Paracas and the Nazca Lines
Where stunning geogylphs are viewed by the gods!
At a 2 hour drive out of Lima, the village of Nasca has become famous for the strange drawings of “giants” that exist to the north. These drawings depict giant spiders and other animals. There is no real understanding of why they were drawn in the desert or how then managed to get the scale so correct (the best way to view them is from the air). As a couple of nights excursion from Lima, they are an interesting and individual sight to go and see.
Paracas and the Islas Ballestas
Another of the real highlights of this area of the world is what is known as Peru’s answer to the Galapagos Island, the Islas Ballestas. Reached through either Pisco or the coastal town of Paracas, the Islas Ballestas are home to a good number of aquatic sealife such as sea lions, seals, penguins and turtles. For those who are interested in their bird life it is also possible to see a good range of the seabird range that are frequently associated with the Galapagos such as albatrosses, pelicans, boobies, cormorants amongst others. A combination of seeing the famous “drawings of the gods” and a visit to this life-laded group of islands is a truly pleasant and interesting way to spend a few days out of Lima.