Package Details of Lima & Southern Coast of Peru Immersive Cultural Tour

Lima & Southern Coast of Paracas, Ica, Nazca, Peru
Immersive Cultural Tour


Lima & Southern Coast of Paracas, Ica, Nazca Peru Immersive Cultural Tour (8 days)

Discover the fascinating world of ancient civilizations and breathtaking natural beauty on this cultural tour of the coast of Peru. With over 5000 archaeological sites and 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and 84 of the planet’s 117 life zones as one of the world's ten most biologically diverse countries, Peru is a wonderland of history, culture and nature. This tour takes you on a journey from the bustling city of Lima, named World's Leading Culinary Destination in 2022, to the arid coast where we'll go beyond the touristic path to encounter Afro-Peruvian culture and history, the desert oasis towns of Paracas, Huacachina, and the vineyards and sand desert of Ica before experiencing the mysterious Nazca geoglyph lines.

In Lima, we'll explore the historic colonial center, visit museums and galleries, and enjoy the vibrant cultural scene. You'll also have the opportunity to sample some of the world's most renowned cuisine, with the city boasting an impressive array of restaurants, street vendors, and markets. We will venture to the historic coastal port to escape the bustling city into nature at the sea.

Barranco is a vibrant and artistic district in Lima, Peru known for its colonial architecture, beautiful beaches, and bohemian vibe. It's home to many art galleries, museums, and cultural centers that showcase the works of local artists and musicians. The famous "Puente de los Suspiros" (Bridge of Sighs) is a popular attraction and a romantic spot for couples. Barranco is also known for its nightlife, with many bars, restaurants, and clubs featuring live music and performances. It's a must-visit destination for anyone interested in experiencing the creative and cultural side of Lima.

As we travel south along the coast, we'll discover a side of Paracas less traveled by tourists and stop in Chincha to learn about Afro-Peruvian heritage and culture of the past and present.

In the wine region of Ica, we'll visit a vineyard and winery, learn about the local grape varieties, and sample some of the region's finest wines and Peru’s national drink, Pisco! We'll visit the picturesque oasis town of Huacachina, surrounded by towering sand dunes. Here, we’ll have a play day sandboarding, take a desert tour on a dune buggy with a desert barbecue and overnight camping!

We’ll take a magnificent excursion into an open rift canyon in the middle of the desert where we’ll have leisure time to explore.

In much anticipation, we'll arrive in Nazca to have an in-depth discovery of the mysterious Nazca Lines, ancient geoglyphs etched into the desert floor over 2000 years ago. Here, you can take a scenic flight over the lines for a once-in-a-lifetime perspective of these enigmatic figures.

Join us on this cultural tour of western Peru and discover the incredible history, culture, and natural beauty of this diverse and fascinating country. You can also connect this tour to our Machu Picchu & Cusco Peru Cultural Tour and save $150 USD!

Why Travel with World Awaits Cultural Tours?

Your tour package includes:

  • Your World Awaits Cultural Tours Travel Coach & Concierge on the ground with you supporting your travel and accompanying you on the itinerary tour
  • Free or no additional fee experiences curated by your Travel Concierge
  • Travel and destination expertise
  • Bookings and reservations (free time activities)
  • Issue-handling before, during, and after your trip
  • Risk-management
  • Quality control
  • Country cultural education resources
  • Pre-departure virtual meeting to prepare for the best experience
  • Airport transfer from/to Lima Airport (LIM; Jorge Chavez International Airport)
  • Hotel 3-star superior based on double occupancy (as noted in the itinerary). We value and seek to first partner with accommodations owned by local natives and local families to support the local economy and have more authentic local, cultural encounters.
  • Ground transportation during tour itinerary
  • Private group excursions (as noted in the itinerary)
  • Meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner (select meals as noted in the itinerary; vegetarian and other dietary options available)
  • Entrance fees (as noted in the itinerary)
  • Certified Local Tour Guide
  • English-speaking Tour Guide

