PERU: PARACAS AND NAZCA LINES

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!

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.

Best Time To Visit Paracas and Nazca Lines

This area of Peru is characterised by an extremely dry desert landscape. As such it can be visited year round, but the best time to visit is between April and October which is the best time to visit other important sites in Peru.

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Weather Averages in Paracas and Nazca Lines

Paracas and Nazca Lines Weather Averages

Paracas and Nazca Lines Highlights

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

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