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Peru Inca Wonders - Day Tours

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Peru Inca Wonders - Day Tours
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jmiller7892 wrote a review Feb 2017
St. Pete Beach, FL22 contributions30 helpful votes
I contacted Paul at this tour via email and phone for a tour in Arequipa. He even confirmed via email one week before we got there. I tried to reach him the day before arrival, no response. The day our ship docked we went to the port gate and waited. Two Peruvians kindly called the tour office. One was told by someone in the office the guide would be there soon. On the 2nd call we were told no one would show up. What a great disappointment! Do not trust this tour operator! He does not keep his word. We were not able to go to Arequipa because when we found out no one was coming, there wasn't enough time to reach the city. Avoid at any cost!
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Date of experience: January 2017
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Roger R wrote a review Apr 2016
Wiltshire, United Kingdom109 contributions99 helpful votes
Travelling by cruise ship, we joined two private tours organised by CruiseCritic members with Peru Inca Wonders. The first was from the tiny South Peruvian port of San Martin near Pisco and we visited the Ballestas Islands in the morning and the Nazca Lines in the afternoon. The second was a Lima City Tour. This review relates to the first tour. BALLESTAS ISLANDS & NAZCA LINES. We were a group of 12. We had needed to pay a deposit a month in advance to secure the aircraft for the flight over the Nazca Lines. This proved a mission as the only ways of submitting payment was by Western Union (risky) or bank transfer (expensive). There was some pontification by group members (none of whom had previously met) but after some online debate we eventually submitted payment through WU, which proved okay in the end. BALLESTAS ISLANDS: On the day of the trip there were various groups with a rendez-vous at the quayside at the same time, a number of which were with Peru Inca Wonders. There was some confusion in getting each group transported through the dock gates, after which they transferred to other transport to a jetty at Paracas for the trip to the Ballestas Islands. There were delays and frustrations, but eventually we boarded our high-speed open catamaran for the islands. Before reaching the islands we sailed back past our ship and along the northern shore of Paracas National Park, viewing the arid cliffs, rich bird and marine life and the enigmatic 'Candelabra' geoglyph. The Ballestas Islands are some 12 miles off the mainland and are vaulted as Peru's 'Galapagos Islands'. This is undoubted hyperbole, but nevertheless they are most impressive, particularly rich in sea birds and sea lions. We enjoyed a thorough tour around the small islands and our guide was excellent in pointing out the wild life and explaining much detail. I would give the Ballestas Islands 5/5. NAZCA LINES: Returning to the jetty at Paracas we transferred to a mini-bus for the 75 minute drive to Ica, a large town in the desert, where we checked in at the airport for our flight over the Nazca Lines. It had already been a bit of a rush, but now we became anxious. We were all weighed and allocated our seats and were strapped in as the crew of the 12-seat Cessna single prop aircraft went through their checks. They found an electrical fault which meant we were all off-loaded and had to wait for the fault to be remedied. We needed to get back to our ship soon, because the ship would not wait for us! Eventually we all reboarded and we took off for our 20 minute journey to the Lines. We were then given a good tour over the Nazca Lines and were shown the main 12 or 14 main geoglyphs in this amazing area of desert. The pilot would first bank to the right over a feature, then turn and bank left over the same object. The flight was quite bumpy with turbulence and after 30 minutes of this we were all glad we had not had time for lunch!! We then had 20 mins back to the airfield. We were really worried about getting back to San Martin before our ship sailed, but our tour guide insisted we stop for the lunch that had been pre-arranged. Feeling decidedly 'fragile' we all tried to resist but in the end we settled for 'not more than 15 mins'! A little simple food actually did us good and it proved a pity we could not stay longer for what was an excellent spread! It was then a 1 hour dash back to the port, only to get there to find the 'jobsworthy' on the gate wouldn't let us through as our vehicle didn't have a pass! In the meantime my wife was getting urgent calls from the front desk on the ship asking where I was!! Eventually we were let in and we screached up to the gangplank, just as it was about to be raised! Well that was just too close for comfort!! In summary it was a fabulous trip, but was marred by unforeseen delays on a very tight schedule. The guide and driver did their best.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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armyrangermom wrote a review Apr 2016
The Villages69 contributions29 helpful votes
Geraldine was our tour guide. Her English was excellent. We saw everything they stated we would see even though our time had been shortened due to changes at the port. Our bus was new and comfortable and our driver did an excellent job of navigating thru the horrendous Lima traffic.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Ann W wrote a review Mar 2015
Pine Grove, California20 contributions10 helpful votes
We were docked in Callao (Lima), while on a cruise on January 13, 2015. We had booked a tour with Peru Inca Wonders (www.peruincawonders.com) to the Pachacamac Ruins and the Gold Museum at noon. Our group was met at the port gate by our guide Vanessa. We boarded the sprinter van and headed to the Pachacamac Ruins. The drive was about an hour and on the way Vanessa told us about the history, lifestyle, and culture of the locals. The Pachacamac area was believed to be an oracle. Upon arriving, the area was huge and I was glad we weren't going to walk it. Vanessa explained the different areas we were seeing and we would stop, get off the bus, hear her explanation, take some pictures, then get back on the bus to the next location. After leaving the ruins, we headed to the Gold Museum, where again Vanessa proved her excellent knowledge of the many artifacts we saw. The Gold Museum was amazing and a lot larger with more pieces than I expected. This was an excellent tour and I would recommend Peru Inca Wonders as a tour company.
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Date of experience: January 2015
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Sedona-Joel wrote a review Feb 2015
Sedona, Arizona57 contributions18 helpful votes
The Ballestas Islands are a group of small islands near the town of Paracas located within the Paracas District of the Pisco Province in the Ica Region. We took a wonderful tour to the islands with this company. The trip took about 3 hours including one hour viewing at the islands. It was as much fun to us as visiting the Galapagos Islands.
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Date of experience: February 2015
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