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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding provided by Peru Hop

Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 17/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 17/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
The coastal and desert regions outside Lima offer a world of outdoor adventure far from the city, but complex bus systems—and, for some visitors, a language barrier­—make exploring a challenge. On this full-day tour, travel in comfort from your Lima hotel and hit Paracas and Huacachina with ease. Spot native marine life in the Paracas National Reserve and try sandboarding on South America’s largest dunes.
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  • Pass by Miraflores
  • 1
    Islas Ballestas
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Oasis of Huacachina
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • Spot native marine life up-close in the Paracas National Reserve 
  • Zoom up South America’s largest dunes by dune buggy and try sandboarding
  • Enjoy views over the coastal and desert landscapes outside Lima
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from your accommodation in central Lima
What to Expect
Get picked up in the morning at your central Lima accommodation, transfer to the coastal town of Paracas by direct bus, and hop aboard a speedboat. The adventure begins as you zip out across the waves to the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. On arrival, watch native marine species including birds, penguins, and sea lions in their natural habitat. Your informative guide provides insight into the animals’ behavior and environment while you capture the scenery on camera. Return to Paracas and continue to Huacachina, a remote oasis in the Ica Desert and home to the biggest dunes in South America. Zoom across the sand by dune buggy and give sandboarding a try. With your powerful buggy to help you reach the top of the dunes, you’ll save plenty of energy for sandboarding.  Depart Huacachina and return in comfort to your Lima accommodation, where your tour ends.
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Duration
18h
Inclusions
  • Guided bus transport
  • Ballestas Islands Tour in Paracas
  • Dune Buggy and Sandboarding in Huacachina
  • Hotel/hostel pickups and drop-offs
  • Entry/Admission - Islas Ballestas
  • Entry/Admission - Oasis of Huacachina
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We recommend you to bring the following items:
  • Please bring breakfast with you (direct bus).
  • Please don’t be late, as bus must leave on time to do Ballestas Islands at 10:00 am.
  • Bring sunscreen, it is hot all year round in Paracas and Huacachina.
  • Food is not included, although we have discounts in many restaurants.
  • See itinerary for hour by hour plan.
  • Important holidays: Easter weekend April 9-12 and July 28-30 is Independence Day Celebration in Peru: The pick-up time will be 1 hour before the usual time, Sandboarding/dunebuggy (Huacachina) only 1 hour (all operators) and Ballestas Islands (Paracas) only1 hour and 30 minutes (all operators)
  • Adult pricing applies to all travellers
  • Warm weather all year round. Light-weight jumper/jacket for speedboat ride to Ballestas. Closed-toe footwear for Sandboarding.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Ramses Ortiz wrote a review Jun 2020
Kissimmee, Florida121 contributions1 helpful vote
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This tour was definitely the highlight of our vacation! It was so much fun and super affordable. We got picked up by the hotel entrance by our guide (Carlos) then boarded a travel bus which stopped a few times to pick up other people. The bus was comfortable and they provided
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from PeruHop, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hey Rams, Thank you for choosing Peru Hop and writing a great review! We are delighted to hear you had a great trip and that Carlos exceeded your expectations! He will be more than happy to hear it! Thanks again for your review, all the best! Peru Hop Team
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Nina M wrote a review Mar 2020
Atlanta, Georgia3 contributions
We went into Peru Hop office location in Miraflores and booked a last minute trip to Paracas and Huacachina with overnight stay the staff was helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed this unique trip and I would suggest it to anyone who likes adventure. Our tour guides were:
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from PeruHop, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Nina, Thank you for choosing Peru Hop and writing a great review! We are thrilled to hear Fabio and Nicole did a great job and exceeded your expectations! We will be sure to pass on your feedback! Thanks again for your review, all the best! Peru Hop Team
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jhalcon wrote a review Mar 2020
San Marcos, California19 contributions2 helpful votes
Good day visit. Nice lunch. Not much to see once you've gotten over the huge sand dues and the natural spring water
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from PeruHop, Gerente at Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding
Responded 3 Apr 2020
Hi jhalcon, We are happy to read that you had a good time with us. Our passenger's happiness is one of our main priorities. However, it seems like you are more unsatisfied with the actual destination of Huacachina than our tour. Huacachina is indeed a small place, where the main attraction is the sandboarding activity, which also tends to be the favourite activity among our passengers. Hopefully, you enjoyed it as much as the rest of our passengers! Thanks for choosing to travel with us, it has been a pleasure!
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ItsPhia4life wrote a review Mar 2020
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If you are the edge about booking this trip, BOOK IT! Unforgettable experience, everything is handled for you. Was picked up from our hostel by the bus, went to Paracas for the Ballestas Islands tour. Quickly picked up some food and headed to Huachachina. The dune buggies and
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Response from PeruHop, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding
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Hello ItsPhia4life, Thank you for choosing Peru Hop and writing a great review! Karina, Nicole and Fabio will be thrilled to hear they did a great job as your guides! Thanks again for your review, all the best! Peru Hop Team
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Maris Z wrote a review Mar 2020
Sigulda, Latvia388 contributions51 helpful votes
A responsible company that picked me up from the hotel and accompanied me back to the hotel. The buses were comfortable. Unfortunately, the choice of restaurants and hotels included in the tour was not the best. In addition, a month after my return, I received a bizarre email
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Date of experience: February 2020
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  • Duration: 18h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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