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From Paracas: Scenic Boat Tour to Ballestas Island

1. From Paracas: Scenic Boat Tour to Ballestas Island

After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your islands adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island — whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterwards, continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. A protected habitat for the wide swathe of birds and sea-life that call these islands home, Ballestas is truly one of Peru’s natural treasures — and a speedboat tour around their shores is the best way to see the islands, and all they have to offer, up close.

From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

2. From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island — whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterwards, continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals, and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. You’ll then return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. An almost alien landscape, the Paracas National Reserve is composed of vast, sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs directly next to the bright, blue ocean. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake. Your tour caps things off with visits to Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach, two stunning maroon-sand beaches that are truly one-of-a-kind. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, you'll hop back in the car for a convenient transfer back to your hotel.

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

3. 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.

From Pisco or Paracas: Nazca Lines Flight

4. From Pisco or Paracas: Nazca Lines Flight

Pick up from your hotel in Pisco or Paracas town to drive towards Pisco Airport. Meet your representative and go to the check-in zone to wait for your flight. Get briefed on the nature of your tour and on safety instructions. The flight lasts exactly 1 hour and 40 minutes including the travel time to the Nazca Desert and you will see 12 of the most representative figures drawn on the stony surface of the Nazca desert. Look out for representations of animals and plants, distributed in a labyrinth of lines, trapezes, and triangles which have been preserved for almost 2,000 years. The Nazca Lines are some of the most incredible remains from an ancient culture. These designs, some as long as 500 meters, can be truly appreciated from the sky at an altitude of 1,500 feet. After your experience, fly back to the aerodrome and head back to your hotel or to a bus station.

Paracas or Pisco: Private Huacachina Oasis Tour & Buggy Ride

5. Paracas or Pisco: Private Huacachina Oasis Tour & Buggy Ride

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel by private vehicle towards the city of Ica. On the way to Ica, visit a traditional vineyard where you will have the opportunity to learn more about traditional wines and the famous Pisco spirit, the national drink of Peru. Here, you will also have the opportunity to taste some of the products. Then, drive southwest towards Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm trees and huge sand dunes with a spectacular view of Ica Valley and desert. Climb the sand dunes and enjoy one of the famous dune buggy tours. This tour will take 2 hours across the Ica desert, and you will also have a sandboard or sand-surfing lesson at the sand dunes. Finally, stop at the highest sand dune to enjoy the sunset. Return to Huacachina, where you can take a shower to wash off the sand, before returning to your hotel in Paracas.

Lunahuana - River Adventure

6. Lunahuana - River Adventure

Perfect for passionate adventure sport lovers, race down the Lunahuana river. No prior experience is required, as there are different routes available for all ages and experiences. Admire the beautiful landscapes of the Lunahuaná Valley. ITINERARY (5am -> 9pm) : Departure from Lima around 5am at our meeting point. • Our first stop will be at the Cerro Azul in the province of Cañete. We will visit the Cerro Azul Dock built in 1924 and with an extension of 400 meters long. We will enjoy the beautiful view of the spa and a small craft fair typical of the Cañete area. • Ruinas Incahuasi : Following our tour, we will make a panoramic stop at San Vicente de Cañete, at the Incahuasi Ruins to observe the Palace of the Inca and its religious quarter. Our guide will make us know a little more about its history. • We will arrive in the district of Lunahuaná and we will visit its main square, its church and its portals that adorn this beautiful valley. • At Lunahuana, you will practice the famous adventure sports of Canoeing, Canopy or Quad (ATV). Accompanied and directed by a specialized sports staff who will guide us throughout the sports journey and with all the security protocols. • Lunch at Lunahuana • At Catapalla Village we will do a visit of the winery ( wines, pisco and macerated). An expert worker from the winery will teach us step by step the techniques of the wine and pisco process. • We will visit the Mis Girasoles beekeeping, where they will explain the entire honey process, the breeding of bees, the extraction of their products and what they are used for and what benefits they have. Then, we will go on to taste the different types of honey, pollen and propolis. • Arrival in Lima at the same initial starting points near 9pm.

From San Martin Port: Ballestas Islands Tour in Paracas

7. From San Martin Port: Ballestas Islands Tour in Paracas

Our team will greet you at San Martín Port, just in time for you to board our exclusive tourist transportation. Prepare your senses for an exciting journey that will take you to El Chaco Dock, where we will meet other passionate travelers like yourself. Together, we will board a speedboat and embark on a fascinating experience that will lead you to discover the Ballestas Islands. Located just 30 minutes off the coast of Paracas in the province of Pisco, Ica department, these islands are an essential tourist treasure in Peru. Get ready to immerse yourself in a unique ecosystem and marvel at the abundant wildlife that inhabits them. As we navigate, you will be amazed by the mysterious Candelabro, a geoglyph that defies logic and still puzzles experts. This enigmatic figure, traced over 2500 years ago on the dune of the Paracas National Reserve, resembles the famous Nazca Lines, leaving behind an aura of mystery and intrigue. The Ballestas Islands and the Paracas Reserve will surprise you with their stunning natural beauty. You will be captivated by the unique geological formations and have the opportunity to admire up close an astonishing variety of wildlife, including boobies, pelicans, sea lions, and the adorable Humboldt penguins. These islands harbor an incredible number of birds, both resident and migratory, and thanks to that, they possess guano, the world`s richest natural fertilizer. Here, you can observe the guano birds, such as the Peruvian booby, the Peruvian pelican, and the guanay cormorant, whose presence has historically been so valuable that for years, guano was the foundation of the Peruvian economy, providing stability and prosperity to the country. After exploring this natural paradise, we will return to the dock, where we will accompany you back to San Martín Port, so you can continue with your cruise adventure. Do not miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in this amazing experience and discover the marine richness that lies just 260 kilometers from the city of Lima.

