The Southern Coast

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  • 1. Islas Ballestas

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Spectacular rocks pummeled by waves and wind into ballestas (arched bows) along the cliffs are what characterize this haven of jagged outcrops...Read More

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  • 2. Nazca Lines

    Ruins

    No less astonishing than Machu Picchu or other Peruvian wonders, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was discovered (or rediscovered) in 1926 by...Read More

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  • 3. Reserva Nacional de Paracas

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    If a two-hour jaunt around the Islas Ballestas doesn't satisfy your thirst for guano, sea lions, and seabirds, then a land trip to this 280...Read More

  • 4. Tambo Colorado

    Ruins

    The great Inca Pachacutec himself probably stayed at this, one of Peru's most underrated archaeological sites. The labyrinthine alleyways and...Read More

  • 5. Bodega El Catador

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    A favorite stop on the tour circuit, this family-run bodega produces wines and some of the region's finest pisco. Tour guides are happy to show...Read More

  • 6. Bodega Lazo

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    One of the more enjoyable alcohol-making operations to visit is owned by Elar Bolívar, who claims to be a direct descendent of the liberator...Read More

  • 7. Bodegas Vista Alegre

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    A sunny brick archway welcomes you to this large, pleasant winery, which has been producing fine wines, pisco, and sangria since it was founded...Read More

  • 8. Cahuachi Pyramids

    Ruins

    Within a walled, 3,400-square-meter (4,050-square-yard) courtyard west of the Nazca Lines is an ancient ceremonial and pilgrimage site. Six...Read More

  • 9. Casa-Museo Maria Reiche

    Museum/Gallery

    To see where a lifelong obsession with the Nazca Lines can lead you, head to the former home of the German anthropologist who devoted her existence...Read More

  • 10. Cementerio de Chauchilla

    Cemetery

    In the midst of the pale, scorched desert, 30 km (19 miles) south of Nazca, lies this ancient cemetery, whose precincts are littered with sun...Read More

  • 11. Hacienda La Caravedo

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Dating from 1684, this is one of the oldest working distilleries in the Americas. For the past few years, the historic hacienda has been continually...Read More

  • 12. Huarco

    Ruins

    The ruins of this pre-Hispanic fort are minimal, but they conceal a tragic history. The Huarco were a tiny seaside kingdom that resisted the...Read More

  • 13. Iglesia de San Juan Bautista de Huaytará

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Catch your breath and drive up to this beautifully restored colonial church, built on the foundation of an Inca temple 2,800 meters (9,200 feet...Read More

  • 14. Iglesia San Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Soaring ceilings, ornate stained-glass windows, and the fact that it's the only one of Ica's colonial-era churches left standing after the 2007...Read More

  • 15. La Estaquería

    Ruins

    These wooden pillars, 34 km (21 miles) west of Nazca, carved of huarango wood and placed on mud-brick platforms, were once thought to have...Read More

  • 16. Museo Antonini

    Museum/Gallery

    For an overview of the Nazca culture and the various archaeological sites in the region, this Italian-run museum is the best in town. The exhibits...Read More

  • 17. Museo Científico Javier Cabrera

    Museum/Gallery

    Curious to find the real meaning of the Nazca Lines? Head to this small building on the Plaza de Armas, which contains a collection of more...Read More

  • 18. Museo Histórico Regional

    Museum/Gallery

    It may be a little out of the way, but don't let that stop you from visiting this compact museum with a vast and well-preserved collection on...Read More

  • 19. Taller de Artesanía Andrés Calle Flores

    Museum/Gallery

    Everyone comes to town for the Nazca Lines, but a more contemporary spot that's also worth visiting is the studio of Tobi Flores. His father...Read More

  • 20. Viña Tacama

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    After suffering earthquake damage in 2007, this 16th-century hacienda took the opportunity to overhaul its now very modern operation. Internationally...Read More

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