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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 or bus station in Nazca, transfer to the Nazca aerodrome. Meet your representative and go to the check-in zone to wait for your flight. Get briefed on the nature of your tour and on safety instructions. The flight lasts 35-minutes and you will see 12 of the most representative figures drawn on the stony surface of the Nazca desert. Look out for representations of animals and plants, distributed in a labyrinth of lines, trapezes, and triangles which have been preserved 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. After your experience, fly back to the aerodrome and head back to your hotel in Nazca.

From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

2. From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island — whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterwards, continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals, and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. You’ll then return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. An almost alien landscape, the Paracas National Reserve is composed of vast, sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs directly next to the bright, blue ocean. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake. Your tour caps things off with visits to Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach, two stunning maroon-sand beaches that are truly one-of-a-kind. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, you'll hop back in the car for a convenient transfer back to your hotel.

Paracas: Ballestas Islands Morning Boat Tour

3. Paracas: Ballestas Islands Morning Boat Tour

Your Paracas coastline adventure departs from the marina in the morning and then heads out onto the open blue waters of the ocean. The first stop of the tour is the famous El Candelabro, also known as the ‘Candelabra of the Andes’, a prehistoric geoglyph on the northern face of the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay. Admire the imposing figure set into the landscape and learn more about the history of the geoglyph from your tour guide. The boat sails onto the Ballestas Islands next, a collection of biodiverse islets that are home to an array of protected and endangered animals and birds. From the boat, admire these beautiful islands and learn about the many marine species it houses, including the curious Humboldt penguins, the playful sea lions, and the exuberant colorful birds. Visitors to the islands are not permitted onto the land because it is a protected natural area, however there is plenty of time to see all that the islands have to offer from the comfort of the boat.

Nazca: Flight Over Nazca, Cerro Blanco & Cantalloc Aqueduct

4. Nazca: Flight Over Nazca, Cerro Blanco & Cantalloc Aqueduct

Come and discover the mystery of Peru, the millenarian Geoglyphs of Nazca Lines, and the ancient Cantalloc Aqueduct. After pickup from your hotel or bus station in Nazca, transfer to the Maria Reiche Aerodrome. Enjoy a 35-minute flight over the Nazca Lines, where you will learn about the collection of giant geoglyphs made by the Nazcas in South America. Appreciate their 2,000-year-old history and how they have now been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From Ica or Huacachina: Wine and Pisco Vineyards Tour

5. From Ica or Huacachina: Wine and Pisco Vineyards Tour

Discover the wine region surrounding Ica, that is known as the most important wine region in Peru for red wine and the popular local drink pisco. Visit the oldest vineyard in Peru and a traditional pisco winery and learn about how the wine and Pisco are made and, of course, taste Pisco and wine at both wineries. Start with pickup from Ica or Huacachina. Head to your first stop, the Tacama vineyard, considered one of the oldest ones in South America and first in Peru, established in the 16th century. Visit the old hacienda and tower where you will get the best view and see acres of grapes. Then you will visit the old and new factory and see how Tacama produces wines and Piscos using the industrial process. Afterward, you will taste their Piscos and wines. Head to the second vineyard called El Catador, known for its pisco. Pisco is a strong liquor known as the national drink of Peru. Learn about the traditional process to make Pisco and the clay jars known as “botijas” where the juice of crushed grapes is fermenting during March month, (harvest time). Visit the distillery and learn about the last seps to produce the famous drink. After, time to taste the Pisco and wine made here. You will have the opportunity to have lunch (not included) at one of the wineries that prepare typical dishes from this region.

Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Oasis Half-Day Tour

6. Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Oasis Half-Day Tour

Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel in Paracas or Piso and head to the Paracas Harbor. Here you'll board a speedboat to begin your adventure to the stunning Ballestas Island. On the way you will stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see a stunning design of the enigmatic El Candelabro drawn on the side of a hill on the peninsula. Afterwards, the speedboat will navigate towards to the Ballestas Islands, where you will see a stunning world filled with birds and sea lions. Visit up to three islands, depending on sea conditions, and explore their caves.  Head back to the port for a 40 minute break before boarding a vehicle to drive approximately one hour to go towards the city of Ica. On this portion of the tour you will visit a vineyard to have the opportunity to taste traditional wine and Pisco, the national drink of Peru. Learn about the history and production process of Pisco in one of the bodegas before heading to more sights. Later on you will visit the Cathedral of Senor de Luren, the main square and the Regional Museum of Ica, and an interesting building that houses the remains of the local ancient cultures. After spending time in Ica continue southwest towards the Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm trees and huge sand dunes with a spectacular view of Ica Valley and desert. Here you will be able to climb the sand dunes and enjoy a dune buggy tour. After spending time in the sand you will return with a drop-off at your hotel.

From Lima: Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis, & Dune Buggy Tour

7. From Lima: Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis, & Dune Buggy Tour

Join this trip from Lima and fly over the Nazca Lines, a collection of giant geoglyphs etched into desert sands attributed to the pre-Inca civilization. See the Huacachina Oasis and add explore the large dunes of Ica on a buggy. Relax in the lap of nature surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Enjoy your day in the desert, taking a dune buggy tour. Soak in the spectacular landscape formed by a lagoon of emerald green waters and large dunes. Then, head to Nazca city 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.

Lima: Private Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis with Lunch

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

Start your tour in the early morning with a freshly prepared 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 on 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 in a traditional Peruvian lunch, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Try delicious delicacies such as sopa seca and pollo saltado, chicken stir-fry. Following lunch, conclude the trip with a relaxing ride back to your hotel.

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

9. 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.

Nazca: Scenic Flight Over the Nazca Lines

10. 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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based on 25 reviews

Our guide was wonderful. She was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge pertaining to our tour in particular and Peru and it’s culture and history generally. She was personable, and a delight to spend time with. She kept the tour lively and interesting at all times, and kept things flowing smoothly from start to finish. Just as importantly, she sensed when to step back and let us enjoy what we were seeing while being discreetly available when we were ready to reengage or move on or needed something. She was a superstar conversationalist and a perfect host.

Great experience. Excellent drive who help with details at locations and allows for personalized trip depending on what group wants to focus on. Main event is Tacama. Can do many different types tours at this location and eat at their restaurant. You will spend majority of time at Tacama. Tour ends with smaller, more traditional vineyard, which was great to contrast. This smaller vineyard has much shorter tour and tasting but very sweet people and fun to talk too.

Both vine yards were very different, but beautiful. We had a lot of fun at the tastings and learned a lot. Well organized tour. We can definitely recommend!

superb visit of 2 vineyards close to ICA guide ultra friendly and very accommodating!

Very well organized! I would recommend the adventure to anyone!