Ica Region
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From Lima: Paracas Full Day Guided Tour

1. From Lima: Paracas Full Day Guided Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Lima at around 05:00 AM, all depents your location in Lima, where you will board the coach for a 03:30-hour journey to Paracas town. Before to get to Paracas, we will stop to have breakfast. On your arrival in Paracas, make your way to teh dock where you will board a speedboat to the Ballestas Islands. During your journey to Ballestas, see the enigmatic figure of the Candelabro, a stunning design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. 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. In the Ballestas Islands you will see a stunningly rugged world filled with birds and sea lions. You will navigate around the islands at a distance allowed, and depending on the sea conditions, visit nearby caves. Return to the port at 11am, and spend some time in Paracas where you will have free time for restrooms or short time to relax. Then, continue to the next destination, Huacachina oasis. Have a small break to prepare for your desert tour; then board a buggy for 1-hour adventure across the sand dunes that surround the water source. Return to Huacachina and have time for refreshment. Continue towards to traditional vineyard and taste the best of the local wine and Pisco or lunch at the wineyard restaurant, then Drive back to Lima arriving and drop off to your hotel. At around 21:30 or 22 pm In this one-day tour you will have an assistant guide on the trip and will help you with your concerns on your trip.

From Ica or Huacachina: Dune Buggy Tour and Sandboarding

2. From Ica or Huacachina: Dune Buggy Tour and Sandboarding

Discover Huacachina, a little town with a beautiful oasis surrounded by giant dunes. Ride a 4WD dune buggy through the desert and do sandboarding at every stop. Visit the oasis by yourself before heading into the desert, and get great pictures of the landscape On this tour we promise you will feel like you are on a rollercoaster as you go up and down huge dunes. Fell the fresh air while the expert driver makes amazing turns. Try the sandboarding at every stop and enjoy the speed on the sand. This activity is very easy to do so no special skills are needed. Before the end of the tour you will be at a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset over the desert.

Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Oasis Half-Day Tour

3. Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Oasis Half-Day Tour

Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel in Paracas or Piso and head to the Paracas Harbor. Here you'll board a speedboat to begin your adventure to the stunning Ballestas Island. On the way you will stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see a stunning design of the enigmatic El Candelabro drawn on the side of a hill on the peninsula. Afterwards, the speedboat will navigate towards to the Ballestas Islands, where you will see a stunning world filled with birds and sea lions. Visit up to three islands, depending on sea conditions, and explore their caves.  Head back to the port for a 40 minute break before boarding a vehicle to drive approximately one hour to go towards the city of Ica. On this portion of the tour you will visit a vineyard to have the opportunity to taste traditional wine and Pisco, the national drink of Peru. Learn about the history and production process of Pisco in one of the bodegas before heading to more sights. Later on you will visit the Cathedral of Senor de Luren, the main square and the Regional Museum of Ica, and an interesting building that houses the remains of the local ancient cultures. After spending time in Ica continue southwest towards the Huacachina Oasis, a beautiful lagoon surrounded by palm trees and huge sand dunes with a spectacular view of Ica Valley and desert. Here you will be able to climb the sand dunes and enjoy a dune buggy tour. After spending time in the sand you will return with a drop-off at your hotel.

From Ica or Huacachina: Pisco and Wine Tour with Desert Trip

4. From Ica or Huacachina: Pisco and Wine Tour with Desert Trip

Truly discover Peru on a wine and pisco tour, with extra adventures including a dune buggy rise and a desert sunset. And of course, taste Peru’s national licor yourself as you learn all about it.  Start with your hotel pickup from Ica or Huacachina. Then head to your first stop, the Tacama Vineyard, considered one of the oldest in South America and the first in Peru. Visit the old hacienda and tower, where you will get the best views over acres of vines.  Then, visit the old and new factory to see how Tacama produces wines and piscos on an industrial scale. And, obviously, try some of their piscos and wines before your next stop. Head to the second vineyard, El Catador, famous for its pisco. Learn about how the licor is traditionally made in clay jars, known as “botijas”, where the juice of crushed grapes are left to ferment.  Visit the distillery next and learn about the last steps to produce the famous drink before trying some of the produce yourself.  Enjoy free time to try some food at one of the wineries that prepare typical dishes from this region, of your own volition. Next up, head to the Huacachina oasis and get your adrenaline pumping with a dune buggy ride, with dunes of up to 30 meters in height. Even try your hand at sandboarding down those same dunes. Learn the best techniques and tricks from your driver.  Last but not least, view an unforgettable sunset in the desert. Be transferred back to your accommodation at the end of the trip.

From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina and Nazca Line Tour

5. From Lima: Ballestas Islands, Huacachina and Nazca Line Tour

Discover the best of the culture, nature, and wildlife of the Ica region on this all-encompassing tour. Start your tour at 4:30 AM with a freshly prepared, delicious breakfast box, on your journey from your hotel in Lima to the Ballestas Islands, where your guided tour begins. See the "chandelier", a geoglyph used as a reference point for travelers and sailors. Observe beautiful native species such as sea lion colonies and Humboldt penguins, as well as several guano birds. Learn about the importance of these islands to the Peruvian coast and observe other species such as cormorants, pelicans, seagulls, and many other unique species. Next, head to the airport for a flight over the Nazca Lines. After watching an informative video about the lines and their mysteries, board a Cessna plane and enjoy a 1.25-hour flight over the area. Your pilot will show you the location of these mysterious geoglyphs and tell you what they represent. After your flight, visit an artisanal winery and learn all about the production process of some of the best wines and piscos of the region. Enjoy samples of wines, piscos, and local liquors. Sit down to a delicious lunch at the winery before heading to your final stop of the day, the Oasis of Huacachina. Practice sandboarding on this unique oasis' sand dunes and get your adrenaline pumping with a V8 buggy ride through the dunes. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Lima at 9 PM.

