From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis & Winery Tour
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 14 hours
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It is a long day, but well worthwhile as a lot is packed in. I was really lucky as I was the only one on the tour that day so had Choji, my guide, to myself. His English was excellent and he was a really interesting guide. He covered not only details about the sights on the way but also happily discussing pretty much anything about Peru that I wanted to know. Great to get out of Lima and see something of Peru. Trip to the Ballestas Islands was memorable - getting up close to the sea lions and birds. Desert and oasis impressive too. Sand buggying very much like a roller coaster. Lunch and tasting at the winery were good too. Our guide there was really informative and funny. Also very generous tasting session of eight different piscos. A well put together tour.
Pachacamac is a really worthwhile experience. It’s not far from Lima and a relatively easy means of being introduced to Peru’s pre Colonial Cultures. The Interpretation Centre is really well laid out and I learnt a lot. Jonathan, my guide, was very knowledgeable and meant that I was able to absorb a lot in a short space of time. The site itself is interesting too, but a guide would be needed to make the most of this. A bizarre, and interesting bonus, is the garden outside the Interpretation Centre, making you aware of the rich variety of plants grown and used in Peru then and now. The only issue is Lima traffic, which meant that we were back an hour later than planned. Not a reflection the tour company, just a fact of life here.
Lucas was our guide, and was very knowledgeable about many aspects of Lima and its history. The car ride was very long, but we brought movies/books to entertain ourselves. We had a rest stop about an hour of the way in where we bought coffee and ate from the included “box breakfast.” We then continued on to Huacachina to ride the sand buggies and sandboard. After that, we flew over the Nazca lines in a Cessna Grand Caravan which was great except for the 60deg banked turns so everyone can see the lines. Lunch was after that at appx 2pm, and we skipped the wine tasting cause our stomachs were still struggling from the flight. The ride back took about 5 hrs as there was lots of traffic going into Lima. Overall a great experience.
Boat trip was ok, but we didn’t see any penguins. In sand dunes we been waiting.. waiting... in one place about 30 minutes to take pictures, us was told that we spend 2 hours in the paggy cars. After that 30 minutes or so waiting after others who tried sand boarding. Felt like more waiting in dunes than enjoining the paggy ride. Had excepted more fun there. Anyway... I recommend the bus company who took us there Perú Hop, guid was also professional and funny entertaining us on the way
Jessica and her driver (forget his name) were lovely people. She was very knowledgeable and her English was spot on. We learned a lot about the pre-Incan site which was new to us. Caral itself was magnificent and the land around it very beautiful. The tour included breakfast (basic but ok) and lunch which we had a fabulous local place. The food was fresh and delicious. My wife was ill from the previous day and they stopped when she needed it. Would highly recommend this tour.