Things to do in Nazca

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From Nazca: 35-Minute Flight Over Nazca Lines

1. From Nazca: 35-Minute Flight Over Nazca Lines

After pickup from your hotel or bus station in Nazca, transfer to the Nazca aerodrome. Meet your representative and go to the check-in zone to wait for your flight. Get briefed on the nature of your tour and on safety instructions. The flight lasts 35-minutes and you will see 12 of the most representative figures drawn on the stony surface of the Nazca desert. Look out for representations of animals and plants, distributed in a labyrinth of lines, trapezes, and triangles which have been preserved for almost 2,000 years. The Nazca Lines are some of the most incredible remains from an ancient culture. These designs, some as long as 500 meters, can be truly appreciated from the sky at an altitude of 1,500 feet. After your experience, fly back to the aerodrome and head back to your hotel in Nazca.

From Huacachina: Scenic Flight over the Nazca Lines

2. From Huacachina: Scenic Flight over the Nazca Lines

This trip starts in Huacachina at 9:30 am and all participants are picked up from their accommodations. You travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for 2 hours in direction to Nazca airport. During the way you will see the beautiful desert and the sea. Once at the airport you will jump into the plane. The flight takes 35 minutes and you will be able to watch the beautiful Nazca Lines which have animals shape and make everyone wonder how human could do such an amazing job. After the flight is over, you will go to "Palpa" viewpoint to watch some other lines. When the tour ends you can decide to stay in Nazca to continue your trip to the south of Peru or come back to Huacachina to keep enjoying the oasis and the dunes.

Nazca: Flight Over Nazca, Cerro Blanco & Cantalloc Aqueduct

3. Nazca: Flight Over Nazca, Cerro Blanco & Cantalloc Aqueduct

Come and discover the mystery of Peru, the millenarian Geoglyphs of Nazca Lines, and the ancient Cantalloc Aqueduct. After pickup from your hotel or bus station in Nazca, transfer to the Maria Reiche Aerodrome. Enjoy a 35-minute flight over the Nazca Lines, where you will learn about the collection of giant geoglyphs made by the Nazcas in South America. Appreciate their 2,000-year-old history and how they have now been made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lima: Private Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis with Lunch

4. Lima: Private Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis with Lunch

Start your tour in the early morning with a freshly prepared breakfast on your journey from your hotel in Lima to Ica. Board a Cessna 208 Caravan and fly over the famous Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the incredible, ancient geoglyphs from above and wonder at their meaning. View and take photos of the whale, the astronaut, the monkey, the hummingbird, and many more of the glyphs. Land and travel to the oasis and sand dunes of Huacachina in V8 modified dune buggies. Push your body to its limits, as you practice sandboarding down the dunes of the desert. Visit a small chocolate factory and taste some of the famous, traditional Peruvian chocolates.  Explore a rural area on the outskirts of Ica. Learn about the production of Pisco, wines, and fruit liqueurs at a local winery and sample as many as you like. Indulge yourself in a traditional Peruvian lunch, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Try delicious delicacies such as sopa seca and pollo saltado, chicken stir-fry. Following lunch, conclude the trip with a relaxing ride back to your hotel.

From Lima: Nazca Lines and Ica Desert Day Trip with Lunch

5. From Lima: Nazca Lines and Ica Desert Day Trip with Lunch

Begin your journey of the Ica Desert with a bright and early hotel pickup, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Nazca, whereupon you'll stop at Kilometer 50 of the South Pan-American Highway to enjoy a breakfast consisting of juices or hot drinks, accompanied by artisan breads from the area. Next, head to the airfield in Nazca, where you'll pass through security before boarding a small plane to view the famous Nazca Lines from up above. Sit back and relax on your 45-minute flight, as you view the incredible collection of giant geoglyphs — designs or motifs etched into the ground — that were created by the ancient Nazca culture. Tuck into a delicious traditional lunch upon landing before heading to your final stop, the Huacachina Oasis. This natural lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and desert dunes, from where you can watch the sun setting over the sand. Pump up your adrenaline and hop into sand buggies, and sandboard down the perfect dunes before returning to Lima late in the evening.

From Nazca: Cahuachi Pyramids Private Tour

6. From Nazca: Cahuachi Pyramids Private Tour

Explore the Cahuachi Pyramids on a private, guided tour from Nazca. Learn about the pyramids with your English and Spanish-speaking guide, and get a glimpse of the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Meet your guide at your hotel in Nazca, and then drive 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) to the ruins of the Ceremonial Centre of Cahuachi. Pass through a wonderful desert landscape on your way to what is thought to have been a pilgrimage site for the Nazca people. Discover the site's most important sectors, such as the Great Pyramid and Stepped Temple, as well as many other areas besides. Peek at the intriguing archaeological mystery of the Nazca Lines, which Cahuachi overlooks, before returning to your hotel in Nazca.

