Ballestas Islands, Paracas & Nazca Lines Tour
2 Days / 1 Night
Day 1: Ballestas Islands’ Tour
Pick up at 6.30am from your hotel in Ica to go to Paracas Port, where your tour guide and boat will be waiting. At 7:30 am we take an excursion for 2.5 hours to the Ballestas Islands. We catch a delightful tourist boat. These islands are spectacular and are eroded into numerous arches and caves, which provide shelter for thousands of seabirds, some of which are very rare, and also sea lions. These islands are known as the “Galapagos of Peru”.
The island is isolated from people so the wild life is not disturbed. As the boat approaches, you get closer to the amazing inhabitants including, pelicans, penguins, cormorants, Peruvian boobies, walruses, sea lions, turtles, dolphins, whales, etc. Along
the way we appreciate Paraca´s Candelabra, a mysterious ancient etching on the sandy slope, which may have been a location signal.
At 10:30 am we go to the Paracas National Reserve for 2 hours. Paracas is one of the best wildlife and marine reserves in Peru, with the highest concentration of sea birds. There are over 1,800 species of plants and animals and is the habitat for resident and migratory waterbirds.
We return to the port of Paracas for lunch and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we can arrange an optional tour for sand boarding and the Huacachina Oasis or visit the “bodegas” (cellar), where the grapes are processed to get wine and pisco pure (liquor).
Day 2: Paracas National Reserve
At 7:15am you will be taken to the Bus Terminal to go to Nazca airport for a flight over the Nazca Lines. There are at least 13 giant figures etched on the sandy soil that can only be appreciated from a small plane flying over the lines. We see the monkey, spider, hummingbird, a geometrical bird, whale, tree, etc. These mysterious lines seem like an astrological calendar, but these days it is still unknown how they were made. These Lines were declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1994.
Finally, transfer to the bus station to take the Royal Class bus to Lima or Arequipa if you continue south.
- Public bus tickets Lima / Ica / Nazca / Lima
- Boats to Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve
- National Paracas Reserve
- Flight over Nazca Lines
- 1 night at hotel, including breakfast
- Tourist tickets for the area
- Guide fluent in English and Spanish
- Bottled water
- Tax for flight