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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

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USD 119.00
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Wondering what to do in Lima, this is a full day tour from Lima visiting the Pacific beach town of Paracas as well as the desert oasis of Huacachina. Enjoy seeing wildlife in their natural environment to a thrilling desert adventure with a professional guide. For this full day tour the pick up from your Lima hotel or hostel is included, as well as drop off. This tour is good for couples, good for solo travelers and good for big groups. The perfect 1 day escape from the city of Lima!
  • Spot native marine life up-close in the Paracas National Reserve 
  • Zoom up South America’s largest dunes by dune buggy and try sandboarding
  • Enjoy views over the coastal and desert landscapes outside Lima
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from your accommodation in central Lima
What to Expect
Get picked up in the morning at your central Lima accommodation, transfer to the coastal town of Paracas by direct bus, and hop aboard a speedboat. The adventure begins as you zip out across the waves to the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. On arrival, watch native marine species including birds, penguins, and sea lions in their natural habitat. Your informative guide provides insight into the animals’ behavior and environment while you capture the scenery on camera. Return to Paracas and continue to Huacachina, a remote oasis in the Ica Desert and home to the biggest dunes in South America. Zoom across the sand by dune buggy and give sandboarding a try. With your powerful buggy to help you reach the top of the dunes, you’ll save plenty of energy for sandboarding.  Depart Huacachina and return in comfort to your Lima accommodation, where your tour ends.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Diagonal 140, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Traveler pickup is offered
For this tour and activity: If staying outside of these areas or at a residential address, then please select our central meeting point: MC DONALDS, PARQUE KENNEDY - MIRAFLORES as your pick-up location.
Departure Time
6:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guided bus transport
  • Ballestas Islands Tour in Paracas
  • Dune Buggy and Sandboarding in Huacachina
  • Hotel/hostel pickups and drop-offs
  • Entry/Admission - Islas Ballestas
  • Entry/Admission - Oasis of Huacachina
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We recommend you to bring the following items:
  • Please bring breakfast with you (direct bus).
  • Please don’t be late, as bus must leave on time to do Ballestas Islands at 10:00 am.
  • Bring sunscreen, it is hot all year round in Paracas and Huacachina.
  • Food is not included, although we have discounts in many restaurants.
  • See itinerary for hour by hour plan.
  • Important holidays: Easter weekend April 18-21 and July 28-30 is Independence Day Celebration in Peru: The pick-up time will be 1 hour before the usual time, Sandboarding/dunebuggy (Huacachina) only 1 hour (all operators) and Ballestas Islands (Paracas) only1 hour and 30 minutes (all operators)
  • Adult pricing applies to all travellers
  • Warm weather all year round. Light-weight jumper/jacket for speedboat ride to Ballestas. Closed-toe footwear for Sandboarding.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed today

They said pickup was for 6am, but apparently came and left at 5:30am and refused to come back and refused to refund. Tripadvisor doesn’t have customer service of any kind, so there is no recourse there either. Ruined my last day in Peru.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 404butcher
Reviewed yesterday

The guide was great. The tour description is very vague and only after buying the tour I noticed the extra boat trip. I’m not a fan of tours that last 17 hours. The pick up was ridiculous. Instead of a designated area for everyone to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ali420112
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of my favorite tours! It is a very long day but Huacachina is one of the coolest excursions I went on during my 9 day trip in Peru. The trip starts out with an early pickup (roughly 5:30am) and you don’t get back until...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Courtneyhudson04
Reviewed 3 days ago

Everything about Peru Hop is convenient and expertly executed. The website is easy to use, and there are no surprises except the exceptional customer service and top shelf quality of the buses and guides. Melanie was our guide from Arequipa to Lima, she was friendly,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank SarahKokess
PeruHop, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Peru Hop, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Sarah, Thank you for choosing Peru Hop and writing a great review! We are delighted to hear you had a great time travelling with us! At Peru Hop, we strive to be the leaders in tourism in Peru and provide our guests with an...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

PeruHop is a great way to get around Peru quickly. However, it is the bare minimum. The bus picks you up very early in the morning, but the seats were uncomfortable and not much leg room. Paracas was really cool and so was the boat...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Cristian11191986 | Reviewed this property |
I used shorts, T-shirt, hat and sneakers. May has ok weather didn’t needed the extra cloths. Bandana if possible for the dessert or you can buy one out there 5$. Some people had light jackets as well but nothing huge. From... More
29 July 2019|
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Response from JoeyClassic | Reviewed this property |
You leave super early around 5 am depending on where you stay and order of pickup. You will be back around midnight however, I strongly recommend you spend the night at a hostel or hotel and come back the next day (for a... More
28 July 2019|
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Response from Heron L | Reviewed this property |
That’s an ambitious lot of kilometres and altitude for two days. Check out Peru Hop but Lima to Huacachina is a day trip in itself and Rainbow Mountain is a day trip out from Cusco. Best wishes and safe traveling.
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