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EcoAdventures - The Plains of Nazca & Lord of Sipan
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The Plains of Nazca 2 & 3-Day Extensions

These enormous carvings in the desert are a three-hour drive south of Lima. Immense, mile-long geometric designs, stylized birds, spiders and monkeys constructed by an ancient civilization, sprawl across the desert floor and have been the source of speculation for centuries. EcoAdventures' motorcoach trip reveals the desert countryside south of Lima, provides a comfortable hotel for the night, and includes a 45-minute flight over the drawings via light aircraft. (For size reference, note the motorcoach at the top left of the photo on the right.)


Nazca Lines, Peru - For size reference, note the bus at the top left of the photo.
2-Day Tour

Courtyard, Hotel Las Dunas, Ica, PeruDay One: Lima to Ica Transfer from your Lima hotel to the bus station for the deluxe Royal Class bus service to Ica, three hours south of Lima, where overnight is provided at the Hotel Las Dunas.

Day Two: Ica to Lima Be certain to take your camera this morning for a 45-minute overflight of the Plains of Nazca via light aircraft. Afternoon Royal Class bus return to Lima and transfer to your hotel. (B)


3-Day Tour

Day One: Lima to Ica Transfer from your Lima hotel to the bus station for the deluxe Royal Class bus service to Ica, three hours south of Lima, where overnight is provided at the Hotel Las Dunas.

Nazca Lines - the SpiderDay Two: Plains of Nazca Flightseeing Be certain to take your camera this morning for a 45-minute overflight of the Plains of Nazca via light aircraft. Afternoon at leisure for optional tours, or just relaxing around the pool. The desert oasis where Ica is located has prospered for 2000 years, including the rich Nazcan civiliation. We recommend a visit to the very fine archaeological museum, with a collection of mummies and artifacts found in the area. A drive to Huacachina Lagoon is also very interesting. It was once a popular resort surrounding a lake which is drying up. The wealth families of Lima built ornate vacation homes, now mostly abandoned, surrounding an antique stone quay. (B)

Day Three: Nazca/Paracas/Lima Morning departure for the short drive to Paracas to the north and to the pier for a two-hour motorboat cruise around the Ballestas Islands. Much like the Channel Islands off the California Coast, these islands are teeming with marine wildlife. From this distance from the coast you can also view the 'Candelabro' of the Andes, a strange, huge, trident-shaped carving in the hillside, of unknown origin, that points a direct line south to the Plains of Nazca. (B)

Extra Night Hotels in Lima
First Class - Casa Andina Classic or similar
Deluxe - JW Marriott
Rates Include: Hotel accommodations, tax, service, continental breakfast, round-trip hotel/bus station transfers, round-trip bus to Ica via Royal Class tourist service and overflight of the Plains of Nazca from the Las Dunas airstrip.


The Lord of Sipan 3-Day Extension

Reconstructed tomb of the Lord of Sipan, PeruDay One: Lima to Trujillo Fly northward to Trujillo and transfer to the Libertador Trujillo Hotel for the night. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the Sun and Moon Temples outside of the city. (B)

Day Two: Chan Chan and Huaca el Dragon Formerly the capital of the Chimu Empire, the sprawling city of Chan Chan attests the large population that once inhabited the area. Note the walls adorned with elaborate friezes that have been restored to their original detail and brilliant colors. Afterwards, visit the ruins of the Temple of the Dragon, decorated with friezes of dancing warriors. (B)

Day Three: Lord of Sipan and Chiclayo to Lima Drive to the Valley of the Lord of Sipan. The tombs of the lord (above, right) and his retinue contained jewelry made from gold, silver, and copper studded with turquoise and semi-precious stones. Have lunch and visit the Royal Tomb Museum where the most spectacular finds are displayed. Evening transfer to the Chiclayo airport for the return flight to Lima. (B, L)

Gold artifact from the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, Peru
Gold artifact from the tomb of the
Lord of Sipan, Peru
Libertador Trujillo
Included: Hotel accommodations, tax, service, continental breakfast, air tickets Lima/Trujillo & Chiclayo/Lima, airport/hotel transfers & sightseeing as per the itinerary.

For Extra Night Hotels in Lima, see Plains of Nazca Extension above.