Huacachina and Paracas Tour

Huacachina, Paracas

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This is a one-day Huacachina and Paracas Tour from Lima where you can visit Paracas, the city of the Pacific Sea, and the amazing oasis in the Huacachina desert in just one day. This accommodates those who are looking to do something near Lima.

Don’t let limited time in Lima keep you from visiting Huacachina and Paracas. See the desert oasis and natural hotspots on a full-day tour, ideal for travelers short on time. After traveling to Paracas, you will embark on a boat ride around the Ballestas Islands, compared to the Galapagos Islands, to see colonies of sea lions and seals. Then, explore the Huacachina desert in a buggy and go sandboarding. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.

  • Take a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, a natural paradise in Paracas
  • Admire sea lions, seals, and rare species of birds in their natural environment
  • Hop on a dune buggy and go sand surfing in the desert oasis of Huacachina
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lima are included.
  • The most outstanding:
  • Take a boat to the Ballestas Islands to see penguins and sea lions in their natural habitat. – Paracas
  • Go up in the sandbox and sandboard down the largest dunes in the only oasis in the desert of South America. – Huacachina
  • We pick you up and drop you free at your hotel / hostel in Lima. Avoid being scammed and taking unsafe taxis.

What places will we visit in the Huacachina and Paracas Tour?

Reserve Interpretation Center

Paracas National Reserve, the geology of the area with an interesting explanation of the colors of the Paracas desert that attract the attention of visitors so much, the fossil remains found inside the Reserve, the various types of terrestrial and underwater habitats that it houses the Protected Natural Area and the species of wild fauna and flora associated with them.

Likewise, a typical boat from the Pisco area and fishing gear that are used by artisanal fishermen in the area is exhibited, one of the main socio-economic activities that have been carried out within the Reserve since times past. Then, it continues on a second floor, where you will find information on the diversity of resident and migratory birds that use the Reserve as a breeding, feeding and resting area, and the international recognition of the area as a conservation site for aquatic birds is highlighted.

Flamingos viewpoint

The southwestern section of the bay constitutes the most important wetland of the Paracas National Reserve, this area is considered an ecosystem that provides shelter, food and nesting place for numerous species of birds, among which the South American flamingo or parihuana, seagull stand out. Peruvian, gray gull, Dominican gull, large macá, raven duck, Peruvian pelican, Peruvian booby, white sandpiper, semi-palmed sandpiper, western sandpiper, elegant tern, Arctic plover, yellow leg, Franklin’s gull, pea pea, among others.

Viewpoint of the Cathedral

The Cathedral was an imposing rock formation caused by the erosion of the sea and the wind over the centuries. Its concave shape was reminiscent of the domes of cathedrals, and inside it lived some sea cats or chingungos, as well as sea birds. Considered a World Heritage Site, it was one of the most photographed and disseminated natural images of Peru. Its structure collapsed during the violent earthquake of 8 degrees on the Richter scale of August 15, 2007, which had the city of Pisco as its epicenter. The remains of this figure are found between the Yumaque and Supay beaches.

El Chaco Beach – Paracas

Playa El Chaco is the old name of this beach which is sandy and the sea without waves. There is also a handicraft market where you can buy a souvenir of your visit to enjoy the warm waters.

Oasis of Huacachina

This magical place offers the most enigmatic dunes and a beautiful lagoon, which has a greenish water mirror. Huacachina is a name that is related to the word Huaca (which in Quechua means Sacred) and the Chinese expression (woman), that is, sacred woman. The legend of this place tells of a woman who by crying for love became a mermaid, who, on full moon nights, performs her love songs. Huacachina Oasis, appears in the middle of the desert that harmonizes dunes, palm trees and huarangos. It is a traditional resting place for the people of Ica. People who wish can bathe in its waters or also take relaxing boat rides or pedal boats. We can also make purchases of different souvenirs from the city of Ica such as: Tejas, chocotejas, crafts made with different materials. We are sure that these memories will evoke all the joys experienced in this exciting visit.


5:30 am – 6:00 am: Transportation from your hotel / hostel.

6:00 am – 10:00 am: Direct bus to Paracas; the beautiful seaside town

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: 2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands. Discover the cheapest version of the Galapagos Islands, where you can see sea lions, penguins, and many birds in their natural habitat.

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Direct bus from Paracas to Huacachina, a small natural oasis within the desert in Ica.

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Free time to explore and have lunch in one of the restaurants around the oasis.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: 2 hours for buggies and sandboarding – Ride the buggies and go down the largest dunes in South America. A unique experience in the only oasis in the desert of South America with the best style of sandboarding.

7:00 pm – 11:45 pm: Bus back to Lima. We leave you at the door of your hotel / hostel. End of the Huacachina and Paracas Tour.

Included services:

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Toilet available on board
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
  • 2-hour boat trip to Ballestas Island
  • 2-hour sandboarding and dunne buggy tour
  • Bilingual guide.

Does not include:

  • Port tax to enter the Ballestas Islands Adults from 18 to 64 years old S / .16.00.
  • Lunch


  • Face shield.
  • KN95 personal mask (3 units).
  • Personal gel alcohol.
  • Warm clothes for departure and return (jackets, sweaters, etc)
  • Cap or Hat.
  • Backpack or small bag.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen and repellent.
  • Photographic camera or video camera.
  • Personal medicines.
  • Hiking shoes.


  • In the Huacachina and Paracas Tour is essential to use a mask, facial protector and personal alcohol as well as a sworn statement (it is processed with our counter confirming your registration).
  • Our Transportation will have Alcohol and Thermometer as required by the Surveillance and Biosafety Plan given by the MINSA and approved by the Ministry of Transportation and Mincetur.
  • More information on protocols for the restart of tourist activities that have been implemented in all our excursions:
  • The objective of the protocol is to establish the preventive health measures to be complied with in the tourist guide service, in order to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19. This document was approved by Ministerial Resolution No. 113-2020-MINCETUR.
  • The objective of this protocol is to establish the preventive health measures that travel and tourism agencies must comply with, in order to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19, monitor the health of personnel, and return and reintegrate to work. This document was approved by Ministerial Resolution No. 112-2020-MINCETUR.
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