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Paracas & Nazca Lines Tour Package

Why travel?

PARACAS:

The desert and the sea come together in spectacular fashion in Paracas, in the department of Ica, just a few hours south from the city of Lima. The cliffs that fringe the beaches are teeming with life: millions of birds that live here year-round, and thousands of others that fly from the Northern Hemisphere and from further south, ranging from guano birds to Humboldt penguins. The region boasts a breathtaking seaside, sunny climate, and varied marine wildlife that you can admire in the National Reserve of Paracas or during a boat tour around the Ballestas Islands. For a relaxing beach getaway with plenty of sunbathing, Paracas cannot be beat.

Just 9 miles (15 km) from the port of Pisco is the Paracas Natural Reserve, which covers more than 335,000 hectares of land and water. The reserve is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies on earth as well as an immense concentration of marine birds (over 220 species) and other wildlife.

The Ballestas Islands, an oasis of rocky islands located just offshore of Paracas Bay, are characterized by natural arches and caves that are home to hundreds of sea lions and unique bird species. Bird lovers will have the opportunity to observe and admire rare species such as the Humboldt penguin, Peruvian booby, guanay cormorant, Inca tern, and seaside cinclodes, a land bird.

A Paracas tour also includes attractions for history and archaeology lovers. The Paracas culture arrived to Paracas Bay as early as 1,300 BC and established fishing villages that still exist today. The Inca Empire conquered the region in the 16th century but the Paracas people left behind some of Peru's most advanced weavings, ceramics, stone carvings, and metal jewelry, as well as eerie cemeteries in the desert.

NAZCA

Nazca is situated in the Ica department along the southern coastal valleys of Peru, six hours by bus from Lima, is the quaint, colonial-style town of Nazca. Home to an impressive pre-Inca underground aqueduct system and the mysterious Nazca Lines.  The Nazca Lines, discovered in 1927, are the most extraordinary legacy left by a culture that flourished in 300 BC. The lines are a series of complex designs, some up to 300 meters long which can only be seen in their true dimension from the sky, from an altitude of at least 1,500 feet. The Nazca culture is not believed to have been capable of manned flight. But the question remains as to how they crafted the drawings, what technology they used and what purpose the lines served.

Nazca’s extraordinary geo-glyphs are the main attraction. The lines are thought to have been created by three different waves of pre-Inca cultures: the Paracas people (900-200 BC), the Nazca civilization (200 BC - AD 600), and the Huari (AD 630). These immense representations of animal, human, and geometric shapes are spread across more than 200 square miles between the Nazca and Ingenio Rivers.

The incredible stylized drawings have been the subject of countless studies and several theories abound as to their purpose and method of construction. Whatever their origin, the collection of shapes can be appreciated with a flight over the Nazca Lines, enabling you to see what the creators probably never did.

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