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Paracas / Nazca

HIGHLIGHTS

Ballestas Island: Early in the morning motor boat leave to Ballestas Islands, in Paracas National Reserve, to observe sea lions, boobies, pelicans, penguins and other marine birds, among the many other species which converge there looking for shelter. On the boat trip tourists can see the famous "Candelabro", an enigmatic form that many people believe is related to the Nazca lines. 

Paracas Reserve: Paracas National Reserve has been declared World Heritage Natural Side by UNESCO. You can visit the Julio C. Tello Museum, the Cathedral and “la Boyeda”, where you can have a short walk around the sea going in to the cave. You can also enjoy the beautiful landscapes from several viewpoints, such as the Wolves and Lagunillas beach. Due to its geographical location the area has the strangest and richest ecosystems in the world.

Nazca Lines: Located on the plains of San Jose and on an extension of 50 km, the geoglyphs represent figures of animals and plants, some of these figures may reach up to 984,3 feet in length and cover an area of 1000 m². These lines constitute one of humankind’s enduring mysteries. 

Chauchilla Cemetery: the Chauchilla Cemetery, 30km south of Nazca, consists of several tombs containing remarkably well-preserved mummies from the Nazca culture. 

Cahuachi: This immense ceremonial and pilgrimage centre stands in the middle of the desert, and consists of more than 40 mounds, topped with the remains of adobe constructions, with several intact pyramids, cemeteries and elaborate underground tombs –only partially excavated. A wealth of pottery has been discovered here, as well as graves containing only trophy heads. The sands around the area are eerily littered with ancient pottery fragments as well as human femurs and skulls. Cahuachi is reached via a rough 25 km dirt-and-gravel road from Nazca. 

Cerro Blanco: Located east of the city of Nazca, the largest sand dune in Peru; ideal for adventure sports such as sand boarding and paragliding.

WEATHER

ParacasThe climate is typical of the desert with temperatures above 86°F, and in winter the temperature drops to 50°Fat night. 

Nazca Warm, dry, sunny throughout the year, with an average annual temperature of 73.4°F. It has a warm and mild climate. Summer temperatures exceed 86°F (January-March), due to the warm climate throughout the year, Nazca is known as "the city of eternal summer."

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