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Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands

Lima, Peru
Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands

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Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating sights in one day as you visit the majestic Ballestas Islands, a marine sanctuary, before taking an aerial tour of the famous Nazca Lines during this full-day tour from Lima. Spot for sea lions and exotic sea birds during your Ballestas visit, then continue south to the Peruvian town of Ica where you’ll board a Cessna aircraft for an aerial experience above the Nazca Lines. This experience also includes a guide, lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel.
  • Full-day tour to Ballestas Islands and Nazca Lines from Lima
  • Enjoy an aerial tour of the Nazca Lines
  • Guided sightseeing visit of the Ballestas Islands
  • Learn about the culture and history of the Nazca people
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Flight over the Nazca lines
Visit to Ballesta Islands
Local guide
Box Lunch
Transfer hotel - Bus station - hotel
Bus Lima / Paracas / Lima
Alcoholic beverages at lunch
Pisco airport tax TUUA (USD 5.00 per person aprox)
Nazca airport tax TUUA (USD 14 per person aprox)
Touristic Ticket Aerodrome (USD 15.00 per person aprox)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
This activity includes roundtrip transfer from only the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Departure Time

3:00 AM
See two of Peru’s top attractions in one day on this combination aerial Nazca Lines tour and visit to the unspoiled Ballestas Islands for wildlife spotting. It’s the perfect excursion for Peru visitors short on time, or for those looking to experience two of the country’s top sights in one action-packed day. Start your day with a 4am pickup at your Lima hotel, continuing with a drive along the scenic Peruvian coast towards the town of Paracas. The town is situated on a picturesque peninsula renowned for its wealth of wildlife and gorgeous beaches. 

Board a ferry in Paracas for the trip out to the Ballesta Islands, a national reserve that is home to a wealth of marine life, including sea lions and many species of birds. Spend some time exploring these beautiful islands at your leisure, and take a few photos of the intriguing wildlife that populates the rocky shores. You’ll also be able to view the “Candelabra of the Andes,” a 600-foot (180m) painting visible in the mountainside that lines the Bay of Paracas.

Depart from Paracas as you head inland towards the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage site experts believe was constructed more than 1,000 years ago. Board your aircraft, fitted with a window seat for every passenger, as you soar into the skies above this enigmatic sight for incredible views of the various animal designs down below.

Each of the line drawings you’ll see during your flight has a special significance. The 300-foot (90m) monkey, for example, has only nine fingers, which site experts believe symbolizes the nine months of drought the Nazca people experienced each year. Meanwhile the spider is said to represent water and fertility, as the creature is known to appear just before the annual rainstorms. As for the hummingbird, condor and flamingo, experts suspect the birds’ beaks are aligned to match the angle of the sunrise and sunset during the year’s two solstice events. You’ll also fly above the Nazca lines lizard, which was unfortunately split in two during the construction of the Pan-American highway in 1937.

At the conclusion of your Nazca Lines flight, enjoy an included lunch before starting your return trip to Lima for drop-off at your hotel.
Stop At:  
Ballestas Islands
Early in the morning we will be transferred to the bus station to depart to Paracas. On arrival, welcoming reception and transfer to pier to embark on a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. The “Chandelier” a giant figure marked in the sand in the style of the Nazca lines can also be seen on our way to the islands. On the islands you will be able to observe sea lions, pelicans, Humboldt penguins and other sea birds.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nasca Lines
At the coordinated time, we will head toward to airport of Pisco to fly over the Nazca lines, huge drawing that can only be seen from the sky and which represent several insects and animals like a monkey, hummingbird, condor or a spider. The origins are unknown, while many think it is a big astronomic calendar. Lunch at local restaurant. At the arranged time, departure bus to Lima and hotel transfer.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note: we strongly advise departure flights not to be booked for the same date as the tour
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Overflight is not recomendable for children less than 8 years old.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY VIPAC - Viajes Pacifico
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    What is the social distancing policy during Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
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    Traveler Tips

    • "Wear a nose/mouth mask on your journey to Ballestas Islands because the bird droppings really stink!" See review
    • "Little to no shopping at the airport so get all souvenirs in Paracas, An exhausting but delightful day!!!" See review


