Huacachina Oasis & Mini-Galapagos! Most reviewed company in Peru!

Badge of ExcellenceLima, Peru
Paracas and Huacachina Full Day from Lima
  • 16 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Don’t let limited time in Lima stop you 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’ll embark on a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, regularly compared to the Galapagos Island, to see colonies of sea lions and seals. Then, explore Huacachina desert in a dune buggy and go sandboarding. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Take a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, a natural haven in Paracas
  • Admire sea lions, seals, and rare species of bird in their natural environment
  • Ride a dune buggy and go sand boarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lima are included

What's Included

  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • 2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Island
  • 2-hour Sandboarding and dune buggy tour
  • Huge Luxury Peru Hop Bus to sit back and relax
  • Friendly onboard Bilingual Guide to assist and advise
  • Free Time to explore Huacachina Desert Oasis
  • All Taxes & Fees – no hidden charges
  • The Only company with Luxury Buses for the long journey, others use small vans
  • Food and drinks

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

05:30 AM

Pickup details

View the pickup list when booking to see if your hotel is included among the pickup points. If it is not on the list, choose “I'll decide later" or "My hotel is not on the list" and after booking let us know where you are staying. We will inform you whether we can pick you up directly at your hotel, or the nearest alternative. -Pick ups from hotels/hostels in San Isidro: between 5:05 am and 5:15 am -Pick ups from hotels/hostels in Miraflores: between 5:15 am and 5:45 am -Pick ups from hotels/hostels in Barranco: between 6:00 am and 6:20 am -Pick ups from hotels/hostels in the Airport will be confirmed via chat

What To Expect

Embark on a whirlwind exploration of the Huacachina oasis and Paracas on a full-day tour designed for those with limited time in Lima.

Start with convenient hotel pickup in the early morning and head to Paracas by bus. Then, join a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands, often likened to the Galapagos for its plethora of marine animals. Marvel at colonies of penguins, birds, seals, and sea lions in their natural habitat while your guide provides information on the ecosystem.

Following this, travel to Huacachina where you'll have free time for a dune buggy and sandboarding adventure in the desert oasis, conquering the towering sand dunes.

Conclude your adventure with a convenient drop-off at your accommodation in the late evening.

Miraflores (Pass By)


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Islas Ballestas

2 hours Admission Ticket Included


2 hours Admission Ticket Free


2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Miraflores (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We pick up from hotels and hostels located in Miraflores, Barranco, San Isidro and some in Lima downtown.
  • Bring sunscreen, it is hot all year round in Paracas and Huacachina.
  • Food is not included, although we have discounts in many restaurants.
  • See itinerary for hour by hour plan.
  • Minimum age for the buggy and sandboarding tour is 7 years
  • The bus will arrive back in Lima around 11:30 pm - midnight
  • The Only company with Luxury Buses for the long journey, others use small vans
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Featured review
Very professional company, timely and organized. Arturo was an excellent guide as well. The locations were beautiful with exciting activities and many opportunities to enjoy the local gastronomy. Well worth the price