Your tour package does not include the following and for all activities in your free time that you decide to do on your own, or activities not booked with World Awaits:

  • Airfare to/from Lima, Peru (LIM)
  • Admission fees (unless listed in World Awaits experiences and tours)
  • Meals, Snacks, Water and Beverages (unless listed in World Awaits experiences and tours)
  • Tips & Gratuities (optional)
  • Transfers (to/from other locations to designated pick-up or meeting points or drop-off points)
  • Travel Insurance – Highly recommended to get travel insurance based on your needs with our partner here
  • Anything not listed in the tour itinerary and inclusions

Day 1: Lima
Arrive Transfer: Please arrive in Lima before noon local time.
Guided tour start time: 14:00 local time
You will enjoy a walking tour of the upscale district of Miraflores before we head to the renowned Larco Museum in Pueblo Libre to learn about 5000 years of ancient Peruvian life, cultural assets and history. You will end your day in the bohemian district, Barranco, known for its colonial beauty, colorful streets, vibrancy and night life.

Time of transport : 3-4 hours
Time of activity/visits: 3-4 hours
Included: Private airport transfer, private excursion, Certified English-speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, 3-star hotel

Day 2: Lima

Once called “Ciudad de los Reyes” (City of Kings) when Pizarro established the city on the day of Epiphany in 1535. As the former capital of the vice-royalty of Peru, Lima is adorned with remarkable colonial architecture, classified in 1991 as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will begin your day with a city tour of the historic center and a gastronomy street food tour in the historic center. You will taste 13 types of food and beverages which are popular among locals. You will get to know the main historical sites and discover the architectural landmarks of the Peruvian capital such as the Plaza de Armas, the Government Palace, Lima Cathedral, Plaza San Martín and more. You will head off-the-beaten-path to the coast to discover the historic port of Callao and La Punta. You will end your day at the Parque de las Aguas for a water fountain light show spectacular as we stroll through the park.

Time of transport : 2-3 hours
Time of activity/visits: 4-5 hours
Included: Private excursion, Certified English-speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch, entrance(s), 3-star hotel and breakfast

Day 3: Lima – Moron – Paracas

You will depart from Lima to Paracas, with stops at Pachacámac Ruins and Moron Lake. Pachacámac is an archaeological site from 200 A.D. in the Valley of the Lurín River that flourished for about 1,300 years until the Spanish invaded. Pachacamac covers about 600 hectares of land. On the other side of Paracas away from the typical touristic path, you will seek out Moron Lake a hidden desert oasis situated in the middle of dunes with no commercial development! You will have time to take a dip in the lake or just admire the landscape. You will end your day in Paracas beach town with free time in the evening.

Time of transport: 6-7 hours
Time of activity/visits: 2-3 hours
Included: Private excursion, private transport, Certified English-speaking guide, entrance fees, private excursion, 3-star hotel and breakfast

Day 4: Ica – Huacachina

You will depart Paracas for Huacachina with a stop at a vineyard producing the national spirit, Pisco, and wine! You will enjoy lunch and discover the diversity of Peruvian cuisine and wine during our visit. Next, you will arrive at Huacachina, a desert oasis town to enjoy a nice sunset at the top of the dunes. Our adventure begins with sandboarding and a dune buggy ride in the desert to our campsite. This rustic experience includes a barbecue dinner and a night of camping* in a tent in the middle of the desert!

*If you’re not up for this camping experience, you may upgrade to a hotel room for $50 USD per person.

Time of transport: 2-3 hours
Time of activity/visits: 2-3 hours
Included: Private excursion, private transport, Certified English-speaking guide, entrance fees, dinner, night camping and equipment

Day 5: Huacachina – Nazca

You will embark in the morning on a magnificent, less-traveled excursion into the Ocucaje desert to discover the Los Perdidos Canyon,  an open rift in the middle of the desert that you can explore at your leisure in the company of our guide with a box lunch. On the way to Nazca, you will stop at an overlook to get a view of the Nazca lines with your feet on the ground! You will arrive in the late afternoon in Nazca for an afternoon and evening of free time and rest.

