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SEE THE NAZCA LINES, PARACAS & ICA

Travel from Lima towards Arequipa and follow the giant sand dunes which hug the wildlife rich Pacific Ocean. This region is a traveller’s dream, with so many different and fascinating sights on offer.  

  • Penguins, sea lions & birds

  • Dune buggy adventures

  • Local Pisco Brandy

  • Ancient geoglyphs at Nazca.

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Paracas & Islas Ballestas

Spend a couple of nights at the seaside town of Paracas, which has lots of eateries and shops to choose from. From here board a boat to the Islas Ballestas, also known as the Peruvian Galapagos.  This region has some of the most nutrient rich waters of the world.  Witness seals and sea lions basking on the rocks and photograph the endangered Humboldt penguins nesting on the island. From a distance you may wonder what all the ‘specks’ on the island are; get close and you will realise it’s thousands of birds nesting.  Look out for the striking geoglyph of a candelabra, said to be a navigation helper or a pirate’s sign.

A highlight of our travels was hiring a dune buggy for the day and whizzing to Reserva Nacional de Paracas with a tour guideThis protected piece of coast offers soaring cliffs, incredible views, undulating sand dunes and is a habitat for many mammals and birds.  Stop for a local fish lunch at the hamlet of Lagunillas. 

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You may think the desert is completely barren, but that isn’t the case.  The green oasis of Huacachina (near Ica) majestically appears before you.  The surrounding rolling sand dunes are the place to surf the sand on a wooden board or a dune buggy, a memorable and exhilarating experience.  Afterwards, how about a Pisco brandy tour? Hire a taxi and have an afternoon at the artisan Pisco Bodegas.  This clear grape brandy is the base ingredient of the famous Peruvian cocktail, the Pisco Sour

Take a flight over the Nazca Lines

Marvel at the Nazca Lines, one of Earth’s greatest mysteries, whose purpose has yet to be determined.  These 2000 year old geoglyphs (animals, patterns, shapes and lines) are etched into the desert near the town of Nazca.  Take a flight over this UNESCO site to get a bird’s eye view; look out for the hummingbird, spider, monkey and astronaut/alien!

Nearby is the Cementerio de Chauchilla, graves containing mummies, dating back from AD 1000-1400.  12 of these graves have been restored, unfortunately, tomb raiders have taken any riches that were originally there.  A bizarre setting to visit, but an interesting one. 

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PERU TOUR & THE NAZCA LINES

What's Included?

  • International Economy flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Transfers
  • Train journeys
  • Machu Picchu entrance
  • Several tours with local guides
  • A Nazca Lines flight
  • Boat tour of Lake Titicaca
  • Boat tour in Paracas
  • 4* Accommodation

Guide Price: £3765pp

based on 2 adults sharing

Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly to Lima, stay overnight in the trendy suburb of Lima.

Day 2: City tour of Lima.

Day 3: Shared transfer to the coastal town of Paracas with a stay in the luxury Hotel Paracas. 

Afternoon flight over the Nazca Lines, a real wow moment!

Day 4:

Morning boat tour to the wildlife rich Ballestas Islands then a trip to the Cementerio de Chauchilla, with graves displaying mummies from the Chinacha time.  Finish off the day sand boarding or heading out to the dunes on a buggy.

Day 5: Lima to Cusco flight.
Enjoy an afternoon roaming the beautiful Andean town of Cusco.
With your own private guide explore the most beautiful parts of the Sacred Valley. 
Day 7: A free exploration day or a day to relax by the pool.
Day 8: Board the Vistadome train for a beautiful journey through the Sacred Valley to the gateway town of Machu Picchu; Aguas Calientes.  Enjoy a guided tour of this wonder of the world!
Day 9:
Morning at leisure...maybe explore Machu Picchu further? Or climb up Huayna Picchu?
Head back to Cusco.
Day 10: Cusco
Guided tour with a local guide.
Day 11: An incredible journey over the altiplano from Cusco to Puno.
Day 12: Lake Titicaca:
A full day tour of this majestic lake with your local guide.  Visit the Uros Islands and Taquile.
Day 13: Fly back to Lima and back to London.
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