Route to the enigmatic aqueducts of Cantayoc on bicycle

Nazca on wheels
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This original bike tour in Nazca combines cycling and short walks with lots of history and nature.

The departure is from the Plaza de Armas of Nazca at 7 am.

From here, we take our bicycles to the Paredones archaeological site. This was an ancient Tambo Inka, and it’s amazing to see the Inca architecture in the desert. Then, we’ll continue west following the Interoceanic route, to the “Loom”, geoglyph of the Nasca period.

Afterwards, we cycle the same route to the set of “The Needles”; other geoglyphs of the same era. Finally, we ride to the last and very interesting historical site, “The Aqueducts of Cantayoc”. These aqueducts are an ingenious water recovery system that served for human consumption, construction of houses, ceramic handicrafts and irrigation during the dry season (8 to 10 months a year). Incredibly, they are some 2000 years old.

On the way back, we seek shade in the community of Cantayoc, where the original Rancheria of the time of the Haciendas is still preserved. After a snack, we head back to the city to visit a workshop of this renowned Nasca Ceramics, ran by the charismatic ceramist Tobi. From here, we’ll return cycling to the Plaza de Armas, where the Cantayoc route on a bicycle ends at around 12 am. 

For more elaborate tips on this destination of Peru, read our Travel Guide for Paracas, Ica and Nazca.


Price Includes

  • Bicycle
  • Admission fees
  • Private guide - Spanish or English
  • Transportation
  • Water for the excursion, snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Auxiliary vehicle (emergencies only)
  • Tire repair kit

Price Excludes

What to Bring

Why is this experience Impactful?

In this tour, we will use one of the most sustainable modes of transportation that exist, the bicycle! Propelled by your legs, you will not generate any CO2 Emissions and do something good for your body at the same time. One day a wise man said: What you invest in cycling you save in your health 🙂

During the route, you will learn a lot about the importance of the native plants of the desert. There are refill stations on the way, as well. You won’t have to bring any plastic bottles to stay hydrated! The brunch you will have comes in a reusable bag that you can take home with you if you want to. 

Your participation in this bike tour will also support reforestation and clean-up projects around Paracas and Nazca.

Read here how the Sustainability Score was elaborated

Frequently Asked Questions

About the bike tour to the aqueducts of Cantayoc

What else do I need to know about this tour?

This is a quiet sporty bike ride ideal for families, very didactic, with a lot of contact with history and information about the ancient Peruvians. Visit to communities, cultivation fields, small hikes over hills with beautiful views of the valley and the desert. 

Isn't it to hot in the desert to ride the bicycle?

The idea is to start early, while still fresh. And for the last hours of the tour you will be already off the bike. A normal temperature in the area is about 30° Celsius, so keep in mind our recommendations about what to bring to the tour. 

Is this a private tour?

Yes, you will be doing it only with the people you booked it with! 

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

Your Travel Designer
Edmundo Watkins is our partner in developing sustainable experiences in Ica | Responsible Travel Peru

Edmundo Watkin

I was born in Lima but I lived in Nasca since I was 19 years old. Nazca is where my passion for adventure was born, opening new routes hiking through the desert. But above all, I wanted to propose a different, original and responsible tourism with the local population and in balance with the environment. To show the traveler the life of the common people of the coastal valleys and that they can have a real participation in unique experiences in these lands yet to be discovered.

That is what I stand for and what you will experience when taking part in my experiences. Welcome to the desert of Nazca!