1. Peru
  2. Lima
  3. Ballestas Islands

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

Product ID: 373280
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Take a 2-day trip from Lima and explore the slave tunnels of Hacienda San Jose, followed by an overnight stay in the beach town of Paracas. Also discover the Ballestas Islands, Paracas Natural Reserve, and the sand dunes of Huacahina oasis.
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Duration: 2 days
Starting time 7:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Booklets
Spanish, English

Pickup optional

Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 30 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the secret tunnels in Chincha that were used to smuggle slaves
  • Take a speedboat out to the Ballestas Islands to see hundreds of penguins and sea lions in the wild
  • Dune buggy up and sandboard down the dunes at South America's only desert oasis
Full description
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 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 a stunning landscape where the vast desert meets the Pacific Ocean.

After that, it's time to head to Huacachina, the only desert oasis in South America. Experience 2 hours of exhilarating dune buggying and sandboarding across some of the highest sand dunes. You will later travel by bus back to Lima, and get dropped off at your hotel or the original meeting point.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro (if option selected)
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation for 1 night in shared 6-bed dorm with private bathroom at Paracas
  • Taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup in private accommodations
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please arrive 30 minutes before the start time and meet your guide outside the Mcdonald's in Parque Kennedy. The guide will be wearing a "Peru Hop" shirt.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to weather issues, strikes and/or demonstrations.
• Pickup is available from hotels/hostels located in Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro
• Customers staying outside these locations or at private accommodations (such as AirBnB) should select the meeting point option
• Rooms are shared 6-bed dorms, with a private bathroom
• Children under 8 years old will need their parents or guardians to sign a full responsibility form in order for them to ride the buggy

From US$ 139 per person

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Peru Hop

Product ID: 373280