From Lima: Paracas, Ballestas Island & Huacachina 2 Day Tour

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Enjoy a 2-day tour from Lima to the Pacific beach town of Paracas. Sail out to Ballestas Island, visit the stunning Paracas National Reserve, explore Huacachina, and feel the thrill of sandboarding.


  • Watch the local horses as they show the traditional dance of Caballos del Paso
  • Visit the Slave Tunnels at the Hacienda San Jose in Chincha
  • Take a speedboat out to the Ballestas Islands off the coast of Paracas
  • Visit one of the biggest protected deserts in the Americas
  • Watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in Peru from the dunnes in Huacachina


Day 1: Lima - Paracas Start with an early pickup from your hotel in Lima or meeting point. We stop for the chance to try a unique breakfast straight from the bread ovens of Mirasur – Enjoy some of the freshest baked bread in Peru. Then you will go to Hacienda San Jose, in Chincha. Now a 5* star hotel the hacienda is a stunning colonial estate which during the Spanish conquest housed a huge plantation worked by thousands of slaves brought over from Africa. Visit the crazy labyrinth of underground tunnels used to illegally smuggle slaves 17km from the coast. An incredible history that gave rise to the modern-day Afro-Peruvian culture. You will be arriving in Paracas at 1:30 pm and will have the afternoon free. 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 natural habitats. After the boat tour, go on a 2-hour tour of the Paracas National Reserve which is one of South America's largest protected desert regions and home to more than 400 species of flora and fauna. Discover a stunning landscape where the vast desert meets the Pacific Ocean. After that, it's time to head to Huacachina, the only desert oasis in South America. Experience 2 hours of exhilarating dune buggying and sandboarding across some of the highest sand dunes. You will later travel by bus back to Lima, and get dropped off at your hotel or the original meeting point.


Hotel pickup and drop-off Guide Boat tour Sandboarding and dune buggy tour National Reserve tour Transportation by bus

Important Information

  • This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice due to weather issues, strikes and/or demonstrations. Pickup is available from hotels/hostels located in Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro Customers staying outside these locations or at private accommodations (such as AirBnB) should select the meeting point option
  • Rooms are shared 6-bed dorms, with a private bathroom
  • Children under 7 years old will need their parents or guardians to sign a full responsibility form in order for them to ride the buggy

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