The world’s only Elongated Skull tour guided by an expert on the subject, Brien Foerster, combined with an overflight of the Nazca Lines. This four day tour includes luxury oceanfront accommodations and if needed assistance with arranging high quality direct bus service from Lima. The tour begins and ends in Paracas.
Day 1: Ballestas Islands & Elongated Skulls
We get on a high speed boat and explore the amazing Ballestas Islands, about half an hour from Paracas. Here you will more sea birds and other wildlife than you have ever seen in your life. This sea journey takes about 2 hours.
Part of this ocean trip includes a stop to observe the 500 tall geoglyph called the “Candelabra” which was made by the Paracas culture more than 2000 years ago likely as a navigational device.
We then go to the Paracas History Museum, and will be able to not only observe more than 40 Paracas Elongated Skulls, but some will be taken out of their cases for closer examination, photos and videos. The museum also has a fine collection of Nazca, Wari, Chincha and Inca artifacts.
Then, we go to a rarely visited massive Paracas graveyard to explore the area and see all sorts of artifacts and other evidence of the ancient Paracas culture.
After that we return to Paracas and stay overnight in the new and luxurious ocean side San Augustin Hotel.
link: San Augustin Hotel
Day 2: Tambo Colorado & Paracas Reserve
Drive inland for about an hour and explore the major Inca site called Tambo Colorado, which was not only an Inca palace, but also a place where taxation was collected for those people during Inca times that were traveling between the coast of Peru and Cusco.
After lunch (optional) in a recommended seaside restaurant in Paracas, we explore the huge and fascinating Paracas Reserve, with a muli-coloured desert landscape and breathtaking views of the open Pacific Ocean.
Overnight: San Augustin Hotel
Day 3: Ica Regional Museum & Palpa geoglyphs
We drive towards Nazca, stopping at the Ica Regional Museum to look at their vast collection of local ancient artifacts, including some of best examples of Elongated Skulls on the planet.
We then continue on towards Nazca, stopping at the Palpa geoglyphs, which are in fact an extension of the Nazca ones (as is the Candelabro of Paracas).
After this we arrive at our luxury hotel, the Nuevo Cantalloc, and rest for the remainder of the day.
link: Nuevo Cantalloc