The Nazca lines are one of the most amazing sights in the world, and they're just a bit too far from Lima to do comfortably in one day. Luckily, the area has lots more to offer! This trip includes the Nazca lines, the amazing, fun-filled desert oasis of Huacachina, the Ballestas Islands (known as 'Peru's Galapagos'), the weird rockscapes and petroglyphs of Paracas, and a day diving into the deliciousness of Lima.
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3 3 days
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The trip in detail
We’ll pick you up at 9am and head out for a day exploring Lima’s glorious gastronomy and long human history.
One of the reasons Peruvian food is so justly famous is the diversity of Peruvian produce. Ingredients from the ocean, mountains and jungle all come together, in almost overwhelming abundance, at the suburban produce market that‘s our first stop this morning. Lunch will be a tour of the best Peruvian coastal cuisine: causa (avocado and seafood layered between mashed potato – Peru’s answer to lasagne!) and ceviche (the most delicious version of raw marinated fish on the face of the Earth).
We'll work off lunch with a walk around Lima's grandiose colonial centre, then head for the picturesque cobbled byways of the historic bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco for one last snack – picarones – a sweet, doughnut-like snack made from sweet potato!
Meals: Lunch included
Accommodation: Lima hotel
We’ll pick you up from your Lima accommodation early this morning and drive down the coast to Ica, where we’ll head straight for the aerodrome for our scenic 1 hour flight over the Nazca lines.
Then we’re off to Bodega Tacama – South America’s most venerable vineyard – for a gourmet lunch and, of course, wine tasting! Later this afternoon we’ll take to dune buggies for an exciting ride through the sand dunes of the famous Huacachina oasis, where we’ll also spend the night.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
Accommodation: Huacachina oasis hotel
This morning we’ll take a boat tour to see the famous Ballestas Islands, home to dolphins, seals and many species of birds – in fact these islands are so abundant in wildlife they’re known as “Peru’s Galapagos”. We’ll also visit the Reserva de Paracas where we’ll see gorgeous beaches, weird desert landscapes and more than 200 species of birds!