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ICA,  NAZCA  LINES,  PARACAS  &  THE  BALLESTAS  ISLANDS - PLT03
Visit: Lima - Ica - Nazca Lines - Ballestas Islands

4 days / 3 nights
- Selected Tuesday *


PROGRAM  ITINERARY

 Tour Description:  There is a Lima that never changes, which lives in elegance and style as centuries pass by. Discover the colonial legacy of the Lima governed by Spanish Viceroys; contrast it with a modern Lima, a geographic hub for modern commerce and, to many, the gastronomic capital of Latin America. Take advantage of the best assortment of museums in the country while learning about a myriad of cultures that made what we know now as Peru. A short trip south allows us to experience an archeological mystery and a natural wonder: The Nazca lines and the Ballestas islands.
 

 DAY BY DAY ITINERARY  *

 Day 1 - Tuesday  * Lima / City tour & Larco Museum
AM
- Our services will begin upon your arrival at the airport of Lima where our local representative will be waiting for you outside the customs area. You will be assisted with your luggage followed by the transfer to Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Miraflores (or similar). Our representative will give you a documentation kit with detailed information about the program. Check-in at the hotel and remainder of the morning at leisure.

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PM - In the afternoon you will be picked up for city tour essential Lima, “The City of Kings”. The tour will include the most important architectural icons of the city, such as the Main Square, where we can find the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace. We continue with a visit to the Convent of San Francisco, an architectonic jewel dating back to the 16th century. At the Larco Museum we will observe some of the best-kept collection of findings from the Incas and Peruvian Pre-Inca coastal cultures. A highlight is the Erotic Huacos Room, where we find a sample of little statues made of mud that show the sexual beliefs of ancient Peruvians. On our way back to the modern area of the city, we cross the exclusive district of San Isidro, the new financial heart of the city, to take a look at pre-Inca Huaca Huallamarca. Finally, we conclude our circuit in Miraflores, where we will visit the “Parque del Amor” (Love Park), an excellent spot to enjoy a great view of the Pacific Ocean.
 

EVE
- Evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
(No meals)

 Day 2 - Wednesday  Lima - Ica - Nazca / Travel to Ica - City tour and over flight Nazca lines
AM
- After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the bus station where we board a luxurious coach for the 4 hour ride to Ica. The ride itself is an experience as it will take you along the Pacific coast south to Pisco and on to Ica where we will check in at Hotel Las Dunas (or similar).
 

PM - Later we will be taken to the local airport to take a light aircraft and enjoy the short flight over the Nazca Lines. It is an incredible view to see several figures drawn on the sandy soil, representing animals and stylized plants, distributed over a huge area, along with lines, trapezes, triangles and spirals, preserved for almost 2000 years, according to specialists. On the return to the hotel our guide will take us on a city tour, including a visit to the local museum and one of the famous vineyards where Pisco, the national spirit, is made. For the more adventurous we offer optional programs like dune buggy rides or sand-boarding.
 
EVE -
Evening at leisure and overnight at the hotel.
(B.)


  

 Day 3 - Thursday  Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve /  Visit and return to Lima
AM
- Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel followed by a transfer to Paracas Bay. Here we board a motorboat for a two hour motorboat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, also known as the "Galapagos of Peru". These beautiful islands are located in front of the Paracas National Reserve and are part of a very large natural system of islands on the Pacific shores. The islands are home to hundreds of migratory and local birds, which share their habitat with large groups of sea lions and fur seals. During the excursion you will find a mysterious design over the hill, called “El Candelabro” (The Chandelier).
 

PM
- In the afternoon we will take the bus back to Lima. Upon arrival at the bus station you will be transferred to Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca Miraflores (or similar) where you will check in for the night.
  

EVE - Evening at leisure in Lima and overnight at the hotel.
(B.)
 

 Day 4 -
Friday  Lima / Transfer out
AM
or PM - Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport.
(B.)
 

END OF SERVICES
 

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Departures on days other than Tuesdays are available at slightly different rates



IMPORTANT NOTE: The itinerary, as shown, is subject to change without prior notice. Certain circumstances, such as: changing weather conditions, safety concerns and in general any reason or situation beyond our control may force local tour operators and / or their guides to alter any part of this itinerary for the wellbeing and in the best interest of travelers. Changes will only be made if they are absolutely necessary. Our goal is to provide clients with a safe environment and programs that exceed their expectations.


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