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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

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Lima, Peru

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icon18 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Don’t let limited time in Lima stop you visiting Huacachina and Paracas. See the desert oasis and natural hotspots on a full-day tour, ideal for travelers short on time. After traveling to Paracas, you’ll embark on a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, regularly compared to the Galapagos Island, to see colonies of sea lions and seals. Then, explore Huacachina desert in a dune buggy and go sand boarding. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Take a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, a natural haven in Paracas
  • Admire sea lions, seals, and rare species of bird in their natural environment
  • Ride a dune buggy and go sand boarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lima are included
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Restroom on board
Pick up and drop off at your hotel
2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Island
2-hour Sandboarding and dunne buggy tour
Bilingual Guide
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

6:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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)
  • 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 travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Peru Hop

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding.

Traveler Tips


  • "Starts very early, so make sure you get breakfast before hand, or have snacks." See review
  • "Prepare for an all day tour but it's worth it." See review
  • "It's a very long day but very well worth it!" See review

Reviews

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Memorable day trip
Marie
, Mar 2020
I went on this tour with my 10 & 14 year old sons. We all loved it. The boat ride, the animals. The sand dunes, the oasis, the dune buggies and the sandboarding. All of it! The guide, Día, was well organized and very helpful. The driver for thé dune buggies in group 10 was safe, had good explanations but really made it fun. Such a memorable experience!
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star-5
Visiting Ballestas Islands and Sand boarding are unforgettable events
Surendra
, Feb 2020
It was 12 hours tour, guide made it complete entertaining. The Ballestas Islands was full of numerous kinds of birds. Paracas and Huacachina are unique please worth spending time.
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Paracas and Huacahina
P_F
, Feb 2020
Overall, I would rate the trip as good to very good but not outstanding (7.5/10). The trip was very long - we were picked up at 540 an and made it back at 1145 pm and we were one of the lucky ones who were picked up last and dropped off first. The bus, however, was comfy, so that was good. The bus ride to Paracas took 3 hrs. We then had about 1.5 hrs on a speed boat. On the way out, we saw a very interesting geoglyph (like nazca lines) which was very interesting. The Paracas islands were OK. There were 3 or 4 beaches with hundreds of seals and sea lions, which were cool, if you never seen them before. However, we have seen them in our native country, so it wasn’t quite as nice. Lots of birds and only a few penguins. We then had a nice lunch and a 1 hr 15 min bus ride to Huacachina, which gave us a chance to relax and have a brief nap. The oasis town is very interesting. Two hours were scheduled for dune bugging and sand boarding. This was definitely the highlight of the trip, but it was short. More time sand boarding would be better. The dune buggy rides were really fun. The sand boarding was really fun.
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WOW
DAVOUD_A
, Feb 2020
Oh my God Thank god i take this tour i had most of fun i could in this Tour Wow, its way different Experience Every one MUST go i just can say WOW
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star-5
Wonderful experience
xxdennis50
, Feb 2020
Excellent travel director and driver. Wonderful and exciting experience, will never forget in my life.
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star-4
Good day out
jonho104
, Jan 2020
he tour was good. Ballestas islands is pretty but Huacachina is really amazing. the oasis is very pretty and sand boarding in the desert is really a once in a life time experience. What fall short is that we didnt stop to overlooking the oasis to take pictures. the guild did not give enough instruction and leading to late start and late leave. Time could have been more well spent rather than waiting for others and then learn that they are actually not going for the buggy ride
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Full day activity
Shazia A
, Dec 2019
The places to visit in this package were excellent however the tour was pretty unorganized. There were a lot of delay that happened without explanation.
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Herded like sheep, lots of standing around, unsafe driver, misleading pix!
jesbuny
, Nov 2019
1) be aware that you are joining a huge tour bus of people 2) the driver kept texting while driving - finally had to say something to Carlos to make him stop. You are responsible for 30+ people and have the nerve to text and drive?! Are you kidding me?! 3) Carlos and Nicole - nice people, but also, unprofessional behavior like kids. Carlos playing some shooting game on his phone making noise, and sometimes crouching by the door vaping - I'm in the front row so can clearly see and smell his stupid smoke. And both of them sitting with their shoes up - disgusting. I have a picture of these dirty shoes up and driver texting in the same picture lol where can I post this? 4) They try to have you eat at this one restaurant, the meeting point, in Paracas, but there are better ones 5) "Sand Boarding"? More like Sand Sledding! On your belly. The pictures here show stand up but that's not what you get. You have to pay extra for it, which I would have done but when I asked about it, they said it would be available at some point but I never got the opportunity. So I was stuck laying on my belly. The buggy rides were fun - remember to bring a little cash to tip the driver I didn't know and left my wallet safe somewhere else and felt bad I couldn't tip him. Also - figure out if you want to lay on your belly down, or if you really want to strap in and board and have that confirmed and ready. I missed out o that, what a bummer. The dunes are really magnificent. Overall, the Islands and the dunes are great to see - but find another company than this Peru Hop. May be good if you're like in your 20s. - Side note - Nicole was very nice and I thought she did a great job being aware of people, esp given how large the group was - If you like private or small tours, this is not for you
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star-5
Perfect day trip!
nicolatte
, Nov 2019
This is a perfect day trip from Lima. Especially if you only have limited time in Lima. It's a very long day but very well worth it! Very well organized. Thank you PeruHop and LisaMarie for taking care of us!
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Excellent trip
Pioneer39424446532
, Nov 2019
Was picked up from hotel in a timely manner! Guide was very nice. Was able to see a lot in one day. Would recommend if you are short on time.
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