Learn the best kept secrets about Pisco and wine elaboration process, sand board the giant dunes of Huacachina desert, discover Paracas National Reserve a protected natural area that preserves unique species of flora and fauna. Sail with Humboldt penguins, sea wolves and flamingos on your boat trip to the Ballestas Islands.
Day 1 Ica wineries & Sandboarding at Huacachina
Early departure in our private car heading to Ica located 3.5 hours from the capital city of Lima. Once in Ica we have a guided tour through traditional and industrial wineries where wine and our famous Pisco liquor are made. On both visits, we will be able to taste the different products. Then we leave for the natural lagoon of Huacachina, known as the Oasis of America. From this beautiful landscape we go into the desert aboard a powerful tubular vehicle feeling all the speed and adrenaline. We practice sandboarding and test our skills in this sand sport. After observing the sunset from the vastness of the desert we go back to Huacachina and relax in our charming hotel.
Meals: snacks for breakfast
Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in Huacachina
Day 2 Ballestas Islands + Paracas National Reserve
Early wakeup call and 1 hour drive to Paracas. Once here, we leave from the fisherman´s wharf “El Chaco” heading towards the Ballestas Islands, known as the little Galapagos. On route our boat stops to observe the hieroglyphic known as “The Chandelier” located on a steep hillside in the Paracas Peninsula. This enigmatic figure that can only be seen from the sea, holds many mysteries about its origin and function. Later in the Ballestas Islands we will see a great variety of marine animals in their natural habitat like a huge colony of sea wolves, Humboldt penguins and a variety of seabirds. We go through caves and rock formations that have been carved by the sea, wind and weather over time. Back on the mainland we drive to Paracas National Reserve which is one of the most important marine reserves in the world. We first visit the park visitor center and then walk on a trail to see the flamingos. Afterwards, we drive on a dirt road to some cliff top lookouts where we can admire the immensity of the Ocean and beautiful beaches. We have lunch in the tiny fishing village of “Lagunillas” and then we return to Lima.
- 01 night in a comfortable hotel in Huacachina
- Roundtrip transportation in private vehicles
- Visit to local wineries
- Sand boarding at Huacachina desert
- Motor boat to Ballestas Islands
- Visit to Paracas National Reserve
- Meals as detailed in the program
- English and Spanish speaking guide
- Entrance fee to Paracas National Reserve
- Entrance fee to Ballestas Islands
- Travel insurance
- Meals not described in the program