Islas Ballestas + Huacachina Day Tour with Lunch & Pisco tasting

Lima > Ica > Lima
  • Full-day
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  • Adult $289 USD
  • Under 18 $279 USD
Private Groups only

Islas Ballestas + Huacachina Day Tour with Lunch & Pisco tasting

Adult $289 USD
Under 18 $279 USD

Marine wildlife and sandy adventures for foodies

How about an adventure-packed day from Lima? We'll be heading to Islas Ballestas and the stunning Huacachina oasis. After discovering the region's marine wildlife on a chilling boat tour, we'll gear up for an epic buggy ride and sandboarding experience through Ica's iconic desert and dunes. Once you've worked up an appetite, we've got a classic Ica meal lined up, topped off with a pisco tasting guided by an expert. By the time we circle back to Lima, you might be worn out but you'll be packed with memories to cherish!

This tour can be booked for groups from 4 to 12 people only. For parties with less or more people, please reach out for a custom quote.
This Ica day trip received a rating of 5 stars on TripAdvisor
  • 16 hours

    Private Groups (EN, ES, FR, PT)
    - 04:00-20:00

    Other languages: reach out for a quote
  • Local Expert Guide

    You will be paired with one of our licensed tour guides. All are very knowledgable and passionate about their food, country and culture.
  • Free Cancellation

    Cancel for free up to 72 hours before the tour' start time, no questions asked. For last minute requests, we will do our best to find a win-win solution.

Ica gems

Your adventure begins here. Are you ready?

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    We'll depart from Lima in the early hours, around 4:00 AM. As we make our way down to Paracas on the famous Pan-American highway, you'll be captivated by views of the Pacific Ocean, intertwined with the fusion of desert terrains and vineyards distinct to the Lima and Ica regions. To energize your morning before our Islas Ballestas tour, our guide will provide a breakfast "box", priming you for spotting seals, sea lions, Humboldt penguins, Peruvian pelicans, boobies,... and with a bit of luck, dolphins!
    Following that, we'll head south for approximately an hour until we arrive at the city of Ica, home to the iconic Huacachina oasis. Our next adventure awaits there: hop onto a Polaris buggy to explore the vast Ica desert. Brace yourself for an exhilarating, rollercoaster-esque ride and then shift gears to sandboard down the majestic dunes.
    After our sandy adventure, we'll return to downtown Ica for a culinary treat. You'll get the chance to savor three dishes emblematic of the Ica region, capped off with a dessert that traces its origins back to this very area.
    On our way back to Lima, we'll pause briefly for a pisco tasting session. This will also be a chance for you to delve deeper into pisco production and gain insights into Peru's heritage as you tour the bodega.

    Estimated time of arrival in Lima: 20:00

Testimonials

  • Perfect day trip from Lima

    The Islas Ballestas tour? Absolute magic! It's not every day you get to see such awesome marine life and natural beauty. And those sand dunes? Talk about a playground for thrill-seekers! But let's not forget lunch - it was a flavor fest. Truly some of the best grub I've had in a while. All in all, it was a jam-packed day of cool sights and yummy bites!
    Bruno – Jul, 2023

Additional information

What is included

  • Typical Ica lunch
  • Pisco tasting experience
  • Breakfast “box”
  • Islas Ballestas boat tour (shared boat)
  • Polaris buggy and sandboarding tour (private)
  • Licensed expert guide
  • Dedicated travel support while you are in Peru
  • Pick up and drop off in the Lima Metropolitan area (for LIM Airport or Callao cruise terminal, please reach out before booking)
  • Stress and worries 🌝

Additional data

  • The Islas Ballestas boat tour is subject to weather conditions. The captain of the boat may cancel the trip last minute if the safety of the passengers is not guaranteed. In such case, we will either refund the amount corresponding to the boat tour, or offer and alternative tour to visit the Paracas National Reserve.
  • For safety reasons, to board the buggies guests must: be at least 5 years old, not weight more than 100 kg, not be taller than 2 m.
  • For safety reasons, to board the Islas Ballestas boat guests must: be at least 1 year old.
  • Guests with reduced mobility may find sandboarding too challenging. If needed, they may decide to skip it and wait for the group.
  • We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes, as well as using a hat and sunscreen.
  • The food served can be adapted to any dietary restriction or allergy.
  • This tour can be booked for groups from 4 to 12 people only. For parties with less or more people, please reach out for a custom quote.