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    Well Planned and Excellent Excursion!
    , Dec 2019
    Only 2 things to warn about on this one. #1 It is an extremely early start but the bus is awesome and easy to sleep in. #2 Although I specifically requested at booking, that I did not want to be seated under the wing, I was seated there anyways. Metal wing support obstructs 20% of your view and you can't get good pictures. Guide was great, and the Ballestas Islands were amazing. Boat staff were very professional. Nazca Lines were amazing, but the obstructed view hurt the experience. This flight is not for the faint of heart or weak stomached. Many passengers on our flight were getting sick and fainting. Ironically not enjoying their perfect views.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Hold onto your butts.
    , Sep 2019
    Getting up at 3am to get picked up from your hotel and get dropped off at a different bus company that operates to the town close to ballestas islands. The bus was good since it had a huge reclinable angle. After a few hours I was dropped off at the town and a guide picked me up and dropped me off at the pier for ballestas island. The island trip was really good and get picked up once after and get dropped off at the airport for nazca lines. The airplane ride induces nausea in people so beware but it really is worth it to do it once. After that get picked up and eat a late lunch. Hang around for a few hours and get back onto a bus that drives you back to lima
    Nazca Lines and Little Galapagos
    , Aug 2018
    This is a 16.5 hr tour beginning with the most deluxe coach (it is beyond a bus) ever experienced. 4 hrs from Lima to Paracas/Little Galapagos. Tour representatives met me at every location and individually got me to the next location without fail. There was some down time in Paracas after the boat ride to see the animals and there is plenty of shopping, restaurants, and coffee available close to the tour office. I would do whatever I could when booking to be sure you are NOT sitting over the wing on the plane over the Nazca Lines. Your camera angles are compromised and the lines are somewhat difficult to decipher -- you need as much viewing thru a window as possible -- ask to be seated away from wing area. And be sure your agent gives you a map of the Lines as you will see them in order -- the lady behind me told me what was coming next -- I didn't get a map till we landed! Little to no shopping at the airport so get all souvenirs in Paracas, An exhausting but delightful day!!! Kudos to all my "handlers".
    Disappointed that we took a plane instead of a helicopter over Nazca Lines
    Korri J
    , Aug 2018
    It was a very long day as expected with mainly driving/boating. You will be in a 10 seat airplane and have 20 seconds to look for the Nazca Lines and take a picture if your lucky. You will not have an opportunity to see all the lines. Wear a nose/mouth mask on your journey to Ballestas Islands because the bird poop really stinks! You are also in a small boat with no bathroom or overhead so watch out for bird poop droppings. Basically you are paying for the transportation service and the plane and boat people are your guides.
    We really liked the Ballesta Islads...
    , Jul 2018
    We really liked the Ballesta Islads, Nazca lines were good too.
    Wow, this was a great experience...
    , Feb 2018
    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.
    Fantastic tour! Saw 2 bull sea lions...
    Brenda B
    , Feb 2018
    Fantastic tour! Saw 2 bull sea lions fighting just like the nature shows on television and although the water was pretty rough still managed to get some great pictures! I've wanted to see the Nazca Lines since I first read about them as a 10 year old and was impressed and awed. Definitely worth it!
    The Nazca Lines are a must see if...
    , Feb 2018
    The Nazca Lines are a must see if they have not been destroyed recently. The pilot and the co-pilot of the small plane worked diligently to be sure that the pictographs were visible on both sides of the plane, even if it required some tight turns. The Ballestas Islands boat tour was an unexpected delight and offered quite a view of the various birds and other wildlife found on the islands. Overall, the tour was well organized from start to finish, including an excellent lunch.
    I would suggest not to sit people on...
    Clayton K
    , Jan 2018
    I would suggest not to sit people on the back of the plane. The flight for two of us was so bad that we did not care about these lines. The other people on the plane were just fine.
    I liked it a lot especially when the...
    , Nov 2017
    I liked it a lot especially when the pilot was trying to draw the Nazca Lines by airplane wing.

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