From Lima: Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis, & Dune Buggy Tour

7. From Lima: Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis, & Dune Buggy Tour

Join this trip from Lima and fly over the Nazca Lines, a collection of giant geoglyphs etched into desert sands attributed to the pre-Inca civilization. See the Huacachina Oasis and add explore the large dunes of Ica on a buggy. Relax in the lap of nature surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Enjoy your day in the desert, taking a dune buggy tour. Soak in the spectacular landscape formed by a lagoon of emerald green waters and large dunes. Then, head to Nazca city to fly around the famous and enigmatic Nazca Lines, an important archaeological site in Peru. The mysterious geoglyphs at the UNESCO World Heritage Site range from geometric shapes and swirls to a hummingbird and monkey.

From Ica: Nazca Lines Overhead Flight Tour

8. From Ica: Nazca Lines Overhead Flight Tour

Pick up at 10:30 from your hotel in Ica and Huacachina town to drive towards Ica Airport. Meet your representative and go to the check-in zone to wait for your flight. Get briefed on the nature of your tour and on safety instructions. The flight lasts exactly 70 minutes including the travel time to Nazca Desert and you will see 12 of the most representative figures drawn on the stony surface of the Nazca desert. Look out for representations of animals and plants, distributed in a labyrinth of lines, trapezes, and triangles which have been preserved for almost 2,000 years. The Nazca Lines are some of the most incredible remains from an ancient culture. These designs, some as long as 500 meters, can be truly appreciated from the sky at an altitude of 1,500 feet. After your experience, fly back to the aerodrome and head back to your hotel or to a bus station.

From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines, & Huacachina Oasis

9. From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines, & Huacachina Oasis

Start your adventure by departing Lima in the early morning. Travel for around 300 km on the Pan-American highway until you reach Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history which is full of wildlife.  Enjoy a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands and watch out for birds, sea lions, dolphins, and penguins. Then head to Pisco Airport and take a 1 hour and 45-minute flight over the Palpa desert to see the Nazca Lines. Stop at the Huacachina Oasis, and take some time to eat lunch and walk around. Test your skills at sandboarding for an additional cost or just enjoy free time drinking Pisco Sours. At the end of the adventure, head back to Lima via the same route.

Nazca: Scenic Flight Over the Nazca Lines

10. Nazca: Scenic Flight Over the Nazca Lines

You will be picked up from your hotel in Nazca and taken to the aerodrome, where you will board a light aircraft for a memorable flight over the Nazca Lines.  You’ll be able to spot the numerous figures drawn on the stony surface of the Nazca desert, representing animals, plants and people. Made by an ancient civilization, the lines and shapes have been well preserved despite being almost 2000 years old.  These designs, some of them as long as 500 meters, can only be truly appreciated from the sky. At an altitude of 457 meters (1,500 feet), you’ll have the best views of these lines.  The flight lasts 35 minutes. At the end of your flight, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Nazca.

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What people are saying about Nazca

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 129 reviews

This was smooth as silk. We got picked up at our hotel in a luxury car, and it was just the 2 of us with the driver and our guide for the day. Because of this, we could arrange the day as we wanted. Of course our Nazca flight was a certain time. But we had a flight home that same night and needed to be back at our hotel by a certain time. Our guide arranged everything and we got to do the things we wanted to in a quicker time period. We saw the Nazca lines (as well as a nice flight before and after to the airport). Then went dune buggy riding and sand surfing at a different national park. We didn’t want to do the liquor tasting. So it all worked out. Plus our guide, Jessica, spoke amazing English and was extra helpful in many ways!!!

Everything worked great. We were picked up punctually at the agreed meeting point and driven to the airport. There was a short briefing here and then we were able to view the Nazca Lines from the air. All the staff at the airport and our driver were very very nice and helpful. We recommend eating little beforehand and possibly taking some travel chewing gum or something similar beforehand, as it can get a bit nauseous (as did one person on our flight). The view was phenomenal and the pilots informed us in good time where and what to see.

This was a wonderful and exciting trip. Everyone got good looks at each line. If you are prone to air sickness, I would encourage you to take a full dose of air sickness remedy as the plane makes strong turns from left to right and vice versa. When I fly, I take a very small dose of Dramamine but decided to take an entire pill for this. Glad I did, as there were times I thought I was going to lose it, but didn’t. No regrets with making the trip though. Pilot and guide did a great job of pointing out each of the lines.

A superb experience, it was one of my dreams and I was not disappointed. The pilot makes turns on the wings of 90 degrees to see them well. Be careful only because the guides are pilots and there will therefore be no historical or archaeological explanations. I already knew the history of these aeroglyphs on a personal basis but do not expect explanations in full flight. I highly recommend

The pick up folllow up was not great. We booked 48hours in advance and had to email to get a pick up. Also didn't fly when we were supposed to, so I would advise a cushion of time