Time of transport: 6-7 hours
Time of activity/visits/trekking : 2-3 hours
Included: Private excursion, private transport, Certified English-speaking guide, lunch, entrance fees, 3-star hotel

Day 6: Nazca

You will start your day with free time in Nazca to wander the city or you may add an optional activities to nearby national treasures such a flight over the Nazca Lines, Cantalloc Aqueduct, and Chauchilla Cemetery.

In the afternoon, your guided tour starts with Cahuachi Pyramids and a local family-run ceramic workshop. You will discover the Nazca civilization by visiting the ceremonial site of Cahuachi whose vocation is still enigmatic. You will also be amazed by the agronomic advances, through the gigantic irrigation system, and by their ceramic art at a workshop reproducing ancestral techniques. In the evening, you will visit the Nazca Planetarium to get the latest scientific explanations of the mysterious Nazca Lines.

Time of transport: 2-3 hours
Time of activity/visits: 2-3 hours
Included: Private excursion, private transport, entrance fees, Certified English-speaking guide, 3-star hotel and breakfast

Day 7: Nazca – Lima
Today you’ve got a long day on the road with a 7-hour drive from Nazca to Lima. On the way, you will stop in the town of Chincha, known for its Afro-Peruvian heritage, culture and present-day life. You will have lunch and a cultural visits to historical sites.

Time of transport: 7 hours
Time of activity/visits: 2 hours
Included: Private excursion, private transport, Certified English-speaking guide, lunch, 3-star hotel and breakfast

Day 8: Lima
Depending on your return flight, you may wish to add optional activities in the morning such as relaxation at the beach, paragliding over the coast, or visits to museums and archeological sites in the heart of the Lima.

Time of transport: 1 hour
Included: Private transfer departure, hotel break

This tour itinerary is available with our bilingual and multilingual tour guides and local hosts in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

If you would like a tour in the following languages, please submit a request for quote as the following languages require an additional fee. Please send your tour dates, language(s) requested, number of travelers in your group, and any itinerary questions or requests:

  • Italian
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Other languages by request
  • Ages 12 and over
  • If you desire cultural immersion to learn and interact more with the local culture and people. And you want a more slow to moderate pace itinerary and more free time
  • Participants should have a moderate physical fitness level – requires moderate to heavy walking on historical streets, paved and not well-paved streets, with stairs, inclines and declines, and trekking (easy level of difficulty)
  • Please inform us prior to booking if you require accommodations with limited mobility or other special assistance. We will seek to meet your accommodation and explain which itinerary activities could be suitable or adapted for limited mobility.

Our Cultural Tours are immersive and enriched with opportunities to travel like a local and with locals when our local friends and partners are able to join us for casual meet ups. We embrace slower tourism and more local experiences beyond the typical touristic sites and scenes. As experts in intercultural relations, we will guide deeper conversations, learn the full, inclusive history, and have mutual learning opportunities with our local hosts. We build maximum free time and flexibility into your itinerary for your travel style and preferences. During your free time in the itinerary, you can choose to add tours, activities, experiences, or more rest and relaxation, or go with the flow, wonder and explore.

  • Climate: In the coastal region, the climate is pleasantly warm during the day, but cool in the evening. Intermittent rain showers are possible. 
  • Tour Itineraries: We give all diligence to adhere to the stated itinerary. If local constraints, government closures, safety and security issues, or inclement weather require rearrangement of the tour itinerary, we ask for your patience and understanding.

