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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

1. From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

Discover the serene landscapes of the Peruvian countryside on a day trip from Lima to Paracas and Huacachina with hotel transfers included. See Humboldt penguins and sea lions on the Ballestas Islands and slide down the Huacachina dunes by sandboarding and dune buggy ride.  Your adventure begins with an early-morning pickup from your hostel or hotel. From here, travel to Paracas, a beautiful small town by the sea, on a spacious bus where you'll be able to relax for the 4-hour ride. Once in Paracas, begin a 2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, a smaller version of the Galapagos. Spot sea lions, penguins, and plenty of birds up close and all in their natural habitats. You may even get the chance to see a dolphin or two. Around lunchtime, it's time to move on from Paracas to Huacachina, a natural oasis located in the Ica Desert, home to the biggest sand dunes in South America. Enjoy some free time here. Explore and have lunch (at your own expense) in one of the local restaurants around the oasis. Following lunch, it will be time for 2 hours of exhilarating dune buggy rides and sandboarding. Dune buggy up the sand dunes and sandboard down these giant hills of sand, a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the only natural desert oasis in South America. In the evening, board your bus back to Lima. Once onboard, sit back and relax on the comfortable seats while you enjoy a movie on board. You will later be dropped off directly at your hotel/hostel upon arrival in Lima.

Lima: Ultimate Peruvian Food Tour

2. Lima: Ultimate Peruvian Food Tour

Along with your friendly local guide, embark on a walking food tour in which you’ll have breakfast and lunch! During this culinary experience, you will taste the most traditional local delicacies from a variety of small restaurants and local shops. But on this tour, you won't only eat well, but you’ll also visit one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Lima: Barranco. Taste 15 different local flavors from fruits, to drinks and dishes. Meet with inspiring local artisans and small entrepreneurs, and learn about their stories while enjoying some of the best Peruvian dishes such as lomo saltado, ceviche, pisco sour, and many more.

Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro tour

3. Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro tour

Miraflores – Huaca Pucllana After picking you up, we will show you the most beautiful sites of Miraflores . Learn about the history of this emblematic and most visited district of Lima. We visit first this great adobe and clay pyramid that was built between 200 and 700 AD, representing a ceremonial and administrative center for the “Lima Culture”. San Isidro – The Olive Park After, we go to this must-see site which has a relaxing environment. It is located in San Isidro, the main feature of which are the ancient preserved olive trees, that date several hundred years. There are also exhibits of old machinery used in the production of olive oil, plenty of greenery, colorful flowers and shrubs and an ornamental pond stocked with fish and terrapins. Lots of benches and the outside of park lined by beautiful old houses. The Love Park Then, we visit this beautiful park that was inaugurated in 1993 and celebrates “love” in all its forms. At its center, an iconic sculpture – “The Kiss” – by the acclaimed Peruvian artist Victor Delfin, depicts lovers embracing in an endless kiss. Enjoy, from the cliffs of Miraflores, awesome views of Lima and its Pacific Ocean. Barranco District Finally, we will go to The Artsy neighborhood of Lima. Be amazing by its beautiful murals that make Barranco such a colorful and trendy place. Also, make a wish at “the bridge of sighs” and visit its wonderful Plaza, too.

Miraflores: Guided Bike Tour to Barranco

4. Miraflores: Guided Bike Tour to Barranco

Starting from the local partner's shop in Miraflores, cruise along bike paths to explore Barranco. After a short safety briefing from your instructor, start your 3-hour guided tour. See picturesque old streets and feel the sea breeze in your hair. Stop at the famous Bridge of Sighs to make a wish. In Miraflores, you'll learn about La Huaca Pucllana and Itchma, the pre-Inca civilization that existed in the area from around 300 to 700 A.D. Pass the Faro de la Marina lighthouse, then continue to the Park of Love and Larcomar Shopping Center. Afterwards, stop in a nice cafe bar for a refreshment, before returning to the local partner's shop.

Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

5. Lima: Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro Small Group Tour

Wait for your local guide at your hotel lobby and get ready to start the tour. First, discover the beauty of Miraflores. Learn the history of this emblematic and most visited district of Lima. Also, admire from the outside the archeological site of Huaca Pucllana. Understand the importance of this ceremonial and administrative center made of adobe and clay. Then, visit The Olive Trees Park in San Isidro district. Relax in this peaceful green area full of ancient preserved olive trees. Also, visit the beautiful Love Park and celebrate love in all its forms. Take photos of The Kiss, an iconic sculpture made by the acclaimed Peruvian artist Victor Delfin. Admire the surroundings from the tiled benches inspired in Antoni Gaudí's Parc Güell in Barcelona. After that, enjoy from the cliffs of Miraflores awesome views of Lima and the Pacific Ocean. Then visit Barranco, the artsy neighborhood of Lima. Be amazed by its beautiful murals and make a wish at the Bridge of Sighs.

