Things to see in Southern Peru
With a rich history, thousands of kilometers of coastline, amazing and vibrating cities, it is obvious that the Peruvian South Coast has plenty to offer to travelers. If we would make a list going from Lima south until you reach Tacna and the Chilean border, it would look like this;
Pisco; get to know the home of Peru’s most famous liquor and source of disputes with Chile; Pisco. Here you can finds some of the most famous distilleries and wineries of the country. Also home to the yearly harvest festival; La Fiesta de la Vendimia.
Paracas; From here you can visit the Paracas National Reserve and the Ballestas Islands. These islands and national park are home to thousands of birds, sea lions, penguins, and even whales.
Ica; The other big Pisco and wine city of Peru. Home to many large and historical wineries making some of Peru’s finest wines and Pisco’s. Also a big afro Peruvian city, making sure that beats on the typical Cajon Peruano will never be far away.
Huacachina; Located at only 10 minutes from Ica, this true oasis makes you feel like stepping into “1001 nights”, except in South America. This natural oasis is surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in South America, and a real impressive site. Have a look on the fifthy Soles bill to have a preview.
Chincha; Home to one of the larger Afro Peruvian communities, a very lively city and full of bustling streets and markets.
Nazca; Home to the world-famous Nazca Lines, one of the true mysteries from ancient times. The monkey, the dog, the hummingbird, and the condor are few of the over 300 large desert drawings that have been found here. Hypothesis regarding the use and mode of construction of these lines go from ancient hot air balloons to extraterrestrials. Check it out yourself and share your theory with us.
Tacna; is a lager city in southern Peru and the regional capital of the Tacna Region. It is located on the border with Chile, inland from the Pacific Ocean and in the valley of the Caplina River. Tacna is a very commercially active city, located only 35 km from the border with Chile.
Initially called San Pedro de Tacna, it has gained a reputation for patriotism, with many monuments and streets named after heroes of Peru's struggle for independence (1821–1824) and the War of the Pacific (1879–1883). Residents of Tacna are known in Spanish as tacneños.