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  • Location:Lima, Peru
  • Duration:16 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Nazca Lines Air Tour and Ballestas Islands Full-Day Trip from Lima

Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating sights in one day as you visit the majestic Ballestas Islands, a marine sanctuary, before taking an aerial tour of the famous Nazca Lines during this 16.5-hour, full-day tour from Lima. Spot for sea lions and exotic sea birds during your Ballestas visit, then continue south to the Peruvian town of Ica where you’ll board a Cessna aircraft for an aerial experience above the Nazca Lines. This full-day experience also includes a guide, lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel.


  • Full-day tour to Ballestas Islands and Nazca Lines from Lima
  • Enjoy an aerial tour of the Nazca Lines
  • Guided sightseeing visit of the Ballestas Islands
  • Learn about the culture and history of the Nazca people

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Nazca Lines Air Tour and Ballestas Islands Full-Day Trip from Lima

Nazca Lines Air Tour and Ballestas Islands Full-Day Trip from Lima

See two of Peru’s top attractions in one day on this combination aerial Nazca Lines tour and visit to the unspoiled Ballestas Islands for wildlife spotting. It’s the perfect excursion for Peru visitors short on time, or for those looking to experience two of the country’s top sights in one action-packed day.
Start your day with a 4am pickup at your Lima hotel, continuing with a drive along the scenic Peruvian coast towards the town of Paracas. The town is situated on a picturesque peninsula renowned for its wealth of wildlife and gorgeous beaches. 

Board a ferry in Paracas for the trip out to the Ballesta Islands, a national reserve that is home to a wealth of marine life, including sea lions and many species of birds. Spend some time exploring these beautiful islands at your leisure, and take a few photos of the intriguing wildlife that populates the rocky shores. You’ll also be able to view the “Candelabra of the Andes,” a 600-foot (180m) painting visible in the mountainside that lines the Bay of Paracas.

Depart from Paracas as you head inland towards the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage site experts believe was constructed more than 1,000 years ago. Board your aircraft, fitted with a window seat for every passenger, as you soar into the skies above this enigmatic sight for incredible views of the various animal designs down below.

Each of the line drawings you’ll see during your flight has a special significance. The 300-foot (90m) monkey, for example, has only nine fingers, which site experts believe symbolizes the nine months of drought the Nazca people experienced each year. Meanwhile the spider is said to represent water and fertility, as the creature is known to appear just before the annual rainstorms. As for the hummingbird, condor and flamingo, experts suspect the birds’ beaks are aligned to match the angle of the sunrise and sunset during the year’s two solstice events. You’ll also fly above the Nazca lines lizard, which was unfortunately split in two during the construction of the Pan-American highway in 1937.

At the conclusion of your Nazca Lines flight, enjoy an included lunch before starting your return trip to Lima for drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was great, each guide or representative was there on time and helpful.
It a long day and starts early but the bus in the morning was really comfortable and provided pillows for sleeping.
The boat trip was fantastic and there was snacks while I was waiting.
The guide provided information on the Nazca lines before the flight and the lunch was 3 courses at a great resort. Overall a great day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fascinating. Be careful of those with flight sickness however.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great Experience. The Ballestas Islands were amazing. All the Sea Lions, the Penguins and the million seabirds were a sight! The flight over Nazca could not have been more perfect. The pilot and Co-Pilot ensured we had a great experience. The lunch on the terrace at he Hacienda Hotel was superb - top notch. Lastly, all the shuttle staff were so polite and so helpful. Al in all, it was well worth the money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tiring but worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

I highly recommend this tour. The views are exceptional. Everyone is friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

It was a very long day, but well worth it. Everything went according to plan.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was a great tour. All driver and guides were there to meet us at all destionations when we arrived. Lunch was wonderful!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

The tour was great and everything went smoothly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This tour rates a 5 with us because of the excellent care we received from the first people who picked us up at 3:00 a.m. to get us to the bus, to the last person who picked us up at the bus terminal at 9:00 p.m. The young lady who took care of us in Paracus was wonderful, the Ballestas Island tour was great, the lunch was lovely, the bus was very comfortable. Our only complaint is that the Japanese pilot who flew us over the lines only spoke Japanese and ignored us when we asked for explanations in English. I know that all pilots have to know how to speak English, but he didn't make an effort. The airline should know that they had some unhappy Americans on the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Although it was an exhausting day, the trip was amazing.

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