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From Lima: Paracas Full Day Guided Tour

1. From Lima: Paracas 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 Lima: Paracas National Reserve & Ballestas Islands Tour

2. From Lima: Paracas National Reserve & Ballestas Islands Tour

After pickup, head to the south to discover unique landscapes where the desert, the islands and the sea all meet. Make a brief stop for a delicious breakfast and continue the journey. Then, go to Paracas dock to take a speed boat to the Ballestas Islands. Explore the rocky islands and discover the rich marine fauna. Take photos of sea lions and many types of birds such as penguins. Don't miss the enigmatic Candelabro Geoglyph, used as a navigational guide by ancient cultures. After your tour of the island, visit the impressive and isolated Paracas National Reserve. This natural reserve is part of the Guinness World Record for the driest desert on earth. Admire the stunning landscape of the peninsula. Learn all about dessert formation from your expert guide. If you are lucky you might see the great pink flamingos. Then, return to your hotel in Lima.

From Lima: Full-Day Tour of Islas Ballestas and Huacachina

3. From Lima: Full-Day Tour of Islas Ballestas and Huacachina

Start your day bright and early at 4:00 AM with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Lima City. From here, enjoy a scenic 4 hour trip to Paracas (Ballestas Islands). Once you arrive, you will board the 'sliders', from which, you'll be able to appreciate the iconic Candelabro de Paracas geoglyph. This tour will allow you to marvel at the diversity of marina fauna once you arrive at the National Reserve. Keep an eye out for Sea lions, Guaneras Birds, Humbolt Penguins, just to name a few. Continue on your tour and head into the city of Ica where you will visit the Haciendas Pisqueras, a place where they produce the National drink of Peru, "El Pisco". Here, you will be able to taste a diverse range of wines and Pisco, also in the Hacienda, you will get some time to stop for a bite to eat.  After you've eaten, proceed to the Oasis of Huacachina, a natural lagoon surrounded by palm trees and desert dunes. You'll also have the chance to partake in adventure sports such as buggy driving and sand boarding. This is a perfect place to take some truly memorable holiday photos, so don't forget to bring your camera. After this experience, head to the city of Lima for a convenient drop off back at your accomodation. 

Paracas or Pisco: Private Huacachina Oasis Tour & Buggy Ride

4. 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.

From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis, Desert Buggy

5. From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis, Desert Buggy

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 penguins. Explore Huacachina Oasis and do dune a buggy tour in the desert. After pickup, head south to make your way to Islas Ballesta's unique natural place. These rocky islands, located off the Pacific coast of Peru, are perfect for animal lovers. Spot several birds and mammals including penguins, sea lions, and pelicans 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. Continue 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, so much fun. Soak in the spectacular landscape formed by a lagoon of emerald green waters and large dunes.

From San Martin: Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve

6. From San Martin: Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve

Meet your guide at 9:15 AM at San Martin Port, from where you will travel to Paracas town to meet the rest of the group and board the speedboat to begin this adventure to the stunning Ballestas Islands. On the way, you will stop at the Paracas peninsula to see the enigmatic figure of the Candelabro, a stunning design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. Nobody knows for sure who did it or why. Some believe it is related to the Nazca Lines, but still found no proof or evidence that can define its creation.  Afterwards head off to Ballestas Island where you will enter a world filled with birds and sea lions. Here you will see the three islands and, if conditions allow, navigate in some caves. On your return to the port, you will board a vehicle towards Paracas Reserve. At Paracas Reserve you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Reserve by visiting the interpretation center, an interesting building that explains all the fauna, flora, and many other important facts about the Paracas Peninsula through photographic displays. Then you will be driven through the lifeless desert until the area where once a great natural rock formation stood, known as the Cathedral, which was destroyed during the 2007 earthquake. From this place you will have amazing views of the desert and the blue ocean and after, you will visit Playa Roja and Lagunillas beach for some refreshment. Finally you will return to San Martin Port to rejoin your ship.

