Nazca Lines and Huacachina Oasis from San Martin Port
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Las Adventure, Nuevo Muelle El Chaco Next To sernamp, Paracas 11000 Peru
At the agreed time, you will be met by our guide and transferred from San Martin Port to Paracas town. At this point you will meet the rest of the group and drive towards Ica Airport for your short flight over the Nazca Lines. At the airport you will have an introduction about your tour and safety instruction. This flight will cover the expanse of the Nazca desert, the surface of which is scarred by gigantic drawings and geometrical shapes. Note: The flight lasts exactly 70 minutes including the travel time to Nazca and is the best way to see these fascinating lines and drawings that have intrigued people for years. Once in Nazca, you will see 14 most representative figures drawn on the stony surface of the Nazca desert. Representing animals and stylized plants, distributed in a huge labyrinth of lines, trapezes, triangles and hairsprings which have been preserved for almost 2000 years. They are the most incredible remains that an ancient culture has left behind. These designs, which some of them are as long as 500 meters, can be truly appreciated only from the sky at an altitude of 1,500 feet. Afterwards we will drive southwest towards to Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm tree and huge sand dunes with spectacular views of Ica Valley and desert landscape. Here you will have time for some refreshment or walk around the Oasis, if you wish to experience the dune buggy tour you can arrange this locally. If time permit we will visit a traditional wine yard to taste some local wine and Pisco. Finally, you will return to San Martin Port to re-join your ship.
Stop At: Nasca Lines, Nazca Peru
Once in Nazca, you will see 14 most representative figures drawn on the stony surface of the Nazca desert. Representing animals and stylized plants, distributed in a huge labyrinth of lines, trapezes, triangles and hairsprings which have been preserved for almost 2000 years.
They are the most incredible remains that an ancient culture has left behind. These designs, which some of them are as long as 500 meters, can be truly appreciated only from the sky at an altitude of 1,500 feet.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
Stop At: Huacachina Ica, Balneario de, Huacachina 11000, Peru
Afterwards we will drive southwest towards to Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm tree and huge sand dunes with spectacular views of Ica Valley and desert landscape. Here you will have time for some refreshment or walk around the Oasis, if you wish to experience the dune buggy tour you can arrange this locally.
If time permit we will visit a traditional wine yard to taste some local wine and Pisco. Finally, you will return to San Martin Port to re-join your ship.
Duration: 1 hour
- Pickup and drop-off from San Martin Port.
- All activities and transportation in group.
- English and Spanish speaking guide.
- Bottle of water.
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Ica airport Tax $10:00 USD per person.
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- The flight time will be confirmed one day before of departure, and will be notified via email, (you must check your email for flight time confirmation)
- If your ship has any delay in arriving, we strongly suggest to notify us three to four days in advance so we can arrange a new pick up time. We also suggest you to keep checking your emails in case the pick up time changes.
- Printed travel voucher or E-travel voucher along with your passport or any ID its required before boarding (verification purpose only).
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
The directions to meet the guide were 'vague'... within walking distance of the ship... no one had a sign with my name or Viator or Nazca... no clues... there were people milling around in front of the gangway ... asking if we needed taxis... there were buses parked about 1/2 block away...within walking distance... no one had any idea what was going on. Someone suggested that perhaps I had to go to the Security gate...quite a way up a steep hill... so I got into a taxi to go up to the gate... luckily, a man put 2 and 2 together and came to get me... 6 of us got into a van and were driving to downtown Paracas... the others were driven to the wharf... I was told to wait in the city park... eventually a gentleman came over and said he was the guide. It was all rather 'loosey-goosey... He was a careful driver and explained what we were seeing and some history of the area, which I really appreciated. First we drove to a winery... I had to go on a walking tour to see grape vines, where the grapes were crushed and how the liquid is further distilled to make Pisco. I was given a few samples of wine and Pisco to taste. The gentleman there was a nice young man... but I live in Napa... and have been to 'a few' wineries... lol... Then we drove a long way to the town of ICA where the airport was located. The whole tour supposedly began at 9 am and lasted till 4:00pm... there was never an opportunity to get anything for lunch or a snack... no water was included... luckily I brought my own water bottle from the ship I get hypoglycemia and need to eat regularly... I had a sesame seed cracker snack... which I broke and shared with the driver. We got to the airport, and he got me checked in... there was nothing there...we waited at least an hour could have stopped for something to eat enroute??? as I stood in line for 'security' ... he suddenly asked me for my passport... I thought there was some security thing to be done and handed it over... no... he just wanted to read my personal information... when he had done so, he handed it back... When I got to the plane I was assigned to a seat with the wing strut right outside the window... not a good viewing situation ... The pilots were good, and did their best to 'locate' the figures under the wing tip so we could spot them... I had to work around the wing strut, and missed seeing 2 of the figures... the whale and the dog When we returned, i asked to go back to the ship, but was told we had to go to some lake... ok... it was a depression in the land with water and a large dune behind it.. some sad looking boats with palm leaf roofs were being paddled around. My guide found a couple from Ukraine that he'd met in Paracas earlier and spent quite a while chatting. I wandered around took some photos and waited. When he came over I asked to go back to the ship we had to be on board at 4:30... he said I should take pictures of the lake. Told him I already did that while he was visiting. We began the LONG drive back... he finally got the idea we were running out of time and kept up a good pace. Got to the security gate and I had no way to get to the pier. The guard called a shuttle to get me... Luckily one came. I got to the gangway just as the crew were taking in the water and cold towels. I must have been the last passenger on board. My husband was rather upset that the time was cut so close. I was about ready to faint and rushed to get something to eat. All in all it was rather disappointing.. the whole cruise was booked so I could see the Nazca Lines, and that was more of a struggle with the wing strut in the way... the guide had no clue that a 7 hour tour should include some water, and some sort of snack... and he had no business asking for my passport because he was nosy...he could have made sure I had a good seat in the plane, but didn't... it wasn't allotted by weight... people weighing more than me were further back, and less than me both in front and behind me, and a little kid sat across from me... I would have trouble recommending this particular tour... disappointing since I've heard such wonderful things about Viator tours.