Paracas, lying some 146 miles
south of Lima on a peninsular bay along the Pan-American Highway, is an unspoiled natural paradise
where the desert sand reveals treasures of ancient civilizations.
Paracas National Reserve is one the most important marine
conservation centers of the world, where boobies, flamingoes,
penguins, and sea lions abound. Start here for a cruise in the Galapagos Islands and tour to Machu Picchu.
Many exquisite textiles can be viewed in the Paracas Museum.
Nearby is the famous "Candelabra" drawing, etched
into a coastal dune by the ancients. Ica is the wine and "Pisco" (grape
brandy) capital of Peru. On the way to Nazco or Paracas,
stop by at one of Peru's fine hacienda resorts for a sumptuous
Almost 280 miles south of Lima, lies Nazca. Almost 2500
years ago, Nazca was the seat of a pre-Incan civilization
highly advanced in both astronomy and ceramic art. Enormous
figures of animals, birds, and humans were etched into the
desert sands hundreds of years ago. They went unrecognized
until the modern age of aviation. Some of the figures are
almost 300 yards long! They can only truly be appreciated
when seen from the air.