Lima, Peru

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Time11 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Explore the mysteries of Peru’s stunning Nazca Lines during this 11-hour excursion, complete with Cessna flight, departing from Lima. Drive south along the Pacific coast to Paracas, where you’ll board your plane for a 1.5-hour aerial adventure above this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you soar above these intriguing works of art, also known as ‘geoglyphs,’ capture photos from your window seat, and listen as your guide explains the puzzling questions about their creation. Your Nazca Lines adventure also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Lima.
  • 1.5-hour air tour over the Nazca Lines with transport from Lima
  • Check out one of the most amazing and mysterious ancient attractions in Peru from the air
  • Hear about the possible purposes of the drawings, which are believed to date back to around 400 AD
  • Enjoy the view from your own window seat
  • Round-trip transport from Lima included
Experience a bird’s eye view flying by Cessna above one of the great creations of the ancient world, the Nazca Lines, on this 11-hour tour leaving from Lima. Learn the fascinating myths about the creation of this UNESCO World Heritage site, unexplained by scientists and archaeologists to this day. 

Start your Nazca excursion with a 7am pickup from your hotel in San Isidro or Miraflores, proceeding by luxury Mercedes van with your guide towards the Peruvian city of Paracas for your flight. The drive takes about 4 hours each way.

Arrive at the airport, climb aboard your Cessna plane and take a seat by the window (every seat has one) to begin your flight. Soar above the arid plains of the Nazca Plateau a remote desert area that is home to this famous archaeological site. 

Gaze in wonder as your pilot loops you around each of the site’s unique designs, allowing time for a closer look. While the creation of the lines remains a mystery, many experts believe the Nazca people designed them some time between 400 and 650 AD. 

The majority of which depict various animals and symbolic events from Nazca culture. The site’s 300-foot (90m) monkey, for example, has just 9 fingers, which is believed to represent the 9 months of drought that occur in the area each year. Meanwhile, the spider design is thought to represent water and fertility, as the creatures frequently appeared before rainstorms. The site’s flamingo, condor and hummingbird are thought to relate to the winter and summer solstices, as each bird’s beak aligns with the sunrise and sunsets on these dates.

Take time over the course of your 1.5 hour aerial exploration to capture plenty of pictures, returning to the Paracas airport when the time is up. Feel free to grab lunch at your own expense in town before the return trip back to your Lima hotel.

Reviews

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M
, Sep 2018

I was picked up at my hotel in Lima at 7 a.m. as scheduled for the 3-hour drive to Paracas, where we would go on a 12-passenger Cessna for a flight over the Nazca Lines. It took 1/2 hour to get to the Nazca Lines and the flight was smooth. Everyone had a window seat. When the passengers on either side of the plane were viewing the Lines, the plane's wing would dip down almost parallel to the ground and be quite close to it. We could make out the geoglyphs after the pilot pointed them out to us. There was some turbulence on the flight back but not too bad. After we got back to Paracas, we had lunch at its harbor before heading back to Lima. As my two tour mates were from Mexico, the tour was conducted in both English and Spanish. The trip was quite an experience and our guide, driver, and driver's assistant were all excellent.

J
, Jul 2018

The airplanes are very comfortable, everyone gets a window with a great view of the lines. The narration is in English and very informative. you may get a little airsick towards the end but then they level off and head for home. total is about 1.5 hours.

D
, Mar 2018

This tour was quite good. It was a long day with the travel from Lima and back, but the flight over the Nazca Lines was very interesting.
The pilot gave very good commentary and did his absolute best to point out the various 'lines' which was very helpful in knowing where to look.

E
, Dec 2017

This was an amazing experience and it is highly recommended !!!!

S
, Nov 2017

We were picked up at our hotel an hour earlier than the originally scheduled time. Our guide gave us minimal information as we climbed aboard a bus. We then went to several other hotels for others to board. My husband and I were the only English speakers on the bus. Teh guide would talk for several minutes in Spanish, then say to me and my husband, I will meet you after the flight and you will be returned to your hotel. With my limited Spanish, I determined that the others were on an extended tour. They received information about what we passed as we drove the several hours to the airport. I have no idea what we missed on that part of the tour. The flight was paid for in advance, but we still had to pay an airport tax in cash. It wasn't expensive, but it would have been nice to have been forewarned. The flight itself was short. We saw most of the lines, although a few were hard to find and one - the whale - was impossible to see. A few people got sick on the flight, but were very quiet about it. Seeing the lines was wonderful, but there was a lot of traveling involved and a more informative guide could have made a good experience a wonderful one. Photography was tough, because the lines went by so fast. I only ended up with one photograph. Would I do it again? Probably. I'd do it in a heartbeat if a helicopter ride was offered. Hovering would have been so much easier than the roller-coaster ride that the flight was.

A
, Aug 2017

The Air tour was excellent but the transportation was very poor. The distance of 210 K.M. which can be covered easily in 2.5 hour, it was covered in 4 hours. The highway 15 was 4 lane and 6 lanes with a speed limit of 100K.M. Tour guide had no knowledge about the tour and did not explain anything about Nazca lines.

P
, Sep 2016

Could only spare one day so feel I missed a lot. The lines were not as big as I'd thought they were and so would have liked to spend time in the town and see the water system. Suggest 2 day trip if you have the time.

L
, Mar 2016

Great tour, worth the time

V
, Nov 2015

The plane ride is like a roller coaster ride and felt quite sick afterwards. The view is however amazing from the plane, but I wouldn't do it again - definitely a once off.

T
, Jun 2015

I suppose it's worth doing. But I wouldn't rank in the top 200 things in the world to see.


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