Important considerations:

  • Luggage: Please do not bring more than 1 carry-on size luggage and 1 personal item or backpack per person. Due to transfers, vehicle size/space, and the terrain, it is not recommended to bring more or larger sized luggage. If you bring or accumulate more luggage or larger luggage, you may be required to book private transfers to accommodate your luggage at your own expense or pay luggage storage fees (if available).
  • Museums and Archeological Sites Closings: most museums and sites are closed on Mondays with a few exceptions or a different closing day
  • Photography and Video: Some Peruvian museums and sites will not allow or charge a fee for video cameras, drone photography or it may not be permitted to enter these sites with tripods or professional equipment.
  • Group size minimum participants to offer the tour: 10 participants
  • Group size maximum: 20 participants

Recommended airport for your international arrival and departure from Peru:

Lima International Airport (Jorge Chavez International Airport)

Airport Code: LIM

Transfer from/to Lima Airport to your hotel:
Private transfer included; Private transfer may include other tour members in our private tour arriving at the same time as your flight

  • Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and shoes
  • Sun protection – hat and sunscreen
  • Necessary clothing or gear for your planned activities, experiences and excursions

For your own safety and security and that of the group:

  • Please do not wear or bring expensive or showy jewelry, clothing, handbags or items
  • Travel messenger bag / Crossbody bag recommended
  • Undergarment travel fanny pack recommended
  • External battery charger for your mobile devices recommended
  • Single room supplement $550 USD per single room requested. Please contact us directly for these options and availability.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • For U.S. citizens, tourism visits less than ninety (90) days do not require a visa. However, please always check with your country’s embassy and the visiting country’s embassy for any other entry requirements and if you are not a U.S. citizen.
  • Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six (6) months to enter the country.
  • Vaccinations up-to-date with vaccination card as proof. Check with your country’s center for disease control. Recommended vaccines include but are not limited to: Tetanus, Hepatitis A &B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever
  • Please note that power outages and hot water shortages can occur in Peru even in upgraded hotels. We appreciate your patience and understanding for these uncontrollable circumstances.
  • Your World Awaits Cultural Tours travel concierge will accompany you on this tour operated by our certified local partner tour operators and guides
The vision of World Awaits Cultural Tours is to be a global community of global citizens sharing, caring, growing and contributing together through enriching travel experiences and relationships.

We seek out opportunities to make intentional, direct contributions of time, talent, and treasure to local people, communities and organizations in destinations we visit through planned and unplanned encounters. Our Lima cultural tour presents an opportunity with one of our local hotel partners and Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers to save just pounds/kilos of space in their suitcases to bring supplies or purchase supplies locally for children, families, and projects. Upon tour booking confirmation, we will send you access to the project overview and list of needed items. Thank you for giving and your impact.

Here are some half-day experiences and tours curated by World Awaits that you can choose to add to your itinerary. This list is not complete—your concierge will work with you to find and build your itinerary with the experiences you desire:

Location: Nazca Day 6

Nazca Lines Fly Over ($130 USD per person; Aerial)

Nazca Lines Fly Over ($130 USD per person; Aerial)
Appreciate the scale and grandeur of the Nazca Lines with a bird’s-eye view with a fly over! Located in the Peruvian desert, the lines of Nazca are a series of large designs etched into the earth that date back over 2,000 years. Although their purpose is still unknown, they have become a popular tourist destination due to their mysterious beauty.

You will be able to see full-scale, intricate details that are not visible from the ground of figures of animals, nature and humanity or a celestial being? The flight is about one (1) hour and takes you over the most famous lines.

One of the benefits of taking an aerial tour is that you can avoid the hot and sandy conditions of the desert and get a comprehensive view of the lines in a short amount of time. The planes used for these tours are small and intimate, making it a more personal experience for travelers who want to escape the crowds.

Duration: 2-2.5 hours

Included: Roundtrip private transport from your hotel to the local airport, small plane (shared service), airport fees
Not Included: Personal Insurance

Cantalloc Aqueduct ($115 USD per person; minimum 2 persons required to offer the tour)

Discover the ancient engineered aqueducts, most of which are still functional today, built over 1500 years ago by the Pre-Inca civilization to thrive in the arid climate, irrigate the desert and grow crops. This tour is a unique way to get to know more about the fascinating Peruvian story and see the legacy of ingenuity of ancient Nazca civilizations.

