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Nazca Lines & Paracas National Reserve – from $1,290 per person


Day 1:

Depart Lima early this morning for Paracas, taking in magnificent coastal desert landscapes along the way.  Transfer to the Libertador Paracas, the most luxurious resport spa on the Peruvian coast, and enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local coastal cuisine.

This afternoon you will be transferred to the airstrip in Pisco for your flight over world famous, mysterious Nazca Lines.  Originally thought to be the remains of irrigation lines beyond the verdant Nazca valley, it wasn’t until they were seen from the air that the lines were recognizable as giant animal and geometric figures.  The lines are thought to have been etched on the Pampa Colorada sands by several ancient Peruvian civilizations between 900 BC and 630 AD. The airstrip in Pisco permits aerial viewing of the Lines on short, comfortable flights.  Later this afternoon return to your hotel and enjoy the sunset off the Pacific coast. Overnight: Libertador Paracas

Day 2:

This morning transfer to the nearby pier in Paracas in time for your boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands.  These extraordinary islands are part of the Paracas National Reserve and are teeming with wildlife.  Keep your eyes out for thousands of resident and migratory sea birds, such as pelicans, boobies, cormorants, terns and penguins, which share their habitat with herds of sea lions and fur seals.  In the summer, condors and flamingoes are also frequent visitors.  The famous candlestick design, a Nazca civilization figure etched on the desert face, can also be seen from the boat.

After returning to the mainland, continue exploring Paracas National Reserve with your guide. A UNESCO World Heritage Natural Site, Paracas National Reserve was created in 1975 to protect the fragile Paracas Peninsula, including over 216 species of birds, sea lions, and subtropical desert sand dunes.  As you explore the Reserve, learn about pre-Inca cultures such as the Paracas people, who thrived in this rugged landscape over 1000 years ago.  Several lookout points allow you awe-inspiring views of desert cliffs and the Pacific Ocean.   Late afternoon transfer to Lima.  Lunch and dinner on your own.

Traveling to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu was a dream vacation for my wife. After much research we booked our trip through Andean Discovery. We are so glad we did. Everything went smoothly and our personal guides in Ecuador and Peru were wonderful. I would highly recommend Andean Discovery to anyone thinking of taking a similar trip.
Arnold Miniman
Arnold Miniman
15:29 14 Dec 18
Thanks to Andean our vacation was a wonderful experience for our entire family of 15 (8 adults and 7 grand kids aged 16 to 9).. The planning for the trip to the Galapagos was well researched; the hotels, guides and itinerary were spot on. They answered our many questions before we departed and there NO disappointments during the vacation. It was the most memorable trip our family has taken.
Mary Ann Fuller
Mary Ann Fuller
18:00 22 Jan 19
Damon put together the perfect itinerary for our group of 7 - including grandparents. His knowledge of the region is superb, which is why he is able to create the ultimate trip for your family. From whitewater rafting in Peru to zip-lining in Ecuador, we truly had the trip of a lifetime! I wouldn't go with anyone else!
Carolyn Malloy
Carolyn Malloy
12:40 31 Jan 19
Our trip was fantastic and Micaela with Andean Discovery was great! Every detail was taken care of ahead of time. We just showed up and enjoyed the beauty of South America. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
marc abrams
marc abrams
23:33 23 Nov 18
We traveled with our family of 3 people. Andean did a wonderful job helping us select an itinerary that was able to accommodate our various ages. We had no glitches in a fairly complicated itinerary and everything came off as planned. Our local guide in Quito Johanna was terrific. I can't recommend Sacha Lodge more highly. Our experience in Galapagos on the Coral 1 was magical. While the crew of the Coral 1 could have been more charming and smiled on occasion they were helpful, the food was very good and the rooms were kept clean. I have no reservations in recommending Andean Discovery for your South American Holiday
Victor Elinoff
Victor Elinoff
23:26 07 Jan 19
My family toured the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in Peru with Andean Discovery guides and reservations. We had a fabulous adventure! I recommend highly that "superior lodging" be chosen as an option for the best possible room accommodations. The marvelous comfort of the fine hotels Andean booked for us made all the difference.
Kathryn Fulhorst
Kathryn Fulhorst
21:36 08 Jan 19