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Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima

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Miraflores, Peru
Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima

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icon18 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


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 sand boarding. 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
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Restroom on board
Pick up and drop off at your hotel
2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Island
2-hour Sandboarding and dunne buggy tour
Bilingual Guide
Food and drinks
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
McDonald's Parque Kennedy , Av. Oscar R. Benavides 140 Miraflores, Cercado de Lima, Miraflores 15074, Peru

Passengers must be OUTSIDE McDonald's at 5:30 am, for pick up between 5:30 am and 5:40 am.

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5:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.The exact pick up time will be provided through the Viator chat.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring breakfast with you (direct bus).
  • Please don’t be late, as bus must leave on time to do Ballestas Islands at 10:00 am.
  • 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.
  • Important holidays: Easter weekend April 14-17 and July 28-30 is Independence Day Celebration in Peru: The pick-up time will be 1 hour before the usual time, Sandboarding/dunebuggy (Huacachina) only 1 hour (all operators) and Ballestas Islands (Paracas) only1 hour and 30 minutes (all operators)
  • Warm weather all year round. Light-weight jumper/jacket for speedboat ride to Ballestas. Closed-toe footwear for Sandboarding.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Peru Hop
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima.
What is the policy on sanitization during Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima.
What is the social distancing policy during Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima.

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  • "Starts very early, so make sure you get breakfast before hand, or have snacks." See review
  • "Prepare for an all day tour but it's worth it." See review
  • "It's a very long day but very well worth it!" See review


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Adventurous Day!
, Jun 2022
Enjoyed this activity. It is an adventure and not for those looking for something relaxing. We started the day at 6am. Diego our guide was kind enough to pick us up at our hotel in Barranco. The ride to Paracas took 3 hours. After the Ballestas boat tour we went to Huachina desert for the sand dunes ride. This is a roller coaster ride on steroids. I did the sandboarding which is bogey boarding on sand. It is a must try. The ride back was almost 5 hours. Please be mindful of this when booking. Would definitely do it again.
Had a great time
, Jun 2022
Enjoyed the trip, unfortunately didn't see much marine life due to the season. Ica was great sandsurfing.
This was a great combo...
, Jun 2022
This was a great combo tour. It is a long day but worth it. The sand dunes was thrilling and fast. And the sunset was so beautiful. The boat ride is bumpy but worth the ride to see the animals. A little tip for those that do not want to be soaked…seat at the front on the boat.
Amazing experience!
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience! The tour was organized and our guide (Alex) was very knowledgeable and was with us every step, and shared a lot about the various spots we visited. It was a full and unforgettable day that I would highly recommend (worth the long bus ride/day).
Sandboarding At It's Finest!
, May 2022
This was one of the most exillerating tours I've ever experienced! Diego and Isabel were superb! This is a most!
1 traveler found this review helpful
, May 2022
We had a great time on this excursion. Isabella was a great guide and kept us updated every step of the way. Pretty smooth and informative experience and had a blast on the boat and at the sand dunes. The drive in the sand buggies was exhilarating but might be too much for some people so just be cautious. Overall 10/10 experience.
Great experience!...
, May 2022
Great experience! Guides were great Very good recommendations Operators were professional and experienced
, May 2022
This was my favorite experience in Peru. The views of the water, oasis and dunes was amazing. Riding the dune buggies through the dessert was my favorite part and the food was good. Everyone was friendly and Alex was an excellent tour guide. A must do for Peru
An experience you won't forget or regret.....but don't be a Karen on the bus!
, May 2022
What a great experience! The early morning start and late night back was a little hard but so worth it! For the boat tour we got to see penguins, sea lions, dolphins, a whale and so many different species of birds! On the boat.....try to sit as close to the front as you can if you don't want to get wet or get a rain poncho. Avoid the back 2-3 will be soaked, like you look like you jumped in the ocean soaked. The people who were there were less than happy at the end of it. The restaurant for lunch wasn't that great, I'd recommend just finding your own food there. The desert oasis was next level amazing! Sandboarding was so much fun. Our driver for the dune buggy was crazy! Very experienced and great at what he does but crazy....granted he did warn us, all I can say is buckle up and hold on. It will definitely get your blood pumping. For dinner we chose to find our own food, ate at a place called Sand and Dune (I think) food and drinks were good. 4 hour bus ride on the way home is long but is easy to sleep for the most part. There were two "Karens" on our bus though who were talking loud and laughing obnoxiously and were told to be quiet by multiple people....please be considerate to the other people on the bus its an exhausting and long day. The day as a whole was an experience I will never forget and would highly recommend!
, May 2022
Boat ride great many animals to see with great scenery. Dune buggy and sand surfing was a blast. Go for it.
, Apr 2022
My friends and I did this tour and it was a wonderful experience. Very organized and a great day. We were able to accomplish a lot of bucket list items on this tour.
Great time Sandboarding
, Apr 2022
The sand boarding and sand bugg. The tour guides were amazing and fun. Everybody was nice and accommodating.
Must try!
, Apr 2022
Amazing experience!! It’s an all day event and there was a decent “hike”…BUT the ride through the desert is well worth it. I do recommend wearing pants and maybe water shoes (you will need close-toe shoes). Drink lots of water! But it was so fun!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience from start to finish!
, Mar 2022
From early in the morning until night when we got back to town, the tour was extremely well organized and we managed to experience so much in the span of one day. Excellent value and highly recommend booking this tour! The bus that served as transportation for the day was very comfortable, with excellent recline and air conditioning. Great for naps to re-energize between stops! We were fortunate enough to see penguins during the Ballestas Islands part of the tour and riding the dune buggies in the desert is a must-do activity for sure. Thanks for a great time and great memories!
Was the best part of my...
, Mar 2022
Was the best part of my trip. My only concern was when I was asked to transfer to the sprinter, and the driver didn’t seem to know any information of where he was going. After a long day it’s not something you want to deal with, I ended up walking to the hotel as I felt it was faster. Outside of that everything was perfect.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Absolutely perfect
, Mar 2022
Seriously the best day/tour ever!!! 100% worth the money!! Our guide was Alex and he was incredible! He’s been doing this for 7 years now so he knows literally everything. Our bus driver Esteban was awesome and drove so smoothly I got a lot of good naps in. And our riding through the desert was with Mikey and it was so fun! Seriously you will not regret booking this. The most incredible day ever.
Don’t want to miss.
, Mar 2022
Worth it! The entire day was organized nicely. There was plenty time to do every activity and give you time to sight see. Diego was extremely informative and helpful and explained everything clearly. The hotel pick up and drop off was extremely convenient especially since the tour ends late. Thanks Peru hop!
1 traveler found this review helpful
We loved it
, Mar 2022
Amazing experience!!! We enjoy a lot the islands and the boogie on the sand!! Price correct. Diego has been an amazing guide : kind and professional!
Amazing , except WIFI was not available !
, Mar 2022
The trip was memorable because of Diego ! Had a great time ! Long bus ride , other than that , it was great !
Great time
, Feb 2022
Great company who are very organized Attend to everyone's needs and know exactly where and what to look for when you are doing the boat ride dune buggy and sand surfing

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