San Martin is your gateway to the quiet colonial town of Pisco and its fertile coastal valley. For thousands of years, pre-Columbian societies thrived in river valleys such as this. Utilizing sophisticated systems of irrigation, they transformed the harsh coastal desert into productive farmland. The legacy of these ancient people, from their giant geometric etchings on the desert floor to their ancient burial grounds, continues to draw curious adventurers from around the world. San Martin is also your gateway to two other mysterious marvels: the Inca palace complex at Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Archipelago.
Points of Interest
Paracas National Reserve
More about Pisco (General San Martin), Peru Points of Interest
Islas Ballestas -
A marine wildlife sanctuary, this small group of islands is often called the "Galapagos of Peru." Visitors sail around rugged shores, taking in their beauty while sea lions bark around them.
Tambo Colorado -
Former home of the Incas, this site is comprised of adobe buildings around a central plaza. It is so well preserved that visitors can still make out original paintings in yellow and red.
Paracas National Reserve -
This oldest marine reserve in Peru serves as a refuge for a wide variety of marine animals and birds such as sea lions, penguins, whales, dolphins and migratory seabirds.
Pisco Valley -
Travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two "bodegas" to learn about the pisco-making process and taste different varieties.
Nasca Lines -
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as 'one of the most impressive-looking archaeological areas in the world,' the Nazca Lines history and mystery inspire awe and reverence. Stretching out nearly 170-square-miles, the lines known as geoglyphs were created by the Nazca between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. by removing rocks and earth revealing the light-colored sand.