Peru is a huge country, full of culture, happiness and, above all, destinations to discover. In the southern part of the Peruvian coast, there is the Ica region, which is located approximately 3 hours away by car.
Ica is known for being a great producer of grapes and for the elaboration of Wines and Pisco, however, it also has the desert whose oases in the place are a special attraction such as the famous Huacachina, where you can practice Sandboarding or ride in tubular cars adding excitement and speed to our vacations.
This destination also offers us a visit to one of its best-known islands, the Ballestas Islands, where part of the marine fauna of the place can be appreciated. Many consider that visiting Peru is just going to Machu Picchu and the vacation is over, but no! Peru has much more.
By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
Our one-day trip tries to cover the main attractions of Ica and its surroundings, visiting both the Huacachina, taking a tubular ride or practicing a little sandboarding, adding more excitement and adrenaline to our vacation.
We know much more closely the vineyards where the production of grapes is used for the elaboration of the national drink of Peru that is Pisco and the wines and perhaps you will be encouraged to taste it.
We will enjoy our trip by making a brief navigation through the Pacific Ocean to visit the Ballestas Islands and learn more about the fauna of the place.
Day 1: LIMA – ICA – LIMA
In the morning at approximately 05:00 A.M. Our team in charge of the trip will go through your hotel to pick you up and board the bus that will take us on a 4-hour trip to the Paracas Bay, on this journey you will be provided with a snack on board before reaching our destination.
After that time we will arrive at the tourist port of Paracas, where we will begin our tour to the Ballestas Islands in modern boats which will provide us with life jackets and our guides in charge will provide us with the necessary support.
During our tour we will be able to appreciate the famous Candelabra, which is a huge hieroglyph of origin not yet discovered, then we will continue on the boat towards the Ballestas Islands, which are made up of a large number of rock formations, we will take advantage of the place to observe a great variety of marine fauna among which guano birds, sea lions and many penguins of the haholdt stand out.
We will return to the bay of Paracas to continue our journey by car until we reach the city of Inca where we can enjoy lunch (not included) and in the afternoon we will visit the vineyards of Ica and we will take advantage of the place to make a tasting of the wine production of the area.
We will continue the trip visiting the Huacachina oasis that arose as a result of the outcropping of underground water currents, which today allows the existence of vegetation composed of palm trees, eucalyptus trees and carob trees in the middle of the desert, here we will take a short rest before continuing our activities as is the ride in Tubulares and Sandboarding.
For approximately 1 hour we will add a bit of speed to our routine and we will also climb some dunes to descend using the board, this activity is called Sandboarding.
Before leaving the city of Ica we will make a quick visit to the Noelia chocolate shop where we will taste the traditional chocotejas that are typical of this area, we will continue with the visits on the way back to Lima making a stop at the Racimo de Uva winery in Chincha where we will have a music show and we will taste wines and some sweets from the area such as strained beans or the Paciencia cookie.
We will leave chincha at approximately 7 pm to Lima, arriving in the capital at approximately 10 pm.
*Obs: Our order of visits may vary according to capacity and restrictions at each tourist point.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Tourist Transport Lima / Paracas /Ica / Chincha / Lima
- Accident insurance (Soat)
- Official tour guide
- Boat to the Ballestas Islands
- Life jackets during the tour
- Observation of sea lions, Humboldt penguins and guano birds
- Visit to the vineyard in Ica
- Tasting of wines, macerados and piscos
- Visit to the Huacachina oasis
- Visit to the stand of Chocolatería Noelia – in Huacachina
- Tejas and chocotejas tasting
- Visit to the Grape Bunch vineyard. music show
- Tasting of Chinchano wines and sweets
- 1 complimentary wine for the birthday boy
- Permanent assistance
- First aid kit
- Sand boarding
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Entrance to the islands and tourist pier tax: Adult S/16.00 Child S/8.00
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL AT ICA
All our services start at their respective Hotel in the city of Lima, we consider Miraflores, San Isidro as the starting point for our pick up, our team will be willing to provide you with all the necessary logistics at no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with the details of your hotel address 2 days before your arrival in the city.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE HUACACHINA TOURS?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk or trip , then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Ica and the Paracas reserve are located on the Peruvian coast, therefore the probability of altitude sickness is impossible, but we recommend that if your trip extends to other regions of the country such as Cusco, Puno,Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- Personal documents
- Bring a windbreaker jacket
- Cap or hat
To take into account:
- Pregnant women or people with operations on the spine They cannot perform tubulars and sandboarding, since it is an adventure sport with strong movements.
- The minimum age to enter the Ballestas Islands is 1 ½ years.
- The departure to the ballestas islands are subject to weather conditions, and entry may be restricted by provisions of the Peruvian Navy in order to safeguard the integrity of the passenger. In this case, the company offers the change of activity for tubulars and sandboarding or the refund of the value to which it is equivalent the trip to Islands.