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  • From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

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

    Your experience begins by getting picked up from your hostel/hotel between 5:30 AM–6 AM. From there, 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, you will begin a 2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas are a smaller version of the Galapagos, and this tour offers you the chance to see 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. At 1 PM, move on from Paracas to Huacachina, a natural oasis located in the Ica Desert home to the biggest sand dunes in South America. There, you will have free time to explore and have lunch at one of the local restaurants around the oasis. Following lunch, it will be time for 2 hours of exhilarating dune buggying and sandboarding. Dune buggy up the sand du...

    SO MUCH FUN!! This is a great experience! My husband and I had a blast. The scenery is so beautiful, like nothing we have seen before. The guides were great and our driver was amazing. He was wild and fast but we felt safe. His name is Alex and he is the best! The sand boarding was so much fun and the sunset was beautiful. We highly recommend this experience!

  • From Lima: Tour to Paracas, Ica and Huacachina

    2. From Lima: Tour to Paracas, Ica and Huacachina

    Visit a natural oasis in the middle of the desert surrounded by beautiful palm trees. Here, you can also take pedal boat rides around the lagoon, practice sand-boarding and ride in tubular cars. You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:00 AM. Before heading to Paracas. Once you arrive, board the 'sliders' at the pier and begin the excursion to the Ballestas Islands. On the way, we can see the 'Candelabro' (Paracas Chandelier), a large geoglyph that serves as a beacon to the navigators. Continuing to the Ballestas Islands, you'll see the natural habitat of the sea lions. They love to approach the tourist boats, a truly magical spectacle that justifies the visit in itself. You will also be able to view the Humboldt penguins and guano birds.  Continuing to the province of Ica, get to know the culture and gastronomy with a typical lunch. After lunch, you'll go to the Huacachina Oasis an...

    This was a gr8 tour. Cheers to guide Miraglos and driver Viktor. Miraglos was good at time management and engaging the group. Be prepared for a long day as these places are far from Lima. We were picked up at 4.50 am by a private taxi (included in the booking) and then transfered to the van. The van seats 15, bit we were only 7 tourists, so it was comfortable. The tour of Ballesyas islands is gr8, u see the island rock formations and some penguins as well. Lunch is elaborate and sumptuous at El Catador, where u also engage in wine and pisco tasting. You will then proceed to Huacachina oasis for sand buggy and sand boarding. This is a gr8 adventure in the dunes. Viktor was gr8 driver and drove with caution and safety. Miraglos was always there to facilitate your rideback from dropoff point by a private taxi ( included in booking). Highly recommended tour.

  • From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis & Winery Tour

    3. From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis & Winery Tour

    Start your adventure by departing Lima in the early morning. Travel for around 300 km on the Pan-American highway until you reach Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history which is full of wildlife.  Enjoy a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands and watch out for birds, sea lions, dolphins, and penguins. Then drive to drive to a small local winery to learn how Pisco is made and to enjoy a tasting. Stop at the Huacachina Oasis, and take some time to eat lunch and walk around. Test your skills at sandboarding for an additional cost or just enjoy free time at the pool drinking Pisco Sours. At the end of the adventure, head back to Lima via the same route.

    It is a long day, but well worthwhile as a lot is packed in. I was really lucky as I was the only one on the tour that day so had Choji, my guide, to myself. His English was excellent and he was a really interesting guide. He covered not only details about the sights on the way but also happily discussing pretty much anything about Peru that I wanted to know. Great to get out of Lima and see something of Peru. Trip to the Ballestas Islands was memorable - getting up close to the sea lions and birds. Desert and oasis impressive too. Sand buggying very much like a roller coaster. Lunch and tasting at the winery were good too. Our guide there was really informative and funny. Also very generous tasting session of eight different piscos. A well put together tour.

  • From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines, & Huacachina Oasis

    4. From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines, & Huacachina Oasis

    Start your adventure by departing Lima in the early morning. Travel for around 300 km on the Pan-American highway until you reach Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history which is full of wildlife.  Enjoy a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands and watch out for birds, sea lions, dolphins, and penguins. Then head to Pisco Airport and take a 45-minute flight over the Palpa desert to see the Nazca Lines. Stop at the Huacachina Oasis, and take some time to eat lunch and walk around. Test your skills at sandboarding for an additional cost or just enjoy free time at the pool drinking Pisco Sours. At the end of the adventure, head back to Lima via the same route.

    Good but a bit exhausting given the early wake up, guide was very nice and knowledgeable

  • Lima: 3-Day Tour to Paracas, Ballestas Islands & Huacachina

    5. Lima: 3-Day Tour to Paracas, Ballestas Islands & Huacachina

    Day 1: Lima - Chincha - Paracas Pickup from your hotel or hostel in Lima. Stop at Chincha for a tour of the secret slave tunnels. Walk around the tunnels that were used to illegally smuggle slaves during the 17th century. After the tour, continue to Paracas, a small beach town, where you will have the rest of the day to explore. Overnight in Paracas. Day 2: Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Huacachina Leave your hotel and embark on a 2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. These islands are known to be a smaller version of the Galápagos, and you will have the chance to see sea lions, penguins, birds, and even dolphins up close in their natural habitats. After the boat tour, go on a 2-hour tour of the Paracas National Reserve, which is one of South America's largest protected desert regions and home to more than 400 species of flora and fauna. Discover...

