Nazca, Ica and Ballestas Islands

Discover the mysterious Nazca Lines from an aerial perspective and taste excellent local wines at Ica. Explore the ruins of Cahuachi and Pachacamac and view wildlife such as sea lion and penguin at Paracas and on the Ballestas Islands.

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4 days/3 nights
Departs daily ex Lima

Highlights:

  • Flight over the mysterious Nazca lines
  • Paracas National Park, a refuge for Humboldt penguins, fur seals and many more
  • Pachacmac, an ancient Incan complex of palaces, plazas and temples

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Nazca, Ica and Ballestas Islands

4 days/3 nights

Day 1 Nazca
Depart to Nazca (approx. 8hrs) by private car. Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight in Nazca. L

Day 2 Ica
Transfer to local airport for flight over the Nazca Lines. Afterwards, travel west of Nazca to see the ruins of Cahuachi, once a major ceremonial centre of Nazca culture. Visit the Antonini archaeological museum, then drive to Ica. Overnight in Ica. BL

Day 3 Paracas
Enjoy a morning excursion to the Ballestas Islands followed by an afternoon at the Paracas National Reserve, a refuge for fur seals, Humboldt penguins and many other birds. Overnight in Paracas. B

Day 4 Tour ends Lima
Morning visit to Pachacamac, an ancient Incan complex of palaces, plazas and temples before returning to Lima by road. Tour ends. B

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Peru Overview

Why Peru: Peru is a spectacular destination of ancient Inca ruins, stunning Spanish colonial architecture, snow-covered mountains and lush Amazon jungle teeming with incredible fauna and flora.

When to Go: Peru’s climate varies considerably by region and altitude. The best time for trekking is Jun – Sep, when days are sunny but nights are cold. The Inca trail is closed during the wettest month of February; however you can still visit Machu Picchu by train during this time. As one moves up into the mountains from the coast, night-time temperatures become colder. The eastern slope of the Andes, which includes the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, so the best time to visit this region would be Apr – Oct.

Combine With: A trip to Peru is easily combined with Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia or Brazil. Alternatively, you could visit  Central America.

Getting There: Lima has direct flights to and from cities all over South America.

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