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From Lima: Paracas and Huacachina Full Day Guided Tour

1. From Lima: Paracas and Huacachina Full Day Guided Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Lima at around 05:00 AM, all depends your location in Lima, where you will board the coach for a 03:30-hour journey to Paracas town. Before getting to Paracas, we will stop to have breakfast. On your arrival in Paracas, make your way to the dock where you will board a speedboat to the Ballestas Islands. During your journey to Ballestas, see the enigmatic figure of the Candelabro, a stunning design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. There are many hypotheses regarding its origin, some believe it is related to the Nazca Lines but still found no proof or evidence that can define its creation. In the Ballestas Islands, you will see a stunningly rugged world filled with birds and sea lions. You will navigate around the islands at a distance allowed, and depending on the sea conditions, visit nearby caves. Return to the port at 11 am, and spend some time in Paracas where you will have free time for restrooms or a short time to relax. Then, continue to the next destination, Huacachina oasis. Have a small break to prepare for your desert tour; then board a buggy for 1-hour adventure across the sand dunes that surround the water source. Return to Huacachina and have time for refreshment. Continue towards to traditional vineyard and taste the best of the local wine and Pisco or lunch at the vineyard restaurant, then Drive back to Lima arriving and dropping off at your hotel. At around 21:30 or 22 pm On this one-day tour, you will have an assistant guide on the trip who will help you with your concerns on your trip.

From Ica or Huacachina: Pisco and Wine Tour with Desert Trip

2. From Ica or Huacachina: Pisco and Wine Tour with Desert Trip

Truly discover Peru on a wine and pisco tour, with extra adventures including a dune buggy rise and a desert sunset. And of course, taste Peru’s national licor yourself as you learn all about it.  Start with your hotel pickup from Ica or Huacachina. Then head to your first stop, the Tacama Vineyard, considered one of the oldest in South America and the first in Peru. Visit the old hacienda and tower, where you will get the best views over acres of vines.  Then, visit the old and new factory to see how Tacama produces wines and piscos on an industrial scale. And, obviously, try some of their piscos and wines before your next stop. Head to the second vineyard, El Catador, famous for its pisco. Learn about how the licor is traditionally made in clay jars, known as “botijas”, where the juice of crushed grapes are left to ferment.  Visit the distillery next and learn about the last steps to produce the famous drink before trying some of the produce yourself.  Enjoy free time to try some food at one of the wineries that prepare typical dishes from this region, of your own volition. Next up, head to the Huacachina oasis and get your adrenaline pumping with a dune buggy ride, with dunes of up to 30 meters in height. Even try your hand at sandboarding down those same dunes. Learn the best techniques and tricks from your driver.  Last but not least, view an unforgettable sunset in the desert. Be transferred back to your accommodation at the end of the trip.

Huacachina: Desert Buggy Tour and Sandboarding

3. Huacachina: Desert Buggy Tour and Sandboarding

Discover the desertic town of Huacachina, with a beautiful oasis surrounded by giant dunes. Take an adventurous ride on a 4WD vehicle through the desert and experience the thrill of sandboarding, then stop to watch the colorful sunset. Visit the oasis by yourself before heading into the desert, and snap great pictures of the landscape as you do. Hop on your buggy and feel like you are on a rollercoaster as you go up and down huge dunes. Feel the fresh air while your expert driver makes exhilarating turns. Test your sandboarding skills at every stop and start gaining some speed as you get better and better. Before your journey comes to an end, head over to a perfect spot to enjoy the sun setting over the desert and take in the beautiful colors.

From Lima: Nazca Lines and Ica Desert Day Trip with Lunch

4. From Lima: Nazca Lines and Ica Desert Day Trip with Lunch

Begin your journey of the Ica Desert with a bright and early hotel pickup, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Nazca, whereupon you'll stop at Kilometer 50 of the South Pan-American Highway to enjoy a breakfast consisting of juices or hot drinks, accompanied by artisan breads from the area. Next, head to the airfield in Nazca, where you'll pass through security before boarding a small plane to view the famous Nazca Lines from up above. Sit back and relax on your 45-minute flight, as you view the incredible collection of giant geoglyphs — designs or motifs etched into the ground — that were created by the ancient Nazca culture. Tuck into a delicious traditional lunch upon landing before heading to your final stop, the Huacachina Oasis. This natural lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and desert dunes, from where you can watch the sun setting over the sand. Pump up your adrenaline and hop into sand buggies, and sandboard down the perfect dunes before returning to Lima late in the evening.

