracas Peninsula where we take small sturdy launches for a 3 hour cruise out to the Ballestas Islands described as Peru's mini-Galapagos a haven for marine wildlife. The bird and seal life here in this protected reserve is impressive. On the way we get a chance to see the huge 'candelabra' - a massive figure of what looks like a giant cactus etched in the huge sand dune. This can only be seen from the sea. We then drive to the desert oasis of Ica before arriving in Nazca where we will spend the night.
Day 3
This morning we drive after breakfast to the Nazca Lines. The Nazca Lines are located in the coastal desert of Peru and are best described as remarkable and enigmatic. The huge designs etched into the desert by the people of the Paracas and Nazca cultures between perhaps 500BC and 900AD. There are several ways to see the lines and our leader will take us to a fantastic vantage point, a watch tower set high above the desert. Another option is to take an optional overflight. Previously, there were limited civil aviation controls at Nazca and no effective safety authority inspecting aircraft or pilots. The Peruvian airport authority has taken over the running of the small Nazca airport from where all aircraft take off for the overflights of the Nazca Lines which has resulted in much better control of the flight schedules and general flight safety at Nazca. World Expeditions cannot arrange these flights on your behalf and they are not included in the trip cost. We can assist you locally to arrange them, however it is important you are aware that you take full personal responsibility for contracting and paying for your own over-flight. These flights take place in small single-engine high- winged aircraft, generally with 10 or 12 seats with their own window. The cost varies between US$50 and US$120 per person for a 30 minute flight (cost depends on demand on the day). The flight is subject to weather conditions and availability. Please discuss this with your leader locally on day 1 of the trip should you like to arrange it. If time allows we may visit a small cooperative that uses traditional methods to make ceramics using the traditional methods of the Nazca culture or a possible visit to the ancient desert cemetery of Chauchillas. We return to Lima arriving late afternoon/evening and our trip concludes.