Welcome to Huacachina

While not as famous as Nazca to the south, Huacachina, an aesthetically perfect desert oasis 4km west of Ica, is a firmly established stopover on Southern Peru’s well-trampled Gringo Trail, and with good reason. Sandboarding, dune-buggie rides and good-old romantic idling are the orders of the day here. This is backpacker central, so expect plenty of late-night disco parties and international flavors. Many people just make it here for a quick overnight and dune trip the next day, but a few days of relaxed strolls and dune climbs may just channel your inner chi.

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$119 Day Trips & Excursions

Paracas, Huacachina and Ballestas Islands Tour from Lima

Take a speedboat out to the Ballestas Islands to see penguins and sea lions in their natural habitat in Paracas.Dune Buggy up and Sandboard down the biggest sand dunes at the only desert oasis in South America in Huacachina.Free hotel/hostel pickup and drop-off in Lima. Avoid ripoffs and unsafe taxis. Full Day: Lima – Paracas – Huacachina – Lima5:15am - 6:00am:Pick up at your hotel or hostel in Lima.Note: Please click the link below 'View additional info' to see exact departure time depending on your location.06:00am – 10:00amDirect bus to Paracas, a beautiful small town by the sea. 10:00am – 12:00pm2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands. The Ballestas are a smaller version of the Galapagos, but just as great, where you’ll see sea lions, penguins and lots of birds all in their natural habitat. 13:00pm – 14:15pmDirect bus from Paracas to Huacachina, a small natural oasis located in the Ica desert. 16:00pm – 18:00pm2 hours of dune buggying and sandboarding – Ride the dune buggies up and sandboard down the biggest dunes in South America. A once in a lifetime experience in the only natural desert oasis in South America. 18:30pm – 23:45pmBus back to Lima. You will be dropped off at your hotel/hostel.

$118.75 Private & Custom Tours

Paracas to Huacachina Oasis Private Tour with Vineyard Visit

You will be picked up from your hotel in Paracas in private vehicle to drive towards to Ica city (1 hour drive). On this traditional tour to Huacachina, you will visit the best of this beautiful city, such as the traditional vineyards where you will have the opportunity to taste one of the traditional wine and the famous PISCO the national drink of Peru. At the bodegas you will learn more about the history and the process of Pisco. Later on you will visit the Cathedral of Senor de Luren, Main Square of Ica and the Regional Museum, an interesting building that houses the remains of the ancient cultures that developed on the southern coast such Paracas, Nazca, Chincha, Wari and others Inca culture. Afterwards we will drive southwest towards to Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm tree and huge sand dunes with spectacular view of Ica Valley and desert. Here you will be able to climb the sand dunes and enjoy one of the ultimate tours in the desert, the famous dune buggy tours. You will then return to your hotel in Paracas. End of the service.

$265 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour to Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Sand Dunes with sports

Meet your guide at your centrally located Lima hotel for an early morning 4:30 a.m. pickup. Relax on the drive out to Paracas and enjoy a prepared breakfast when the sun comes up. Request as many stops as you would like to take photos and stretch your legs during the drive. Upon arrival in Paracas around 7:30 a.m, head straight to the Paracas dock to catch the first boat of the day to the Ballestas Islands, also known as the Mini Galapagos. Tour the islands with your guide to learn about the ecosystem and native wildlife, including sea lions, penguins, and more.  Then, continue to the city of Ica to tour a chocolate factory and a winery. Enjoy lunch at the winery with a signature chica morada, or traditional non-alcoholic drink made from purple corn. After lunch, drive to the Oasis of Huacachina, where you can take a sand buggy or a sandboard through the dunes of Ica. Take pictures and enjoy the sunset view during free time. Return to your hotel in Lima by roughly 8 p.m.

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Paracas from Lima - Group tour

Our tour start at 6:00 am in Larco Mar (meeting point), where you will board our coach for our journey to Paracas town (4 hours) at 07:00 am breakfast will be served on board. On your arrival in Paracas (10:00 am approximate) you will be transferred to the dock where you will board our speedboat. At 10:30 am you will start your amazing trip to Ballestas for about 2 hours. During your trip to Ballestas you will visit the enigmatic figure of the Candelabro, stunning design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. Nobody knows for sure who did it or why. 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. Afterwards you will head off to Ballestas Island where you will enjoy a stunning worlds filled with birds and sea lions. You will navigate around the islands at a distance allowed and probably some caves but this will be depending on the condition of the sea. You will be returning to the port at 12:30 md. We will stop at Paracas for 1 hour where you will have time for lunch (no include) At 13:30 pm you will board our coach and continue to our next destination Huacachina, On arrival 14:40 you will have a small break to prepare for your desert tour. At 15:00 you will board our vehicle 'DUNE BUGGY' for your desert adventure for 1 hour. Afterwards you will return to Huacachina and have time for refreshment. We will depart Huacachina at 16:30 pm to drive towards Chincha. On arrival in Chincha we will visit a traditional vineyard where you will taste the best of the local wine and Pisco. and have the opportunity to buy for friend or families. At 19:30 we drive back to Lima arriving at 22:30 pm. End of the service

$450 Day Trips & Excursions

All Inclusive Huacachina Oasis and Nazca Lines from Lima

Enjoy a freshly prepared, delicious breakfast, on your journey from your hotel in Lima to Ica. Board a Cessna 208 Caravan and fly over the famous Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the incredible, ancient geoglyphs from above and wonder at their meaning. View and take photos of the whale, the astronaut, the monkey, the hummingbird and many more of the glyphs. Land and travel to the oasis and sand dunes of Huacachina in V8 modified dune buggies. Push your body to its limits, as you practice sandboarding down the dunes of the desert. Visit a small chocolate factory and taste some of the famous, traditional Peruvian chocolates.  Explore a rural area in the outskirts of Ica. Learn about the production of Pisco, wines and fruit liqueurs at a local winery and sample as many as you like. Indulge yourself with a traditional Peruvian lunch, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Try delicious delicacies such as sopa seca, pollo saltado or papa a la huancaina. Return to Lima around 07:00pm.

$197.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Buggy Adventure & Overnight Camp in the Sand Dunes of Huacachina

At 4:00pm in the afternoon we will pick you up at your hotel in Huacachina to begin the sand-buggy and sand boarding tour in the dunes of Huacachina. After the traditional buggy tour through the dunes of Huacachina, we will bring you to a special place to camp that we have chosen carefully in the desert. It is a place in the middle of the dunes which has been strategically chosen for its protection from the wind and closeness to the city. Right away we will cook a delicious barbecue for you next to a bonfire. This includes skewers of beef and vegetables, chicken, chorizo, salad buffet, corn and potatoes. We will prepare a Pisco cocktail for you, all this with music in the background. The next day, we will return to Huacachina in the morning around 7:00am and have breakfast in the town of Huacachina.

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