Nazca Lines
3 Days / 2 Nights

Day 1 : Lima / Nazca
Breakfast at your hotel.
Today you'll travel by regular bus along the Peruvian coast to Nazca (a six hour ride). Upon arrival in Nazca you will transfer to the hotel and help you in registering. Afternoon visit to the Antonini Museum opened in 1999 that displays the discoveries of Professor Orefici and his team in the pre-Incan city Cahuachi. Supposedly the discoveries hold the key to understanding the Nazca lines. This Italian initiative presents finds of the sophisticated Nazca culture and details the process of archaeological excavations. In the museum's backyard is the Bisambra aqueduct, an ancient Nazca stone irrigation canal. The museum possesses the world's greatest collection of painted textiles, from the huge adobe city of Cahuachi, but as of yet has no place to display them. (B)

 

Day 2 : Nazca
Breakfast at your hotel.
Morning tour to Pampa Galeras. The National Reserve of Pampa Galeras was established in 1967. This reserve is made up of 6500 hectares which are owned by the peasant community Lucanas located in the department of Ayacucho, province and district of Lucanas. The vicuna (Vicugna vicugna) is the most representative animal in Pampa Galeras and the purpose of this reserve is to protect these animals. We can also find the guanaco (Lama guanicoe), which live free in the pampas. The most impressive bird is the Andean condor (Vultor gryphus); we can see the pissaca (Nothoprocta ornata) and the kiula (Tinamotis penhaldii) as well. With regard to the birds, we can also find the pato jerga (Anas georgica) and the pato sutro (Anas flavirosatris). (B,BL)

 

Day 3 : Nazca / Lima
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning flight over the Nazca Lines that form drawings of birds, spiders, fishes, a monkey, and even a few unidentifiable creatures. What are these mysterious line formations of gigantic figures and who made them?…Continue with a visit to the Cantayoc aqueducts, close to town, a complex system of underground aqueducts that allowed the Nazca culture to take advantage of underground water provides evidence of this culture´s technological development in the exploitation of the land. They belong to the Nazca culture (550 AD) and are located in the Nazca, Taruga and Las Trancas valleys. These aqueducts were built in stone by "hydraulic engineers" of the Nazca Culture. It consists of a network of irrigation channels and underground aqueducts. These Aqueducts are really filtering galleries which can reach down to around 12 meters in depth. The channels have air vents which form spirals that descend to the water current and are still in use today by local farmers. Continue with the visit to Tambo Real, archaeological site located 2km (1.2 miles) east of Nazca, with a large square, deposits, ceremonial areas, barracks, niches, trapezoidal windows and other buildings. These features identify an Incan administrative center that comprises numerous rooms, terraces, patios and other adobe constructions erected upon stone foundations of Nazca-culture buildings. From this Incan settlement you can see some lines called 'The Loom' because they have the appearance of a needle wrapped in bundles of wool and thread. Afternoon return to Lima by regular bus. (B)

 
Note: Visit to Pachacamac Ruins is included when services are provided in private.
 
2012 Prices per person:
Prices available upon request.
Hotel to use: Cantayo Hotel
Includes:
Bus Royal Class: - Transfers hotel - bus station
- Bus tickets Lima / Nazca / Lima
- Visit to Antonini Museum
- 2 nights of at hotel accomodation at Cantayo
- Full day Pampa Galeras with box lunch
- Flight over the Nazca Lines
- Visit to the Cantayo Aqueducts and Paredones
- Meals detailed in the itinerary
Private car: - Private car from Lima / Nazca / Lima
- Visit Pachacamac Ruins
- Visit to Antonini Museum
- Full day Pampa Galeras with box lunch
- Flight over the Nazca Lines
- Visit to the Cantayo Aqueducts and Paredones
- Meals detailed in the itinerary
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