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