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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

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

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 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 sands, 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.

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From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines, & Huacachina Oasis

2. 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.

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Lima: 15-minute Paragliding Tour with HD Video

3. Lima: 15-minute Paragliding Tour with HD Video

Feel like a bird as you soar over Lima and over the 4 best beaches in the south of the city on a 15-minute paragliding flight that includes a complimentary HD video of your experience. Meet your group at the meeting point and be transferred to the taking off-site. Strap on to your paraglider and take off, getting a bird’s eye view of Lima. Fly over the best beaches in the south of Lima: Playa Arica, Playa Frontero, Playa los Octopus, and Punta Hermosa. Your landing site will be at Playa San Pedro, the same as the take-off location. After you land, get transferred back to the meeting point where this experience began. Check your email the next day to receive an HD video of your paragliding tour.

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Lima: Private Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis with Lunch

4. Lima: Private Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis with Lunch

Start your tour at 5:30 AM with a freshly prepared, delicious breakfast, on your journey from your hotel in Lima to Ica. Board a Cessna 208 Caravan and fly over the famous Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the incredible, ancient geoglyphs from above and wonder at their meaning. View and take photos of the whale, the astronaut, the monkey, the hummingbird and many more of the glyphs. Land and travel to the oasis and sand dunes of Huacachina in V8 modified dune buggies. Push your body to its limits, as you practice sandboarding down the dunes of the desert. Visit a small chocolate factory and taste some of the famous, traditional Peruvian chocolates.  Explore a rural area in the outskirts of Ica. Learn about the production of Pisco, wines and fruit liqueurs at a local winery and sample as many as you like. Indulge yourself with a traditional Peruvian lunch, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Try delicious delicacies such as sopa seca and pollo saltado, chicken stir-fry. Return back to your hotel in Lima by 7:00 PM.

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

5. 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.

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Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

6. Lima: Pachacamac Inca Archaeological Complex Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Lima, and then travel 30 minutes southeast to the archaeological complex of Pachacamac, named for the Inca Earth Maker god Pacha Kamaq. Learn all about the culture and traditions of the Inca Empire at the museum, where artifacts discovered at the site are artfully displayed. Stroll around the sacred land and get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean from the pyramid Temple of the Sun. Return to the car and enjoy traditional alfajores (cookies) from the region. Then, drive back to Lima full of memories, and get dropped off at your hotel on arrival.

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Lima: Luxury Bus Tour to Paracas & Hacienda San Jose Tunnels

7. Lima: Luxury Bus Tour to Paracas & Hacienda San Jose Tunnels

After hotel pickup in Lima between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM, depart for Paracas, a beautiful town on the sea. Travel on a spacious luxury bus and relax for the 4-hour ride. Once in Paracas, take a 2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, a smaller version of the Galapagos Islands. You'll see sea lions, penguins, and plenty of birds up close and in their natural habitat. If you're lucky, you may even see a dolphin or two. Next up, begin a 2-hour tour of the Paracas National Reserve, one of South America's largest protected desert reserves and home to over 400 species of flora and fauna. In this stunning Pacific-coastline location, the desert meets the ocean. Following the reserve, travel by bus to the Hacienda San Jose in Chincha to explore its underground tunnels. Learn about the history of this ex-sugar plantation and the tunnels that lay beneath it on a 1-hour tour. Finally, on the trip back to Lima, sit back and relax on the comfortable seats while you enjoy a movie onboard. At the conclusion of your journey, you will be dropped off directly to your hotel/hostel.

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From Lima: Tour to Paracas, Ica and Huacachina

8. 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 and take a high-adrenaline ride in a sand buggies and also be able to try sandboarding. Finally, you'll have free time to walk around the oasis, take a boat ride, take pictures or buy handicrafts. You will return to Lima by bus. 

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From Lima: Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding Trip

9. From Lima: Nazca Lines, Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding Trip

Fly over the Nazca Lines, a collection of giant geoglyphs etched into desert sands, attributed to the pre-Inca civilization. Explore the large dunes of Huacachina Oasis that invite you to practice adventure sports such as sandboarding. After pickup, go to Huacachina to see its beautiful oasis. Relax in the lap of nature surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Enjoy your day in the desert, taking a dune buggy tour and practicing sandboarding. Soak in the spectacular landscape formed by a lagoon of emerald green waters and large dunes. Then, head to Nazca province to fly around the famous and enigmatic Nazca Lines, an important archaeological site in Peru. The mysterious geoglyphs at the UNESCO World Heritage Site range from geometric shapes and swirls to a hummingbird and monkey. Observe the most important etchings, that likely date from 500 BC and 500 AD. Have a beautiful view of the landscape around in a small group.

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From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis & Winery Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lima

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 147 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed this day trip to Paracas and Huacachina! Paracas is a really interesting area with lots of wildlife. We went in November so the boat ride was a little cold so be sure to be mindful of the weather. Huacachina was so much fun! Definitely the highlight of the day was sandboarding. You have time when you arrive to town to walk around and explore a bit before the sandboarding starts. We did the day trip, but Huacachina seemed like a fun town to overnight in. I believe this group also offered overnight trips.

The tour guides were the best. They did everything they could to make sure everyone had the best experience and the least disruption, like when they took pre-orders on the bus on the way to Paracas with meal recommendations so that we wouldn't have to spend all of our break time waiting for food. It was a wonderful full day tour (about 18 hours!), and I would recommend Peru Hop to anyone!

This was one of my favorite travel days ever! Communication was wonderful and the tour was overall very punctual. Alex was also a fantastic tour guide. He is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and generally just great fun to be around. The dune buggying + Sandboarding was the true highlight - great fun all around!

I learned a lot during my tour of Pachacamac. It was a great introduction to my travels in Peru, and I’m glad I went there and learned some history before going on my Inca Trail trek this week. The guide, Jordan is a positive and knowledgeable person. You won’t be disappointed if you book this Pachacamac tour!

Sam was a great guide, she explained to us on what to expect in this trip and give us tips for local restaurants.