This two-day, one-night trip extension will allow visitors to see one of the great mysteries of history. Historians and archeologists have long questioned how and why the tribes of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru arranged rocks into enormous outlines of insects and animals — some measuring up to 590 feet long. While experts differ on the meaning of the geoglyphs —explanations range from the symbols having religious significance, pointing to water, summoning rain, enhancing fertility — the mystery that swirls around the arid lines has drawn visitors from around the globe. The Nazca Lines trip lets you see firsthand the mystery that has puzzled experts from around the world, and ends with a cruise of the magnificent, and wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands
Wake up to a hearty breakfast in your hotel in Lima and prepare for a full day exploring the Nazca Lines. A private transport will be arranged to the bus station early in the morning, where you will travel to the city of Ica (about a 4-hour drive) and drop you off at Las Dunas Hotel. A flight to Nazca will be departing in the afternoon where you can really appreciate the incredible Nazca lines. These lines are centuries old and their creation and meaning is still a mystery. The figures include reptiles, monkeys, spiders, fish and birds and the biggest figures measure 590 feet long.
After breakfast, you will board a private 1-hour transfer to the Bay of Paracas where our cruise to the Ballestas Islands begins. Sea lions, penguins, and over 60 species of beautiful wildlife inhabit these picturesque islands. The afternoon will include a return to Lima via the Royal Class bus and transfer to your hotel in Lima.
Wilderness Medicine CME
Bhutan for Active Traveler CME
This Wilderness Medicine CME course takes place in the remote Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan.
It is a country of mountains, untouched forests, and fortified monasteries that lies nestled in the high Himalaya. The size of Switzerland with a population of less than one million, it vigilantly protects it ancient traditions, religion and culture. Traveling there is like visiting Nepal or Tibet forty years ago.
Lares Trek and Machu Picchu
This porter-supported 4-day trek showcases remote, pre-colonial Inca villages, and immerses you in the rare beauty of the Andes as you pass crystalline lakes and soak in high-altitude hot springs. The trek’s awe-inspiring finale is an exploration of the mesmerizing beauty of Machu Picchu.
Ecuador Amazon Extension
In only 4 or 5 days, it is not uncommon for even the most casual birder to see over 250 species here. With only minimal effort you can expect to see dozens of colorful parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, tanagers, hawks, and oropendolas, as well as many monkey, frog and snake species, to name a few.
Hacienda Zuleta in the Andes
Built in 1691, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet. Explore the mountains by horseback, mountain bike or foot. Learn about the rich culture of this community that still operates as they did hundreds of years ago. Dine on food that is locally sourced and fall asleep to the crackling fire in your room’s fireplace.
View the Nazca Lines and learn what is known of some of the most unexplainable relics of pre-Colombian South American culture.
Visit Ballestas Islands — home to penguins, sea lions and a wide array of sea birds.