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Nazca Lines

Nazca Lines

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Nazca

The Basics

There are two ways to see the Nazca Lines: from an airplane tour and from an observation tower. The tower is accessible from the Pan-American Highways and allows for views of two mysterious shapes from above: hands and a tree. Bus tours often stop here for a look at the lines, but those with more time and a bigger budget may want to book a flight. Air tours typically last 30 minutes and fly over 15 shapes, including the famous geoglyphs of a dog and an astronaut. It’s best to book in advance, as flights to this top attraction fill up quickly. Guided day trips around Nazca can include stops at local attractions including Huacachina Oasis.

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Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
$450.00 per adult
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The tour was really great. They...
The tour was really great. They picked me up in time (even my hotel was not in Miraflores, but in the historical center). They took me to the bus station to Paracas. (They have headphones on the bus, just need go ask) Thanks for all these comments here I was fully prepared for the boat trip to the
Réka B, May 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Lima

star-5
Soaring over Nazca
Sarah_R, Jul 2021
Paracas Shore Excursion: Nazca Lines Tour
Great way to see the Nazca Lines. Skip the long drive to Nazca by catching a flight from Pisco. Friendly pilots. Anti-Nausea pills suggested if you have trouble in planes that dip and turn.
star-5
My dream trip to view the Nazca Lines
Diana_L, Jul 2021
Private Tour To Nazca Lines From Lima
I appreciate the efforts this tour company took to make my trip to see the Nazca Lines possible, as airport and flights were still restricted in Peru. My guide Richard was awesome and the driver (Juli?) was just great. Kudos!
star-5
Johnathan our guide was...
George_F, Sep 2021
Amazing Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding from Lima (Small Group)
Johnathan our guide was exceptional and very knowledgeable, the driver was exceptional too. Our experience was great from the beginning to end.... The food was awesome....
star-5
Fly and Sand
LiorMiller, Aug 2021
Amazing Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding from Lima (Small Group)
Great experience and tour guide was such a nice trip. It is long but more than worth it. Very knowledgeable guide that was attentive throughout the trip
star-4
Is the Juice worth the Squeeze?
Michael_L, Sep 2021
Ballestas Islands, Winery & Nazca Lines Private Tour from Lima
This review is more about the event than the vendor. That said: we took this tour during the Time of Covid and the vendor had to do some gymnastics to get the tour to work and it did, sort of. For this they are commended. The guide and the driver were great. The guide was informative and informed. He was also flexible and when we came across a small flock of flamingos he was willing to stop so we could take pictures. But as for the event and my title: the juice was about an hour of seeing sights. The squeeze, however, was a very long day that started at 5 AM and ended at 9 PM. This included about 10 hours of driving about 600 km (~350 miles) over tedious road, mostly the Pan-American highway. The two sights: the Ballestas island with its marine and avian fauna and the Nazca lines are wonderful sights to see (the "winery" was a tourist trap -- although the lunch was good -- and it could have been skipped in its entirety, hence the "sort of" above). This event is a whole day for a very short time for seeing interesting stuff. The vendor's description is accurate but maybe not as informative as it could be on this point. As for the Nazca lines flight: If you are of a delicate constitution (which I am not) you might find yourself revisiting your last meal. The pilots do some aerial acrobatics so that each side of the plane can see about 13 of the more famous of the 100s of terraglyphs in the area but it was, umm, stressful. Eat light or not at all before is my recommendation. I took dramamine and was glad of it. The guide was also the pilot and his English was rough...so be prepared to find the glyphs with your eyes then in camera and shoot quickly as they go by fast. Again, the flight from Pisco Airport took longer than the overflight of the lines. However, unlike the Pan-American highway, there was some interesting scenery on the way and to that end I will recommend the flight later in the day because, on the way back, the sun casts interesting shadows on the landscape that were photo worthy...this was in early September... and can help take your mind off your queasy stomach...kinda. I am not at all sorry we did this excursion but it was a lot more downtime than I had expected.