From Paracas: Private Buggy Tour with Desert Picnic

7. From Paracas: Private Buggy Tour with Desert Picnic

Start with a pickup from your hotel and travel by buggy to the California Desert and Costa Rica Lagoon, where you can stroll around the lagoon on foot, or explore by kayak. Enjoy the adrenaline with the buggy and practice sandboard 3 times with a teacher who will give you lessons on the basics. Afterward, a picnic will be waiting for you in the middle of the desert with red carpets, romantic candles, snacks, fruits of the season, dried fruits, and music to your liking. Relax during the sunset by a cozy bonfire with a waiter at your disposal if you need a refreshment such as beer, red wine, white wine, champagne, water, soda, or Pisco.

From Lima: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Private Tour

8. From Lima: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Private Tour

Private pick-up from your hotel at 06:00 am in Lima, to drive towards Paracas town (3 hours drive), breakfast will be served on your arrival, then you will board our group boat tour to the stunning Ballestas Islands where you will see thousands of marine life such sea lions, penguins, pelicans, seagulls, sea otters, dolphins and many more species that can be seen during the tours as well as natural rock formation caused by the erosions of the sea. The boat will navigate around these islands at a safe distance. Return to port to visit the stunning Paracas National Reserve, one of the driest deserts in the world, you enjoy amazing views of the desert, the blue ocean, and thousands of wildlife that can be seen, Stop at Lagunillas beach for lunch (not include) at the end of the tour will head back to your hotel in Lima arriving around 19 pm.

From San Martin Port: 3-Hour Paracas Reserve Tour

9. From San Martin Port: 3-Hour Paracas Reserve Tour

Meet your guide at 9:15 AM at San Martin Port, where you will be transferred to Paracas town, at this point, you will board the tour vehicle to begin your group tour to Paracas Reserve. During your tour you will learn more about Paracas Reserve by visiting the interpretation centre, an interesting building that displays photos about all the fauna, flora and many other important facts about the Paracas Peninsula. Next you will drive through a lifeless desert to an area where once stood a great natural rock formation known as the Cathedral. Unfortunately, this old formation did not withstand the 2007 earthquake. At this place you will have amazing views of the desert and the blue ocean and you will see thousands of sea birds. Finally you will visit the Playa Roja and Lagunillas beach for some refreshments. Relax and enjoy the sunshine while you reflect on what you've seen. At the end of the tour you will return to San Martin Port to re-join your ship.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Incredible (but loooong) day trip from Lima! We wanted to do as much as possible and they really packed it in. Picked up from the hotel around 5:30 am, slept on the way to Paracas, boat tour of the gorgeous Ballestas Islands, sampled local candy, went to a Pisco region vineyard for lunch, had the most incredible time ripping around the sand dunes in a buggy with a very skilled driver, and a short time for sand board sledding. Plenty of time for photos at the Huacachina oasis. No real dinner stop (convenience store only) but we were so tired we just slept anyway. Back to the hotel around 11 pm.

Thank you to William for an insightful day! It ended up being just the two of us with William as our guide and a driver in a very comfortable car! It was very well organised - we were picked up on time and the day followed well, starting with the boat tour, followed by some brief stops at the National Reserve and ending with sea view lunch (before returning to Lima). We appreciated the insights that William was able to provide and enjoyed the whole day!

Joel was awesome! We were in Peru for a week and this was the coolest experience! From just the excellent customer service & knowledge that Joel provided, to transportation, to the activities we did throughout the day - everything was flawless! I would 10/10 recommend Joel & this whole activity to anyone & everyone. Can't say enough great things!

Pick up & drop off from our hotel in Miraflores was great. Our pick up, John, spoke English so that was very helpful. The tour guides in Paracas & the rest also spoke English. Loved being in Ica- that sand dune is one of a kind! Really enjoyed this trip!

Tour guide was knowledgeable and patient throughout trip.