Marked by Legacy
Two important pre-Inca civilizations stamped their presence here. Nazca etched famous geoglyphs into the desert south of Ica while Paracas buried intricate textiles in necropolises near Pisco.
There's excellent river running in Lunahuaná and sandboarding in desert oasis Huacachina and Cerro Blanco, one of the world’s tallest sand dune. Surfers can rent a 4WD to discover unchartered breaks.
Peru’s best grapes grow in its well-irrigated southern desert. Beyond the wine and pisco capital of Ica there are decent wineries in Lunahuaná, close to Lima, and Moquegua, south of Arequipa.