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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fascinating. Be careful of those with flight sickness however.
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.
I highly recommend this tour. The views are exceptional. Everyone is friendly.
It was a very long day, but well worth it. Everything went according to plan.
This was a great tour. All driver and guides were there to meet us at all destionations when we arrived. Lunch was wonderful!
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.
This was a great tour but an extremely long day and exhausting. We left the hotel at 3am and returned at 9pm. Were I to do it again, I would stay in Paracas for a few days to break up the trip. The bus was FAR FROM luxury and the breakfast served on the way and the "snack" served on the way back were disgusting. The breakfast beverages offered were coke and Inka Cola, but I was glad that they also had water.
I was not that taken with the Ballestas Islands although the boat was very nice. The flight over the Nasca Lines, however, was spectacular. Our guide was kind, pleasant and competent. He tried very hard to speak good English and had to be awarded an A for effort and success. Our lunch was also very nice in a pretty setting.
This trip was awesome. A very early pickup (3:10am) but the company made sure we knew exactly the time, etc.
They took great care of us, there were guides at every stop. The islands were beautiful, and the Nazca lines were wonderful. We had to wait a bit, but we were comfortable. We were late getting back from the lines, and had to eat our lunch, via box lunch on the bus back, but no problem. The bus was nice and had refreshments, etc.
We got back on timE, and had time to catch a 1am flight.
I highly recommend this trip!
The bus was a luxurious coach with reclining seating-wonderful. Waiting for the local transport lost uys some time, which only left us 30 minutes to eat the lunch. A Great Day though.
Every step of the trip there was someone to hand us a bus ticket, show us where to go, where to eat. The tour was wonderful. It fulfilled a lifelong dream. We had a good view of the Nasca Lines. One hint: it is better to just look at the lines. If you try to photograph them, you will miss part of the experience.The Ballestas Islands were also wonderful - so much animal life. The guide was knowledgeable and pointed out examples of each bird and mammal we saw.
Fabulous tour, great transportation. The Ballestas Islands were worth the price alone. A once in a lifetime experience.
It was such a long day but well worth it. A visit to the Ballestas Islands and the flight were well coordinated. Lunch was supplied and the bus trip was excellent, so comfortable with snacks supplied. Maybe take something to settle your stomach before the flight as you are doing alot of turns to enable you to see all the lines. A great experience.
Although it is a long coach journey, the coach is very comfortable and you can sleep. Simple meals are provided on the coach. The Ballestas islands have amazing wildlife and we also saw whales while on that trip. There are good views of the Nazca lines (worth seeing) and the lunch was good as well.
This is a fantastic one-day trip from Lima to see the Nazca Lines. I was traveling by myself and every detail was taken care for me. The bus ride to Pacaracas was great for sleeping until you got there. I was met by a guide as soon as I disembarked at the station. The Ballestas Islands are amazing with how close you get to the wildlife. Then I was taken to the airport for my flight to see the Nazca Lines which were incredible! After the flight, off to a beautiful resort for lunch poolside, looking at the ocean. Then I headed for the bus back to Lima. Incredibly well organized and a perfect way to add the Nazca Lines when you don't have much time.
Had to get up really early for this trip but was worth it! Ballestos Islands were great and Nazca more exciting than I had expected. Great trip!
This was a wonderful tour. It began at 3:00 a.m. but you had plenty of time to have a sleep on the bus. The bus was very comfortable. Everyone was given a pillow and a blanket. We were also given a snack with a hot drink both going and coming back. The Ballestas Islands are worth while seeing. We saw sea lions, penguins and a variety of different kinds of birds. We were very fortunate to get the first flight of the day to see the Nasca Lines. We even left a little early so there was no waiting around. I felt very safe on the 12 seater plane. I would, however, recommend taking some motion sickness pills before boarding as there were about 5 people using the bags while viewing the lines. You have to be quick when taking your pictures or you may not get all of them . Good idea if you are with someone to have them sit across from you so if you miss a picture on your side the other person has a chance to get it from their side. As we were coming back from the lines and minutes before landing a sand storm came up. This would have postponed the rest of the flights until the storm was over. We felt very lucky to be on the early flight. After the flight we went to a new modern hotel and were given a great 3 course meal. While the day was long it was well worth it. The price may seem expensive but we were given an hour and forty minutes of flying time. Think of what you pay on a commercial flight! Would recommend this tour.
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