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From Lima: Ica Winery and Huacachina Oasis Tour

1. From Lima: Ica Winery and Huacachina Oasis Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Lima and be transferred to the bus terminal for your trip to the Ica region. Receive a detailed explanation of the activities offered on this tour by your driver/guide. The bus is equipped with reclining seats, food service, entertainment, and permanent assistance onboard. Arrive in Ica at approximately 12:15 PM. Visit a local winery where a host will show you the process of production of local drinks made from the distillation of grapes. Taste some free piscos and wines and enjoy a delicious typical lunch from the region. Next, explore the oasis of Huacachina. This small village is famous for its high sand dunes that surround the water source. Take an exhilarating ride over the runes on a v8 modified dune buggy. Admire the beauty and immensity of the desert of Ica and practice some sandboarding. Take some free time in Huacachina to enjoy the beautiful sunset in the middle of the desert before returning to Lima. Once you arrive at the bus terminal in Lima at 11:45 PM, the driver will take you back to your hotel.

Lima: Caral Full-Day Private Excursion with Meals

2. Lima: Caral Full-Day Private Excursion with Meals

The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel and head on the Panamerican Highway to the citadel of Caral. During the trip, you will be served some fruits, cookies, and drinks on board for you to enjoy. Since it's a long drive and a private tour, stops are available during the tour. Before arriving in Caral, admire the beautiful landscapes of the Supe Valley, that is famous for the cultivation of products like avocados, potatoes, onions, strawberries, maracuyas, chili pepper and many more. Later, there will be a guided tour by the citadel where you will observe the great pyramids and the valley of Supe. The pyramids are believed to be built around the year 5000 B.C. You will visit the circular terraces, residential areas, pyramids, amphitheater, and main plazas. This private tour has been prepared to help you understand the history of the culture of ancient Peru. After the tour to Caral, you will visit Huacho, a populated city famous for its delicious dishes such as lomo saltado, rice with duck, seco a la huachana, milanesa de pollo, among many others. You will also visit a typical restaurant in front of the sea and enjoy lunch with dishes and drinks from the region. After lunch, you can choose to explore the beach of Huacho and see how the fishermen of the area work. You will return to Lima at approximately 5:30 PM.

Lima: Shanty Town Tour

3. Lima: Shanty Town Tour

On this walking tour you will get the opportunity to see how many of the locals in Lima really live, and share a great time with them. Take a walk up the famous "yellow stairs" and along narrow roads, and visit a local kindergarten. The town's huge dimensions and breathtaking views are impressive for any visitor. Upon arrival you will be told about security and given some basic guidelines to follow while on this tour. Although shanty towns have a reputation, the guide will make you feel 100% safe at all times. While you slowly make your way to the base of the hill, your guide will explain about the community and its developments, as well as about the urbanization projects, politics, religion, etc. Gradually, slowly start your journey up the ‘yellow stairs’, pause for pictures of the amazing views of greater Lima and get a glimpse into homes and local life. Stopping along the way to visit the colorful neighborhood and families and see first-hand the smiling children of Lima. Meet a local craftsman who produces beautiful hand-made silverware and perhaps make a purchase or two. On your way down visit a local kindergarten and have the chance to meet the children on the street.

Instagram Tour of Bohemian and Colorful Lima and Callao

4. Instagram Tour of Bohemian and Colorful Lima and Callao

Start this colorful afternoon from your hotel, then drive with your guide to “El Callao”. Once in Callao, discover a place full of art and history, and walk around old streets rejuvenated by colorful murals and urban art. After time to take plenty of pictures, visit the “Fugaz” art gallery, where you will find different kinds of art expositions like photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. Continue with this cultural ride around Lima by taking the highway alongside the Pacific Ocean to Barranco. On the way, hear some stories about Peru and its capital city or maybe talk about any topic you are interested in. Barranco is one of the most colorful places in Lima and is known as the bohemian district. Here, capture different art expressions and enjoy one of the best views in Lima. This section of the tour also includes a visit to the Jade Rivera exhibition. Rivera is a muralist whose technique and style are determined by his personal experiences and his perspective of the environment in which he lives. Likewise, man's relationship with nature is another recurring motif in the artist's pieces. After Barranco, you'll be taken back to your hotel.

From Chachapoyas: Gocta Waterfall Full-Day Hiking Tour

5. From Chachapoyas: Gocta Waterfall Full-Day Hiking Tour

The tour stars with a pickup at your hotel or from the meeting point in Chachapoyas to drive to the Utcubamba River valley. Travel for an hour to the village of Cocachimba from where the hike heads towards the waterfall. As you admire the thick greenery of the rainforest, you will be able to stop and take in stunning views of the surrounding valley and gain a perspective on how large the waterfall truly is. See local agricultural activities and encounter fauna species typical of the region such as Peru's national bird the Andean cock-of-the-rock, endemic trees, orchids, ferns, and bromeliads. Reach the base of the waterfalls and enjoy the pure beauty of Gocta up close for amazing once-in-a-lifetime pictures. The Gocta waterfall is 770 meters (2,530 feet) tall — the third highest in the world — and consists of two perennial drops that pour water into the Cocahuayco River. After the visit to the falls, hike down the mountain and return to Cocachimba to relax and have lunch in a local restaurant. You will then be transferred back to Chachapoyas and arrive between 5 and 5:30 PM.

Magic Barranco and Chorrillos Bizarre

6. Magic Barranco and Chorrillos Bizarre

Your tour guide and your driver will start around Miraflores and introduce the tour with a visit to the Park of Love and a deeper exploration of the city. Barranco is sure to surprise you with its many murals, graffiti and many artistic spaces. The fishing town Chorrillos is a wonderful area for beautiful pictures and to make this experience truly unique, you will pass the area where the war between Perú and Chile took place.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 22 reviews

It's worth getting up early and the bus ride. The Winery sat in the middle of a neighborhood? My guide explained everything in a fun way! I really enjoyed it. The ride in a buggie in a dessert was like a roller coaster!! Sliding down the dunes on a board made me feel alive. Seeing the Oasis was like being in a movie and you think it might be a mirage! Great fun with great people.

I had the most amazing experience on this tour. Aymen and Ximena were exceptional. Received a warm welcome from pickup(Aymen even opened car door and attentive). They were very engaging and made me feel so safe. Ximena was not only knowledgeable, but also very passionate about sharing Peru 's history and culture. What a great way to explore Lima and couldn't have asked for more.

So fun! Only thing to be prepared for is long bus..due to traffic it took 7 hours to get thete so everything was rushed since we still left @ same time. It was due to a car accident so not companies fault. We wound up needing to taxi back to airport to make flights that night, and tour guide helped us arrange all of that.

Everything we expected a walk with special landscapes and the person who accompanied us, MRS SEGUNDA GUTIÉRREZ OLIVA, a resident of the town, instructed us, took us and told real stories from her childhood about the waterfall, very healthy and lucid at 70 years old.

Caral is a very interesting place, still under development and that is why it is more attractive. The hypotheses are just being developed and there are many unknowns.