star-5
Expensive but Worth Private Tour
DIANACHEWYIN_P, Mar 2020
Mysterious Nazca Lines, Overflight from Ica, Huacachina Oasis & Wine Tour!
The tour guide Jean Paul is very responsive person. He texted us few days before the departure date to make confirmation. Arrive on time 6am to pick us up at our hotel. Informative enough to brief us about Lima Peru. We enjoyed sand bungy at Huacachina very much as well as sand boarding. Next it’s really save our time if go Nazca Lines via Ica. We also have Prisco tasting time before we leaving Ica. Then we back to Lima about 8:30pm.
star-5
Great trip. We were met at the dock...
Lorraine J, Apr 2018
Paracas Shore Excursion: Nazca Lines Tour
Great trip. We were met at the dock and escorted to our driver. The flight over the Nazca Lines was amazing. The pilot and co-pilot would explain where to look for each of the glyphs and count down so that we did not miss anything. The pilot circled each figure so that everyone could see each of the figures.
star-5
Excelente !
Ricardo_Z, Jan 2021
Excursion to Paracas - Huacachina and the Nazca Lines during 2D / 1N from Lima.
Despite the difficulties due de pandemic that activities are very restricted, the people of the agency did great efforts to make our experience very special and unfrorgetable, one adventure that was not planned (Cañón de los Perdidos) is a must in this region!
star-4
Must do
juliebourduas, Feb 2020
Nazca Lines and Huacachina Oasis from San Martin Port
Very Nice. They were on time. Nice A/C car. On the plane, the pilot makes sure you will see all the figures. A must do.
star-5
Super friendly and very helpful
Charanireddy, Oct 2019
Mysterious Nazca Lines, Overflight from Ica, Huacachina Oasis & Wine Tour!
The tour guide LUCAS was very informative. He was really helpful and very friendly. I would recommended them anytime.
star-4
This makes for one very long day...
cally h, Sep 2017
Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
This makes for one very long day, but the organization of everything from transportion to tickets is spot on. This company really had it together. I was impressed. Yes, it is rather pricey and could be done cheaper. However, for the convenience of everything already put together for you and having someone to help along the way. Is definitely worth it. Glad I chose this tour.
star-5
Wow, this was a great experience...
Bob B, Feb 2018
Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands
Wow, this was a great experience that I really enjoyed. One important word of caution, if you get motion sickness really consider whether this tour is for you. I have an iron gut and I was thrilled as the small plane hard banked right and then left so that we good look DOWN onto the lines through our windows. A few passengers were not so happy and the tour does not STOP - thankfully.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Request a morning flight (before 10:30am) for best visibility.

  • Book travel to Nazca Lines early, as it’s one of the top attractions in South America.

  • If visiting on a cruise, look for Nazca Line shore excursion tours.

  • Those flying to the site from another country may want to bring a passport and cash for the airport tax (sometimes included in tours).

  • Nazca Lines flights operate from Nazca, Ica, Lima, Paracas, and Pisco, with flights from further destinations offering faster and more convenient transportation at higher prices.

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How to Get There

While it’s possible to take a public bus from Lima to the high desert of southern Peru, it’s faster to get to the Nazca Lines via a 7-hour tourist shuttle. Look for tours that include round-trip transportation from Lima for convenience. If coming from Cusco, it’s best to fly to Pisco or Lima and take a shuttle from there; those coming from Arequipa can take a long bus ride to Nazca or fly to Pisco or Lima first. The Maria Reiche Neuman Airport is only used for viewing the Nazca Lines.

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When to Get There

Tours of the Nazca Lines run year-round. You may get better views during the dry months, from June through August, but crowds will be smallest in early spring and fall.

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The Pampa Lines

Though less famous, the Pampa de Jumana Lines are almost 1,000 years older and depict equally astonishing subjects, including people and a complex calendar created by the Parapas people. Some tours offer hour-long flights over both sites.

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