Get contact with the Peruvian culture!
Paracas National Reserve, Ballestas Islands, Huacachina in Ica and Nazca Lines.
This is the perfect excursion for those who want to be in contact with the nature, marine life and archaeology; you will have an opportunity to enjoy your vacations.
On this occasion we offer the perfect combination on this 3 days excursion, starting and ending in Lima.
On this tour GREAT TOURS PERU includes the highlights of the southern Coast of Peru. The gorgeous “Ballestas Islands” at The Paracas National Reserve, “The Oasis of Huacachina”, “The Enigmatic Nazca Lines” and The heat, which leads us to hand in our walks, makes wonderful stay in Ica Peru.
The Peruvian coast goes from the border with Ecuador on the North to the border with Chile on the South. It is a narrow plain, largely arid except for valleys created by seasonal rivers.
The Southern coast of Lima, in the Ica Region, includes the main valleys of Chincha, Pisco, Ica and the Nazca Rio Grande which have always been a great place for human settlements.
Ica is a region (formerly known as a department) in Peru. It borders the Pacific Ocean on the west; the Lima Region on the north; the Huancavelica and Ayacucho regions on the east; and the Arequipa Region on the south. Its capital is the city of Ica.
The Region of Ica that is divided into several provinces amongst which Ica and Nazca. This region is widely known for the Paracas culture (800 BC and 100 from our era) and the Nazca culture (100 BC and 600 from our era).
These cultures are notorious for their textiles and their ceramics as well as the lines traced in the desert and the great Cahuachi ceremonial Center. Treks in the Ica valley and the Rio Grande of Nazca basin give you the opportunity to see Paracas and Nazca relics. Nowadays, the majority of the archaeological remains are buried in the desert sand but several archaeological missions revealed their villages and public Centre.
Ica is well known to many travelers in Peru, due to its Huacachina oasis that is situated between enormous sand dunes. The oasis attracts many tourists as well as Peru’s rich families, due to the variety of adventurous sand activities that are available.
Ica is surrounded by deserts and is famous as the capital of the Peruvian department that gave birth to the famous liquor, Peruvian Pisco. The sweet, delicious and quite particular, are a delicacy for the senses.
The Nazca culture (also Nasca) was the archaeological culture that flourished from 100 BC to 600 AD beside the dry southern coast of Peru in the river valleys of the Rio Grande of Nazca drainage and the Ica Valley.
Having been heavily influenced by the preceding Paracas culture, which was known for extremely complex textiles, the Nazca produced an array of beautiful crafts and technologies such as ceramics, textiles, and geoglyphs (most commonly known as the Nazca lines). They also built an impressive system of underground aqueducts, known as puquios, that still function today. The Nazca Province in the Ica Region was named for this people.
The Nazca Lines are surely one of the most iconic sights in the world, and instantly recognizable by anyone. The lines are possibly even more famous for the various plausible and, frequently, implausible theories about who made them and how and when they were made, but the truth is that nobody really knows for sure.
At 03:45am, our representative will pick you up from the hotel in Lima, and then will transferred to the bus station to take a tourist bus to Nazca city, at approximately 04:15am, we will departure to Nazca by bus.
Upon arrival to Nazca at 11:00am, you will be met by our representative and transferred at Nazca airport to overflight the mysterious Nazca Lines.
We will fly over an enigmatic zone, where hundreds of years ago ancient Peruvians drew huge designs, which can be seen only from the air. Among the figures you will see an enormous representation of a monkey, a hummingbird, a condor, and a strange creature known as the Spaceman.
The Cantalloc Aqueducts are underground galleys and served to transport water from one place to another, inside the valley. Their ceiling is made with flat stones and in some sections ancient Nazcas used Huarango wood (A local tree).
In the area there are over 130 aqueducts, can tell that the ancient Nazcas were experts in hydraulics.
The ruins known as Paredones were an ancient Inca administrative center, it served as an expansion base for this part of their territory. It has hallways, stone made constructions and several rooms. The Cantalloc geoglyphs are a group of needles and triangles that represent the ways made their fabric.
After our touring, we will go back to Nazca to visit a ceramic studio, where a craftsman will give us a better insight about the Nazca civilization and the colorful vessels they made hundreds of years ago.
Around 16:30hrs, after our touring, you will departure to Ica city by bus.
Upon arrival to Ica around 18:30hrs, you will be met by our representative and transferred to selected hotel to spend a night.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel.
At 09:00 am. Ica City Tour; you will visit downtown Ica, regional museum, Huacachina oasis, Saint Luren Sanctuary, “El Catador” o “Vista Alegre” wine cellars.
We will visit the famous Oasis called Huacachina. The huge white sand dunes surrounding the lagoon are perfect to practice one of the most exciting sports in the area “Sand boarding”.
After our visit to Huacachina, around 13:40hrs we will continue our trip to PARACAS (National Reserve) by bus.
At 14:30hrs reception in Paracas and transfer to selected hotel.
You will take an excursion to the Paracas National Reserve, the unique protected area of Peru that has a marine ecosystem.
Here you will visit the Hall of interpretation of the Reserve, Viewpoint of Birds, Beaches, several museums showing the natural history of Paracas and also the ancient Paracas culture in addition to the beautiful “cathedral”, a natural rock formation.
After touring around, we will return to the Hotel in Paracas to spend the night.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel.
Afterwards, we will depart to the harbor on the Paracas Peninsula where we will board a speedboat to take a tour at Ballestas Islands.
During our tour, you will see many attractions. Among them, stands out a huge design etched on the slope of hill, known by the local people as The Candelabro. This is an enormous figure that has nothing to do with the Nazca Lines but is thought to be an old pirate warning over two centuries old. Our local guide will explain the most important theories concerning this drawing.
Afterwards, we will continue our excursion around the Ballestas Islands, where you will see hundreds of birds flying (Peruvian Bobbies, Inca terms, Pelicans, Cormorants and others) above the Islands, as well as dozens of sea lions on the shore of the beaches, and if you are lucky you also can see the famous Humboldt Penguins and dolphins swimming nearby. It is not allowed to land on the Island, which means you will spend all the tour on the boat.
Later on, around 14:30hrs you will be transferred to the bus station to return to Lima where you will arrive around 21:00hrs.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
ENDING OUR SERVICES.
You will need to bring light clothes, t-shirts, shorts and long pants, sun hat, sun block, garbage bag, camera, movie camera and extra batteries for your camera, snacks, water and personal things.