Meeting point

Where do we meet?

  • At your accommodation
  • 04:00 AM
Remember that
Please make sure to let us know where you want to be picked up and dropped off. If you are staying outside the Barranco/Miraflores/San Isidro/Centro de Lima area. the total duration of the tour may increase a bit (+15-45 mins)

Questions?

  • 01 Is this food tour physically demanding?
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    Guests with reduced mobility may find sandboarding too challenging. If needed, they may skip it and wait for the group in the buggy with our guide. Although the buggy and boat activities may give guests an adrenaline rush, these are not particularly demanding. That being said, the total duration of the tour door-to-door (16h) may be too tiring for some people.
  • 02 Can you pick me up and drop me off from/at any location?
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    Pick up and drop off is included in the price from/to any location in the Lima Metropolitan area. That being said, for LIM Airport or Callao cruise terminal pick ups/drop offs, please reach out before booking, as some details need to be checked prior to confirming your booking.
  • 03 Do we eat a lot during this tour? Does it constitute a meal?
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    Shortly after picking you up, your guide will hand you a breakfast 'box' that you will be able to eat on your way to Paracas. Later, a traditional Ica lunch will be served. Depending on your appetite and personal preference, you may want to bring snacks to eat throughout the day, as well as water, especially for the leg back to Lima.
  • 04 What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
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    If you suffer any allergy o dietary restrictions, make sure to inform us in the checkout notes or via email once you completed your booking so we can take all the necessary precautions. This tour can cater for people with any allergy, including but not limited to gluten, lactose and soy. This day tour, can be adapted for people on a vegetarian or vegan diet. While our goal is to be as inclusive as possible, we are unfortunately unable to offer halal and kosher alternatives at the moment due to the difficulty for some Peruvian restaurants to acquire and stock items with such characteristics.
  • 05 Do I have to book in advance?
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    We recommend to book at least 2 weeks in advance to make sure it's not sold out, but in most cases we accept bookings up to 72 hours before the tour starts.
  • 06 Is this food tour family friendly?
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    Generally speaking, it is. However, it's important to know that children will need to be at least 5 years old to participate in the Huacachina buggy + sandboarding activity, and 1 year old for the Islas Ballestas boat tour. Therefore, we wouldn't recommend this tour to families whose children are younger than 5.
  • 07 Can I book this tour as a private tour?
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    This tour only operates in private. Please note that the boat to tour Islas Ballestas will be shared with other people (total capacity: 10 or 20 people, depending on the day). If you would like to fully privatize the boat, please reach out to us for a custom quote.
  • 08 What if I don’t drink alcohol?
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    If you do not drink alcohol, please reach out to us to send you a custom quote that excludes the pisco tasting experience from the price. In any case, it is important to know that no alcoholic beverages will be served to our guests under 18 years of age.
  • 09 What if I need to cancel this tour?
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    Up to 72h before the tour start time, you can cancel your booking for free. We will only withhold card processing fees, which vary between 3% and 7% depending on the card used (due to financial entity, currency and country rules).
  • 10 Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
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    Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • 11 Do you offer any other tour?
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    Yes, we have several food tours in the bank. Each of them offer a different perspective on Peruvian gastronomy. We like to think we have an option for all budgets and interests! Although we specialize in food tourism, if you'd like to visit a museum, or another area of Lima not covered by one of our tours, please do let us know – we will for sure be able to arrange something with the help of our trusted partners.
  • 12 How likely am I to get sick?
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    With our tour, extremely unlikely. All the stops are carefully vetted by our team and we run regular checks to make sure they maintain the same standards, both in terms of quality of the food as well as hygiene. Food poisoning is of course something that shouldn't be ignored in Peru, so we always recommend to eat or drink at places that were recommended by at least one local person, combined with positive online reviews.