Paracas or Pisco: Private Huacachina Oasis Tour & Buggy Ride

5. Paracas or Pisco: Private Huacachina Oasis Tour & Buggy Ride

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel by private vehicle towards the city of Ica. On the way to Ica, visit a traditional vineyard where you will have the opportunity to learn more about traditional wines and the famous Pisco spirit, the national drink of Peru. Here, you will also have the opportunity to taste some of the products. Then, drive southwest towards Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm trees and huge sand dunes with a spectacular view of Ica Valley and desert. Climb the sand dunes and enjoy one of the famous dune buggy tours. This tour will take 2 hours across the Ica desert, and you will also have a sandboard or sand-surfing lesson at the sand dunes. Finally, stop at the highest sand dune to enjoy the sunset. Return to Huacachina, where you can take a shower to wash off the sand, before returning to your hotel in Paracas.

Ica: Canyon of the Lost Tour in Ocucaje Desert

6. Ica: Canyon of the Lost Tour in Ocucaje Desert

Explore the natural beauty of the Ica desert as you travel to the stunning lost canyon of Ica, some of the driest earth in the world. Marvel at the natural forms of the desert and the ancient fossils as your guide explains the fascinating history of the area. Begin this expedition early by being collected from your hotel in Ica before being driven to the district of Ocucaje, where the first stop will be at a restaurant to recharge and enjoy breakfast. Continue towards the middle of the impressive Ocucaje desert with mountains loaded with saltpetre and mysterious natural forms. Arriving at the main viewpoint of the canyon of the lost, your guide will provide information about the formation of the canyon, and will help you take stunning pictures. Trek towards the bottom of the canyon of the lost, where you will be able to examine the plentiful fossil remains along the way of the approximately 1.5-hour hike. Finally, the transport provided will return you to your lodging in Ica. The tour begins at 6:30 am and will conclude at 3:00 pm.

From Huacachina: The Canyon of the Lost Guided Tour

7. From Huacachina: The Canyon of the Lost Guided Tour

Come to this wonderful tour of the canyon of the lost and enjoy a pleasant day walking through the desert surrounded by giant walls of the largest desert canyon in Peru. Learn about how millions of years of evolution have shaped this place. Look at the animal bones of marine species trapped on the walls of the volcano and get valuable information from the tour guide, who will answer any questions during the tour. Have a fun during the wine and pisco tasting which is done before arriving in Huacachina. The tour ends in Huacachina or Ica, as close to your hotel as possible.

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What people are saying about Ica

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

This probably was one of the best day tours I’ve done full with many amazing activities - on the way to islands you’ll stop to see Candelabra of the Andes, after heading to Ballestas islands where we saw many sea lions, pinguïns, pelicans and amazing shower of cormorants. If you’re lucky, you can also see dolphins ( which we did). In this tour you also get to taste different sweets, pisco and wines, adding some great lunch to it. Sandboarding and cruising around in a sand buggy in Huacachina in sunset was the best ending of tour you can imagine! Just a heads up, tour is long, so dedicate entire day for it ( stared at 5 am and ended at 10:30 pm), but really worth it!!! Thanks to Sergio for guidelines :) and the driver who had to be awake while we all were napping.

Definitely the best experience I've ever had. The views from the transport are beautiful and protect you from the hot weather. Although the walk is short, it is really informative and wonderful. Our guide Javier was simply spectacular. It motivated us to do something we didn't think we could achieve. An experience that could be repeated. Recommended for people who want to start in the world of trekking.

Definitely an experience out of this world I was even able to see fossil remains in the canyon, the guide provided very relevant information, I learned very good things and they even gave us a pleasant surprise by teaching us part of their local culture on how to taste pisco in a professional way like all good Iqueño, thank you very much Javier for so much ❤️

It was great, awesome experience, the guide carefully explained how to sandboard so nobody got hurt, and got us to a well timed beautiful sunset

We had an amazing day. I'm really afraid of heights, but Marco Antonio was encouraging and fun to be around. I would really recommend!