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The Southern Coast Travel Guide

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Plan Your Southern Coast Vacation

From vineyards to arid coastal desert, surf beaches to rolling sand dunes, the area south of Lima is wild, contradictory, and fascinating. Jump a bus on the Pan-American Highway, which cuts a black ribbon of concrete south all the way to Chile, and you'll see mile after mile of nothing but sand, cactus, and wind-torn brush clinging to the stark, rocky earth.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Mysteries in the Desert Marvel over the mysterious Nazca Lines, giant shapes and figures etched into the desert floor by an enigmatic ancient civilization, from the sky.
  2. Island Life Boats cruise around the Islas Ballestas for viewing sea lions, condors, flamingos, and millions of guano-producing seabirds in the Paracas National Reserve.
  3. Fun with Grapes Go wine tasting in the grape-growing valleys of Lunahuan√° and Ica and sample Peru's most famous drink, pisco, in the best bodegas (traditional wineries).
  4. Staying Seaside Sprawling luxury coastal resorts have sprung up in Paracas. Kick back at the spa or infinity pool and enjoy these posh leisure palaces as bases for exploring area attractions.
  5. Sandboarding Test your nerve and skill sandboarding down the giant dunes at the oasis town of Huacachina, then nurse your injuries in the lagoon's magical healing waters.

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