4-Day Tour to Paracas, Ica and Nazca

Daily Tour 4 days
Peru Paracas and Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Ica & Huacachina


The best 4-day Paracas, Ica and Nazca Tour. Running down the steep dunes of the desert in a buggy vehicle or a sand board. Taking a trip boat to the Ballestas Islands or flying over the Nazca lines. Are just some of the incredible ways you have available to visit the region of Ica. On an
journey through an enigmatic land of profound religious faith filled with sand dunes, fertile valleys, vineyards and sun. Some of the most important civilizations of ancient Peru established themselves here. Such as the Paracas and the Nazca. Each of them left a legacy that has endured the passage of time and the power of the sand and wind.

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Paracas, Ica and Nazca Tour?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • Guidance is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.



  • Enjoy a land tour to see unique landscapes of sea and desert
  • Learn about the amazing Paracas culture.
  • Take a boat ride around the spectacular Ballestas islands, shelter for thousands of sea birds, sea lions and Humboldt penguins.


  • Explore a beautiful oasis surrounded by huge sand dunes
  • Wander around the beautiful old houses now converted into cozy bars, pubs and restaurants.
  • Race in powerful dune buggies down the steep sandy slopes of the desert.
  • Have a relaxing exploration of the dunes.
  • Visit some of the best wine and Pisco cellars and learn all about the process of this distinguished Peruvian drink.


  • Learn about the Nazca civilization
  • Discover the different theories of the creation of the famous Nazca lines from over 1000 years ago.
  • Take a flight over the lines and decide the truth for yourself.



About noon transfer from the hotel to the bus station to take the first-class bus, with 180° reclinable seats, air conditioning, restrooms, and wi-fi to Paracas (3 ½ hours approx).

You will be welcomed by our staff in Paracas and transferred to your accommodation.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and experience the incredible sunset over the Pacific Ocean while enjoying a Pisco sour, our national drink.

Alternatively, you can have an active afternoon as there are many possibilities for water sports like paddling, kayaking, or kitesurfing.

The day begins with an early transfer from your hotel to the pier accompanied by your local guide.  On arrival, board a speedboat equipped with life vests and comfortable seats. It is advisable to wear a good jacket or windbreaker, as it gets very windy once the boat sets off. We head off on the 30 minute journey to the Ballestas Islands following the coast where we see the famous figure known as The Candelabro or Chandelier, an enigmatic giant trident form similar in style to the Nazca lines etched into the desert floor hundreds of years ago by pre-Inca cultures.  The Candelabro overlooks the Ocean, giving you the chance to take pictures, while learning about the most popular theories of its creation, which range from pirates marking a hiding place for their treasure to soldiers fighting for Latin-American independence from Spain.

Unfortunately, it is not allowed to get off the boat to walk around the islands, but the boats get close enough to see the amazing marine life, with over 200 types of migratory and resident birds, including Peruvian Pelicans, Belcher’s gulls, Humboldt penguins, Guanay cormorants, red-legged cormorants, Inca terns, Peruvian boobies, turkey vultures, among many others. The Islands are also home to hundreds of sea lions resting on the beaches, sleeping on the rocks or swimming nearby. Equally, the islands provide shelter for the shy Humboldt penguins. After touring around the islands for about 1 hour we return to Paracas or Chaco pier.

The land tour of the Paracas National Reserve, a must for nature lovers now continues.

You tour the terrestrial area of Paracas National Reserve by private car and take in the spectacular view of the desert dunes and Pacific Ocean. As the tour continues, the next stop is in the fishing town of Lagunillas for lunch overlooking the sea.  Take the opportunity to try Ceviche, one of the most famous Peruvian dishes made with local ingredients. There is also time to swim in the cold water of the Pacific. (Meals not included).

Within the itinerary you will also visit the Julio C. Tello Site Museum and Interpretation Center, where remains of the Paracas, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, are exhibited.

Return to the bus station on time to get the bus to Ica, 1 hour approx (buses can also go directly to Nazca or back to Lima)

The journey begins with a visit to Huacachina, an oasis located just 5 Km from Ica city and situated in the desert surrounded by huge sand dunes, palms, huarangos (carob tree) and beautiful houses. At the end of the XIX century, Huacachina was practically uninhabited and then Italian Angela Perotti rediscovered the medical properties of the water and sand of the lagoon could be used to cure skin and rheumatism illnesses. This is an ideal place for those who like to relax and also those who like their activities a little more adrenaline filled.

