Thanks to the good reviews on TripAdvisor, we joined Mystery Peru's Nazca Lines 2-day tour in July 2011 and enjoyed it very much. It was supposed to be a group tour, but it turned out "private" as we were the only ones joining. I and my friend were taken care of by Nilo and Erna, our chauffeur and tour guide respectively. Both of them were very nice and friendly.
As we were going to visit many attractions in two days, we needed to set off very early in the morning. Nilo and Erna were very punctual and picked us up from the hotel in Lima at 4:30 am. Fortunately, it took about 3.5 hours to get to the pier to Island Ballestas, so we could rest in the car. We took a speed boat together with some other tourists to tour around Island Ballestas. We could not get onto the island but watch the birds, sea lions, penguins and dolphins etc from the boat. It was worth visiting as you could watch them in a pretty close distance, very beautiful. The boat ride took about 1 hour.
Then, we visited Paracas Reserve and Red Beach before having lunch in a Spanish restaurant. Erna introduced and ordered food for us, very yummy! Afterwards, we did wine tasting, buggy drive and sand boarding - super fun! After an hour's drive, we arrived at Casa Andina Classic Hotel, Nazca. It was very basic, but okay to stay a night.
The next day we went to Nazca Lines. As it was a bit overcast in the morning, we waited till about 10am to take off. The flight was about 30 mins which was steady and safe. We enjoyed it very much as we could see the lines/patterns very clearly from the plane. After lunch in Nazca, it took 6 hours to drive back to Lima. The tour was very well organized. Highly recommended!
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