Mixing colonial elegance with all the mod-cons, this historic hacienda is a Nazca landmark, formerly home to Maria Reiche (she lived in room 130 for 25 years), and has long drawn international tourists and adventurers seeking to solve the mysteries of the Lines. Stylish colonial rooms with private terraces and piped-in music deliver a touch of the good life, and the enormous central courtyard with its inviting pool make it hard to drag yourself away. With nightly planetarium
shows (S/20) and lectures about the Lines, you can attempt to solve the mystery without leaving poolside. Decent international meals are served on a tiled walkway beside the courtyard. The hotel is extremely charming; the staff, perhaps overwhelmed by the tour groups that march nightly through the doors, not so much.