Duration: 3 hours

Included: Roundtrip private transport from your hotel, Certified English-speaking guide, entrance fee

Chauchillas Cemetery ($115 USD per person; minimum 2 persons required to offer the tour)

Enter a pre-Inca necropolis home to mummies and ancient remnants of civilization located 30 km from the east of Nazca city. The Chacuchilla cementery is a group of tombs that date from the Nazca era and were used for more than a thousand years. The tombs were made using adobe and covered with straw roofs. Inside the tombs are human remains and funerary objects. The arid Nazca desert perfectly conserved the graves and artifacts for us to discover ancient life and Peru’s largest mummified graves and in their original site.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Included: Roundtrip private transport from your hotel, Certified English-speaking guide, entrance fee

By day or by night, walk and wander the beautiful streets and plazas with historical architecture, street vendors, local events, and good vibes.

  • Historic center of Lima: Stroll around the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Government Palace, and other colonial-era buildings.
  • Walk along the Malecon: This 6-mile stretch of parkland along the coast offers stunning views of the ocean and the city.
  • Parque Kennedy: This park in the heart of Miraflores is famous for its resident cats, street performers, vendors and festivities
  • Barranco district: This bohemian neighborhood is known for its colorful buildings, street art, and lively nightlife.
  • Bridge of Sighs: This wooden bridge in the Barranco district is a popular spot for photos and has a romantic legend behind it.
  • Chorrillos Fish Market: This bustling market near the coast offers fresh seafood and a glimpse into local life.
  • Explore the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia del Perú: This museum showcases the history and culture of Peru from pre-Columbian times to the present.
  • Plaza San Martín: This historic square in the heart of Lima is surrounded by grand buildings and statues.
  • Palacio de la Exposición: This ornate palace near the Plaza San Martín houses the Museum of Italian Art.
  • Mercado Central: This lively market in the heart of Lima sells everything from fresh produce to handicrafts.
  • Parque de la Reserva: This park features fountains, sculptures, and green spaces.
  • Casa de la Literatura Peruana: This cultural center in the historic center celebrates the works of Peruvian writers.
  • Convento de Santo Domingo: This 16th-century convent has a stunning baroque-style church and a museum.
  • El Olivar park: This park in San Isidro is home to over 1,500 olive trees and has a peaceful atmosphere.
  • Pueblito: Visit a small town in the district of Lima: Pueblo Libre
  • …And more…

Our immersive cultural tours offer you maximum flexibility and experiences to build the vacation you desire. This is only a one of the possibilities. Ask your travel concierge for current options and pricing and availability based on your itinerary such as:


