There will be a detailed briefing in relation to routing and equipment before you are familiarised with your Toyota Hi Lux 4x4 expedition vehicle. This will take place at your hotel or on the edge of town.
You will follow the guide/safety vehicle out of the teeming suburbs, heading south along the Pan American Highway, Latin America's most significant thoroughfare.
This paved road follows the Pacific coast and suddenly the views over the populous city give way to immense, unpeopled desert vistas, with surf-capped ocean waves crashing down onto wild beaches.
From the little port of Pisco, if there is time, you may have the opportunity to take a light aircraft flight over the Nazca Lines, huge geometrical figures carved into desert rock by a long vanished pre-Columbian civilisation.
Lunch is taken at the palm-shaded desert oasis of Huacachina, with its undulating sand dunes and lake. From here you head inland through skeletal desert landscapes to Nazca, a settlement established over 2,000 years ago. If you have not flown over the lines you can climb an observation town for an aerial view of one of them.
At sunset, you’ll arrive at a hacienda with lush gardens, pools and peacocks.