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An excursion that combines natural history with archaeological sites of pre-Inca cultures will enable you to get a closer look at this strip of the Atacama Desert, interspersed with fertile valleys that bring water draining from the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. A marvelous experience that shows you a different side of Peru – an unexpected treat.
Early morning transfer to Paracas by private transportation. Our first stop is in Pachacamac, a pre Inca site located in the coast of Peru close to Lima. Then we will continue to the south and visit the town of Pucusana where you will have the option to learn more about marine life and the local people. At noon we arrive to ’El Piloto´ Restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon we will continue to Paracas National Reserve where we will learn more about the local pre Inca culture of Paracas and how they lived in the middle of the desert. After that we arrive at your local hotel. L
Early in the morning board the motorboat for the Ballestas Islands tour. The Ballestas Islands are part of the National Reserve. Here one can encounter sea lions, Humboldt penguins and even a sporadic Condor that gets to the islands to feed. On returning you will be transferred to Ica, one of the most important cities located in the south coast of Peru, where you will have the option to taste some Pisco and also visit the oasis of Huacachina. After lunch we will continue to Nazca. Option to fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines (geroglyphs and geometric lines drawn in the desert). Since their discovery, the Nazca Lines have inspired fantastic explanations ranging from ancient gods, a landing strip for returning aliens, a celestial calendar created by the ancient civilization, used for rituals probably related to astronomy, or clans who made up the population and to determine, through ritual, their economic functions. Or a map of underground water supplies. Flying over the area you can marvel looking at the perfect shape of animals, flowers, plants, objects, and anthropomorphic figures of colossal proportions made with well-defined lines. Ending the day you will arrive at your hotel. B
Morning at leisure, if you did not fly over the Nazca Lines yesterday afternoon, you will have a second option to do it in the morning. After that the you will visit the pre Inca cemetery of Chauchilla, used by the Nazca Culture and located 19 km south of Nazca city. In the afternoon your vehicle will return to Lima or continue to Arequipa. B
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B-Breakfast / L- Lunch / D- Dinner
Personal first aid kit. On each trip we carry a medical kit but we suggest a small personal first-aid kit for bruises and blisters. A knee and ankle brace are sometimes useful especially if you suffer from weak knees or ankles. Include any special medication your doctor might suggest for you.