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From Nazca: 35-Minute Flight Over Nazca Lines

1. From Nazca: 35-Minute Flight Over Nazca Lines

After pickup from your hotel in Nazca, transfer to the Nazca aerodrome. Meet your representative and go to the check-in zone to wait for your flight. You will be briefed on the nature of your tour and on safety instructions. The flight will last 35-minutes and you will see 12 of the most representative figures drawn on the stony surface on the Nazca desert. Look out for representations of animals and stylized plants, distributed in a huge labyrinth of lines, trapezes, and triangles which have been perserved for almost 2,000 years. The Nazca Lines are some of the most incredible remains from an ancient culture. These designs, some as long as 500 meters, can be truly appreciated from the sky at an altitude of 1,500 feet. Fly back to the aerodrome and head back to your hotel in Nazca.

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From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines, & Huacachina Oasis

2. From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines, & Huacachina Oasis

Start your adventure by departing Lima in the early morning. Travel for around 300 km on the Pan-American highway until you reach Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history which is full of wildlife.  Enjoy a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands and watch out for birds, sea lions, dolphins, and penguins. Then head to Pisco Airport and take a 45-minute flight over the Palpa desert to see the Nazca Lines. Stop at the Huacachina Oasis, and take some time to eat lunch and walk around. Test your skills at sandboarding for an additional cost or just enjoy free time at the pool drinking Pisco Sours. At the end of the adventure, head back to Lima via the same route.

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Lima: Private Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis with Lunch

3. Lima: Private Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis with Lunch

Start your tour at 5:30 AM with a freshly prepared, delicious breakfast, on your journey from your hotel in Lima to Ica. Board a Cessna 208 Caravan and fly over the famous Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the incredible, ancient geoglyphs from above and wonder at their meaning. View and take photos of the whale, the astronaut, the monkey, the hummingbird and many more of the glyphs. Land and travel to the oasis and sand dunes of Huacachina in V8 modified dune buggies. Push your body to its limits, as you practice sandboarding down the dunes of the desert. Visit a small chocolate factory and taste some of the famous, traditional Peruvian chocolates.  Explore a rural area in the outskirts of Ica. Learn about the production of Pisco, wines and fruit liqueurs at a local winery and sample as many as you like. Indulge yourself with a traditional Peruvian lunch, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Try delicious delicacies such as sopa seca and pollo saltado, chicken stir-fry. Return back to your hotel in Lima by 7:00 PM.

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From Lima: Nazca Lines and Ica Desert Day Trip with Lunch

4. From Lima: Nazca Lines and Ica Desert Day Trip with Lunch

Begin your journey of the Ica Desert with a bright and early hotel pickup, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Nazca, whereupon you'll stop at Kilometer 50 of the South Pan-American Highway to enjoy a breakfast consisting of juices or hot drinks, accompanied by artisan breads from the area. Next, head to the airfield in Nazca, where you'll pass through security before boarding a small plane to view the famous Nazca Lines from up above. Sit back and relax on your 45-minute flight, as you view the incredible collection of giant geoglyphs — designs or motifs etched into the ground — that were created by the ancient Nazca culture. Tuck into a delicious traditional lunch upon landing before heading to your final stop, the Huacachina Oasis. This natural lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and desert dunes, from where you can watch the sun setting over the sand. Pump up your adrenaline and hop into sand buggies, and sandboard down the perfect dunes before returning to Lima late in the evening.

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From Lima: Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding Trip

5. From Lima: Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding Trip

Fly over the Nazca Lines, a collection of giant geoglyphs etched into desert sands, attributed to the pre-Inca civilization. Explore the large dunes of Huacachina Oasis that invite you to practice adventure sports such as sandboarding. After pickup, go to Huacachina to see its beautiful oasis. Relax in the lap of nature surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Enjoy your day in the desert, taking a dune buggy tour and practicing sandboarding. Soak in the spectacular landscape formed by a lagoon of emerald green waters and large dunes. Then, head to Nazca province to fly around the famous and enigmatic Nazca Lines, an important archaeological site in Peru. The mysterious geoglyphs at the UNESCO World Heritage Site range from geometric shapes and swirls to a hummingbird and monkey. Observe the most important etchings, that likely date from 500 BC and 500 AD. Have a beautiful view of the landscape around in a small group.

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From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina and Nazca Line Tour

6. From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina and Nazca Line Tour

Discover the best of the culture, nature, and wildlife of the Ica region on this all-encompassing tour. Start your tour at 4:30 AM with a freshly prepared, delicious breakfast box, on your journey from your hotel in Lima to the Ballestas Islands, where your guided tour begins. See the "chandelier", a geoglyph used as a reference point for travelers and sailors. Observe beautiful native species such as sea lion colonies and Humboldt penguins, as well as several guano birds. Learn about the importance of these islands to the Peruvian coast and observe other species such as cormorants, pelicans, seagulls, and many other unique species. Next, head to the airport for a flight over the Nazca Lines. After watching an informative video about the lines and their mysteries, board a Cessna plane and enjoy a 1.25-hour flight over the area. Your pilot will show you the location of these mysterious geoglyphs and tell you what they represent. After your flight, visit an artisanal winery and learn all about the production process of some of the best wines and piscos of the region. Enjoy samples of wines, piscos, and local liquors. Sit down to a delicious lunch at the winery before heading to your final stop of the day, the Oasis of Huacachina. Practice sandboarding on this unique oasis' sand dunes and get your adrenaline pumping with a V8 buggy ride through the dunes. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Lima at 9 PM.

