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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

Activity provider: Peru Hop

From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

Activity provider: Peru Hop

From US$ 139 per person

Embark on a full-day tour from Lima to see the beach town of Paracas and the desert oasis of Huacachina.

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Duration 1 day
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Miraflores, Barranco, or San Isidro to begin your tour. You will get an email with the exact pickup time before your trip.


  • Take a speedboat out to the Ballestas Islands to see hundreds of penguins and sea lions in their natural habitat
  • Dune buggy up and sandboard down the biggest sand dunes in South America
  • Visit the only desert oasis in South America
  • Benefit from a bilingual guide throughout your entire trip
  • Travel in comfort on a spacious bus with reclining seats
Full description

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.

  • Guided bus transportation
  • Entrance fees and taxes for all destinations
  • Ballestas Islands tour
  • Dune buggy and sandboarding
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Miraflores
  • Bilingual guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet your tour guide at Mcdonald's (The restaurant) to begin your activity

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Important holidays: Easter weekend April 14-17 and July 28-30 is Independence Day Celebration in Peru
  • During holidays, the pickup time will be 1 hour before the usual time for sandboarding/dune buggy (Huacachina), and 1.5 hours early for Ballestas Islands (Paracas)
  • This tour is subject to variation without prior notice due to weather issues, strikes and/or demonstrations
  • Pickup is available from all major hostels and hotels in Lima, customers staying outside of the center or at residential addresses should select the meeting-point option
  • Pickup is available from hotels and hostels located in Miraflores, Barranco, some in San Isidro, and some in Lima downtown
  • You will return to Lima around 11:45 PM (Drop-off time will depend on the area you will be staying)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 199 reviews

Review summary

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The tour was very well organized, the times are met and there is also freedom to take a walk through the cities that are visited. The very friendly and attentive guide at all times of the tour and explains very well the activities to be carried out. What is needed is that they have a doctor/nurse or at least a first aid kit to attend to any emergency, one of the tourists in the group had an accident and no one from the company could help or attend to him, and they even gave him little importance.

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August 29, 2022

Excellent tour to discover the wonderful Ballestas and Huacachina Islands, it will really leave you speechless! Ricardo, our guide, did a spectacular job telling us everything about the tour, history, local recommendation and with a very professional command of both English and Spanish. It is worth taking this full day tour and discovering more of Peru. The only thing I would mention is that Sandboarding with the snowboard style table must be rented (and they recommend that only experienced people do it), since the sandboarding that the tour proposes is different and safer so that everyone can do it. It's still very funny :)

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August 28, 2022

We have chosen this trip two days before our departure from Lima as a farewell trip. On the site it was written pickup from San Isidro but the application didn’t wanted to accept our Hotel. We have booked the meeting place version but asked customers service for help. They were prompt and soon have received mail about the hotel pickup. So fine so good. In the morning bus was in front of hotel 10 minutes earlier then they have promised amd have continued the pickups which have taken a long time because the bus was big enough. The tour guide Diego was very helpful and has given us a lot of information about tour, lunch and so on. Balestas islands were beautiful also the experience with the buggies in the desert was exciting. Here I would suggest to change the meeting point because after we have walked around the lagoon and came back to the meeting point we had to go one more time round the lagoon to go up to the buggies. Thank you Peruhop and Diego

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May 8, 2022

Product ID: 313598