Welcome to our Tour to the Aqueducts of Cantayo, a captivating journey to unravel the ancient hydraulic wonders of the Nazca culture.
This tour also invites you to visit the Inca Ruins of Paredones and explore by land the mysteries of the Geoglyphs of Cantayo.
We’re excited to take you on a journey back in time to explore one of the most impressive examples of pre-Incan engineering in Peru.
Located in the heart of the Nazca Valley, the channels of Cantayo were built by the Nazca culture over 1,500 years ago to irrigate the desert and support agriculture.
These aqueducts are a testament to the ingenuity and skill of the Nazca people, who were able to carve intricate waterways through the barren landscape using only stone and wooden tools.
As we explore the channels, you’ll have the chance to learn about the history and significance of this remarkable engineering feat.
You’ll see how the channels were built using a precise system of levels and slopes to transport water from the Andes to the desert, and how they allowed the Nazca people to thrive in an otherwise inhospitable environment.
Our expert guides will provide you with all the information and insights you need to fully appreciate the ancient channels of Cantayo.
You’ll be able to ask questions, take photos, and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of this fascinating region.
So, if you’re looking for a unique and educational experience in Peru, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the ancient channels of Cantayo.
Book your tour today and discover the wonders of pre-Incan engineering in one of the most breathtaking deserts in the world!
Part I: Inca Ruins of Paredones.
09:00 h. Our tour begins at your hotel in Nazca; our guide will pick you up from there.
Shortly after, we drive to the east of the Nazca Valley, towards the Andes.
Firstly, we visit the Ruins of Los Paredones, a small complex located near Nazca.
Once we get to Los Paredones, we will take a short walk around the site.
We will go up to the highest part to appreciate the whole complex.
At the top, we will see beautiful Inca stone works, as well as ceremonial niches.
Part II: Geometric Desert Figures.
Later on, we will visit the archaeological site known as the needles.
In the zone, it is possible to see a large trapezoid from the top of a small hill.
Besides getting a closer look, you will also receive an insight into the meaning of the Lines.
Part III: Channels of Cantayo.
Finally, we will head to the channels of Cantayo, located nearby.
Once at Cantayo, we will explore the site on foot.
First, we will take a look at the open trench where it is possible to appreciate the stone walls.
At the same time, you will also see crystalline waters flowing from underground.
Afterward, we will take a look at the spiral holes, a sort of window created for maintenance.
Additionally, visitors have the chance to descend into the holes, refresh a bit and take pictures.
Eventually, we will return to your hotel in the city of Nazca.
End of the tour.
PICK-UP TIME: 09:00 AM. / 02:00 PM.
PICK-UP LOCATION: Your hotel in Nazca.
TOUR DURATION: 2 and a half hours.
DROP-OFF LOCATION: Your hotel in Nazca.
1° – Contact us via WhatsApp to confirm the availability of the tour you wish.
2° – Once availability is confirmed, please send us an email with the following information:
3° – Proceed with your payment online through our web.
4° – Finally, receive confirmation via e-mail or WhatsApp.
Change of Tour Date:
You can change the date of your trip at least 3 days of anticipation at no extra charge.
If you cancel your tour 48 hours before the tour begins, we will charge an administration fee of 20%.
100% cancellation fee.
Please note that refunds are not issued due to inclement weather or any other problems caused by a third party.
What is the Aqueducts of Cantayo Tour?
The Aqueducts of Cantayo Tour is a captivating journey that takes you through the heart of Nazca’s rich history and hydraulic engineering marvels.
What can I expect to see at the Inca Ruins of Paredones?
At the Inca Ruins of Paredones, you will find a fine Inca masonry, as well as enclosures made of mud.
From the highest point, you can appreciate the entire complex and gain insights into the architectural prowess of the Inca civilization.
What are the Geoglyphs of Cantayo?
The Geoglyphs of Cantayo are colossal etchings on the land that have intrigued scholars for generations.
During the tour, you will stand atop a small hill and will spot a huge trapezoid.
How do we explore the Underground Aqueducts of Cantayo?
The Underground Aqueducts of Cantayo are a highlight of the tour.
You’ll explore these archaeological site on foot, witnessing the ingenious stone walls and the crystal-clear waters flowing beneath.
Adventurous souls even have the chance to descend into these holes, capturing unique memories.
Is the tour suitable for all ages and fitness levels?
Yes, the Aqueducts of Cantayo Tour is designed to be accessible to various age groups and fitness levels.
While there is walking involved at the different sites, the pace is moderate and can be adapted to accommodate different comfort levels.
How long is the tour?
The tour duration is 2 and a half hours, including transportation to and from your Nazca hotel.
What should I bring for the tour?
It’s recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring sun protection (hat, sunscreen) and carry a water bottle.
Is food provided during the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour, so it’s recommended to have a hearty breakfast before the tour starts.
You might want to pack a light snack to keep you energized throughout the adventure.
How do I book the Aqueducts of Cantayo Tour?
To book the tour, you can contact us via email or send us a whatsapp message.
We’ll be happy to assist you in securing your spot and providing any additional information you may need.
What makes the Aqueducts of Cantayo Tour a unique experience?
The Aqueducts of Cantayo Tour offers a truly unparalleled experience, thanks to its focus on an extraordinary feat of engineering.
What sets these aqueducts apart is not just their function but the remarkable technique used in their construction – a technique so distinctive that it remains unmatched anywhere else in the world.
While channels and aqueducts have indeed been built across the globe, none have been crafted quite like those in Nazca.
These channels, known as Puquios, boast a construction method that has left experts in awe.
The only similar counterparts to these awe-inspiring aqueducts are the ones created by the Persians around 2,500 years ago, showcasing the astonishing level of sophistication achieved by the Nazca culture.
As you journey through the Aqueducts of Cantayo Tour, you’re not just exploring an archaeological site; you’re delving into a world of ingenious hydraulic engineering that has endured the test of time, etching its mark on the unique tapestry of human achievement.