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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

4.8 / 5

63 reviews

From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

From £103.24 per person

Embark on a full-day tour from Lima to see the beach town of Paracas and the desert oasis of Huacachina.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
This option includes pickup, which are normally 30 to 40 minutes before departure, from hotels in Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro. We will provide exact pickup time, so please check your email. If you are staying at an Airbnb or any other location outside Miraflores, please select the Meeting Point option. Be aware that pickup from the meeting point is between 5:30AM and 5:40AM; participants should be outside McDonald's at 5:30AM.

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a speedboat out to the Ballestas Islands to see hundreds of penguins and sea lions in their natural habitat
  • Dune buggy up and sandboard down the biggest sand dunes in South America
  • Visit the only desert oasis in South America
  • Benefit from a bilingual guide throughout your entire trip
  • Travel in comfort on a spacious bus with reclining seats
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Guided bus transportation
  • Entrance fees and taxes for all destinations
  • Ballestas Islands tour
  • Dune buggy and sandboarding
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Miraflores
  • Bilingual guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Children under 4 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

McDonalds, Parque Kennedy Miraflores.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Passport

Know before you go

  • This tour is subject to variation without prior notice due to weather issues, strikes and/or demonstrations
  • Pickup is available from all major hostels and hotels in Lima, customers staying outside of the center or at residential addresses should select the meeting-point option
  • Pickup is available from hotels and hostels located in Miraflores, Barranco, some in San Isidro and some in Lima downtown
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 63 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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This was one of the best experiences I’ve had. The bus was comfortable and the guides were knowledgeable and nice. The boat tour was fun but the sand dunning/sand boarding was my favorite. What a great time, highly recommend. Note: You cannot drive the sand buggy there are 8-10 people in each buggy driven by a professional guide.

23 January 2022

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!

8 December 2021

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.

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24 November 2021

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