    I loved the fact that the activities weren’t jam packed together and although some attractions were closed due to weather or COVID the tour guides made up for it and we all had a wonderful time!!!

  • From Lima: 2-Day Tour to Paracas, Huacachina, and Tunnels

    6. From Lima: 2-Day Tour to Paracas, Huacachina, and Tunnels

    Day 1: Lima - Chincha - Paracas Start with early pickup from your hotel in Lima or meeting point. Travel to the secret Slave Tunnels at the Hacienda San Jose in Chincha. Explore the underground tunnels and learn about the history of this ex-sugar plantation in a 1-hour tour. Then, travel to Paracas on a 4-hour journey and upon arrival, explore the small beach town which is a popular vacation destination for Peruvians. Free time to walk by the ocean, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, or simply relax in your accommodation before turning in for the night. Day 2: Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Huacachina - Lima Leave your hotel and embark on a 2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. These islands are known to be a smaller version of the Galápagos, and you will have the chance to see sea lions, penguins, birds, and even dolphins up close in their natura...

  • From Lima: Huacachina Oasis, Sandbording & Ballestas Islands

    7. From Lima: Huacachina Oasis, Sandbording & Ballestas Islands

    See the desert oasis and natural hotspots on a full-day tour from Lima. Sail to Ballestas Island to see colonies of sea lions and seals. Explore Huacachina desert in a dune buggy and go sand boarding. Enjoy exquisite Piscos and wines on a vineyard tour. After pickup, head south to make your way to Islas Ballestas. Stop for a delicious breakfast. Then, go to Paracas dock to take a speed boat to the Ballestas Islands. These rocky islands, located off the Pacific coast of Peru, are perfect for animal lovers. Spot several birds and mammals including penguins, sea lions, pelicans, and dolphins in this wildlife haven. Enjoy the rugged coastline of soaring cliffs, rocky beaches, and remote sea caves. Check out the enigmatic Paracas Candelabra, a giant prehistoric geoglyph in the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay. Then, visit the El Catador Vineyard to learn about the production process of wines...

  • Ica or Huacachina: Dune Buggy, Sandboarding & Desert Camping

    8. Ica or Huacachina: Dune Buggy, Sandboarding & Desert Camping

    Explore Huacachina, the only oasis in Peru, in a truly thrilling way. Ride over the sand dunes in a 4x4 buggy before taking part in a sandboarding session. Start with pickup from Ica or Huacachina. Head to the oasis, and get the adrenaline pumping with a dune buggy ride. Feel as if you’re on a rollercoaster as you go up and down dunes of up to 30 meters in height. Take stops to snap photos of the desert landscape and the small lake surrounded by palm trees. Next, try your hand at sandboarding down the sand dunes. This experience is suitable for all skill levels, as you’ll be learning the best techniques from your driver. Afterwards, the driver will take you further into the desert where you'll be spending the night. You will find your tents, as well as your tour guide preparing a delicious BBQ dinner. Enjoy some drinks like wine, Pisco, water or beer. You will set off for a short wal...

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What people are saying about Ica

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 13 reviews

One of the best experiences I have had so far. Everything was great, Jorge and Alex were great guides and explained everything while being super friendly. We went to the Balestas islands and saw some pretty cool animals such as penguins, sea lions and many rare birds. But the really fun part was at Huaccachina! We did a crazy ride with the buggys, the driver was awesome. Much better than roller coaster! After that we did some belly board at the sand hills, lots of fun! When we finished we went to a great spot to see a very beautiful sunset and after that we came back to Huaccachina on an even crazier ride! Totally recomend it!

This this was an amazing activity! All of the kids agreed it was their favorite part of our entire trip. We had lots of fun zooming around on the Doon buggies and what a great time sandboarding! The boat ride was also very good and interesting! The only downside was the beginning of the day was a bit confusing as they combined several tours and some people were staying at the first stop and we changed operators midway through. But overall didn't spoil anything and the finale was out of this world!

SO MUCH FUN!! This is a great experience! My husband and I had a blast. The scenery is so beautiful, like nothing we have seen before. The guides were great and our driver was amazing. He was wild and fast but we felt safe. His name is Alex and he is the best! The sand boarding was so much fun and the sunset was beautiful. We highly recommend this experience!

This tour was the best time we had in Peru!! From start to finish our guides (Charlie, Fernando and Ricardo) were very informative and hilarious! They made sure everything went smoothly and it did! Thank you guys for everything! If you’re thinking about booking this tour, do it! You will have a BLAST!

We had a lot of fun. Luis and his mate were great guides.