Peru's Nazca Lines

Mysterious figures in Peru's Southern Desert.

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The Nazca Lines geoglyphs are located on a coastal plain some 400 km south of Lima, Peru and consist of around three hundred figures of straight lines, geometric shapes and plant and animal designs believed to have been made by the Nazca people between 1 - 700 A.D. The lines are actually trenches 4 - 6 inches deep and 0.2 - 0.7 miles wide. They were made by scrapping away the topsoil of pebbles revealing a lower layer of yellow-grey clay subsoil. The overall area of the lines is around 19 square miles.

Some of the more notable designs are the animal and plant figures: hummingbird, macaw, condor, monkey, spider and many more.

The best way to see the lines is from the air via an over-flight of a small plane, though there is a tower from which you can clearly see two of the many figures. Our tours utilize the over-flights. You see many more of the figures that way.

The lines were first partly noticed from a nearby hill by the Spanish in 1553. Since that time they have been studied by a number of people and institutions and to this day there does not seem to be a consensus of opinion as to exactly why the lines were made. Some of the theories include: figures to be seen from above by deities; markers for certain dates relating to sunrise and visibility of constellations; worship of deities associated with the supply of water, to name a few.

There are other far less likely alternative theories such as Erich von Daniken’s hypothesis that the lines were made by “ancient astronauts” and a theory by Jim Woodmen that the lines could not have been made without aerial observation to help lay out the lines using hot air balloons.

A visit to the Nazca Lines is easily made from Lima. We offer two standard programs and custom programs are available.

 

Nazca Lines Itineraries

Tour options:
Nazca Lines - 1 Day
Nazca Lines & More - 2 Days



 

Nazca Lines - 1 Day
Lima - Ica or Paracas - Lima
Departs any day of the week.

 

Nazcz Lines MonkeyOur Private Service program includes transfer from your Lima hotel by car, flight over the Nazca Lines, lunch, return to your Lima hotel.

ITINERARY:

Day 1 - Early morning pickup from your Lima hotel for a private transfer by car or mini-van to Ica or Paracas. Upon arrival, make the overflight of the Nazca Lines. Lunch at Hotel DoubleTree Paracas. Afternoon return to your Lima hotel. (Lunch)

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Nazca Lines      1 Day from Lima
Private Service
2018 Rates
Price per person.
# people 1 2 3 4
1 Day $1021 $722 $622 $591
 

 


 

Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
2 Day / 1 Night
Lima - Pisco - Paracas - Lima
with Private Guide.
Departs any day of the week.

 

Nazca Lines SpiderOur program includes private transfer from Lima with your own personal guide for the program, flight over the Nazca Lines, visit Paracas Reserve, overnight in a comfortable hotel on the beach in Paracas, visit to the offshore wildlife reserve of Ballestas Island and private return to Lima.

ITINERARY:

Day 1 - Early morning pickup from your Lima hotel for a private transfer (with guide) by car or mini-van to Pisco. Upon arrival, make an overflight of the Nazca Lines. Transfer to Paracas. Lunch at hotel DoubleTree Paracas. Visit the Paracas Reserve. Overnight at DoubleTree Paracas - Ocean View room in Paracas. (Lunch)Ballestas Island penguins

Day 2 - Morning Ballestas Island tour to observe the wildlife, such as Humboldt penguins, sea lions and Inca terns. Afternoon return to your Lima hotel. (Breakfast)

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About the hotel: DoubleTree Paracas by Hilton is located in the southern outskirts of Paracas Village, right on the Santo Domingo beach, overlooking the turquoise waters of the Paracas Bay and the Pacific Ocean, and next to the entrance to the Paracas National Reserve Park. Hotel DoubleTree Paracas rates are slightly higher for Friday and Saturday night lodging.

 

 

Nazca Lines      2 Day/1 Night
Private Service
2018 Rates
Price per person in DOUBLE accommodations.
# people 1 2 3 4 Single
Sup.
2 days/1 night $ $1588 $1274 $1106 $142
Price includes: Private transfer from your Lima hotel, guide escort, entrance fees to the Regional Museum,
National Reserve of Paracas, Ballestas Island, over-flight of the Nazca lines, tour to Ballestas Island,
1 night lodging at Hotel Double Tree Paracas - Ocean View Room, 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, return to your Lima hotel.

Hotel DoubleTree Paracas, Ocean View Room....
+$24 for Friday and Saturday night lodging in Double. +$32 in Single