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Top Reasons to Go

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Updated: 06-2013

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