The Pacific Coast south of Lima may be mostly desert, but its many attractions bring in thousands of tourists every year. At Nasca are the famed Nasca Lines, a collection of lines and figures that were etched into the landscape. No one is quite sure what their purpose is, which is part of their allure. Everyone loves a mystery.
Islas Ballestas, located offshore from the Reserva Nacional de Paracas, are islands that host a vast wildlife population, for which reason they are often called the Poor Manâ€™s Galapagos. They offer visitors an opportunity to see exotic animals, without a steep price tag. Other national parks are Reserva Nacional San Fernando, on the coast, and Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras, a large vicuĂ±a reserve, both near Nasca.
For something out of the ordinary, try sandboarding. There are many places for people to sand board in the area, especially outside of Huacachina and Nasca. Other desert adventures include outback camping and dune buggy rides.
Museum-oriented travelers will not be disappointed with this area. All of the major citiesâ€”Ica, Nasca, Moquegua and Tacnaâ€”have their share of interesting museums. Most are dedicated to indigenous cultures and study of nearby ruins.
Other Activity pages in Pacific Coast South of Lima that may be of interest: Moquegua Activities, Pisco Activities, Near Tacna, Ica Activities, Huacachina Activities, Paracas Activities, Tacna Activities and Nasca Activities.