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Paracas, Ica & Nazca
The dramatic drive South from Lima, hugs the coastline and takes you through rolling desert landscapes to Paracas, Nazca and Ica in just over 3 hours. Paracas is the gateway to the Ballestas Islands, renowned as the ‘mini-Galapagos’, due to the abundance of bird and marine life.
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Experiences in Paracas, Ica & Nazca
Nazca is of course famous for the many enigmatic lines, thought to be created around 300BC and only visible from a light-aircraft. If you prefer your adrenalin-fix on the ground though, there’s plenty of fun to be hand in the towering sand dunes – whether you prefer to be cocooned in a june buggy as you twist, jump and weave your way through the dunes or if sand-boarding is more your thing, teens will be in heaven here. You can include a 4WD dune adventure as part of your transfer from Lima – perfect for breaking up the journey South.
If getting up close and personal to an array of marine life sounds exciting, take a full-day trip to the Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve. Start your morning with a boat ride from Paracas, stopping to check out the Candelabra geoglyph and observe the array of wild species such as Humboldt penguins, Peruvian boobies, sea lions and sometimes even dolphins that inhabit the area. In the afternoon continue explore the National Reserve, with the chance to spot Andean flamingos, whales, and other wildlife.
A combination of adventure, activity in wildlife in this unique landscape all within striking distance by road from Lima, makes this little known region a great addition to a Peruvian itinerary, especially for those not able to travel onwards to the Galapagos. If you are keen to include a stay here, we recommend a stay at Hotel Paracas, a luxury springboard to the desert and sea adventures that await you. With a Spa and heated pool, it also makes for a relaxing final destination to your itinerary!
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