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Nazca & Paracas Extension

6 Days FROM USD 1,360

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Overview

Choose this add on to extend your Peruvian itinerary or customise to create your own unique journey. Departs daily to suit your travel plans. Price based on Standard accommodation. Superior or Deluxe also available.

This short package is an ideal extension to your Peruvian adventure. You will explore the contrasting Pacific coastline and regions of Pisco and Ica. Fly over the UNESCO Heritage listed Nazca Lines, learn about the rich cultural histrory of the Nazcans and then head to the coastal resort town of Paracas. Paracas is the gateway to the Bellastas Isllands, an island group in the Humboldt current where you will find Sea Lions, Humboldt Penguins and an impressive array of bird life. You will also be blown away by the picturesque Paracas National Reserve with its striking coastlines and beaches. 

Trip Code: PETSLSO

Travel Style: Extension package.

Location: Peru

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

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Fly over the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nazca Lines and learn about the history of the Nazca culture.

  • Stroll along the promenades in Paracas, indulging in some ceviche and Pisco Sours in one of Peru's best beachside towns.

  • Cruise the Ballestas Islands (nicknamed the "Peruvian Galapagos") for amazing wildlife, and a 2,200 year old geoglyph. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. This service includes a driver and local English speaking guide, who will provide you with any useful information needed for your stay. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it.

Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.

Arrival transfer in Lima

Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. The city is home to the various museums including the Museo Larco that houses a collection of pre-Columbian art and the Museo de la Nación, tracing the history of Peru’s ancient civilizations. Lima is known as the “gastronomical capital of the Americas”, encompassing specialties from ceviche and traditional coastal cooking to refined global fare. It even boasts several of the top restaurants in the world.

Lima

You will be collected from your hotel to transfer to the bus station for your onward journey from Lima.

Transfer to bus station for onward destination

Travel by luxury bus from Lima to Nazca. This service departs early in the morning and the total travel time is approx. 7.5 - 8 hours.

Bus Transfer Lima - Nazca

On arrival into Nazca, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Arrival transfer in Nazca

Nazca is located in the Ica region of Peru, on the southern coast, one of the most arid regions in the world. The name is derived from the Nazca culture that flourished in the area between 100 and 800 AD and was responsible for the Nazca Lines, the ceremonial city of Cahuachi and for constructing an impressive system of underground aqueducts (Puquios) that still function to this day.

Nazca

You will be collected from your hotel and visit the following places: The Aqueducts of Cantalloc, located 4 kms from Nazca city. These aqueducts are defined as an underground system of irrigation that dates back to approx. 300 AD. The underground channels were built of rivers stones and flat stones called “Laja” which were used to cover the underground channels as a roof. They are still used today to irrigate the thirsty Nazca lands.

Next stop will be another geoglyph located 3kms from Nazca, The Paredones Ruins. This was once an Inca Administrative Center built in the 15th centuy for specific purposes such as exercising administrative control and being the link between the Coast and the Highlands.

Last stop will be the “Antonini Museum” , to learn about the evolution of the Nazca culture and appreciate a beautiful collection of pottery, painted textiles, mummies, trophy head and other remains of Nazca culture ( 200 BC – 600 AC ). Tour duration is approx. 3.5 hours.

Nazca Archeological Tour

The Nazca culture is famous for its line drawings etched into the desert floor. These Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoglyphs located in the Nazca Desert, naturally preserved due to their isolation and the dry, windless and stable climate of the plateau. The lines were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and the geometric shapes, some over 200 metres across, are best viewed from a higher elevation. The designs include a monkey, spider, condor, hummingbird, hands and a tree. A flight over the Nazca Lines is the best way to view these intriguing geoglyphs.

*Please note a Nazca lines Tourist Ticket is not included and has to be paid in cash at the Nazca/Pisco airports. Ticket costs 47 soles ( approx. $14.00 USD )

Nazca Overflight - 30 Minutes

You will be collected from your hotel to transfer to the bus station for your onward journey from Nazca.

Transfer to bus station for onward destination

Travel by luxury bus from Nazca to Paracas. This service departs in the afternoon. Total travel time is approx. 3.5 hours.

Bus: Nazca - Paracas

On arrival at Paracas bus station, you will be met by a representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it, to transfer you to your hotel. Should you have trouble locating him/her, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details.

Arrival transfer in Paracas

Paracas meaning ''sand rain'' in Quechua, is a small port town and beach resort on the southern coast of Peru, a few hours south of Lima. The cliffs that fringe the beaches teem with birds, ranging from guano birds to Humboldt penguins. Paracas is the access point for tours to Islas Ballestas and to Paracas National Reserve, where there are huge colonies of seabirds as well as sea lions.

Paracas

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the small port of Paracas to board the boat that will cruise around the Ballestas Islands. See the remarkable marine mammals and birdlife the islands are famous for. From the boat, you can see the incredible ancient etchings in the coastal cliffs including the mysterious three pronged Candelabra of the Andes. This 180 metre tall geoglyph is carved into the side of the hill alongside Paracas Bay. On completion of the cruise, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Please note this is a small group tour.

Ballestas Island Cruise

You will be collected from your hotel to transfer to the bus station for your onward journey from Paracas.

Transfer to bus station for onward destination

Travel by luxury bus from Paracas to Lima. This service departs in the afternoon. Total travel time is approx. 4.5 hours.

Bus: Paracas - Lima

At the appropriate time you will be collected from the bus station, where our representative will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Transfer Bus Station to Hotel

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destination
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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.  

Pricing per person & date


Standard

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Important Information

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

    Exclusions 

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

  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Season and availability.

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.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

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 remain 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.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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