Very few places in the world offer sand dunes of the size found in Huacachina, so why not see them up close? This is the ever-popular sandboarding / dune buggy tour that made Huacachina famous. The dune buggy ride is much like a rollercoaster. All of the decent drivers will drive at high speeds up and down the dunes while the tourists shriek with delight (and fear.) Although many tourists go to Huacachina especially to try sandboarding, at least half the visitors say they preferred the adrenaline of the dune buggy.

Be advised: It is not possible to drive or rent the dune buggy. Only trained professionals are allowed to drive.

Relaxing Exploration of the Dunes: If you want to explore the dunes around Huacachina but aren’t interested in raising your adrenaline levels or blood pressure then this tour is for you. At a much slower pace, you will be taken on a desert tour  and have the opportunity to take photos of the desert and the oasis from a higher vantage point. A perfect activity for younger children and those interested in taking life at a relaxed pace.

After your adventure in the desert you continue the tour visiting the local wineries.  Ica is very famous for its Pisco (grape liquor) and wine. This tour includes a visit to some of the best wine and pisco cellars in the region, where you learn the process of preparing the Pisco and the wine.  At the “bodegas”, as they are locally known, we take a pleasant walking tour accompanied by our guide to explore where this traditional Peruvian drink is made visiting the whole vineyard, its main tasting room and chatting with the Pisco makers. According to history, this Brandy-like liquor has been made since 1540 in Peru, and at the time it was known simply as a spirit drink. It was not until the XVII century that the grape brandy became known as Pisco. It is said that when the Incas arrived in this area around 1450th, the area was filled with sea birds along the shore of the Pacific Ocean that they chose to name the area with the name of Pisco, a Quechua word that means “bird”.  At the end of the afternoon you visit the Plaza de Armas to try Tejas, a typical dessert of this part of the country.

At the appropriate time, your guide will transfer to the bus station for the 2 hours trip to Nazca, or for the slightly longer trip to Lima.



Nazca would not make most Peru vacation itineraries if it were not for the mysterious Nazca Lines, which were declared an “Archeological World Heritage Site” by UNESCO (1994).  It is highly likely that you have seen aerial pictures of the Lines of Nazca, either on television or in a magazine, however, these images do not do the lines justice, and the only way to truly experience them is to take a sightseeing flight over the area. Culturandes Adventure Travel will make the reservation for you with the best Nazca operator, but payment for the flight is to be made locally with the operator, solely for the possible cancellations that are necessary owing to the weather.

At the designated time, our staff will pick you up from your hotel for transfer to the local airport of Nazca, located just 4 kilometers away from downtown. Upon your arrival at the airport, our staff will show you a a documentary about The Nazca Lines, Nazca culture as well as the figures you will see from the air. For this aerial tour, you will board a small single-engine aircraft in which each person will have a window seat. After the video, our English speaking pilot will proceed to give you a briefing about this air tour and will give each participant a map of the archaeological zone, which shows all the figures you will see from the air. After some basic information about the Lines and safety instructions, you will board the airplane and take off. In a matter of just 2 minutes you will be flying over the Nazca Lines zone. Among the figures you will see are the whale, the wing, the condor, birds, animals, the lizard, the tree, the hands, the spiral, the spider, the flower, the dog, the monkey, the astronaut and the triangle among many, many others.   The flight over the Nazca lines will last about 30-45 minutes. If you are prone to motion sickness be sure to take medication as the plane is small and the elevation is low which leads to more turbulence. The plane also banks continuously in order for both sides of the plane to view the lines properly. Don’t worry there are bags in the back of every seat and the pilots frequently check how you feel during the entire flight.

The flight lasts around 40 minutes, and with transfers just about two hours so there will be plenty of time to take some optional tours in Nazca city. Therefore, we also recommend a visit to the Maria Reiche Museum, the Museo Antonini, the Chauchillas cemetery or the pre-Inca aqueducts.

Early in the afternoon you will be transferred to the bus station for your journey back to Lima or to Arequipa.

Ask our experts travel advisors to complete your trip including a visit to the majestic Colca Canyon, the mysterious Nazca lines, the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas


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