Nazca City Guide – 2018

Nazca Peru: Our 2018 detailed guide from how to get there, where to stay, how to book the Nazca Lines and much more!

Nazca, Peru Brief Summary:

  • Home to the world famous Nazca Lines, huge geoglyphs etched in the Peruvian desert.
  • The city’s name is derived from the Nazca culture that emerged in the area between 100 BC and 800 AD.
Below, we have created our extensive guide to Nazca based on our expert local knowledge having helped to transport over 30,000 tourists here since our formation in 2013.
Quick Tip: If travelling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as free Wi-Fi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travellers.

Nazca, Peru Guide Contents:

1. How to get to Nazca – Compare transportation options.
2. Must do in Nazca
– A list of the most popular activities for travellers.
4. Nazca safety tips
– Safety issues to be aware of.
5. Where to stay in Nazca
– The best hotel/hostel options.
6. Photo Gallery
– A few of the best photos of Nazca.

Note:

Nazca is a perfect stop and a definite must-visit for any trip between Lima and Machu Picchu (Cusco). Or, if you’re planning to take a flight between Lima and Cusco, visit Nazca on a Day Trip from Lima

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Note:

Nazca is a perfect stop for any trip between Lima and Machu Picchu (Cusco). Or, if you plan to fly between Lima and Cusco, visit Nazca on a Day Trip from Lima

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How to get to Nazca

How to get to Nazca:

Nazca is approximately a 6-hour drive away from Lima. There are many public bus companies operating the Lima to Nazca route. Once you compare prices and select the company you will use, you will have to find the company’s terminal and make your way there by taxi since there is no central bus terminal in Lima.

Peru Hop busses offer comfortable and safe trips to Nazca, with free pickups and drop-offs. There are also free additional stops and tours on the way to Nazca which will make your trip much more worthwhile!

Must do in Nazca

Must do in Nazca:

It is believed that the Nazca Lines were some form of religious worship associated with the availability of water for crop growth (Nazca is one of the driest places in the world). Whatever their reason, these lines are as fascinating as they are mysterious to both historians and tourists and were officially made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994. The lines vary in size from 30 metres to 200 meters and often take on the form of animals such as monkeys, lizards and sharks among others. The lines are best viewed from above, and there are many tour companies offering flights over the lines (the lines stretch for about 80km). These tours last up to 30 minutes long and will cost approximately $110, but you will get some wonderful pictures and the best view of the lines possible.

Alternatively, there is a viewing tower that helps you see up to 3 of the lines from an elevated point. This stop is included in Peru Hop passes and makes for a good photo op for those hopsters who decide not to book a flight.

Nazca safety tips

Nazca safety tips:

  • Beware of some unsafe tour companies, accidents have happened on some of these flights so please do your research.
  • Beware of pickpockets and never carry your passport/credit card unless 100% necessary.
  • Avoid using ATM machines at night.
  • If staying overnight, discuss with your guide as to what hostels they recommend.

Where to stay in Nazca

NASCA TRAVEL ONE – Nazca

Description: Good value private rooms in Nazca. Friendly staff. Residential area just a short walk from main plaza.
Facilities: All rooms private bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi, continental breakfast included.
Excellent for: All backpackers.
Peru Hop Deal: Up to 29% OFF for Peru Hop passengers
ROOM TYPE NORMAL PRICE PERU HOP PRICE
SINGLE 48 SOLES PR 35 SOLES PR
TWIN 68 SOLES PR 55 SOLES PR
DOUBLE 68 SOLES PR 55 SOLES PR
TRIPLE 102 SOLES PR 80 SOLES PR
PR: per room
1JUN-30SEP: High season prices apply. Contact directly for up-to-date prices during this time FREE transport to and from Peru Hop bus How to Book: Email info@nazcatravelone.com and say you are a Peru Hop passenger.
Conditions: Must book directly with the hostel and must show your Peru Hop wristband upon arrival.
Website: http://www.nascatravelonehostel.com/

HOTEL ALEGRIA – Nazca

Description: Best hotel within the centre of Nasca. Private rooms oriented around a central pool and fruit garden. Hidden retreat within the city itself.
Facilities: Swimming pool, all rooms ensuite, breakfast, Wi-Fi, restaurant.
Excellent for: Those looking for a great mid-range option.
Peru Hop Deal: Up to 42% OFF for Peru Hop passengers
ROOM TYPE NORMAL PRICE PERU HOP PRICE
SINGLE 70 USD PR 40 USD PR
DOUBLE/TWIN 80 USD PR 50 USD PR
TRIPLE 90 USD PR 60 USD PR
QUADRUPLE 100 USD PR 70 USD PR
PR: per room
How to Book: Email reservas@hotelalegria.net and say you are a Peru Hop passenger.
Conditions: Must book directly with the hostel and must show your Peru Hop wristband upon arrival.
Website: http://www.hotelalegria.net/en/

Photo Gallery:

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Overall, Nazca doesn’t have much of a draw apart from the spectacular lines. It is possible to see the whole town in one day so there is no need to stay overnight if short on time.

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