Nasca: is located 450 km south of Lima, between the desert and the valley. It is a very active city, due to the daily arrival of tourists to visit the ancient Nasca Lines; also due to the development of mining, agriculture and trade.
Paracas: is a port city on the southern coast of Peru. Its name comes from the Quechua words “PARA” that means rain; and “ACO” means sand. It is located 261 km south of Lima. It is a very windy area with very strong air currents carrying sand, known as Paracas.
Nearby Tourist Attractions
- Nasca Lines:
located in Pampa de San Jose on an extension of 50 km, the geoglyphs represent figures of animals and plants, some of these figures may reach up to 300 meters in length and cover an area of 1000 m². Among the figures are the hummingbird, condor and heron; also monkey, spider, whale, dog and an anthropomorphic figure known as astronaut.
Citadel and ceremonial center of the ancient Nasca has two adobe pyramids.
- Chauchilla Cemetery:
Located 10 km south of Nasca, it is an ancient cemetery with pre-Inca pottery and mummies.
- Aqueducts Cantalloc:
Located 4 miles north of Nasca, the aqueducts were built by the Nasca culture. They have demonstrated their technological advances in hydraulic engineering building over 40 aqueducts. Even today, the aqueducts are used.
The archaeological site was probably an administrative center of the Incas
It consists of numerous rooms and terraces.
- Ballestas Islands:
Located 260 km south of Lima, near the town of Paracas. It is a group of small islands, the habitat of varied marine fauna; such as: guanay, the booby, the tendril, Peruvian penguins, sea lions and other mammals. It can be accessed from the Paracas. Cruising to the Ballestas Islands, you can see the “chandelier” a large figure on the sand.