LUXURY TRAVEL TO NAZCA LINES AND PARACAS

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Destination Nazca & Paracas

Four hours outside of Lima, on a desert plain between the Andes and the ocean, huge sand dunes meet the edge of the Pacific, rocky coastal island home to hundreds of marine species. Travel to Huacachina Oasis which offers a bohemian spot to have lunch and or see the sunset. Travelers will marvel at the scale of the Nazca Lines from a low-flying aircraft, mysterious figures in the sand that still cannot be explained to this day. With Paracas as a comfortable base and the Nazca Lines as a can’t-miss highlight in private travel, a bit of beachside leisure along with marveling of the pre-Inca archeological mysteries.

Attractions

Nazca Lines

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, the Nazca Lines are remarkable for their sheer size and the mystifying variety of images they represent. Carefully carved in the middle of one of the most arid areas in the world, Nazca lines and geoglyphs captivate our imaginations because of their mysterious origin and grandiose tracing. Astronomical calendar, sacred precincts or offering for Gods, these lines remain as one of the biggest mysteries in the world of archeology. The hummingbird, the monkey and the spider are among the most famous shapes caved in the sand. This one you cannot miss.

Paracas National Reserve

A natural paradise between the desert and the Pacific Ocean. Land of sunshine, calm beaches, large flocks of birds and huge sea lion colonies. Paracas is the ideal place to get away from the world and penetrate the sinuous sandy and marine paths. Astounding concentration of marine wildlife unique to Peru’s coast, there are 110 bird species, including nesting boobies, cormorants and pelicans that either live here year round or stop briefly on Patagonia-to-Alaska migratory routes.

Huacachina Oasis

Is a village in southwestern Peru, built around a small oasis among by sand dunes. It has a local population of around 100 although it hosts many thousands of tourists each year. Huacachina is built around a small natural lake in the desert. Called the "oasis of America," it serves as a fun resort for local families from the city of Ica, and increasingly as an attraction for tourists drawn by the sports of sand boarding and taking dune buggy rides on sand dunes that stretch several hundred feet high.

What to do?

Mysterious Nazca Lines from above

The only way to fully appreciate the Nazca Lines is to get a bird’s eye view in a small, low-flying plane. The usual route provides views of approximately 14 figures, including the whale, monkey, dog, hummingbird, spider, and the so-called astronaut. With advance notice (and an additional cost), flight operators can extend the flight time to also soar over the Palpa lines which include 14 additional figures. Over flights depart from airports in Pisco, Ica, and Nazca.

Visit museums in Nazca

If you’ve traveled overland to the Nasca town, you have two great opportunities to learn more about the history of the enigmatic etchings and the civilizations who created them. Start at the Antonini Archaeology Museum, which delves into the hydraulic technology that allowed civilizations to flourish on the arid plains of Ica. Continue to the Maria Reiche Planetarium, where you can see how constellations in the southern hemisphere sky match up to the Nazca Lines.

Take a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands

Large flocks of birds and huge sea lion colonies offer to you a boat tour surrounded by rare marine wildlife only known researches and some Eco tourists. Navigate up to the islands’ bank for closer wildlife observation.

Enjoy the water in Paracas

Land of sunshine, clam beaches, perfect place to enjoy the nature and relax and get away from the world. Or take the opposite approach, head down to the shore and choose from kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing, windsurfing and any other wind and water sport that catches your fancy.

Adventure tourism

If you are an Adrenaline junky, book a dune buggy and sand-board tour to the sand dunes outside of Huacachina. With your expert driver you can jet through the dunes at the wheel hurtling speeds or take a time to practice your boarding skills on dunes big or small.

Travel tips

Best time to visit

  • With dry, sunny weather the whole year round, it’s no wonder the south coast of Peru is a favorite getaway of Lima locals. However, you may want to time your visit to Paracas to coincide with other factors. December to February is peak travel season. January to March is seal pupping season on the Islas Ballestas. June to August is the best time to see Chilean flamingos setting up temporary home.

Arriving/departing Paracas

  • Travel time is usually around 4-5 hours aboard comfortable first class buses with all the amenities to well-connected to Lima by bus. The Aircraft flight rout, is only to fly over the Nazca lines, usually round trip to Lima, or bus ride down to Arequipa.

Wear a hat and windbreaker

  • Tours to the Ballestas Islands come with two minor dangers: strong winds and bird poo, so do look out for these perils. Keep in mind, the weather may be hot and sunny on land, but out on the water, high winds can make it quite chilly, so take a windbreaker just in case. Also, as a mecca for seabirds, there’s no shortage of droppings flying through the air at any moment – take the necessary precautions to avoid getting poo bombed.

Prevent against motion sickness

  • Experiencing the highlights of Paracas and Nazca involves unsteady boat rides and tricky airplane maneuvers. Travelers prone to motion sickness are advised to plan ahead with medications or remedies to suppress or reduce symptoms.

Health

  • As with elsewhere in Peru and South America, travelers are advised to drink of water while on a tour of the Paracas reserve.