On this full day program we take you on a fantastic boat journey to the Ballestas Islands, a natural group of small Islands that house a huge numbers of birds including pelicans, boobies, Inca terns, cormorants, penguins and many others sea creatures. In addition you will also see large groups of sea lions resting on the beaches and swimming nearby. Then we travel further south driving across a bizarre desert where hundreds of years ago mysterious hands etched gigantic images on the surface. Nowadays these figures are known as the Nazca Lines. At the Nazca airport you will take a flight over the area and marvel at the magnificent representation of a monkey, a spider, a whale, a hummingbird, a condor and many others.
Photo Gallery: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines.
04:30 h. You will be picked up from your hotel in Lima and then will travel by private transportation to the Paracas Bay (the private transportation is shared with other tourist). The car ride to the Paracas Bay lasts about 3 hours. Upon arrival in Paracas you will be met by our local guide at the port and afterwards you will be led to the local dock of El Chaco where you will board a speed boat to visit the Ballestas Islands. During our boat excursion to the Islands 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 Candelabra. This is an enormous figure that can be seen clearly from the sea. 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. Afterwards we will get back to the mainland and will board our private vehicle again to continue our trip to the city of Nazca. Once in Nazca, you will be led to the local airdrome from where you will take a small plane to fly over the Nazca Lines. Prior the flight you will watch a video film about the Nazca Lines that will allow you get a better understanding of the archaeologicl zone you are about to see. This interesting documentary lasts about 40 minutes and involves serious information about the Nazca Culture, as well as the figures you will see from the air. For this aerial tour, you will board a small Cessna single-engine aircraft (Station air, Sky hawk or Skyline type), which has spacious room for 5 people, each person with a window seat. After the video, our English speaking pilot will proceed to give you a briefing about this air tour and also will give each participant a map of the archaeological zone, which shows all the figures you will see from the air. Among the figures, you will see an impressive representation of a monkey, a whale, a spider, a hummingbird, a parrot, a condor, geometrical shapes and hundreds of straight lines crisscrossing the Nazca desert. After the flight, you will be transferred to a local restaurant in Nazca town where you will have lunch. Soon after our lunch, we will drive back to Lima, visiting along the way the Nazca Lines Metallic Tower to see 2 of the famous Nazca Lines. Upon your arrival in Lima you will be dropped off at your hotel.
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