Day 1: From Lima to Paracas
Early in the morning, you will begin the four-hour trip to Paracas, a beautiful bay rich in marine life and full of ancient mysteries. On the way, around 20 miles (30 km) south of Lima, you will visit the Santuario Arqueológico de Pachacamac, the archeological site of what was once an important pilgrimage center for many of the cultures that populated ancient Peru. You will have lunch on the road. Upon arriving in Paracas, you will make your way to the hotel to rest and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. You will have the rest of the day free.
Day 2: Ballestas Island excursion and overflight Nasca Lines
You will enjoy the sunrise in one of the most scenic bays in Peru and then take part in a fantastic voyage through the Islas Ballestas (Crossbow Islands), a nature reserve and excellent place to observe close-up the largest concentration of guano-producing birds and sea lions on the Peruvian coast. Along the way, you will be able to see the mysterious Candelabro (a candlestick-shaped figure etched on a sandy hillside, associated with the Nasca Lines). As you approach the islands, Mother Nature will greet you with an impressive display. Thousands of birds, among them Peruvian Boobies and Guanay Cormorants, will drown out all other sounds with their peculiar honks and quacks. Sea lions will take a short break from bumping around on the protruding rocks, or fighting over territory, and will slip beneath the waves to approach your ship in a friendly manner. Return to the hotel. Ten minutes from Paracas, in the city of Pisco, you will find the airport where you will begin your flyover of the enigmatic Nasca Lines. Behold the incredible creative abilities of the ancient Peruvians as you discover one of humanity’s greatest mysteries: geoglyphs and lines of colossal magnitude etched in the desert sands by the ancient Nasca people. A monkey, a spider, a hummingbird, and more than 20 other figures occupying an area of approximately 190 sq. miles (500 km²), wait to be admired from above in an unforgettable two-hour flyover. Note: The Nasca Lines flyover experience is subject to weather conditions. If inclement weather prevents the flyover that afternoon, it will be rescheduled for the morning of the following day.
Day 3: Departure from Paracas back to Lima
At the scheduled time, you will return by private transport to the city of Lima.