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Nazca: Scenic Flight Over the Nazca Lines

7. Nazca: Scenic Flight Over the Nazca Lines

You will be picked up from your hotel in Nazca and taken to the aerodrome, where you will board a light aircraft for a memorable flight over the Nazca Lines.  You’ll be able to spot the numerous figures drawn on the stony surface of the Nazca desert, representing animals, plants and people. Made by an ancient civilization, the lines and shapes have been well preserved despite being almost 2000 years old.  These designs, some of them as long as 500 meters, can only be truly appreciated from the sky. At an altitude of 457 meters (1,500 feet), you’ll have the best views of these lines.  The flight lasts 35 minutes. At the end of your flight, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Nazca.

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Lima: 3-Day Tour to Paracas, Ballestas Islands & Huacachina

8. Lima: 3-Day Tour to Paracas, Ballestas Islands & Huacachina

Day 1: Lima - Chincha - Paracas Pickup from your hotel or hostel in Lima. Stop at Chincha for a tour of the secret slave tunnels. Walk around the tunnels that were used to illegally smuggle slaves during the 17th century. After the tour, continue to Paracas, a small beach town, where you will have the rest of the day to explore. Overnight in Paracas. Day 2: Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Huacachina Leave your hotel and embark on a 2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. These islands are known to be a smaller version of the Galápagos, and you will have the chance to see sea lions, penguins, birds, and even dolphins up close in their natural habitats. After the boat tour, go on a 2-hour tour of the Paracas National Reserve, which is one of South America's largest protected desert regions and home to more than 400 species of flora and fauna. Discover a stunning landscape where the vast desert meets the Pacific Ocean.  After that, it's time to head to Huacachina, the only desert oasis in South America. Experience 2 hours of exhilarating dune buggying and sandboarding on some of the continent's highest sand dunes. Overnight in Huacachina. Day 3: Huacachina - Pisco Vineyard or Nazca Lines - Lima Option with Pisco Vineyard: Join a 2-hour vineyard tour and see how Pisco, Peru's national drink, is made. Follow the process from grape to bottle and try different samples of Pisco. After, you will have the whole day to explore the desert oasis of Huacachina. Later travel by bus back to Lima.  Option with Nazca Lines: Take a private mini bus to go to Nazca to fly for 30 minutes over the mysterious Nazca Lines. After the flight, have some free time in Nazca to discover some of its landmarks, like the Plaza de Armas. Take the bus back to Huacachina, rest and get ready for the bus back to Lima.

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From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

9. From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

Wake up early for pick-up from your hotel at 4:30 AM and travel to the Paracas National Reserve. Enjoy a breakfast box on the way there. Board the first boat to Ballestas Islands and admire the scenery of Paracas Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife like sea lions, seagulls and penguins.  Travel to the aerodrome of Ica and watch an informative video on the history of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jump on to a Cessna 208 Caravan plane and fly over the ancient geoglyphs, to view them from above. Take pictures of the whale, astronaut, monkey, hummingbird and many more of the geoglyphs. Head to a traditional Peruvian restaurant and choose between a creole or seafood lunch, complemented with drinks. Indulge yourself with a wine tasting as well as traditional pisco, famously made in the region.  Return to Lima at 7:00 PM.

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From Nazca: Cahuachi Pyramids Private Tour

10. From Nazca: Cahuachi Pyramids Private Tour

Explore the Cahuachi Pyramids on a private, guided tour from Nazca. Learn about the pyramids with your English and Spanish-speaking guide, and get a glimpse of the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Meet your guide at your hotel in Nazca, and then drive 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) to the ruins of the Ceremonial Centre of Cahuachi. Pass through a wonderful desert landscape on your way to what is thought to have been a pilgrimage site for the Nazca people. Discover the site's most important sectors, such as the Great Pyramid and Stepped Temple, as well as many other areas besides. Peek at the intriguing archaeological mystery of the Nazca Lines, which Cahuachi overlooks, before returning to your hotel in Nazca.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 89 reviews

To say it from the start: the tour is a real day trip. From 4.30 a.m. bus 10.30 p.m. and easily covers 600km by road and is exhausting. But, it's definitely worth it. The Islas Ballestas with good bilingual explanation and care with many penguins and birds. The 2 hour flight to the Nazca Lines, with the pilot circling over the geoglyphs and giving everyone with a right or left turn an optimal view. Also the Huacachina oasis, which is idyllically situated with the huge sand dunes, especially at sunset. My touguide Alfonso Choji was well trained and was able to answer all questions about the history, the excursion and also the political / social situation in Peru. I felt very well looked after and can recommend this tour

Our trip to Paracas and Huacachina was nothing short of amazing. Charlie was an excellent guide and showed us all the best places for everything we wanted to do. This was a fabulous experience that I would recommend anyone coming to Peru try!

Although it seems that it will be a lot, give time to everything. Pedro, the driver and Jacie, the guide, very friendly and attentive. It has been an unforgettable day. Listen to Jacie and take a sickness pill!

I loved the fact that the activities weren’t jam packed together and although some attractions were closed due to weather or COVID the tour guides made up for it and we all had a wonderful time!!!

Very nice experience. The 6-passenger plane leans nicely for everyone to see and photograph the figures. We waited until the plane was full to start with a delay. To do!