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Paracas and Nazca Lines Travel Guide


Paracas is the name of the small peninsular on the Pacific coast of Peru a couple of hours south of Lima. The nearest village is called El Chaco but it is mostly referred to just as Paracas. Inland is a vast desert with rolling dunes and arid landscapes. From Paracas there is access to the Ballestas Islands where visitors can watch colonies of sea lions, dolphins and hundreds of marine birds. Nearby are the strange and mysterious Nazca lines, a series of zoomorphic and geometric designs carved into the desert. The best way of seeing them is from the air during a light aircraft flight.

The ancient and mysterious Nazca lines that are carved into the side of the desert are out of this world, and the overflight is breathtaking!

Best months to visit Paracas and Nazca Lines

Our hand-picked accommodation in Paracas and Nazca Lines

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Paracas.

Best reasons to visit Paracas and Nazca Lines

A lesser visited area of Peru, the dry region of Paracas has a few notable highlights. Here are our best reasons to visit.

Admire the Candelabra Geoglyph

Take a trip to the Paracas National Reserve

Explore the early Inca outpost of Tambo Colorado

Take an exhilarating light aircraft flight over the Nazca Lines

Go on a boat trip to the Ballestas Islands

Weather Averages for Paracas and Nazca Lines

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