Nazca lines & Ballestas islands 3 Days / 2 Nights
Nazca lines & Ballestas islands 3 Days 2 Nights, On this compact tour we discover the little known marine hotspot of the Ballestas Islands, a fantastic area to spot Sea Lions (which occur here in their thousands). Fascinating marine birdlife found here includes Humboldt Penguins, Pelicans, Peruvian Booby’s and Cormorants, which breed here in huge numbers. While on the desert coast we have a stunning introduction to Peru’s pre-colonial history, flying over the enormous mysterious Nazca Lines – geometric figures and images of animals echoed into the landscape more than 2000 years ago – an awesome site, the purpose of the Nazca Lines remains a mystery to this day.
- Duration: 3 Days and 2 Nights
- Departures: Daily departures from Lima Peru
- Activities: Excursion to Paracas, Ballestas island and Nasca Lines
- Nasca lines overflight: Is Included in our offer.
- Customizable: YES, feel free to ask for extra services
Day 1: Lima to Pisco.
At 9am we begin a guided trip of Lima’s old colonial centre, taking in the main square, the impressive Cathedral, rebuilt after a huge earthquake in 1746 and the Plaza San Martin amongst other highlights. Returning to Miraflores we continue our guided visit the Gold Museum, featuring one of the most extensive collections of pre-colombian jewellery and artefacts in the country. We take lunch in local restaurant before returning to our hotel.
In the early afternoon we board our bus and begin our 4 hour journey South to Pisco, the highway following the rugged coastline interspersed with small fishing villages. We arrive in Pisco, a large port town famed, and named after its local brandy production.
Overnight at Hotel. (L).
Day 2: Ballestas Islands and nazca.
Following breakfast we will be privately transported to Pisco’s seafront where we board our boat for a voyage out to the windswept Ballestas Islands, home to huge populations of marine wildlife. The islands have been spectacularly eroded by the sea forming steep cliffs and huge arches – perfect homes for some of the eastern Pacific’s largest seabird colonies. Pelicans, Peruvian Booby’s, Red Legged and Guanay Cormorants all find sanctuary here. At the water’s edge thousands of noisy sealions compete for space with Humboldt Penguins – all evidence of the richness of the cold waters carried up from the Antarctic by the powerful Humboldt Current.
Returning from our water based adventure we have a seafood lunch and sample Peru’s most famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour. After lunch (base on sea food) we board our bus and continue down the southwards towards the town of Nazca. We arrive in Nazca in the late afternoon – a verdant green valley surrounded by desert hills and the highest Sand dunes on the planet.
Overnight at Hotel. (B, L).
Day 3: Nazca Lines.
After breakfast at 7:00am we are transferred privately to the local airport were we board our small plane for our low altitude flight over the Nazca Lines. The lines, etched into the desert over hundreds of years in a process beginning more than 2000 years ago can only be appreciated from above, and our flight provides a remarkable perspective on these geometrical shapes and animal forms, many of which are hundreds of meters across. The images, whose exact purpose has never been proved include birds, a monkey, a killer whale and a spider.
Returning to earth we visit the pre-Inca cemetery site of Chauchilla. Taking a guided tour we explore an area covered with bones, pottery and well preserved mummies. After the excursion you will travel by bus from Nazca Lines back to Lima.
Overnight at Hotel. (B).
End of Service.
- Return airport transfers
- English-speaking tour guide.
- Sightseeing as mentioned in the Trip Notes.
- Entrance fees.
- Authentic Accommodation: 2 nights comfortable hotel.
- Meals where mentioned in the itinerary.
- Nazca Lines scenic flight.
- Guided tour of the Ballestas Islands.
- International flights
- Airport departure tax
- Visas where required
- Meals not included in the itinerary
- Any optional tours or activities during free time
- Tipping for the personal
- Items of a personal nature
Things to Bring
- Comfortable Walking Shoes.
- Sandals are good relaxing in the evenings etc
- Comfortable travel clothes suitable for both hot and cold climates
- Wind and water proof jacket (Gore-Tex is good)
- Water bottle
- Water purifying tablets
- Camera (water proof case is useful)
- Extra batteries for camera
- Extra money for your own expenses – dollars are easily exchanged, there are ATM’s in major cities and travelers checks are a secure method of
- carrying funds
- A photocopy of your passport/travel documents
- A copy of your travel insurance
- Mosquito repellent (DEET is good)
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Binoculars (good for wildlife watching!)
- Basic medical kit
Prices valid for 2019
US price per person
US $ 519.oo
* Pricing per person based on double occupancy and hotel 3 star.
Prices may vary according to the season, availability, and client preferences. Certain transport costs may not be included. Please contact one of our expert travel advisors for more information.
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