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On top of the desert: Nazca

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  • 3 Days, 2 Nights
  • Group Size: 1 - 10
  • All year round(Dec-Mar: possibly some rain or fog)
  • Difficulty: medium-high4-7 hours per day

The Cerro Blanco Dune (2078 meters above sea level) is among the largest known in the world, over 900 m high on its southern wall, it concentrates a great amount of biodiversity due to the ecological levels it has. During the rainy season (From December to March), vegetation covers appear, some plants bloom and attract insects. The view is very impressive from the top with natural “amphitheaters” of hundreds of small dunes and from which the valleys of Nasca and Taruga can be appreciated.

The experience of walking through the deserts of Peru is unique, it has this combination of wild nature, history with the many archaeological remains, the popular culture of the communities and the sublime landscapes of the oasis, the dunes, crops and the Pacific coast, all this combined with the contact with the villagers, in their homes and learning about their lives in this part of the world narrated by the villagers themselves.

Ideal trip for families and groups of friends, very educational, contact with the villagers and a lot of information about the history of the ancient Peruvians. It can be done all year round.

Price Includes

  • Day 1
  • Private transportation
  • Tent for two people with lunch and dinner, water for the hikes
  • English-speaking guide, assistants or porters
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Sleeping bags for day 1 and 2
  • Day 2
  • English-speaking guide, assistants or porters
  • Tent for two people with breakfast, lunch and dinner, water for the hikes
  • Day 3
  • English-speaking guide, assistants or porters
  • Private transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overnight in Nasca in a rural hotel

Price Excludes

  • Arrival transportation to Nasca
  • Departure transportation from Nasca
  • Meals not indicated as included
  • Travel insurance

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Poncho
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Light coat in summer and thick coat for winter nights
  • Sandals, bathing clothes, flashlight, hat, towel for bathing.

Why is this experience RESPONSible?

Visiting sites off the beaten path invigorates local rural economies that normally only derive income from agriculture and other minor employment. On the other hand, the Peruvian desert is not necessarily seen as an attraction compared to the Andes or the Amazon. The development of the Cerro Blanco Dune Trekking will allow us to help the creation of a Natural Protected Area and prevent it from being overexploited by preventing motorized vehicles from entering.

Day by Day

Day 1Nasca - Cerro Blanco

Departure to Cerro Blanco with English-speaking guide and assistants or porters. First, you travel 24 km by vehicle to reach a level of 1200 altitude meters approx. Then, the hike begins along a current path of artisanal miners. At first you climb about 300 m during 2h encountering a steep slope, then, with less slope, you climb 100 m more to the base of the dune, where a payment is made to the Cerro before accessing the dune where you climb the final 100 meters for the team to set up camp. Then, ascent to the top of the Cerro Blanco dune on the south side and summit for a sublime and unique sunset. Overnight in tents.

Duration of the hike: 5 hrs. 878 meters of elevation gain
Difficulty: medium (high temperatures).

Day 2Cerro Blanco - Falda Grande - Juanillo

You start very early, to walk over the dune and descend at the “Falda Grande” towards the Taruga valley. After a long descent, you enter the head of the valley, with the possibility of seeing condors. The coastal valleys are used as corridors that go from the sea to the mountains. This area is where the condors pass through. Overnight stay at Juanillo’s, in a local family’s house, a quiet and shady place next to the river.

Duration of the hike: 8 hrs
Difficulty: Medium

Day 3Juanillo - Taruga - Pajonal - Nasca.

You will walk through the valley of Taruga, in contact with the people and observing local crops, fauna and flora. You will visit the pre-Columbian aqueducts (Nasca culture) of Santa Maria. Then, heading west you will descend through towns along the way. Dinner will be a typical Pachamanca! You will participate in its preparation and a ceremonial payment to Mother Earth or Pachamama.

Summary:

Total distance: 25 km.
Accumulated difference in altitude: 1800 meters.
Duration: 3 days, 3 nights.
18 hours of trekking.
Difficulty: Medium-high.

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Edmundo Watkin

I am Edmundo, official guide, I was born in Lima but I lived in Nasca since I was 19 years old. Nazca is where my passion for adventure was born, opening new routes hiking through the desert. But above all, I wanted to propose a different, original and responsible tourism with the local population and in balance with the environment. To show the traveler the life of the common people of the coastal valleys and that they can have a real participation in unique experiences in these lands yet to be discovered.

That is what I stand for and what you will experience when taking part in my experiences. Welcome to the desert of Nazca!