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  • 4 Days, 3 Nights
  • Group Size: 1 - 8
  • All year round(Dec-Mar: possibly some rain or fog)
  • Difficulty: Low-Medium2-4 hours per day

This is an extraordinary experience in which the Peruvian Atacama Desert becomes the protagonist of the story you live, immersed in its dunes, oases, ocean, its people and their daily activities, but also its incredibly beautiful landscapes. Not to mention the fascinating ancient remains of mummies, geoglyphs and gigantic lines over the desert plains.

The daily hikes will take you close to the desert and its inhabitants. One night of camping adds another unique experience; enjoying the night under, what seems to be, an entire ocean of stars.

Read more about the daily programme further down. 

Price Includes

  • Day 1:
  • Lunch and dinner, water for the hikes
  • Overnight stay in a tent for two persons with sleeping bag
  • Day 2:
  • Breakfast at the campsite
  • Entrance fees
  • Overnight stay with breakfast in Paracas
  • Day 3:
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Overnight stay with breakfast in Nasca
  • Day 4:
  • Lunch
  • Visit to the vineyards and Pisco tasting
  • Included every day:
  • Private transportation
  • English-speaking guide

Price Excludes

  • Arrival transportation to Paracas
  • Departure transportation from Nasca
  • Meals not indicated as includedDay 2 you will be in a restaurant for lunch and dinner where you can choose what you eat, and pay directly yourself.
  • Travel insurance

What to Bring

  • Don't worry about your luggage if you continue on to another destination, you will always have access to it.
  • 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.

Day by Day

Day 1Paracas - Camping Oasis Morón

With a private vehicle you will be driven to a small community of farming families bordering the edge of the desert. From here you will walk through corn and cotton fields and other crops until you reach the dunes of the desert. After another hour of hiking through the sand dunes, you can catch first glimpses of the oasis, where you will set up camp and enjoy dinner, a campfire and a night under the stars.

Duration of the hike: 2.5 h
Difficulty: medium (high temperatures).
Distance on foot: 3 km

Day 2Oasis Morón – Paracas National Reserve

This morning a fantastic breakfast awaits you in front of the oasis, after which you will walk to the reed beds (aquatic vegetation), where the reed is harvested and the art of making baskets and mats is practiced.

Then, you will go to the Paracas National Reserve for a hike to a viewpoint with an incredible view of the bay and a colony of sea lions. You will return to the vehicle and go on to Lagunillas, a fisherman’s cove where you will enjoy a variety of seafood dishes. You continue south, whilst enjoying the beautiful reserve. You arrive at Las Salinas de Otuma, from there your walk to Mendieta begins, crossing the Laguna Negra or Muerta (“lunar” landscapes), to finally reach the beach. A truly dreamlike landscape. Once here, you climb the hill to enjoy an incredible sunset over the Pacific Ocean and return to Paracas where you’ll stay in a hotel.

Duration of the hike: 3 h
Difficulty: Low
Distance: 6 Km

Day 3Paracas - Palpa - Nasca.

You depart from Paracas crossing the desert by car, with several stops for photos. Then, you arrive to Palpa and visit the Nasca geoglyph “Solar Clock” and from there, you walk to the oasis “El Manantial de la Máquina”, for a refreshing bath, picnic, and then continue to Nasca, with stops to appreciate the geoglyphs of the ancient settlers that are everywhere. The archaeological wealth in the area is incredible, with the largest concentration of geoglyphs in the world, up to 2000 years old: El Felino, La Orca, El Tupu, La Familia and finally the viewpoint to appreciate some of the most famous drawings of the Nasca Lines, on the main pampa. Finally you arrive at the Lodge for dinner and overnight stay. 

Day 4Wasipunko – Las Trancas – Chauchilla.

You depart by vehicle to the town of Las Trancas, in the valley of the same name. Then, visit the aqueducts, water recovery systems from the groundwater which are 2000 years old (pre-Hispanic) and still in operation. You continue your walk through the countryside, observing the agricultural activity in various plantations. After, you reach the town of Copara, a picturesque village that still preserves the old houses or ranches of the hacienda era. Lunch at a local family’s house and then on to the municipal museum, located in the old hacienda. You will then continue between crops to the town of La Joya to visit a geoglyph in the desert. Then you arrive at the cemetery of Chauchilla, which will be appreciated briefly and after, you reach the village of the same name, where transport awaits you.

Then we wil return to the lodge to visit the nearby vineyards and afterwards we will have a Pisco tasting.

Duration of hike: 4 hours
Difficulty: Low
Distance: 11 km

The Route

Experience Designer
11Edmundo Watkins is our partner in developing sustainable experiences in Ica | Responsible Travel Peru

Edmundo Watkin

I am Edmundo, official guide, I was born in Lima but I lived in Nazca 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!