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Lima

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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.

Lima: 15-minute Paragliding Tour with HD Video

2. Lima: 15-minute Paragliding Tour with HD Video

Feel like a bird as you soar over Lima and over the 4 best beaches in the south of the city on a 15-minute paragliding flight that includes a complimentary HD video of your experience. Meet your group at the meeting point and be transferred to the taking off-site. Strap on to your paraglider and take off, getting a bird’s eye view of Lima. Fly over the best beaches in the south of Lima: Playa Arica, Playa Frontero, Playa los Octopus, and Punta Hermosa. Your landing site will be at Playa San Pedro, the same as the take-off location. After you land, get transferred back to the meeting point where this experience began. Check your email the next day to receive an HD video of your paragliding tour.

Lima: Panoramic City Bus Tour

3. Lima: Panoramic City Bus Tour

Enjoy the mesmerizing sights of Lima on a bus tour, with two day-time panoramic tour times to choose from. From the open-top deck of the double-decker sightseeing bus, you'll have unrivaled views, in what is already an alluring destination. See everything the Peruvian capital has to offer, from natural beauty to historic architecture. With an audio guide provided in English and Spanish, you'll also have an educational experience on this highly enjoyable trip around Lima. The tour begins in Larcomar, a well-known tourist center of contemporary Lima, continuing then with a panoramic view of the most important attractions of the capital such as the Huaca Pucllana, the Exposition Park, the Lima Art Museum, the Italian Art Museum, the Miguel Grau Square, and the Palace of Justice. Continue to spots such as the San Martin Square, the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Municipal Palace, the Wall Park, the Congress of the Republic, the University Park, the Gutierrez Oval, the Mora Park, the Reserve Jetty, the Cisneros Jetty, the Maria Reiche Park, the Yitzhak Rabin Park, the Jetties and the Love Park. Finally, the tour ends with the return to Larcomar.

Lima: Paragliding Flight Over Costa Verde Districts

4. Lima: Paragliding Flight Over Costa Verde Districts

Air Tour: We offer a fabulous aerial tour of the 4 best districts of the Costa Verde. San Miguel, Magdalena, San Isidro y Miraflores. The entire air journey lasts approximately 15 minutes. Free Video in Full HD so you can share this incredible experience with those you most want. We are located on the esplanade of the Costa Verde in the district of San Miguel.

Lima: Swimming with Wild Sea Lions on the Palomino Islands

5. 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.

From Lima: Paracas Full Day Guided Tour

6. 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: 2-Day Tour to Paracas, Pisco Vineyards, and Huacachina

7. Lima: 2-Day Tour to Paracas, Pisco Vineyards, and Huacachina

Day 1: Lima - Ballestas Islands - Huacachina Start with early pickup from your hotel in Lima or meeting point. Travel to Paracas, beautiful small town by the sea, on a 4-hour journey. Upon arrival in Paracas, begin a 2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands. These islands are said to be a smaller version of the Galápagos. See sea lions, penguins, birds, and even dolphins up close in their natural habitats. After the boat tour, head to Huacachina, the only desert oasis in South America. Spend 2 hours getting your thrills with dune buggying and sandboarding on some of the highest sand dunes. Then, transfer to your accommodation in Huacachina. Use your free time to grab some food or maybe a beer. Relax after an adrenaline-filled evening and rest up for the next day. Day 2: Huacachina - Lima Leave Huacachina and head off to a 2-hour pisco vineyard tour. See how pisco, Peru's national drink, is made from the grape to the bottle and try lots of free samples. Spend the whole day enjoying Huacachina. Catch some sun by the pool or grab some lunch around the oasis for the perfect end to this trip. Travel by air-conditioned bus back to Lima, and get dropped off either at your hotel or the original meeting point.

