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  • From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

    1. From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

    After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island — whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterwards, continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals, and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. You’ll then return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. An almost alien landscape, the Paracas National Reserve is composed...

    Great tour combined. Everything perfect from pick up at the hotel to the embarkement. The guide for Ballestas was very kind and didnt rush but take time to explain on every stop. Once we return back to the harbour, we were supposed to go directly to Paracas reserve(highly recommended) but the weather wasn’t perfect so the tour was delayed by one our..excellent and professional decision fro Las Adventure operator. Our guide for tour , Miss Olenka , was highly professional and very kind. She really spend time to explain everything and answer to any question we made.The Paracas reserve it is really a must see if you go in Paracas..doing the tour with a guide as we had it was great experience.

  • From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

    2. From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

    Wake up early for pick-up from your hotel at 4:30 AM and travel to the Paracas National Reserve. Enjoy a breakfast box on the way there. Board the first boat to Ballestas Islands and admire the scenery of Paracas Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife like sea lions, seagulls and penguins.  Travel to the aerodrome of Ica and watch an informative video on the history of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jump on to a Cessna 208 Caravan plane and fly over the ancient geoglyphs, to view them from above. Take pictures of the whale, astronaut, monkey, hummingbird and many more of the geoglyphs. Head to a traditional Peruvian restaurant and choose between a creole or seafood lunch, complemented with drinks. Indulge yourself with a wine tasting as well as traditional pisco, famously made in the region.  Return to Lima at 7:00 PM.

  • Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    3. Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    Day 1: Arrival to Lima and City Tour Upon your arrival to Lima, your representative will be waiting with a sign stating your name. From there you'll be transferred to your respective hotel where you can check-in. You'll soon begin a city tour through Lima, which will begin with panoramic views of the Pucllana Pyramid or Huaca Pucllana, the historical center of Lima. It will be there that you can appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, and once the tour has finished you'll return to your hotel. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Day 2 begins with pickup from your hotel between 4:30AM to 5:00AM. You will begin with a trip to the Paracas Peninsula to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are a national reserve. From there, continue your trip to the city of Ica for a demonstration with wines and traditiona...

  • From Lima: 2-Day Tour to Paracas, Huacachina, and Tunnels

    4. From Lima: 2-Day Tour to Paracas, Huacachina, and Tunnels

    Day 1: Lima - Chincha - Paracas Start with early pickup from your hotel in Lima or meeting point. Travel to the secret Slave Tunnels at the Hacienda San Jose in Chincha. Explore the underground tunnels and learn about the history of this ex-sugar plantation in a 1-hour tour. Then, travel to Paracas on a 4-hour journey and upon arrival, explore the small beach town which is a popular vacation destination for Peruvians. Free time to walk by the ocean, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, or simply relax in your accommodation before turning in for the night. Day 2: Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Huacachina - Lima Leave your hotel and embark on a 2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. These islands are known to be a smaller version of the Galápagos, and you will have the chance to see sea lions, penguins, birds, and even dolphins up close in their natura...

  • From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Paracas Reserve & Museum Tour

    5. From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Paracas Reserve & Museum Tour

    Prepare yourself for an early morning pickup from your hotel in Lima at 4:30 AM. Travel south towards the desert area and coastal region of the Paracas National Reserve. Enjoy a fresh box for breakfast and arrive at Paracas at 7:40 AM. Upon arrival at Paracas, head towards the main port to board the first boat of the day to the Ballestas Islands. Admire the scenery of the Bay of Paracas and Punta Pejerrey en route to the natural habitat of sea lions, seagulls, penguins and other wildlife species. See the incredible "Paracas Candelabra", geoglyph related to the Nazca lines. Its significance is still a mystery. Get a detailed explanation of the history and importance of the Paracas National Reserve, established in 1975 as the oldest marine reserve in Peru. Visit key attractions on the reserve such as the Interpretation Center, the Flamingo Viewpoint, the Cathedral, and beautiful beaches ...

