Desde Lima: Full-Day Tour of Islas Ballestas and Huacachina
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 17 hours
It is a long day, but well worthwhile as a lot is packed in. I was really lucky as I was the only one on the tour that day so had Choji, my guide, to myself. His English was excellent and he was a really interesting guide. He covered not only details about the sights on the way but also happily discussing pretty much anything about Peru that I wanted to know. Great to get out of Lima and see something of Peru. Trip to the Ballestas Islands was memorable - getting up close to the sea lions and birds. Desert and oasis impressive too. Sand buggying very much like a roller coaster. Lunch and tasting at the winery were good too. Our guide there was really informative and funny. Also very generous tasting session of eight different piscos. A well put together tour.
Lucas was our guide, and was very knowledgeable about many aspects of Lima and its history. The car ride was very long, but we brought movies/books to entertain ourselves. We had a rest stop about an hour of the way in where we bought coffee and ate from the included “box breakfast.” We then continued on to Huacachina to ride the sand buggies and sandboard. After that, we flew over the Nazca lines in a Cessna Grand Caravan which was great except for the 60deg banked turns so everyone can see the lines. Lunch was after that at appx 2pm, and we skipped the wine tasting cause our stomachs were still struggling from the flight. The ride back took about 5 hrs as there was lots of traffic going into Lima. Overall a great experience.
Boat trip was ok, but we didn’t see any penguins. In sand dunes we been waiting.. waiting... in one place about 30 minutes to take pictures, us was told that we spend 2 hours in the paggy cars. After that 30 minutes or so waiting after others who tried sand boarding. Felt like more waiting in dunes than enjoining the paggy ride. Had excepted more fun there. Anyway... I recommend the bus company who took us there Perú Hop, guid was also professional and funny entertaining us on the way
Visiting all the places was a treat ! The best thing though was our travel buddies Aymen and Pablo. We were picked up right on time in a perfect condition SUV for the long drive. Our buddies were courteous, well spoken in English, knowledgeable and by the end of the day we were like friends. A 17 hour trip that day felt like traveling with family. Highly recommended!!!
Everything was better than expected! We tryed the Pisco and saw the vineyard with Jesus as our guide. He explained everything. The tour guide in the Inca dessert with Jamil was amazing, he even took beautiful pictures of us and the adrenaline with the sand car was just wow. They even pick you up with spot clean cars and respectful drivers. Thank you for everything.