Tours and Tickets by Peru Hop
Desert Oasis, Sandboarding and Mini-Galapagos - 1 Day Tour from Lima
The coastal and desert regions outside Lima offer a world of outdoor adventure far from the city, but complex bus systems—and, for some visitors, a language barrier—make exploring a challenge. On this full-day tour, travel in comfort from your Lima hotel and hit Paracas and Huacachina with ease. Spot native marine life in the Paracas National Reserve and try sandboarding on South America’s largest dunes.
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Sarah C wrote a review Today
Peru hop runs like a well oiled machine. Extremely well organized. Very kind and clear staff. Also a very flexible itenerary. We booked our trip originally as the two day trip to Paracas and Huacachina. We were picked up by a van promptly at the pickup time and location. The van took us to a different hotel, where the larger charter bus arrived within 5 minutes. From there, our guide, Fernando, introduced himself and explained the itenerary, how Peru Hop works in general, and a bit of history of where we were driving. We rode to Mirasur for breakfast where they had either chicarrone sandwich or eggs. We then got the Peruvian horse dance show, neat but nothing to write home about. BUT they did show us this really funny game where a guinea pig has to basically pick which box to go into, and if he picks yours you won a prize and had good luck. Hard to explain but very fun and worth seeing. Then we had this like 15 minutes of free play time on a trampoline, riding the horse, play structures, volleyball, etcetera. Our whole bus group was really enjoying playing like little kids. Next up was Paracas. We arrived at the small beach town around noon. After lunch, my friend and I rented bikes (2 hours, 2 bikes 60 soles = 15-20 USD) and went all the way down the beach to the edge of the Paracas National Reserve. We saw pelicans, egrets AND flamingos. Peru hop does offer the golden shadows hike as an add-on activity - which I heard was very cool, but we thoroughly enjoyed our bike ride and would recommend that as an alternate activity. For dinner we went to Cevecheria Ruskitarreta where we had AMAZING fish ceviche and also and avocado stuffed with cooked white fish and vegetables. The next morning we were supposed to go to the Ballestas Islands tour but the tide was too high for us to go. They refunded the cost of that tour. Instead my friend and I walked over to this obelisque in Paracas that was a decent filler activity. Next up was the Paracas National Reserve Tour. My friend and I upgraded to the buggy to drive ourselves through the park. We stayed 99% of the time on the road, which was probably much safer than what I pictured of riding through sand dunes without much experience operating a buggy. When we got back from the Reserve, it was time to leave for Huacachina (only about an hour drive). Huacachina was absolutely amazing, really a sight to see, the steep sand dunes meet at the oasis. We had an hour of rest in Huacachina before our sand dune buggying/boarding began. Peru Hop gets you a ticket with a company that has these big buggies that seat 10 people. The buggy drivers are professionals who drive wildly (in a very fun, thrill-inducing way). You then get to sand board and watch the sunset over the dunes. I had never quite seen anything like it before. Absolutely awesome. From there we had dinner at Wild Olive (a recommendation from Fernando) which had very yummy pizzas for a good price. We also decided that night that we wanted to extend our trip by one day to see the Nasca Lines. Fernando helped us get the hotel and Nasca activities super easily. On our final day, we woke up early to take the 3 hour shuttle to Nasca. In Nasca, we went straight to the airport and loaded up in planes that seated 6 + 2 pilots and got to see all the lines from above. Incredible to see these lines and it’s hard to believe they’re still there after 2000 years. We were shuttled back to the meeting point, a cafe, where we had a quick lunch before our next tour - the Nasca aqueducts, which are also 2000 years old and still in perfect condition. Then we had another 3 hours ride back to Huacachina - an hour gap for dinner - then 4 hours back to Lima. A lot of driving that last day but totally worth it. I couldn’t recommend Peru Hop enough. Fernando was an amazing guide who helped everything run smoothly. Even though many people had different iteneraries (some people did 2-day trips, some did 3-day trips, others were going all the way to Cusco) he was able to keep it all straight and make sure that people knew where to go. If I were to do it over again, I would have made my time in Peru 2 weeks and here’s what I’d do: - 2-3 days in Lima to see the sights - Peru Hop trip from Lima to Cusco, maybe taking an extra couple of days in Arequipa and also taking time in Cusco to go up to Machu Pichu of course. Then fly back home from Cusco. Peru Hop is such a great value and amazing how flexible and customizable your experience can be!…
Bethany S wrote a review Yesterday
Review of: 4-Day: Lima to the Canyon in Arequipa
Fun activities in each location. Our fabulous tour guide, Mari, had great suggestions for tours, meals and entertainment. She was also great at keeping track of all our schedules and accommodations.
Darya wrote a review Yesterday
This was the only tour I did, on my weekend in Lima and it was worth every penny. The guides Willy and Maurice are the best, when it comes to innside knowledge, they will show you the best spots for pics and places. It was all so well organized, no stress at all and enough time at every destination. The highlight was definetly the sandbording and seeing dolphins swimming beside the boat. A big Must-See in Lima…
jsilans wrote a review Yesterday
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The whole trip was just amazing. Peru hop did an excellent job, it's very reliable and well organised . The bus moves on time and you feel safe. Isabel our guide made the trip much more memorable. I guess no one would have known she is new until she mentions it. Very caring person and yet professional. Can clearly see that she is very passionate on what she does. Keep it up..…
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Michael B wrote a review Aug 17
Unknown to us when we left Lima, there was a nationwide protest where they blocked the roads. Peru hop was very aware of the situation and still took us to Paracas where they essentially stranded us for days. The rest of the tour was entirely canceled and we were scheduled to go all the way to cusco. I understand it was out of their control but every small local excursion and accommodations were very willing to fully refund us due to the circumstances. Peru hop tour guides told us they would refund us and then the company refused to and countered every claim we made to the credit card company. They then blamed us for not having a credit card that offered travel insurance…
Date of experience: April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.