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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

Activity provider: Peru Hop

From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

Activity provider: Peru Hop

From US$ 139 per person

Take a day trip from Lima to the beach town of Paracas and the oasis of Huacachina with hotel transfers. Enjoy a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, and feel the thrill of sandboarding in the desert.

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Duration 1 day
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup optional
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro to begin your tour. You will get an email with the exact pickup time before your trip.

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

Discover the serene landscapes of the Peruvian countryside on a day trip from Lima to Paracas and Huacachina with hotel transfers included. See Humboldt penguins and sea lions on the Ballestas Islands and slide down the Huacachina dunes by sandboarding and dune buggy ride. 

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 your own expense) in 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 sand, 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
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entry fees
  • Ballestas Islands tour
  • Dune buggy
  • Sandboarding
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 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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Participants

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Meeting point

Meet your tour guide at McDonald's Parque Kennedy to begin your activity.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Important holidays: Easter weekend April 14-17 and July 28-30 is Independence Day Celebration in Peru
  • During holidays, the pickup time will be 1 hour before the usual time for sandboarding/dune buggy (Huacachina), and 1.5 hours early for Ballestas Islands (Paracas)
  • 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
  • You will return to Lima around 11:45 PM (Drop-off time will depend on the area you will be staying)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 236 reviews

Review summary

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

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Wonderful day, albeit a very early start and late end, but not much can be done about that! Packed a lot in, had an unforgettable adventure in the sand dunes and met some wonderful people. If we were to do it again, we would not do the lunch pre-order as it didn’t really save any time and there are many other food options in Paracas…with great views, less expensive and with more time to explore.

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November 25, 2022

So glad we decided to do this day trip. In hindsight I would have gone only to Huacachina since Paracas was underwhelming. Due to a wind warning we couldn't go to Ballestas Island and so went to a different island - we slowly drove the boat past a rock island that had a few penguins but mostly just birds. Huacachina, however, was awesome!! The views were inspiring and traveling up the sand dunes in a dune buggy was like riding a roller coaster. Sandboarding down the dunes was thrilling and I will definitely be doing that again. The desert oasis is truly as it seems in the pictures. Our tour guide was very organized and helpful. They were only a few minutes late picking us up and the bus ride was comfortable. I was very happy using Get Your Guide for our tour and will definitely use them again. They run a tight ship and deliver what was promised.

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November 21, 2022

great experience! highly recommended if you are passing through Lima the day is divided between a boat trip in the morning and a desert buggy and sandboard ride ending with the sunset over the dunes! tiring full day but it's worth it, very kind always pick you up from in front of the hotel and deliver you back to the same point!

November 10, 2022

Product ID: 313598