3,122 reviews
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Long and awesome
tasha7883, Apr 2024
We had a great time. Arturo was the host and he was attentive and friendly. He spoke English and spanish. The dune buggy were awesome. Bring water and snacks.
Great day trip
Samantha_L, Apr 2024
This was a VERY fun day trip. It was long but we knew that going in and it seemed to flow pretty well. Overall, it was definitely worth it and I would book with them again in the future. Make sure to bring snacks because the food is subpar (you have to preorder from a specific restaurant for logistical purposes). Otherwise 10/10 day!
A great trip. Once in a...
Thomas_K, Apr 2024
A great trip. Once in a lifetime day. The boat tour around " mini Galapagos" was very nice. The dune buggy riding and sand boarding was incredible. My 8 year old son loved it. Worth the long bus ride
Lots of time for activities
Kathryn_T, Apr 2024
Huacachina was incredible. The buggy ride and the sandboarding we really had enough time to actually enjoy the activities instead of feeling rushed. Met a lot of very cool people. Would definitely recommend to friends or family. Don’t miss this.
This tour was so much fun...
Katrina_C, Apr 2024
This tour was so much fun and a great way to see a lot of main attractions in one day from Lima! While it was a long day, it was amazing and I'm so glad I went. Our guide, Ricardo, was wonderful and knowledgeable and communicative, which was appreciated. Every place we visited was beautiful and the dune buggy ride through the sand dunes was so much fun!
The day was fantastic,...
Tim_C, Apr 2024
The day was fantastic, all the activities were incredibly fun especially the dune buggys and the sandboarding. Our guide Ricardo was very freinsy and helpful and all the guides drivers for the individual activities were great as well
Not to be missed - The Everything Peru tour
Kevin_W, Apr 2024
Not to missed - great day and Ricardo was a fantastic tour guide. It’s a long day with multiple adventures, very well put together.
Fun time, long excursion
Satish_S, Mar 2024
Loved the tour although it was on the longer side (we knew this going in) Woke up, picked up by the bus and taken to a hotel where you can store your stuff and buy snacks. Next they take you to Paracas for a boat tour of some desert islands. After that there is a lunch (separate charge) overlooking the port. Next up is Huacachina - the reason you booked this tour. I won’t spoil too much but there’s sand, dune buggies, and sand boards. Finally you take the bus ride back to Lima.
Sand dune galore
AVANI_P, Mar 2024
Pick up bus was spacious. The entire trip led by Arturo was wonderful- family of 7 (4 kids) it was fun for both adults and teenagers. Our favourite was the oasis on the dunes- a shout out to our wonderful driver Gustavo. He was wonderful. I would do this again and highly recommend to friends. Thank you!
Great experience
Winifred_E, Mar 2024
This tour is indeed all day but it's a great experience. We loved everything about the tour, well all but getting wet in the speed boat. lol but it came with the experience. It was worth the time and the money I would definitely recommend this tour.
Samuel_M, Mar 2024
Everything trips is good. Is amazing experience. Everything is organized, safety, clean and comfortable.
Fun day in Paracas & Huacachina
LORIE_B, Mar 2024
Long and fun full day. Huacachina was the best part of this tour for me. We had a great rime and will do it again. If, we can.
Maria_G, Mar 2024
I had a great time! The boat tour was fantastic and the sandboarding in Huacachina impressive! I recommend this tour.
Long, but fun exposure to cool activities
John_J, Mar 2024
Pros: nice service (I think Sol was her name and a very good coordinator), the boat ride was cool, dune buggy is awesome - basically a roller coaster, good when you have a full day Cons: legit takes a full day, spend a lot of time on bus, make sure to bring snacks as the food options are lacking.
Sol was an amazing guide!...
Tamara_T, Mar 2024
Sol was an amazing guide! Really fun day. Bring a rain jacket for the boat ride, sunglasses and water.
Perfect Travel Company
Lilia_R, Mar 2024
Love to work with Viator company, because I’d did a mistake with dates and they were very helpful on changing the correct date. Thank you Viator admin. Lilia
Adventurous trip
Deepti_L, Mar 2024
We went with our kids aged 12 and 11 and we all had an amazing time especially on the dune buggy and sand boarding.. The guide Arturo and Diego were awesome and everything went as stated in their itinerary.
Great experience! Just needs to be more practical w/ picking up/dropping off
Beatriz_R, Feb 2024
The experience itself was great and the guides were very communicative! One thing I'd like to add is that they could be more reasonable towards pick-up and drop-off points. We lost a lot A LOT of time with the bus driver trying to go through really narrow streets just to drop one person in front of a specific point (which wasn't even their hotel!!). They should just stick to the main avenues and let people walk to their hotels from there. It ends up being easier for everyone.
A wonderful trip with unexpected experiences for everyone! Definitely recommended!
Stavros_V, Feb 2024
The boat excursion to the islands with sea elephants and other animals was wonderful! We will never forget the desert/dunes visit with the buggie tour (roaler coaster type 😜 ) and the sandboarding.
Huachacina and mini galapegos
Rob_B, Feb 2024
Peru Hop company has given us an awesome experience from beginning to end. Our tour guide Aymeth was amazing, funny, and caring during the entire tour. I can't say enough good things about her. The tour was very long. It started at 5:30 am and ended well after 11:30 pm, but it was worth the trip. The bus was very comfortable and the tour was well organized. Thanks again Aymeth for the great experience.

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