Paracas & Nazca
If you think Peru is limited to mountains and Machu Picchu, you’ll think again after seeing the Ica region’s stunning desert landscapes and experiencing its fantastic array of activities. Start with the classic Nazca Lines, a must-see attraction, and then head to the arid coast for marine wildlife-spotting on the Ballestas Islands. In between, tour the valleys where Peru’s pisco was born, race down sand dunes in Huacachina, and then recharge your batteries with a sunny afternoon by the pool in Paracas.
Go to Paracas for sunny weather, desert dunes overlooking the sea, pisco and wine tours, and a rollicking community of marine fauna on the Ballestas Islands. If you’ve got a packed itinerary, Paracas is the perfect place to unwind. And you’ve got an excellent array of bayside resorts to choose from. Browse our guide below for essential facts, travel tips, and top attractions on a Paracas tour.
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Off the coast of Paracas Bay, the roar of sea lions and the squawks of birds join the crash of waves against rocky isles in a cacophonous symphony. And the sheer number of marine creatures will cause you to rub your eyes in wonder.
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Paracas National Reserve
Peru’s only marine reserve encompasses coastal areas and subtropical desert and is home to diverse species of birds, fish, and marine mammals. Visitors can explore intriguing remnants of pre-Columbian cultures or venture into the water for kitesurfing, kayaking, and other sports.
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Homebase for Nazca Lines tours, the city of Nazca is usually a quick stopover on the overland route between Lima and the Andes of Peru. But for travelers seeking full immersion into the mysteries of the South America’s most puzzling archaeological site, a longer stay is in order. Browse our guide below for essential facts, travel tips, and top attractions on a Nazca tour.
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The ancient people of Nazca etched figures into the desert floor on a scale so large that they’re impossible to see from the ground. Perhaps we can never know the reason why, though scientific explanations abound. What you can do is hop on a plane and see the glyphs for yourself.
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