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.
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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.
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.
Travel to the heart of the Pisco Valley and visit two "bodegas" to learn about the pisco-making process and taste different varieties.
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.
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Tambo Colorado (Guided in German)
4.5 hours | Pisco (General San Martin) | PIO-203
Step back in time on a guided tour of Tambo Colorado, a beautifully preserved Inca fortress featuring the high priest's chambers complete with sacrificial altar. And this moderate half-day tour showcases the historic Pisco Valley where desert dunes contrast with verdant farming villages where centuries-old irrigation techniques are still employed.
Step back in time on a guided tour of Tambo Colorado, a beautifully-preserved Inca fortress featuring the high priest's chambers complete with sacrificial altar. And this moderate half-day tour showcases the historic Pisco Valley where desert dunes contrast with verdant farming villages where centuries-old irrigation techniques are still employed.
Explore one of the richest and most uncommon ecosystems in the world at the Paracas National Reserve. Your half-day tour includes multiple photo opportunities of the desert landscapes, azure waters and spectacular bird life as well as short nature walks to viewing areas.
Islas Ballestas Wildlife Cruise (Guided in German)
3.5 hours | Pisco (General San Martin) | PIO-643
Cruise to this group of volcanic islands 11 miles off the coast of Peru. Islas Balletas provide sanctuary for thousands of seabirds including boobies and penguins. Sea lions cavort in the waters offshore.
Cruise to Islas Ballestas, Peru's Galapagos, for an up close look at large populations of marine mammals and birds in their protected habitat. And, take photos at "El Candelabro", a figure etched into a coastal headland reminiscent of the Nazca Lines. Its two Peruvian wonders on one moderate, half-day tour!
The fertile oasis of Ica is home to two of the country's most famous vineyards. Explore this scenic area on this half-day tour and taste pisco, the Peruvian brandy that is made by distilling grape wine, produced in Peru since the turn of the 17th century.
High-speed adventure awaits when you travel to a desert oasis surrounded by towering sand dunes 400 feet high. Climb into a professionally driven dune buggy and head for massive hills on a roller-coaster-like ride. Photograph the outer-worldly landscapes and try "sandboarding." Afterwards, travel to a hotel for a pisco tasting.
Take flight from the Pisco Airport and soar over Peru's famous Nazca Lines. From this unique perspective, you can clearly see hundreds of geoglyphs etched into the surface below. Thrill to the sight of birds, fish, llamas, jaguars, and monkeys, or human figures that date back 2,000 years.