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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.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

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

megenbarr

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I usually handle all aspects of booking travel and tours by myeself, so this was quite a different experience. The service was EXCELLENT! They were so incredibly organized. We were picked up at our hotel around 3:00 a.m. and the guide gave us our tickets and itinerary for the day. She waited with us until we were on the bus, which was surprisingly comfortable. They serve a small breakfast snack and offer a pillow and a blanket, as most people sleep almost the entire trip. Once in Paracas, we were met by another guide and he took us to Hotel Paracas to use the facilities before our two hour boat ride to the Ballestas Islands. Be sure you don't drink too much before the boat ride, as there are no facilities on board. The Ballestas Islands did not disappoint, however, if you suffer from sea or motion sickness, it is highly advisable that you take something before you board. The boat tour lasts about 2 hours total.
Once we returned to Paracas, our guide informed us that due to the weather, our flight was delayed, so he changed our lunch time to before the flight. That worked well for us because we had gotten up at 2:30 a.m. The restaurant was nice, with a great view, and the food was good, too. Two choices for appetizers and two choices for entrees. Drinks not included.
After lunch there was a little time to stroll around the boardwalk before meeting up to drive over to the airport. Different guide this time, who was a wealth of knowledge about Paracas and the Nazca lines.
The flight itself was amazing. The pilot and co-pilot made sure both sides of the plane saw everything and they made sure to point out exactly when and where to look. The Nazca lines are indeed a sight to behold.
After the flight we were again met at the airport be sure to get your novelty stamp in your passport, if you like that sort of thing by another guide and we taken back to the office to get our belongings We had only brought two small backpacks with not much in them, but we were advised to leave them at the office as they add extra weight on the plane and then were taken back to the bus stop for our 3.5 hour ride back to Lima. The staff took really good care of us and the tour itself was pretty amazing.

Bill604

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a long day but well worth it for the amazing experience. Everything went smoothly and I was very satisfied with the service provided by everyone.

I was promptly picked up at my Lima hotel in Miraflores at 3 am by a driver and a guide and taken to the bus station to catch the 3:45 am bus to Paracas.

Seats on the bus were assigned. A pillow, blanket, and a meal were provided for the 3.5-hour trip to Paracas. At Paracas, I boarded a mini-bus and driven to a dock to board an open-topped boat for the tour around the Ballestas Islands. It highly recommended to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a jacket for the windy 30-minute boat ride to the Islands. Our boat left the dock at around 8:20 am.

It was amazing to see so many birds which included penguins. Sea lions were also seen. We spent an hour sailing around the Islands. Back at the dock, we were given a free souvenir of a little sea lion sculpture.

We boarded a mini-bus for the transfer to the airport for the flight over the Nazca Lines. Ensure to get a free copy of the card depicting the various Nazca Lines images. Around 11:30 am, we boarded our plane for the 40-minute flight to the Nazca Lines where we spent about 30 minutes observing the various lines. Be prepared for the sharp turns which can be nauseous.

Back at the airport, you receive a certificate confirming your flight over the Nazca Lines. There is a small gift shop at the airport. From the airport, I was driven to nearby Paracas Restaurant at 2 pm for lunch which was included with the tour. I had two options for an appetizer and two options for an entree. Drinks were not included.

After lunch, I had time to walk around the beach area of Paracas before my 3:40 pm transfer to the bus station for my 4-hour bus ride back to Lima. A ham sandwich and juice were served on the bus. Back at the Lima bus station, I was picked up for my ride back to my hotel. I arrived back at my hotel by 8:30 pm.

Jeremy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic trip in every way. We were met by Paul at our hotel promptly at 3 a.m. And taken to the bus station. The buses were surprisingly nice, with entertainment systems, food, etc.... My only regret was not bringing headphones for the 4 hr. Journey. In Paracus, we were guided the whole day by Alex, who made sure we were never left unattended to. The Nazca lines flight was amazing, al little dizzying for sure, but wonderful nevertheless. We arrived back in Lima around 8:30 p.m. -- this was my first Viator tour, as I usually like to do things myself and explore different countries on my own, but after this trip I am hooked! Great job to everyone involved during our day, thank you.

Gregory N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

this was a worth the money. Fun airplane ride and got to see all of the Nazca Lines the pilot tilted the plane to each side to insure everyone on board got a good look at the Lines.

Katherine P

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.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fascinating. Be careful of those with flight sickness however.

Donald P

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.

Kathryn C E USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tiring but worth it!

Kenneth H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

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

deepat6

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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

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