enormous carvings in the desert are a three-hour drive south of Lima.
Immense, mile-long geometric designs, stylized birds, spiders and
monkeys constructed by an ancient civilization, sprawl across the
desert floor and have been the source of speculation for centuries.
EcoAdventures' motorcoach trip reveals the desert countryside south
of Lima, provides a comfortable hotel for the night, and includes
a 45-minute flight over the drawings via light aircraft. (For size
reference, note the motorcoach at the top left of the photo on the right.).
One: Lima to Ica Transfer from your Lima hotel to the bus
station for the deluxe Royal Class bus service to Ica, three hours
south of Lima, where overnight is provided at the Hotel
Day Two: Ica to Lima
Be certain to take your camera this morning for a 45-minute overflight
of the Plains of Nazca via light
aircraft. Afternoon Royal Class bus return to Lima and transfer
to your hotel. (B)
Day One: Lima to
Ica Transfer from your Lima hotel to the bus station for
the deluxe Royal Class bus service to Ica, three hours south of
Lima, where overnight is provided at the Hotel
Two: Plains of Nazca Flightseeing Be certain to take your
camera this morning for a 45-minute overflight of the Plains
of Nazca via light aircraft. Afternoon at leisure for optional
tours, or just relaxing around the pool. The desert oasis where
Ica is located has prospered for 2000 years, including the rich
Nazcan civiliation. We recommend a visit to the very fine archaeological
museum, with a collection of mummies and artifacts found in the
area. A drive to Huacachina Lagoon is also very interesting. It
was once a popular resort surrounding a lake which is drying up.
The wealth families of Lima built ornate vacation homes, now mostly
abandoned, surrounding an antique stone quay. (B)
Day Three: Nazca/Paracas/Lima
Morning departure for the short drive to Paracas to the north and
to the pier for a two-hour motorboat cruise around the Ballestas
Islands. Much like the Channel Islands off the California Coast,
these islands are teeming with marine wildlife. From this distance
from the coast you can also view the 'Candelabro' of the Andes,
a strange, huge, trident-shaped carving in the hillside, of unknown
origin, that points a direct line south to the Plains of Nazca.
One: Lima to Trujillo Fly northward to
Trujillo and transfer to the Libertador
Trujillo Hotel for the night. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the
Sun and Moon Temples outside of the city.
Day Two: Chan Chan and
Huaca el Dragon Formerly the capital of the Chimu Empire, the sprawling
city of Chan Chan attests the large population that once inhabited the
area. Note the walls adorned with elaborate friezes that have been restored
to their original detail and brilliant colors. Afterwards, visit the ruins
of the Temple of the Dragon, decorated
with friezes of dancing warriors. (B)
Day Three: Lord of Sipan
and Chiclayo to Lima Drive to the Valley of the Lord of Sipan.
The tombs of the lord (above, right) and his retinue contained jewelry
made from gold, silver, and copper studded with turquoise and semi-precious
stones. Have lunch and visit the Royal Tomb
Museum where the most spectacular finds are displayed. Evening
transfer to the Chiclayo airport for the return flight to Lima. (B, L)
Include: Hotel accommodations,
tax, service, continental breakfast, air tickets Lima/Trujillo &
Chiclayo/Lima, airport/hotel transfers & sightseeing as per the
For Extra Nights in Lima,
see Plains of Nazca Extension above.
†Rates subject to change without notice