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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

1. From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

Your adventure begins with an early-morning pickup from your hostel or hotel. From here, travel to Paracas, a beautiful small town by the sea, on a spacious bus where you'll be able to relax for the 4-hour ride. Once in Paracas, begin a 2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, a smaller version of the Galapagos. Spot sea lions, penguins, and plenty of birds up close and all in their natural habitats. You may even get the chance to see a dolphin or two. Around lunchtime, it's time to move on from Paracas to Huacachina, a natural oasis located in the Ica Desert, home to the biggest sand dunes in South America. Enjoy some free time here. Explore and have lunch at one of the local restaurants around the oasis. Following lunch, it will be time for 2 hours of exhilarating dune buggy rides and sandboarding. Dune buggy up the sand dunes and sandboard down these giant hills of sands, a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the only natural desert oasis in South America. In the evening, board your bus back to Lima. Once onboard, sit back and relax on the comfortable seats while you enjoy a movie on board. You will later be dropped off directly at your hotel/hostel upon arrival in Lima.

Palomino Islands: Swim with Sea Lions in the Pacific Ocean

2. Palomino Islands: Swim with Sea Lions in the Pacific Ocean

Embark on an incredible yacht tour to Palomino Islands and for the chance to witness Peru's incredible seabirds and marine wildlife and swim with thousands of sea lions in their natural habitat. First, get picked up from your hotel if you choose the relevant option when booking, otherwise make your own way to the meeting point in Callao. Start the tour from La Punta Bay where you will board a comfortable and safe yacht equipped with sophisticated navigation equipment, bathrooms, and other amenities. Sail out into the Pacific Ocean on an unforgettable 4-hour journey past the islands of Callao and along the coast of San Lorenzo Island. Pass a naval base and the El Frontón Island, where a maximum-security prison existed until the 1980s. Cruise along the coast of the Cabinzas Islands which are inhabited by several colonies of guano birds, until you finally reach the central attraction, the Palomino Islands. When you arrive, observe a colony of approximately 8000 sea lions, one of the largest in the area. Get kitted out with neoprene wetsuits and life jackets and take the opportunity to jump into the water as you get up close to these friendly animals. The tour will be under the surveillance and guidance of the experienced crew.

From Lima: Paracas Full Day Guided Tour

3. From Lima: Paracas Full Day Guided Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Lima at around 05:00 AM, all depents your location in Lima, where you will board the coach for a 03:30-hour journey to Paracas town. Before to get to Paracas, we will stop to have breakfast. On your arrival in Paracas, make your way to teh dock where you will board a speedboat to the Ballestas Islands. During your journey to Ballestas, see the enigmatic figure of the Candelabro, a stunning design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. There are many hypotheses regarding its origin, some believe it is related to the Nazca Lines but still found no proof or evidence that can define its creation. In the Ballestas Islands you will see a stunningly rugged world filled with birds and sea lions. You will navigate around the islands at a distance allowed, and depending on the sea conditions, visit nearby caves. Return to the port at 11am, and spend some time in Paracas where you will have free time for restrooms or short time to relax. Then, continue to the next destination, Huacachina oasis. Have a small break to prepare for your desert tour; then board a buggy for 1-hour adventure across the sand dunes that surround the water source. Return to Huacachina and have time for refreshment. Continue towards to traditional vineyard and taste the best of the local wine and Pisco or lunch at the wineyard restaurant, then Drive back to Lima arriving and drop off to your hotel. At around 21:30 or 22 pm In this one-day tour you will have an assistant guide on the trip and will help you with your concerns on your trip.

Lima: Ultimate Peruvian Food Tour

4. Lima: Ultimate Peruvian Food Tour

Along with your friendly local guide, embark on a walking food tour in which you’ll have breakfast and lunch! During this culinary experience, you will taste the most traditional local delicacies from a variety of small restaurants and local shops. But on this tour you won't only eat well, but you’ll also visit one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Lima: Barranco. Visit 8 different restaurants, and taste 16 different local flavors from fruits, to drinks and dishes. Meet with inspiring local artisans and small entrepreneurs, learn about their stories while enjoying some of the best Peruvian dishes such as lomo saltado, ceviche, pisco sour, and many more.

Lima: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

5. Lima: Half-Day Small Group City Tour

Join the only tour of Lima city center that will take to you back in time to the colonial era by admiring amazing collections of 17th- and 18th-century oil paintings, wooden verandas, and gilded mirrors. Discover hidden treasures such as the remains of the old city walls, the historic bridge over the River Rimac, and one of the oldest bar in Peru. Admire the monuments of Plaza Mayor, such as the cathedral, Archbishop's Palace, Municipal Palace and Palace of the Union. Continue to the Baroque-style San Francisco Monastery and take a look at its catacombs. Along the way, discover hidden gems, such as the remains of the old city walls, the historic bridges over the River Rimac and one of the oldest bars in Peru at the Cordano Bar.

