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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

From US$ 129 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
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 1 day
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
We pick up passengers from all major hostels & hotels in Miraflores, Lima. If you are staying at an Airbnb or any other location outside Miraflores, please select the Metting Point option.

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 huge 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
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • 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

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunscreen

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
  • Pick up time before 6 AM (5:30 AM - 6 AM)
  • Pick up is available from hotels and hostels located in Miraflores, Barranco, some in San Isidro and some in Lima downtown; if staying outside these areas, please go to McDonald's for pick up at 5:30 AM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 38 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5

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SO MUCH FUN!! This is a great experience! My husband and I had a blast. The scenery is so beautiful, like nothing we have seen before. The guides were great and our driver was amazing. He was wild and fast but we felt safe. His name is Alex and he is the best! The sand boarding was so much fun and the sunset was beautiful. We highly recommend this experience!

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August 17, 2021

One of the best experiences I have had so far. Everything was great, Jorge and Alex were great guides and explained everything while being super friendly. We went to the Balestas islands and saw some pretty cool animals such as penguins, sea lions and many rare birds. But the really fun part was at Huaccachina! We did a crazy ride with the buggys, the driver was awesome. Much better than roller coaster! After that we did some belly board at the sand hills, lots of fun! When we finished we went to a great spot to see a very beautiful sunset and after that we came back to Huaccachina on an even crazier ride! Totally recomend it!

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August 15, 2021

This tour was the best time we had in Peru!! From start to finish our guides (Charlie, Fernando and Ricardo) were very informative and hilarious! They made sure everything went smoothly and it did! Thank you guys for everything! If you’re thinking about booking this tour, do it! You will have a BLAST!

July 6, 2021

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