San Fernando Cahuachi National Reserve is located in the Marcona district about 70 km southwest of Nasca. This bay is the shelter where live in perfect harmony with nature a diversity of marine species, birds and mammals, including Humboldt penguins, Inca terns, pelicans, sea otters, oystercatchers, sea lions, and the Andean condor. On the way to the bay you can see the South American camelid guanaco inhabiting parts close to the Bay of San Fernando. This bay is a synonym for marine paradise where flora and fauna is impressive.
A full day to discover some of the wonders the Nasca region has to offer. We leave early (7 AM) from the city to take advantage of the best hours of the day towards the Ocongalla Aqueducts. They are in a perfectly conserved condition.
Although little known to travelers, the locals are still come using it. Its source is the union of three arms built with stones at a depth of about 7 meters.
Cahuachi ruins, buried in the desert by floods, others say they were buried by their builders themselves in rejections by constant punishment of the Gods. Here we see large stepped temples that formed the major ceremonial center of the Nazca culture. Huge complex adobe pyramidal structures built between 400AC and 600DC. So far the site has 25 years of excavation and study and is considered to discovered in only a minor part of its full extension.
Then we continue to the forest at the foot of the dunes of Usaca. There we have a short technical stop to prepare our vehicle for the beautiful dunes tour that takes us to the top of the largest dune sandboarding practice.
Most experts among our passengers can appreciate the quality of the place for this sport and beginners can give them a kind of initiation that will encourage the practice.
Follow our journey through the wilderness to discover the passes between the dunes to reach the entrance of the canyon Huaricangana. Here it is clearly evident that our subsoil is of marine origin as are fossils including one whale.
After the paleontological pause we begin our journey through the colorful desert, reaching the hills of San Fernando, very important ecological area, which is a wildlife refuge of the guanacos extending from Pampa Galeras to the Pacific coast. If it’s a lucky day, we can see these supposedly Andean camelids seashore. In order not ro disturb them we are going to observe them from the distance with binoculars. Finally, on the the top of a hill, we fall into the majesty of the landscape of the bay of San Fernando, which is the climax of our trip.
After observing this natural wonder from the top of the hill, we get to go and meet marine wildlife protected here. The low-rise cliffs allow us to observe the animals calmly. In some seasons of the year the Andes condors migrate here to feed in the cove. Their majestic flight gives you more excitement if you get to be lucky enough to see them with the sea in the backgroiund.
After enjoying this great natural spectacle we have lunch and then walk down to the beach for a little rest and swim. Now it’s time to return to the city! We sais goodbye to our friends and go into the wilderness of Poroma.
On the way back we see shifting dune formations emerging from the beach to the foot of the hill Huaricangana, the Nascas considered sacred and also one of the highest points of the southern Peruvian coast. Return to the city and end the program.
- 1. Nasca
- 2. Ocongalla Aqueducts
- 3. Natural Lines Viewpoint
- 4. Cahuachi
- 5. Estaquería
- 6. Millennials Huarangos (type of tree) Forest
- 7. Usaca Desert
- 8. Sandboarding
- 9. Fossils in the pampa of Huaracanga
- 10. Huaricangana Hill
- 11. Lomas de San Fernando: possibility of observing the guanacos
- 12. Natural Lookout Cove: possibility of observing the condor
- 13. Walk across the cove and beach
- 14. Return to Nasca
What is included in the Tour?
- Pick up and transfer
- 4×4 wheel drive truck
- Driver trained to conduct such path
- Bilingual guide
- Box Lunch
- Return to your hotel
What is not included in the tour?
- Entrance Fees
- Extras and tips
If you want to make this tour is important to follow these recommendations
- Light clothes and clothes for walking during the day because in the desert it is very hot where the temperature averages 35 degrees Celsius during the day.
- If you are hiking in the afternoon is recommended to wear a jacket as it could have cold winds.
- We recommend also bring sunscreen, both shoes and sandals, hat, water and fruit, camera.
- To make a reservation is important to send all personal information and payment required for this service. Then our reservations department will send a receipt or an electronic receipt, which you should print and present to start the tour.
To secure your reservation, please pay or transfer 50% of the price of the tour by adding the tour to your shopping cart multiplied by the number of persons participating. You pay the remaining 50% upon arrival. Please consult our cancellation policy for possible refunds.