From Paracas: Paracas National Reserve Private Tour

8. From Paracas: Paracas National Reserve Private Tour

Enjoy the convenience of the being picked up from your hotel in Paracas or Pisco and transferred to the Paracas National Reserve. The reserve was established in 1975 to protect the bird and marine of life of the Paracas Peninsula. Admire the stunning landscape of the peninsula, formed by a saline desert, islands, and the sea. See one to the largest sea lion colonies in the world. Marvel at the numerous birds along the coastline. Learn about the reserve by visiting the visitor center, which has exhibits about the local flora and fauna. Drive to an area where a great natural rock formation once stood known as the Cathedral. Unfortunately, the Cathedral was destroyed during a 2007 earthquake. Enjoy amazing views of the desert, the blue ocean, and thousands of sea birds. Visit Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach. After your tour finishes, return to your hotel.

From San Martin Port: 4-Hour Inca Tambo Colorado Tour

9. From San Martin Port: 4-Hour Inca Tambo Colorado Tour

Meet your guide at 9:15 AM at San Martin Port. From there you will be transferred to Paracas town, at this point, you will board our vehicle to drive towards Pisco town for a sightseeing tour. Then you will be travelling east to arrive at the well preserved Inca Fortress of Tambo Colorado. Discover an Inca settlement that was most likely built at the end of the 15th century and was ruled by the Inca Emperor Pachacutec. It was known as Puka Tampu, Pucallacta or Pucahuasi and its buildings show typical Wary (Ayacucho) and Inca (Cusco) culture influences. Walk amongst buildings including ceremonial plazas, houses, ceremonial platforms and the main building known as La Fortaleza. Learn how Tambo Colorado was used as an administrative/ceremonial and military place to control the main road from the coast to the highlands. This place served as resting place for the Inca and his army across the Inca territory. The site consists of several structure around a large central plaza. The central plaza is shaped like a trapezoid with its largest side being 492-ft (150-m) long. The main structure are grouped together in a northern and southern Palaces, plus some ceremonial platforms. Because of local environmental conditions, many of the buildings original colors have been preserved, helping experts reconstruct the site. Having enjoyed an informative guided tour you will return to San Martin Port to rejoin your ship.

Tour 2 days Paracas Ica Huacachina y viñedos

10. Tour 2 days Paracas Ica Huacachina y viñedos

Embark on a two-day adventure exploring the enchanting Ballestas Islands, followed by a tour of the vineyards, the oasis of Laguna Huacachina, a tour of the city of Ica, and the exciting sand dunes in Huacachina. DAY 1 4:00 - 4:20 am Miraflores (Pick up at the hotel: ask for the hotels range) 4:20 - 4:25 am Pizza Hut from Parque Kenedy 4:25 - 4:35 am San Isidro (ask for the hotels range) / Sheraton Hotel (Lima Center) 4:40 - 4:45 am San Isidro - ex Orrantia cinema 4:55 - 5:00 am Rambla San Borja Mall BALLESTAS ISLAND Arrival at the touristic pier, yacht ride to see the sea lions, penguins, seagulls, pelicans, etc. View to the Paracas Candelabra. LOCAL SWEET TASTING The tourist guide will pick you up for the local sweetmeats tasting (tejas, chocotejas, etc). Free time to buy souvenirs WINE ROUTE We will visit the Pisco route where we could taste 7 varieties of wines and piscos. FREE LUNCH Lunch will be at Nietto or Catador restaurant. The flagship dish is the 'sopa seca' TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL If you have a reservation at any hotel within Huacachina, we will take you. Otherwise, they will leave you in Huacachina lagoon as the last First day stop. DAY 2 FREE TIME Passengers will have the Free morning until 9 am. So, will be collected by guide from your hotel to continue the tour. Note: If your hotel is not in Huacachina, it is recommended to leave with your luggage since this tour ends in Huacachina. 9:00 AM CITY TOUR ICA Will visit the main square of Ica and its surroundings, where the famous Church of Luren, its cathedral, and the San Francisco Church are located. WITCHES OF CACHICHE We will visit the town of Cachiche. It seemed like a town of witches, as it housed countless women who, according to the people of Ica, possessed supernatural powers. WINES AND PISCO TASTING Ica is known for being the largest producer of pisco in Peru. We will visit one more winery, where we will learn about the production process. HUACACHINA OASIS We will visit Huacachina oasis to listen the local legends surrounded by the dunes. Chocolate tasting in Ica. BUGGIES RIDE AND SANDBOARDING The buggies and sandboarding activities are optional. However, the meeting point for all passengers is at 4:30 PM at CyC Buggys. Travel by air-conditioned bus back to Lima The tour culminates at the same points you addressed.

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Fantastic tour to Ballestas Islands seeing lots of sea lions, penguins, pelicans and we even got to see a whale! Olenka then took us to the national reserve. We honestly couldn’t recommend her more highly, she was extremely engaging, very knowledgeable and honest. Thank you Olenka for such an amazing tour!

We were expecting to have a crowded morning activity, which we had, nevertheless, we were breathtaking during the second part of our journey in the National Reserve of Paracas, it was magical, our guide was great, we were all alone in this huge and magnificent place.

We had an amazing tour at Paracas national reserve. Olenka was very friendly and knowledgeable. We wish we’d had her all day! Would definitely recommend. We learnt a lot and enjoyed ourselves!

We selected a 2-hour event, beginning at 8am. We left the dock at 8:40am and returned at 9:30am. Ripoff.

Top activity! Very instructive in two of the wonderful places you can see in the Costa del Sol of Peru.