If you’re planning the perfect escapade from Lima then Paracas and Huacachina are surely on your bucket list. These two travel destinations are located a few hours apart and are surely the best getaway attractions near the bustling capital of Peru.
Ica has become a major travel destination for travelers around the world since it offers the perfect setting to relax and sunbathe in the tranquility of the vast Peruvian desert. Besides, the beautiful scenery of the Huacachina oasis will leave you spellbound as soon as you get there.
For that reason, we know you’d love to know everything about this magical region, where towering dunes, outstanding pisco vineyards and colorful sunset will add up that special touch you’ve been looking for on your trip.
This excursion will take place in Paracas, where our team will pick you up from your accommodation before taking you to the heart of the Peruvian desert.
We’ll have a day of activities, where you’ll get to know a famous pisco vineyard, explore the only natural oasis in South America and tame the dunes on an adrenaline-packed ride. Here’s what you should expect:
1. El Catador
It is a traditional vineyard located at the outskirts of the city of Ica; El Catador has been one of the major producers of Pisco and wine since 1856, a family business carried out for generations until the current date.
The site offers a complete experience, where you’ll get to learn everything about their unique distillery process, taste some of their iconic drinks and explore their pisco winery. El Catador has been awarded many times for products such as the Pisco Sour Semi Preparado and La Fina Crema de Pisco.
The Oasis of Huacachina is known as the only natural oasis of the continent and it’s located a few minutes away from the city of Ica. The site offers an authentic natural scenery surrounded by towering dunes and a tranquility like no other.
Huacachina is one of the most sought after attractions south of Lima since it comprises adventure activities like dune buggy rides and sandboarding, as well as the perfect setting to sit back and let your worries disappear with the fresh desert breeze.
3. Dune Buggy & Sandboarding
Dare to explore the desert on a dune buggy ride! Here you’ll travel across the dunes as if you were on a roller coaster. We’ll make some stops on the way so you can appreciate the beautiful landscapes from the dunes.
But the adventure doesn’t stop there since you’ll get to slide through several dunes on a sandboard. Be daring! Try doing it while standing if you’re feeling brave enough, or lay flat on the board and make your way down.
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On this opportunity, you’ll get to experience the best sites within the Ica region. We want you to feel comfortable, for that reason, we have prepared a special itinerary where you’ll get to visit each site calmly so you can fully appreciate everything with no rush:
12:00h - 12:30h | Pick up from the hotel
Our team will pick you up from your accommodation so we can start our adventure through the desert.
12:30h - 14:00h | Paracas to Ica
Ica is located 1.5 hours from the beach town of Paracas. On the way you’ll get to experience the beautiful natural scenery of the region.
14:00h - 15:30h | El Catador: Pisco & Wine Tasting
On this occasion, you’ll get to know one of the most important vineyards of the region, as well as the Pisco and Wine distillery process, and sample some of the drinks.
15:45h - 16:30h | Free time to explore Huacachina
Make your way through the beautiful oasis and explore this small tourist village, try some local food or just relax by the shores of the lagoon.
17:00h - 18:00h | Dune Buggy & Sandboarding Tour
We’ll meet again to experience the most exciting activity in Huacachina. Our team will take you through several dunes and will make a few stops on the way so you can appreciate the beautiful sunset from the desert.
Important Note: We’ll give you total flexibility so you can decide what to do afterwards, either returning to Paracas, staying in Huacachina or taking a bus to your next location. Please let us know in advance.
As you already know, Ica is located about 4 hours south of Lima. If you’re planning a trip to Southern Peru, we encourage you to explore even more places until you reach your final destination.
Luckily for you, our excursion will take you through the most beautiful natural scenery of the region,
to later explore the natural Oasis of Huacachina.
To book the Ica City Tour from Paracas, you just need to contact our team. We will optimize your time and adventure with a tailored-made travel itinerary for you.
Likewise, we care to provide the best experience to each and every one of our passengers, which is why we count with certified drivers, professional guides, and an all-time monitored car fleet with GPS tracking.
- Duration: 6 hours approx.
- Entrance: Already included in the travel package.
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