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From Lima: Full-Day Paracas and Huacachina Bus Tour

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

Discover the serene landscapes of the Peruvian countryside on a day trip from Lima to Paracas and Huacachina with hotel transfers included. See Humboldt penguins and sea lions on the Ballestas Islands and slide down the Huacachina dunes by sandboarding and dune buggy ride.  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 your own expense) in 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 sand, 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.

Lima: Palomino Islands Speedboat Tour & Swim with Sea Lions

3. Lima: Palomino Islands Speedboat Tour & Swim with Sea Lions

Get back to nature and encounter the wildlife on the Palomino Islands on a half-day tour from Lima. Travel to Callao Harbor and board a speedboat fully equipped with snacks, hot and cold drinks, life jackets, and wet suits for you to swim with the sea lions. Cruise to the islands of El Camotal, San Lorenzo and Palomino, where you will be provided with a life jacket and wet suit on arrival.  Swim in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by friendly sea lions and get the opportunity to view many sea birds, such as red legged cormorants, pelicans, Humboldt penguins, the Inca tern, the Peruvian booby and the Guanay cormorant.

Lima: Swimming with Wild Sea Lions on the Palomino Islands

4. 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: Paragliding Flight Over Costa Verde Districts

5. Lima: Paragliding Flight Over Costa Verde Districts

Soar over the picturesque cityscape of Costa Verde on this paragliding excursion. Together with your personal pilot, catch glimpses of Lima's San Miguel, Magdalena del Mar, San Isidro, and Miraflores districts. After your tour, take home a complimentary HD video to relive your aerial adventure. Begin your paragliding experience along the esplanade in San Miguel. As you ascend, soak up the breathtaking views of the expansive ocean and coastline before you. Fly over the seaside residential districts of San Miguel and Magdalena del Mar. Continue your paragliding tour as you gaze down at the San Isidro and Miraflores districts. Known for their role as cultural, political, and financial centers, these districts also host resplendent greenery and impressive architecture. Savor this unique opportunity to see the city of Lima from an aerial perspective.

From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis & Winery Tour

6. From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina Oasis & Winery Tour

Start your adventure by departing Lima in the early morning. Travel for around 300 km on the Pan-American highway until you reach Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history which is full of wildlife.  Enjoy a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands and watch out for birds, sea lions, dolphins, and penguins. Then drive to drive to a small local winery to learn how Pisco is made and to enjoy a tasting. Stop at the Huacachina Oasis, and take some time to eat lunch and walk around. Test your skills at sand boarding or just enjoy free time enjoying the beautiful landscape . At the end of the adventure, head back to Lima via the same route.

Lima: Ocean Swimming Adventure with Playful Sea lions

7. Lima: Ocean Swimming Adventure with Playful Sea lions

This excursion is ideal for nature lovers and allows you to swim with sea lions in their natural habitat. Departing from Lima, you will travel by boat to the Guano Islands, where Humboldt penguins and many other guano birds with sea lions live. Jump into the water and bathe with a colony of thousands of sea lions admiring the rock formations along with other animals on your return trip. The Palomino Islands are a group of small islands off the coast of Callao, Peru. Home to a large population of sea lions and seabirds, it has become a popular tourist attraction.

Lima: Callao City Tour and Boat Ride

8. Lima: Callao City Tour and Boat Ride

On this tour, get to know the culture and history of Lima and its best attractions. Visit the Real Felipe Fortress dating from the 18th century which was built by the Spaniards to protect themselves from invasion. It has since been converted into a museum where you can learn the stories of the naval battles and attacks that the fortress has withstood in its 3 centuries of history. Later, visit the Plaza Grau and the Historic Center of Callao. Admire graffitied walls, streets with many contrasts and several colonial-style buildings. Walk through the streets of Chucuito and admire the neighborhood's picturesque multicolored houses. You will also discover the city's best beaches and seafood restaurants here. Finally, stroll through the old resort of La Punta, where you will see beautiful beaches and 20th-century houses. Enjoy the sea breeze while admiring the Palomino Islands in the distance. Before ending your experience, enjoy excellent panoramic views of the entire coast on board a local boat ride around the La Punta and Callao beach areas.

Miraflores: Surfing Class on Playa Makaha

9. Miraflores: Surfing Class on Playa Makaha

Learn the wonderful and cool sport of surfing in the beautiful Miraflores district. This district is known for having great places to surf during the whole year. In this class you will learn to surf the waves on a board with the help of an expert instructor in Makaha beach. You will have fun in the water for an hour and make new friends. Surf with other people and enjoy the vast Pacific Ocean. You can come to this private class with other friends, all of you will have full assistance during the whole class.

From Lima: Tour to Paracas, Ica and Huacachina

10. From Lima: Tour to Paracas, Ica and Huacachina

Visit a natural oasis in the middle of the desert surrounded by beautiful palm trees. Here, you can also take pedal boat rides around the lagoon, practice sand-boarding and ride in tubular cars. You will be picked up from your hotel at 4:00 AM. Before heading to Paracas. Once you arrive, board the 'sliders' at the pier and begin the excursion to the Ballestas Islands. On the way, we can see the 'Candelabro' (Paracas Chandelier), a large geoglyph that serves as a beacon to the navigators. Continuing to the Ballestas Islands, you'll see the natural habitat of the sea lions. They love to approach the tourist boats, a truly magical spectacle that justifies the visit in itself. You will also be able to view the Humboldt penguins and guano birds.  Continuing to the province of Ica, get to know the culture and gastronomy with a typical lunch. After lunch, you'll go to the Huacachina Oasis and take a high-adrenaline ride in a sand buggies and also be able to try sandboarding. Finally, you'll have free time to walk around the oasis, take a boat ride, take pictures or buy handicrafts. You will return to Lima by bus. 

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What a fantastic tour. It's a long day but totally worth it. Pick up at the hotel was on time. The coach was really comfortable if you wanted to sleep. In Paracas there were toilets at the hotel meeting point. Short walk to the port to get the boat. Saw lots of birds and sea lions with a very informative and humorous guide. Lunch was organised at a local restaurant, this was probably the worst bit. Very rushed and nothing special. I would have gone elsewhere but you don't have long here. Another drive to Huacachina where you get the buggy. Great fun, excellent drivers. Then you sand board down some dunes. Lots of opportunities for photos and finally we watched the sunset. Just epic. One of my best days!

Mega! The team is super friendly! From the arrival to the flight and the service, everything was well organized! Besides comfortable clothes (it's quite chilly during the flight) you might consider bringing drinks (water) with you, but there seems to be a small kiosk nearby. We waited a bit for the team to fly after us and were thirsty, but this is only a side note. A very nice experience! Thanks so much!!

I was very satisfied. We saw very beautiful places Paracas with the a lot spices of animal, wonderful. We visited dune in Huacachina also perfect places. Company and our guide was very professional, i can recommend very much. Sanboarding was excellent, our driver on the sand dunes was profesionall also. If i visite Peru in the future probably i can check it again.

An amazing experience! The boat ride was beautiful and the wildlife was so cool to see. And the sand boarding! Scary but also so amazing that it was worth it! The bus rides were comfortable and the pick up and drop off was stress free. Lastly, the tour guides, especially Mari, were so nice and helpful that they really enhanced the experience.

Wonderful experience, if you get sea sick it might be a little rough (I typically don’t and the there were around 20 minutes where I really started feeling it) but if you are willing to put up with that it’s a really amazing experience. Be sure to bring a waterproof camera with you!