    Great trip, good food, especially seafood lunch! Don't see many animals as expected but it's in nature control

  • Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Oasis Half-Day Tour

    6. Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Oasis Half-Day Tour

    Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel in Paracas or Piso and head to the Paracas Harbor. Here you'll board a speedboat to begin your adventure to the stunning Ballestas Island. On the way you will stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see a stunning design of the enigmatic El Candelabro drawn on the side of a hill on the peninsula. Afterwards, the speedboat will navigate towards to the Ballestas Islands, where you will see a stunning world filled with birds and sea lions. Visit up to three islands, depending on sea conditions, and explore their caves.  Head back to the port for a 40 minute break before boarding a vehicle to drive approximately one hour to go towards the city of Ica. On this portion of the tour you will visit a vineyard to have the opportunity to taste traditional wine and Pisco, the national drink of Peru. Learn about the history and production process of Pisco in...

  • From Paracas: Ballestas Islands and Tambo Colorado Tour

    7. From Paracas: Ballestas Islands and Tambo Colorado Tour

    Start with convenient pickup from your hotel in either Paracas or Pisco before heading to the Marina Turistica to start your adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into land whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterwards, continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals, and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colourful blue-footed boobies. Return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to the Inca settlement of Tambo Colorado. Most-likely built at the end of the 15th century, the site was ru...

    Todo excelente, el servicio de está compañia está a un nivel de excelencia. Carros limpios, siempre a tiempo, guias amables y responsables,

  • Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

    8. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

    Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, after which you will begin a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands, Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day you will arrive to Cusco, where you will have a free day for acclimatizing. That evening you will lodge in the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, b...

  • From San Martin Port: 4-Hour Inca Tambo Colorado Tour

    9. From San Martin Port: 4-Hour Inca Tambo Colorado Tour

    Meet your guide at 9:15 AM at San Martin Port. From there you will be transferred to Paracas town, at this point, you will board our vehicle to drive towards Pisco town for a sightseeing tour. Then you will be travelling east to arrive at the well preserved Inca Fortress of Tambo Colorado. Discover an Inca settlement that was most likely built at the end of the 15th century and was ruled by the Inca Emperor Pachacutec. It was known as Puka Tampu, Pucallacta or Pucahuasi and its buildings show typical Wary (Ayacucho) and Inca (Cusco) culture influences. Walk amongst buildings including ceremonial plazas, houses, ceremonial platforms and the main building known as La Fortaleza. Learn how Tambo Colorado was used as an administrative/ceremonial and military place to control the main road from the coast to the highlands. This place served as resting place for the Inca and his army across the...

  • Ballestas Islands and Tambo Colorado from San Martin Port

    10. Ballestas Islands and Tambo Colorado from San Martin Port

    Meet your guide at 9:15 AM at San Martin Port and enjoy a transfer to Paracas town. Here you will meet the rest of the group and board a speedboat to begin the adventure to the stunning Ballestas Island. 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. Afterwards, you'll head off to Ballestas Island, where you will see a stunning world filled with birds and sea lions. Here, visit the three islands at a distance and explore some caves, depending on the condition of the sea. On your return to the port, you drive towards Pisco town for a sightseeing tour. Then, travel east to finally arrive at the well preserved Inca Fortress of Tambo Colorado. Tambo Colorado was an Inca settlement and was most likely built at the end of the 15th century a...

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What people are saying about Paracas

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Great tour combined. Everything perfect from pick up at the hotel to the embarkement. The guide for Ballestas was very kind and didnt rush but take time to explain on every stop. Once we return back to the harbour, we were supposed to go directly to Paracas reserve(highly recommended) but the weather wasn’t perfect so the tour was delayed by one our..excellent and professional decision fro Las Adventure operator. Our guide for tour , Miss Olenka , was highly professional and very kind. She really spend time to explain everything and answer to any question we made.The Paracas reserve it is really a must see if you go in Paracas..doing the tour with a guide as we had it was great experience.

The islands are worthwhile to visit and the trip in the national reserve park was great. We travelled as a family and the kids really liked it.

Great trip, good food, especially seafood lunch! Don't see many animals as expected but it's in nature control

Everything was amazing!!!!!!! Yuri our driver and guide was excellent!!!

Very cool tour

We had a great day and the guides were very nice. Cool tour in the buggy