  • If you’re not up for the Day 4 Huacachina desert camping experience, you may upgrade to a hotel room for $50 USD per person.
  • Restaurant reservations for Lima’s top culinary restaurants ranked in the Top 10 in the world.
  • Private tour package or free-time tours for your family or group upon request
  • In-country domestic airfare transfers
  • 4-star, 5-star, boutique and luxury accommodations
  • Two-day or more overnight add-on experiences
  • Experiences and activities are endless from exotic experiences, gastronomy and cooking, art, entertainment and performances, sports, eco-tourism, adventure, wellness classes, to language classes or other learning experiences
  • Romantic or special getaways
  • Special occasions celebrations
  • Extend your trip in the same destination
  • Connect your trip to another destination – Spend up to 16 days with us in Peru by connecting our Machu Picchu & Cusco Peru Cultural Tour and save $150 USD!
  • All pricing is in USD – US Dollars
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  • Worry-Free, No Obligation Reservations for 7 days on Land Tour Packages World Awaits Cultural Tours offers a worry-free, no obligation reservation request for 7 days after the Tour Booking is received, during which time you can cancel your tour package’s reservation request for any reason. Credit card payment processing fees are not refundable.
  • Minimum Non-Refundable Deposit and Final Payment If you are making your tour reservation within 90 days of your tour date, the 7 days grace period is waived. There is a non-refundable deposit of USD 250 per person. Your final payment is due 90 days prior to your tour’s departure date or by the payment deadline dates specified for your specific tour. If the reservation is made within 90 days of the tour departure date, full payment is due within 7 days of reservation.
  • Tour Price All tour prices are listed in US dollars and are based on tariffs and rates of currency exchange in effect at the time of printing or publishing online. These rates are subject to change as deemed necessary and fair by World Awaits Cultural Tours.
  • Price Guarantee World Awaits guarantees your tour price once World Awaits has received full payment for your Tour. Only amendment fees, currency surcharges, optional hotel or accommodation swaps, optional hotel or accommodation extensions, optional day-trips or excursion tours, or flight changes may have additional costs. These costs must be added to the tour package and will result in a price reassessment for each passenger.
  • Tour Departure Guarantee World Awaits guarantees departure day for all of our listed tour packages. However, should the total number of tour members fall below 10 persons, World Awaits reserves the right to change or cancel the tour.
  • Payment Plans directly with World Awaits Cultural Tours Considering your tour must be paid in full 90 days prior to the tour start date, you must select a payment plan that will allow completion of all payments prior to this 90 day prior payment deadline. This does not apply to Buy Now, Pay Later service providers because your financing is directly with the third-party provider.
  • Cancellation You can cancel 91 days or more in advance of the tour, but your deposit is non-refundable, and any credit card processing fees, charges/penalties by an accommodation supplier, land operators and travel suppliers. Please read our full terms and conditions for cancellation policies and charges timetable after this 91 day period. Cancellation must be in writing.
  • This tour requires a minimum number of travelers of 10 persons. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date or different tour or a full refund.
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Your Travel Concierge

Bernell King

"I have heard you love or you hate Lima, but Lima leaves no one indifferent. Living like a local with locals in Lima for almost one month, I came to appreciate it and the many pockets of beauty, peace, and ancient civilizations that you find tucked right in the metropolis."

A ride down the coastal desert of Peru from Lima to Nazca will leave you in awe of the rich natural, cultural and ancient assets of Peru and the largest empire of pre-Columbian America! I am passionate about traveling like a local with locals. My life and relationships have been deeply enriched by over 23 years of experience in international business, coaching, consulting and training of expatriates, executives, families and children from around the world and travel to explore world cultures. I have traveled to 15 countries, over 230 cities and I speak 3 global languages: English, Japanese and Spanish. I hold the travel industry certifications of: American Society of Travel Advisors Verified Travel Advisor (ASTA VTA), Airlines Reporting Corporation Verified Travel Consultant (ARC VTC), Certified Special Needs & Mobility Travel Advocate, Destination Specialist for various countries.

Your Local Host

Richard Muñante

Specialist in Research Ethics with emphasis in social research and studies on liberal arts and humanities

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." - Wayne Dyer

Bernell and I met happenstance while we were both visiting Colombia in 2019 and happened to share a ride to a remote beach in the jungle of Santa Marta. We were traveling like locals with locals on a new, daring adventure. When you jump of rocks into the ocean together, instantly a friendship begins! In 2022, I welcomed Bernell to my country, hometown of Lima, and my home for a homestay. Our Peru travel adventures began from the grind of daily life in a big city of Lima, escapes to small towns (Pueblitos), a coastal road trip with my friends, and finally to Cusco. I enjoy traveling, leisure walks, expanding my mind looking for new life perspectives, and engaging in meaningful conversations with others about life, the world and everything in between. Naturally, I linked with philosophy of Bernell and her vision of travel as a local with local people. Welcome to my city! Let's share time, conversation, some beers and Pisco Sour, and some of my favorite local places.

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