AN OASIS OF ADVENTURE
Located five hours south of Lima, the desert oasis Huacachina is home to an extraordinary
adventure tour called "the dune buggy and sandboarding tour". This tour is both thrilling and
beautiful, transporting you at high speeds deep into the desert to see the huge sand dunes on the coast.
These mountains of sand are beautiful and surreal. And adventurous travelers are
welcome to try sandboarding down the dunes!
There is much more to do here, including winery tours, flights over the world-famous Nazca Lines, and boat tours to see Humboldt penguins and sea lions. Welcome to our site.
POPULAR TOURS IN HUACACHINA AND NEARBY
DUNE BUGGY & SANDBOARDING
Hop into a 4-wheel-drive dune buggy with a professional driver, and “fly” up and down dunes the size of mountains while everyone yells with delight. Then, try sandboarding down the dunes on a sandboard. It’s like snowboarding, but with more sand. This is a world-famous tour that really made Huacachina a popular tourist destination, and is a must-do activity in Peru for fans of adventure tourism and people who love exotic and memorable scenery.READ MORE ABOUT THIS TOUR
WINERY AND PISCO TOUR
The coast of Peru has been producing sweet red wine, and a strong type of brandy known as “Pisco” for over 250 years, ever since the Spanish invaders brought with them grapes to the New World. This tour offers a chance to visit a large, industrial winery that creates pisco and wine using modern techniques, and a small family-run winery that uses ancient colonial-era techniques such as clay jars known as “botijas.” And of course, you can sample the wine and pisco at both locations.READ MORE ABOUT THIS TOUR
BALLESTAS ISLANDS BOAT TOUR
The Ballestas Islands are for people who love wild birds and mammals! During this boat tour, you will see endangered Humboldt penguins, sea lions, fur seals, blue-footed boobies, cormorants, and many other species of seabirds. You will also see a mysterious symbol, called “The Candelabra” which was carved into the face of the cliff centuries ago, by an unknown tribe or civilization. This tour includes transportation from Ica or Huacachina if you are staying here, or we can also pick you up from your hotel in Paracas. This tour departs daily from the dock in Paracas.READ MORE ABOUT THIS TOUR
NAZCA LINES FLIGHTS
The Nazca Lines are an ancient mystery that remains unexplained to this day. We don't know how or why the native Peruvians created these gigantic figures in the shape of animals, people, plants, and geometric shapes. The best way to experienced this world-famous mystery is with a flight over the Nazca Lines in a small Cessna with large windows. This type of aircraft is perfect for touristic flights such as this. Depending on your budget, you can fly from the airport in Ica (just minutes away from Huacachina) or from the airport in Nazca, which is further away but much lower in price.READ MORE ABOUT THIS TOUR
QUAD bike (ATV) IN THE DESERT
The dune buggy tour is fantastic but for safety reasons you can't drive the dune buggies. We are happy to provide a one-hour tour where you can drive a Quad bike (also known as an ATV) in the desert. You will have full control of your vehicle, and a professional guide will show you the route. This tour is expensive though: $75 USD p.p.
HORSEBACK RIDING IN THE DESERT
A romantic and fun activity to do in the Ica region is to take a horseback ride in the desert. This can be a short one-hour ride or a longer 2-hour ride. Please note that for the safety of horse and rider, it is not allowed to gallop with the horses. The desert sand is too uneven for this to be allowed. But at a more relaxing pace, this is a fun activity to do, and offers a unique perspective of the desert.
CITY TOUR, MUSEUM AND MARKET
In addition to our tours to the wineries, we can also offer a city tour to see the highlights of Ica. Ica is a small town in the desert but it has several things of interest: there is a local archaeology museum with beautiful ceramics, textiles and mummies. The Plaza de Armas is worth a visit, and we can even take you to a traditional produce market where farmers bring their fresh fruits and vegetables, amid more exotic items used in "witchcraft".
PARACAS NATIONAL RESERVE
This tour starts from Paracas, one hour to the north. Unlike the Ballestas Islands, the purposes of this tour is not wildlife, but rather the scenery. You'll see red-sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, and lovely coastal dunes. Like many scenery-based tours, this tour is nice but only if the lighting is good!