Dip your feet into Lima’s colourful and historic neighbourhoods. Take an unforgettable flight over the Nazca Lines and take in the enormity of their mysterious shapes and motifs. Discover the myriad birdlife and surreal rock formations of Islas Ballestas. Make the most of private, independent travel while learning about these destinations from English-speaking local guides
Thought to be the work of the Nazca people, the huge geometric patterns and spirals, perfectly straight lines and animal figures of the Nasca Lines stretch enigmatically into the desert. Combine a flight over these fascinating ancient motifs with an exploration of the rocky Ballestas Islands on this journey into Peru’s cryptic past.
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Please note, on this trip the services are not private. You may share services with like minded travellers who have booked through other companies.
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Please note, on this trip not all services are private. Services including transport, Nazca Lines flight & the Ballestas Islands tour are shared so you may be taking park in activities with likeminded travellers from other companies.
Breakfast Included: 2 Lunches Included: Lunches Included:
Your trip starts today in Lima with an airport arrival transfer. Your local guide will welcome you this evening at approximately 6 pm at your hotel. Afterwards, you are free to go out and enjoy a dinner (optional) in one of the city's many great eating spots.
With free time to explore, perhaps enjoy some Aji de Gallina (spicy creamed chicken) or head to La Catedral to witness its stunning baroque facade.
Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, it was from Lima that all Spanish territories in South America were governed. Few cities at that time could rival Lima’s power, wealth and opulence. However its glory days ended in 1746 when the city was virtually destroyed by an earthquake. Many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and you will get a first-hand look at several of them on the tour. The striking Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas), flanked by some of the most important buildings in town such as the cathedral, the huge Government Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace, constitutes the heart of the city.
Pisco - Nazca Lines - Paracas
Travel to by bus to Pisco where you’ll embark on a scenic flight over the Nazca Lines in the Peruvian desert.
Nazca’s origins date back to the 2nd century BC and here, in the dry desert conditions, relics have been remarkably well preserved to give archaeologists clear snapshots of this highly developed civilisation.
Etched into the landscape some 22 kilometres north of Nazca are an assortment of perfectly straight lines, trapezoidal zones, strange symbols, images of birds and beasts on a giant scale. Witness the spider, shark, lizard and monkey motifs – as well as various geometric patterns – drawn in shallow lines across the landscape. These ancient geoglyphs stretch for over 80 kilometres. There are many theories about how and why these 'lines' exist, let alone who created them. The forms are so difficult to see from the ground that they were not discovered until the 1930s. Therefore the flight over the Nazca lines is the only way to really see them.
After flying back to Pisco, you continue by road to the nearby coastal town of Paracas, gateway to the Paracas National Reserve. Covering 335,000 hectares of land and sea, this is considered one of the most integral marine reserves in the world. It works to preserve Peru's marine ecosystems as well as the cultural heritage of the local people.
The national park is known for its proliferation of marine birds, in fact, it has the highest concentration of them in any one area in the world. It is also a natural habitat for dolphins and sea lions.
Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Lima
You will awake early for an excursion to the Ballestas islands. You will first make your way to Paracas' port, where you will board a boat bound for the islands. Often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru, the Ballestas Islands are home to an abundance of wildlife, including pelicans, red-footed boobies, flamingos, sea lions and Humboldt penguins. You will have the opportunity to see the wildlife up close on a boat tour of the islands (approximately 1.5-2 hours). Between June and September the port may be closed due to weather conditions, if this is the case, an alternative land tour of the Paracas National Reserve will be arranged.
After the excursion you will travel by bus from Paracas back to Lima.
Your tour concludes back in Lima in the afternoon. You will be transferred from the bus station to either the airport or your hotel in Lima, should you have extra accommodation organised.
Important Note: If you are booking a flight departing Lima today, please ensure your flight departs no earlier than 8 pm.
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