From Miraflores: Round-Trip E-Scooter Tour to Barranco

6. From Miraflores: Round-Trip E-Scooter Tour to Barranco

Ride an electric scooter through the most famous neighborhoods of Lima on this guided trip. Travel from Miraflores to Barranco, passing beaches, famous sights, urban art, and green parks. Immerse yourself in the bohemian atmosphere while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. After a brief introduction, you’ll hop on your very own electric scooter and take off from Miraflores alongside your guide. Head first to the Parque del Amor (Love Park) in the heart of the Miraflores neighborhood. "Love is just a bird that wanders," wrote the Peruvian poet Rocío Romina Bances. This very romantic verse, like those of many other authors in the country, is hidden in the multiple mosaics that decorate the park. Continue along the Miraflores Boardwalk, from where you’ll get unbeatable views of the beaches of Lima. Later, move on to Barranco, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the capital and a favorite amongst artists. In Barranco’s colorful facades, you’ll get to see many examples of urban art. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to see the Bridge of Sighs, which the people of Lima say fulfills wishes. By the end of your e-scooter tour, you’ll have made your way round-trip back to Miraflores.

Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

7. Lima: City Highlights Day Tour

After being picked up at your accommodation, head to the Historical Center of Lima to see some of the city's highlights. Visit the wonderful Plaza San Martin, made to commemorate 100 years of Peruvian independence. It has a fascinating statue of Peru’s liberator that you can take photos with. Then see the Plaza de Armas, where you can admire impressive buildings such as the presidential palace and city hall. Afterwards, explore the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs. Then, see Miraflores: Huaca Pucllana pre-Inca temple, The Love Park, Barranco: Murals, pittoresque old mansions, The Bridge of Sighs and San Isidro: The Olive Park.

Lima: Miraflores, La Costa Verde, and Chorrillos Bike Tour

8. Lima: Miraflores, La Costa Verde, and Chorrillos Bike Tour

Meet your guide a few blocks away from Francisco de Miranda Park in Miraflores. After a short briefing from your guide hop on your bike and start riding. Feel the fresh sea air and sunshine as you bike along the cliffs of the Miraflores. Pass by the Larcomar shopping center. Arrive in Barranco and ride down the picturesque old streets of the bohemian neighborhood. Check out the street art and murals that decorate the neighborhood. Learn about Barranco’s vibrant nightlife and bars. Make a wish at the Bridge of Sighs, a romantic walkway that leads under a wooden bridge to a cliff with sweeping views of the ocean. Ride to the working class Chorrilos neighborhood, famous for its pier, fish market, and El Morro Hill. Pedal up El Morro Hill and see the world's tallest Jesus statue which lights up Lima Bay every night.  After your uphill ride, enjoy cruising back downhill. Return to Barranco and stop in a local cafe bar for ice cream, coffee, craft beer, or smoothie.

Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

9. Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Miraflores, San Isidro or Lima Downtown. Make your way to Barranco, Lima’s bohemian suburb which is known for its nightlife. See Barranco’s Central Park, its Municipal Library, and the Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge which stretches over the neighborhood. Next, head over to Chorrillos. Once one of the most exclusive summer resorts in Lima, Chorrillos now boasts an ecological reserve called “Pantanos de Villa.” After visiting Chorrillos you’ll drive down the South Pacific Coast Highway to Pachacamac, the most important ceremonial site on the Peruvian coast during pre-Inca and Inca times. Pilgrims came to this large complex to pay homage to the creator god Pachacamac. Throughout the centuries the site was occupied by different Andean civilizations including the Lima, the Wari, the Ichma, and finally the Inca Empire. Marvel at the pyramid-shaped temples such as the Aboditos Temple, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, and the Temple of the Sun. Visit the on-site museum which displays artifacts including pottery, textiles, shell and stone ornaments, and a wooden Pachacamac idol.

Lima:Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco & Chorrillos Private Tour

10. Lima:Half-Day Pachacamac, Barranco & Chorrillos Private Tour

On the drive to the Pachacamac archeological site, your guide will provide an orientation about the culture and people that once lived there. On this half-day private tour, visit the site’s museum and its monuments. Take in the Temple of the Sun, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, Taulichumbi Palace and more. Pachacamac was the major Pre-Hispanic ceremonial center on America’s Pacific Coast. See the buildings of the 4 known cultures that occupied the site over time. Enjoy views of the sea from the Temple of the Sun, the highest point in Pachacamac. Return to Lima and visit the district of Chorrillos, an area that played an important role in the war with Chile from 1879 to 1883. Later the tour continues to the Wetlands of Villa and the Costa Verde beach circuit. You will see a panoramic tour of La Herradura beach and the shanty towns of this neighborhood. Lastly, you'll visit Barranco, where you’ll take a walk by the Bridge of Sighs, La Ermita Church and other buildings that date from Lima’s colonial era.

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4.8 / 5

based on 688 reviews

I was very satisfied. We saw very beautiful places Paracas with the a lot spices of animal, wonderful. We visited dune in Huacachina also perfect places. Company and our guide was very professional, i can recommend very much. Sanboarding was excellent, our driver on the sand dunes was profesionall also. If i visite Peru in the future probably i can check it again.

An amazing experience! The boat ride was beautiful and the wildlife was so cool to see. And the sand boarding! Scary but also so amazing that it was worth it! The bus rides were comfortable and the pick up and drop off was stress free. Lastly, the tour guides, especially Mari, were so nice and helpful that they really enhanced the experience.

Jose was a fantastic guide! He showed us all the best parts of Barranco, and at our speed. Thank you for introducing us to the donuts also!!

Good way to see the coastline on my first day in Lima. Jose was an excellent guide and the trip was done safely on dedicated bike lanes

Great experience, very knowledgeable guide and wonderful places to visit