The Southern Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Southern Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Islas Ballestas

    Island

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

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  • 2. Nazca Lines

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Even with the knowledge of the Nazca culture obtained from archeological digs, it was not until 1929 that the Nazca Lines were discovered, when...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

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

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

  • 5. Bodega El Catador

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    A favorite stop on the tour circuit, this family-run winery 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 fun alcohol-making operations to visit is owned by Elar Bolivar, who claims to be a direct descendent of the Libertador Simón...Read More

  • 7. Bodega 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

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Within a walled, 4,050-square-yard courtyard west of the Nazca Lines is an ancient ceremonial and pilgrimage site. Six adobe pyramids, the highest...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 life...Read More

  • 10. Cementerio de Chauchilla

    Cemetery

    In the midst of the pale, scorched desert, 30 km (19 miles) south of Nazca—the last 12 km (7 miles) of the road is unpaved—this ancient cemetery...Read More

  • 11. El Estaquería

    Archaeological Site/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

  • 12. Hacienda La Caravedo

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Dating to 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

  • 13. Huarco

    Archaeological Site/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

  • 14. Huaytara

    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

  • 15. 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

  • 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 displays...Read More

  • 17. Museo 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. Tallera de Artesania de Andres Calle Flores

    Museum/Gallery

    Everyone comes to town for the Nazca Lines, but it's worth visiting the studio of Tobi Flores, whose father Andres Calle Flores years ago discovered...Read More

  • 20. Viña Tacama

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

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

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