From Lima: Ica Winery and Huacachina Oasis Tour

6. From Lima: Ica Winery and Huacachina Oasis Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Lima and be transferred to the bus terminal for your trip to the Ica region. Receive a detailed explanation of the activities offered on this tour by your driver/guide. The bus is equipped with reclining seats, food service, entertainment, and permanent assistance onboard. Arrive in Ica at approximately 12:15 PM. Visit a local winery where a host will show you the process of production of local drinks made from the distillation of grapes. Taste some free piscos and wines and enjoy a delicious typical lunch from the region. Next, explore the oasis of Huacachina. This small village is famous for its high sand dunes that surround the water source. Take an exhilarating ride over the runes on a v8 modified dune buggy. Admire the beauty and immensity of the desert of Ica and practice some sandboarding. Take some free time in Huacachina to enjoy the beautiful sunset in the middle of the desert before returning to Lima. Once you arrive at the bus terminal in Lima at 11:45 PM, the driver will take you back to your hotel.

Paracas or Pisco: Private Huacachina Oasis Tour & Buggy Ride

7. 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.

From Lima: Nazca Lines and Ica Desert Day Trip with Lunch

8. From Lima: Nazca Lines and Ica Desert Day Trip with Lunch

Begin your journey of the Ica Desert with a bright and early hotel pickup, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to Nazca, whereupon you'll stop at Kilometer 50 of the South Pan-American Highway to enjoy a breakfast consisting of juices or hot drinks, accompanied by artisan breads from the area. Next, head to the airfield in Nazca, where you'll pass through security before boarding a small plane to view the famous Nazca Lines from up above. Sit back and relax on your 45-minute flight, as you view the incredible collection of giant geoglyphs — designs or motifs etched into the ground — that were created by the ancient Nazca culture. Tuck into a delicious traditional lunch upon landing before heading to your final stop, the Huacachina Oasis. This natural lagoon is surrounded by palm trees and desert dunes, from where you can watch the sun setting over the sand. Pump up your adrenaline and hop into sand buggies, and sandboard down the perfect dunes before returning to Lima late in the evening.

Ica: Canyon of the Lost Tour in Ocucaje Desert

9. Ica: Canyon of the Lost Tour in Ocucaje Desert

Explore the natural beauty of the Ica desert as you travel to the stunning lost canyon of Ica, some of the driest earth in the world. Marvel at the natural forms of the desert and the ancient fossils as your guide explains the fascinating history of the area. Begin this expedition early by being collected from your hotel in Ica before being driven to the district of Ocucaje, where the first stop will be at a restaurant to recharge and enjoy breakfast. Continue towards the middle of the impressive Ocucaje desert with mountains loaded with saltpetre and mysterious natural forms. Arriving at the main viewpoint of the canyon of the lost, your guide will provide information about the formation of the canyon, and will help you take stunning pictures. Trek towards the bottom of the canyon of the lost, where you will be able to examine the plentiful fossil remains along the way of the approximately 1.5-hour hike. Finally, the transport provided will return you to your lodging in Ica. The tour begins at 6:30 am and will conclude at 3:00 pm.

Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

10. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, it is advisable to arrive in the morning. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands and Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day, you will arrive in Cusco, you will be transferred to the hotel then will have a free day for acclimatizing or visiting some places around the Cusco historical center. That evening you will lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, before moving onward to the archaeological sites in Chinchero and Moray. Following that, you will tour the salt mines in Maras before taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, lodging at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Inca Citadel On day 5 you will explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Following a full day at this sacred site. In the afternoon, take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and arrive in Cusco by transportation, you will overnight at the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 6: Humantay Lake On your sixth day, you will trek to Humantay Lake, which is close to the snowy Salkantay mountain, you will be able to know the first camp of the famous Salkantay trek. That evening you will once again lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Trek to Rainbow Mountain, which is very close to the highest mountain of Cusco: the Ausangate Mountain, this is a famous place around Cusco. Following your day of hiking, you will return once more to the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar overnight. Day 8: Route of the Sun On day 8 you will take a bus tour between Cusco and Puno. Throughout this journey, you will visit the Andahuaylillas Chapel, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, La Raya Pass, and the Lithic Museum of Pukara. That evening you will stay at the Qalasaya Hotel or similar. Day 9: Titicaca Lake and the Uros and Taquile Islands On the final day, you will take a speed boat tour of Lake Titicaca, before exploring the Uros and Taquile Islands. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport where your tour will conclude.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 11 reviews

It's worth getting up early and the bus ride. The Winery sat in the middle of a neighborhood? My guide explained everything in a fun way! I really enjoyed it. The ride in a buggie in a dessert was like a roller coaster!! Sliding down the dunes on a board made me feel alive. Seeing the Oasis was like being in a movie and you think it might be a mirage! Great fun with great people.

Joel was awesome! We were in Peru for a week and this was the coolest experience! From just the excellent customer service & knowledge that Joel provided, to transportation, to the activities we did throughout the day - everything was flawless! I would 10/10 recommend Joel & this whole activity to anyone & everyone. Can't say enough great things!

So fun! Only thing to be prepared for is long bus..due to traffic it took 7 hours to get thete so everything was rushed since we still left @ same time. It was due to a car accident so not companies fault. We wound up needing to taxi back to airport to make flights that night, and tour guide helped us arrange all of that.

The transfer will pick you up at the hotel at the agreed time. The bus to Ica was great and the trip was smooth. The guide at the winery was super attentive and explained everything very well (and the liqueurs were sensational). And the tour of Huacachina was unforgettable. I highly recommend.

Marco did a great a great job! We had a lot of fun riding the beach buggies :)