Lima, the Nazca Lines & Paracas National Reserve tour

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Duration (in days): 6

From: Lima

To: Lima



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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This short trip from Lima to the Nazca Lines ensures you experience as much as possible during your visit to the Peruvian capital.

Begin in Lima with a fun guided city tour by bike that helps you cover ground, visit the hotspots and the best up-and-coming eateries and takes you to some amazing ocean viewpoints. From here, you’ll take an amazing scenic flight in a light plane over the impressive Nazca Lines!

Look out for the etched depictions that are only visible from the air, and form ideas about what they mean and how they came to be! Before heading back to Lima, you’ll take a Paracas National Reserve tour – with a boat trip into the Ballestas Islands (‘Poor man’s Galapagos’).

You’ll spot some amazing examples of local wildlife, including boobies, sea lions and Humboldt penguins. This trip helps you explore Lima and beyond, wherever you’re headed next!         

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Sightsee in Lima on a guided bike tour through the city
  • Visit the fascinating archaeological complex just outside Lima
  • Admire the mysterious Nazca Lines from on above on a scenic flight
  • Spot sea boobies, sea lions and Humboldt penguins in the Ballestas islands
  • Enjoy a scenic drive back to Lima along the Pacific coast



Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Lima
  • 1 night Paracas
  • 1 night Lima


Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Today you’ll be picked up at Lima airport and driven to your hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure to rest or start exploring Lima.

Day 2: Excursion to Pachacamac 

Today you’ll be picked up from your hotel and driven to the archaeological site of Pachacamac, one of the most important Pre-Inca religious centres on the Peruvian coast. We’ve included a guided tour of the complex with its palaces and pyramids, and you’ll have great ocean views too. After the tour, you’ll be driven back to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day as you wish.     

Day 3: Lima city tour by bike

Today’s breakfast is included as part of a fun guided bike tour of the city! Begin by riding through the charming streets in the heart of Miraflores, before heading to Huaca Pucllana, an impressive archaeological centre in the middle of the city. You will continue to the Olivar of San Isidro, Lima’s historic olive grove park before finishing with a stunning ride beside the sea, passing by cliffs and parks.           

Day 4: Nazca Lines    

It’s an early start today as you’ll take the bus to Pisco airport, from where you’ll board a high-wing light aircraft for a scenic tour over the Nazca Lines!

The town of Nazca sits is beside a small river crossing the desolate plain of San Jose, and the remarkable lines carved into the landscape remained completely unnoticed until commercial airlines began crossing the desert in the late 1920’s. The international scientific community immediately paid attention to Nazca but the mystery of its depictions (only visible from the sky) and their origins and meaning, remain unsolved.

In the afternoon after your flight, you’ll be driven to your next hotel in Paracas.

Day 5: Ballestas Islands      

Another early start today, as you’ll be taken to the dock for a boat ride to the Ballestas Islands, dubbed ‘the poor man’s Galapagos’ because although much smaller than their counterpart, they are home to wildlife including boobies, pelicans, sea lions and Humboldt penguins.

The boat will also pause for you to look back inland at the peninsula so that you can see some more unexplained etches. The Candelabra Lines which are a well-known prehistoric geoglyph found on the northern face of the Paracas Peninsula. After the tour, you’ll return to Lima by bus in the evening, driving along the scenic route of the Pacific coast. You will arrive at your hotel for the last overnight in the capital.

Day 6: Departure        

Today you’ll be taken to Lima airport for your onward flight.        


This itinerary can be enjoyed all year round.       

We've made a similar trip...

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post How to visit Lima and beyond: Paracas, Ballestas Islands & a Nazca Lines tour written by one of our consultants who has been there.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

What's included: 

  • 5 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flight over the Nazca lines
  • All transportation
  • All tours as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • Meals and tours not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • International flights


5 nights in 3* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Allpa Hotel & Suites

  • San Agustin Paracas Playa Hotel
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