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Nazca Extension

6 Days FROM USD 1,495

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Overview

Discover the mystery that lies hidden within Peru’s desert and southern coastline with this Chimu Adventure tour to Nazca and Paracas. Departing from Lima, Peru’s capital, you will travel to Nazca where you will take an archaeological tour to unearth the many secrets of this region. Visit the Aqueducts of Cantalloc and the Paredones Ruins before enjoying a bird’s eye view of the Nazca lines with a flight over the UNESCO World Heritage listed site. You will then travel to Paracas to cruise to the Ballestas Islands and see the Candelabra of the Andes before exploring the unusual desert coastline of the Paracas National Reserve.

On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary.  Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 

Trip Code: PETSLSO

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Peru

Flights: Ask us about booking your Internal flights with your International flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more information. 

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Fly over the Nazca Lines and uncover the theories behind their significance 

  • See the Candelabra of the Andes while cruising the Ballestas Islands

  • Tour the beautiful desert and coastal landscape of Paracas National Reserve

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Welcome to Lima, the capital of Peru. The city hasn’t always held this title, taking the reins from Cusco in 1535 during the Spanish Conquest.
Francisco Pizarro and his conquistadors sought a new location closer to the coast and originally named their capital the City of Kings, or Ciudad de los Reyes. However, this title didn’t stick and instead the city name resembles what the Inca’s originally called the area, ‘Limaq’.
Spend your day exploring Lima’s various sites such as Museo Larco (which houses a collection of pre-Columbian art), the Larcomar Shopping Centre (where there are spectacular clifftop views of the Pacific Ocean), Huaccu Pucllana (a massive adobe and clay pyramid built between 200 and 700 AD) and Lima’s Plaza de Armas (where you can see the Government palace, the Archbishop’s Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace, the Palace of the Union and the Cathedral Basilica of Lima).

Arrive in Lima

You will depart Lima’s sprawling metropolis and travel by luxury coach to Nazca. Situated in the desert off the southern coastline of Peru, Nazca is famous for being home to the Nazca Lines, a series of geoglyphs and lines etched into the desert floor. During your stay you will uncover the great mysteries behind the Nazca lines and learn about the culture of the Nazca people, who thrived in this area between 100 and 800AD.

Today you will tour two of Nazca’s key archaeological sites and a museum. Your first stop is the Aqueducts of Cantalloc, an underground irrigation system built by the Nazca’s using river stones called ‘Laja’ that dates back to around 300AD. There are 46 aqueducts in total, 32 of which are functioning and still used by farmers today. You will then head to the Paredones Ruins, a small administrative centre built by the Inca’s in the 1400’s that provided a link between the coast and the highlands. Finally, we’ll visit the Antonini Museum, which houses and conserves a collection of ceramics, mummies, trophy heads, textiles and other items from the Nazca culture.

Lima to Nazca & Archeological Tour

This morning take a flight over the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nazca Lines.
These famous lines and geoglyphs are spread over an area of 50km2, with individual image designs measuring between 400 and 1,100m. Therefore, the best way to see them is from the air.
The majority of the lines are believed to have been created by the Nazca people between 200BC and 500AD. However, recent discoveries using drone technology have brought new evidence suggesting some geoglyphs might have been created even earlier by the Paracas and Topara people.
Theories for the reasons why the lines were created vary, with some believing they were symbols the Nazca used to help guide them with agricultural crop cultivation and others consider them to be a giant astrological calendar of the stars.
During your flight you will travel over the better known geometric shapes and designs such as the monkey, the spider, the condor, the hummingbird and a tree.
Afterwards we will depart Nazca to head toward the coastal port town of Paracas.

Nazca Lines & Paracas

The town of Paracas, which means ‘sand rain’ in Quechuan, is our departure point for today’s tour of the Paracas National Reserve. In the morning you will board a small speed boat at the port and cruise to the Ballestas Islands. While these islands are not part of the Paracas National Reserve, they are rich with bird and sea life. In the air you’ll spot cormorant, Peruvian booby, pelican and possibly Inca terns while in the sea you’ll see sea lions and sometimes Humboldt penguins and dolphins. The cruise will pass the Candelabra of the Andes, a famous three pronged geoglyph carved into the hillside of the mainland at Paracas Bay. Standing more than 150m high and 50m wide, this geoglyph dates back to approximately 200BC.

In the afternoon we will tour the Paracas National Reserve. Spanning 335,000 hectares the reserve encapsulates the Paracas peninsula, the Independencia Islands and the San Gallan Islands. You will visit Playa Roja, Yumaque and La Aguada beaches, taking the chance to see flamingos at the latter. We will also take you to the Interpretation Centre of the Paracas National Reserve. There, you will be captivated by photos of the region’s flora and fauna.

Paracas National Reserve

You will return to Lima from Paracas by luxury bus.
In the evening why not head to one of Lima’s many restaurants and try ceviche. Lima is considered the gastronomical capital of the Americas and ceviche is the country’s national dish. Be sure to also order a Pisco Sour, Peru’s national cocktail, to wash it down.

Paracas to Lima

You will return to the airport for your onward flight.

Depart Lima
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • See more of Peru with our Arequipa & Colca Canyon Extension. Spend four days exploring Peru's second largest city known as the white city, Arequipa boasts one of the most picturesque plazas in the Americas. Head into the Andes mountains and be blown away by the Colca Canyon, the world's second deepest canyon where you will also have the opportunity to see Condors, and finish with a soak in one of the many hot springs.

  • No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to the Amazon Rainforest. Discover the incredible biodiversity of the flooded rainforest from the comfort of a lodge or on a cruise. The Refugio Amazonas Extension is the perfect base for all your jungle activities, and the chance to get involved with a Citizen Science Project. Or you can also sail along the Amazon River onboard the Delfin III - 4 Day Cruise. You will navigate into the most hidden corners of the Amazon rainforest in luxury, with daily excursions to experience the surroundings accompanied by expert naturalists guides. 

  • Reach Machu Picchu the same way the Incan's used to, hiking the world famous Classic Inca Trail. This challenging hike visits Incan ruin sights that most travellers never get to see and is a highly rewarding experience. Permit numbers are strictly limited and it is advised to book a minimum of six months in advance.  

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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Private airport transfers
    Bus transfers between listed destinations and pick up/from off from hotels
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Other meals where stated
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in the itinerary

    Exclusions 

    International and internal flights not indicated
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included
     

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  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share.
    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
    All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
     

  • Seasonality and availability at time of booking.

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

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