Pisco, Paracas (Ballestas) and Nazca

 

 

Nazca, Pisco and Paracas are located in the department of Ica which is in a coastal desert that stretches all the way along the Peruvian coast.

 

Paracas is a peninsula about 20km south of the town of Pisco. The landscape is dry and barren but was home to the Paracas culture which flourished here between 2000 BC and 400 AD. This culture is famous for its textiles and deformed skulls. From the port of Paracas speed boats leave to the Ballestas Islands.  These islands are inhabited by thousands of seabirds and seals. The nearest town with a variety of hotels and restaurants is Pisco which is 245 km south of Lima.

 

Nazca is another 200 kilometers further to the south (445 km from Lima) and like Pisco in the desert. The town of Nazca is a relatively small town famous for the Nazca Lines. These lines are figures in the desert about 15 kilometers away from town and can really only be seen from an airplane. Near Nazca are some pre-Inca irrigations channels and there is also a pre-Columbian cemetery.

Excursion of 3 days / 2 nights. (Pisco Paracas, Ballestas and Nasca)

DAY 1;

In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima to take the Royal Inca Class bus to Pisco / Paracas. This journey by bus takes about 3 hours. Upon arrival you will be taken to the hotel of your choice in Pisco / Paracas. In the afternoon there is an excursion to the Paracas peninsula. Here we visit the small Julio C Tello museum and have a better look at the spectaculair coast line. This excursion takes about 4 hours.

 

DAY 2;

Early breakfast because at about 7.15 you go to El Chaco. This port is located 11 kilometer from Pisco. Here we take fast boats to the Ballestas islands. You are in the speedboat for about two hours and on route we stop to have a better look at  the Candelabra . The best way to look at this gigantic figure in the sand is from a boat. On the Ballestas are many thousands of seabirds and seals. After the boat ride you will be taken back to your hotel and from there you go to Nazca. Upon arrival in Nazca you will be taken to the hotel of your choice.

 

DAY 3;

After breakfast you will be taken to the airport of Nazca.  In a small airplane you fly above the Nazca lines.. This flight takes about 40 minutes. The rest of the morning is free to explore Nazca. Early in the afternoon you travel back to Lima in the  Royal Inca Class bus and will be arriving early in the evening. Upon arrival in Lima you will be taken to the hotel of your choice 

 

Excursion of 2 days / 1 night. (Pisco Paracas and Ballestas)

DAY 1;
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima to take the Royal Inca Class bus to Pisco / Paracas. This journey by bus takes about 3 hours. Upon arrival you will be taken to the hotel of your choice in Pisco / Paracas. In the afternoon there is an excursion to the Paracas peninsula. Here we visit the small Julio C Tello museum and have a better look at the spectaculair coast line. This excursion takes about 4 hours.

 

 

DAY 2;

Early breakfast because at about 7.15 you go to El Chaco. This port is located 11 kilometer from Pisco. Here we take fast boats to the Ballestas islands. You are in the speedboat for about two hours and on route we stop to have a better look at  the Candelabra . The best way to look at this gigantic figure in the sand is from a boat. On the Ballestas are many thousands of seabirds and seals. After the boat ride you will be taken back to your hotel and from there you return to Lima by Royal Inca Class bus . Upon arrival in Lima you will be taken to the hotel of your choice.

 

* It is also possible to leave on day 1 in the afternoon but you’ll miss out on that afternoon excursion