The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs that have stood the test of time for around 2,000 years. That's before the time of the Incas. They are as amazing as Machu Picchu and there is no other way to describe them except for being absolutely spectacular. The only way to fully appreciate them is from the air and with us you will not just see the geoglyphs but you'll also get to see the surrounding areas during our flight from Pisco airport, such as the desolate desert environment where the Nazca's managed to thrive!
After your transfer to the bus terminal you'll be embarking on a shuttle bus for a journey of around 4 hours heading south of Lima along the Pan-American highway, towards one of the driest regions of the country. After a well-earned rest and light lunch in the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport in Pisco for your flight over the Nazca lines. In the afternoon, we will explore the mysterious geoglyphs of Nazca: drawings on the ground made by removing rocks and earth to create a negative image. The rocks which cover the desert have oxidized and weathered to a deep rust color, and when the top 12-15 inches of rock is removed, a light-colored, high contrasting sand is exposed. Due to little rain or erosion, the exposed designs have stayed largely intact for the last 2,000 years. In total, there are over 800 straight lines, 300 geometric figures, and 70 animal and plant designs, called biomorphs. Some of the straight lines run up to 30 miles, while the biomorphs range from 50 to 1,200 feet in length, some as large as the Empire State Building. All of these drawings can only be fully appreciated from the window of a small plane.Lunch on your expense.
The route to see the mysterious and prehistoric geoglyphs of the Paracas Candelabra includes a round trip of two hours on a boat. Paracas Candelabra is estimated to be approximately 595 - 800 feet tall and can be seen from as far out as 12 miles at sea. The geoglyph was created by cutting two feet deep into the hardened soil. With rocks placed around the figure, the shape of the geoglyph is mysterious and somewhat difficult to describe. At the Ballestas Islands you'll see large families of sea lions sleeping on the shores, basking in the sun on the rocks, or barking loudly in efforts to protect their territory. Here you'll also witness the Peruvian sea duck known as the Guanay cormorant, impressive varieties of sea bird species including Peruvian pelicans, as well as Humboldt penguins nesting together in small groups, and sometimes even dolphins. Apart from the abundant marine and bird life found here, the Ballestas Islands are also very well known for the guano (seabird droppings) deposited on the island over thousands of years. After lunch we will drive back to Lima.Lunch and dinner on your expense.
The Hotel is located on the Paracas Peninsula where we you can easily take a walk to explore the area.