Miraflores: Guided Bike Tour to Barranco

6. Miraflores: Guided Bike Tour to Barranco

Starting from the local partner's shop in Miraflores, cruise along bike paths to explore Barranco. After a short safety briefing from your instructor, start your 3-hour guided tour. See picturesque old streets and feel the sea breeze in your hair. Stop at the famous Bridge of Sighs to make a wish. In Miraflores, you'll learn about La Huaca Pucllana and Itchma, the pre-Inca civilization that existed in the area from around 300 to 700 A.D. Pass the Faro de la Marina lighthouse, then continue to the Park of Love and Larcomar Shopping Center. Afterwards, stop in a nice cafe bar for a refreshment, before returning to the local partner's shop.

Lima: Magic Water Circuit with Dinner and Folklore Show

7. Lima: Magic Water Circuit with Dinner and Folklore Show

Enjoy a guided tour of the Magic Water Circuit in Lima, a refreshing difference than normal Lima tours. This impressive park, named as the largest of its kind by the Guinness Book of World Records, has beautiful water fountains that dance to music and lights providing an astonishing spectacle, including a jet spray reaching 262 feet high. Eco-travelers need not be put off: the park reuses the majority of any water circulated in the fountains, with just a small percentage evaporating into the air. All in all, the Magic Water Circuit makes for a fun day out in Lima for kids and adults alike. After this experience, head to a renowned restaurant to relish a delicious dinner. While in the restaurant, enjoy a typical dance show with dancers performing some of the most representative dances from different regions of Peru. The perfect end to this activity in Lima before you are transferred back to your hotel.

Lima: Swimming with Wild Sea Lions on the Palomino Islands

8. Lima: Swimming with Wild Sea Lions on the Palomino Islands

Meet your friendly crew then sail to the islands of Callao, travelling through the "El Camotal" underwater, open sea and passing by San Lorenzo Island.  At 11:30 AM, reach the farthest point, Palomino Island, which houses a large colony of sea lions. Here, you can freely swim alongside these great animals in neoprene suits. Then, at 12:35 PM, you will return to the meeting place in Calloa at Calle La Mar 229. Your return will begin through impressively shaped cliffs and islets. You will have the chance to enjoy a snack on board before arriving at the pier in Callao at 1:00 PM.

Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

9. Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

Immerse yourself in Lima's colonial history with this tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, start your experience at San Martin Square, where you can admire colonial architecture buildings. Later, visit the breathtaking Plaza de Armas and admire impressive buildings such as the Presidential Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral, and more. Finish your tour exploring the fascinating Catacombs and Museum of San Francisco. Learn more about Peru's colonial period through the museum's vast collection of artwork, see rare editions in the library and wander through the blood-curdling passages of the catacombs, where the bones of 25,000 people lie. At the end of the day, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

10. Lima: Pachacamac Ruins & Barranco Half-Day Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Miraflores, San Isidro or Lima Downtown. Make your way to Barranco, Lima’s bohemian suburb which is known for its nightlife. See Barranco’s Central Park, its Municipal Library, and the Bridge of Sighs, a wooden bridge which stretches over the neighborhood. Next, head over to Chorrillos. Once one of the most exclusive summer resorts in Lima, Chorrillos now boasts an ecological reserve called “Pantanos de Villa.” After visiting Chorrillos you’ll drive down the South Pacific Coast Highway to Pachacamac, the most important ceremonial site on the Peruvian coast during pre-Inca and Inca times. Pilgrims came to this large complex to pay homage to the creator god Pachacamac. Throughout the centuries the site was occupied by different Andean civilizations including the Lima, the Wari, the Ichma, and finally the Inca Empire. Marvel at the pyramid-shaped temples such as the Aboditos Temple, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple, and the Temple of the Sun. Visit the on-site museum which displays artifacts including pottery, textiles, shell and stone ornaments, and a wooden Pachacamac idol.

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What people are saying about Lima

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 538 reviews

Great day out and worth the early morning start! Boat trip was fantastic, saw plenty of wildlife up close. Seals, penguins etc Dune buggy ride was exhilarating and the boys enjoyed the sand boarding.

This trip was one of our highlights of Peru. The staff was wonderful. The bus was very comfortable and allowed us to sleep while traveling. From pick up to drop off, I'd rate this trip a 10/10.

Rudde was our guide. He took us through several districts and pointed out historical landmarks. We stopped as much as we wanted to take pics. He was an excellent guide.

El guía Richi fue lo más, nos dió buenos consejos a lo largo del tour

Guide was super and the experience was exceptional!