Lima: Peruvian Cooking Class with Market Tour, Exotic fruits

8. Lima: Peruvian Cooking Class with Market Tour, Exotic fruits

This is a Peruvian cooking class where you will learn how to cook dishes that all Peruvians will die for. Be prepared to enjoy, taste and be happy, the chefs and team will make your day unforgettable. This class is for people who love traditional food and want to make it at home! You'll love the relaxed atmosphere with no dull demo's, because the chefs believe in the hands-on approach. You will make an authentic Peruvian dish to tantalize your taste buds and later enjoy your achievements. To cook, use ceramic pots, the same as the ancestors did. This way keeps all the flavor natural. Choose from the following 4 great options featuring a variety of tasty dishes: Option 1, Fish: Main Course: "Pescado a la Chorrillana" , Fried onions, tomatoes, chili pepper and bay leaf, fish broth, and a Fish fillet cooked in low heat. Starter "Ceviche" the most popular dish among Peruvians. It is small size pieces of raw fish marinated in fresh aromatic lime juice tender onions, boiled sweet potatoes mixed with optional Andean hot chilis. Option 2, Chicken: Main Course: "Aji de Pollo" in English chili chicken (not spicy), consists of thin strips of chicken served with a creamy yellow and spicy sauce, made with ají amarillo (non spicy yellow chilis), cheese, milk, and crunchy bread. Starter: "Causa Limeña" Mashed organic yellow potatoes seasoned with lime and aji (hot pepper), and filled with fresh seasonal local veggies (it's a mild dish) Option 3, Meat:  Main Course: "Lomo saltado", Beef tenderloin slices, sautéed with onions, tomatoes, aji (hot peppers but not spicy), and more spices. It is served with French fries and rice. Starter: "Papa Rellena" Little balls made of mashed potatoes filled with either meat or vegetables or quinoa. They're fried and served with "salsa criolla " Option 4, Vegetarian: Main Course: "Pimento Relleno", a stuffed capsicum, filled with fresh organic vegetables, quinoa and aromatic herbs from the north of the country. Starter: "Solterito" in English "Single men" with green peas, faba beans, Quinua! and olive oil.

Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Downtown and Catacombs Night Tour

9. Lima: Water Magic Circuit, Downtown and Catacombs Night Tour

Visit the historic side of Lima and explore its streets at night. After pickup at your hotel, admire the illuminated Cathedral of Lima, an architectural jewel that has a Renaissance-style facade. Stroll around the Main Square, see beautiful buildings like the Government and Municipal Palace, then experience the nightlife of the colonial side of Lima on Chabuca Granda boulevard. Try local desserts and typical drinks, and visit a unique chocolate museum at night. Later, head to the San Francisco Convent and its famous catacombs. Discover a unique part of Lima underground with corridors full of history and beautiful paintings. See the library, various rooms, the main cloister, and a work of art made of wood and stone. Explore a network of tunnels and underground rooms, and find remains of people who lived hundreds of years ago. Next, make your way to the Magic Water Circuit, the Guinness World Record holder for the biggest complex of water fountains in a public park. The fountains have different forms and sizes, and release jets of water up to 80 meters (262 feet) into the air. Have your camera ready to capture a magic show of light, color, music, and images. Finally, enjoy panoramic views of a pre-Inca site called Huaca Pucllana, a huge complex made of clay and mud beautifully illuminated at night considered a ceremonial center of Lima culture. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Lima.

Lima: Colonial City Tour with Catacombs Visit

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lima

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,474 reviews

This tour is a must when you visit Lima. Jonathan is a great tour guide and has a vast knowledge about Lima and its history. The tour is well organized (pick up and drop off included in the tour). It is very important to discover the city with somebody local who knows where to go, where to access especially during the demonstrations and events in the city (which was my case). Lima has plenty of historical places to offer but without Jonathan it would not be possible to discover them. Plaza de Armas makes a big impression and visit at Catacombs takes you back in time....sad time. In addition I really enjoyed extra visit to chocolate museum. Time passed really passed with Jonathan and I fully recommend this trip to everyone.

This tour was amazing! The people are so nice, knowledgeable and welcoming. The walk around the market was informative and great, the class in which we learn to make the Peruvian meals were so much fun and the food was delicious. Haku tours arranged a taxi for me to get back to my hostel, that was out of the drop off area. The tourguide even held me company to make sure I would be dropped off safe and in the right spot. This organization is a great one to be able to book with. a must in Lima, Peru.

I had a great experience, the water circuit show was good and the park itself enjoyable. Travelled comfortably with a personal tourguide and she showed me around the park and gave me valuable information on Peru in general as well. I was even happy that my evening was not as long as if I was a part of a big tour.

Great opportunity to see more of Lima. Would have liked longer and farther but cycling is my thing. For a tourist, this was great. Highly recommend the lemonade at the ‘coffee stop’.

We had a great time learning about the city of Lima. Our guide and driver were very friendly and knowledgeable. William answered all of our questions and was very informative.