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Authentic

Off The Beaten Path: Ica & Paracas

Venture into the coastal desert in a completely authentic experience. Visit a 17th-century vineyard to learn the secrets about Peruvian Pisco, our National drink. Enjoy the pleasure of staying in a charming Republican-style manor in the heart of a 500-hectare vineyard. Board our sand buggies on an excursion through the dunes of our Sahara-like desert. Drive to the Paracas National Reserve and visit a scallop’s farm. Finally, go on a boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands in search of marine wildlife. Peru is mostly known for Machu Picchu and the Andes, but on this trip, we will show you a completely different side of the country. Are you ready to go on an off-the-beaten-path discovery of Peru’s coastal desert?

$1,160pp for 2 travelers
04 Days
Why we love this trip
  • Learn about Pisco in a 17th-century Hacienda and taste local wine overlooking 500 hectares of vineyards in the desert
  • Venture into the dunes aboard powerful sand buggies
  • Explore Paracas National Park with its vibrant reddish, yellow and white colors
  • Day 1 Pisco Tasting at La Caravedo & Viñas Queirolo Vineyard

    This morning, we’ll depart in our private transport to Ica in a 300-km drive along the Panamerican Highway. We’ll be heading to the Ica Valley, located 4 hours south of Lima and surrounded by the endless dunes of the desert. Ica is well known for its warm and dry climate, which is perfect for growing vines. Therefore, we’ll make a short stop for a guided tour through a 17th-century vineyard, La Caravedo, where our great spirit, Pisco, is made. After the Peruvian Pisco tasting, we’ll get ready for our lunch, which consists of a set menu of 3 courses of traditional Ica’s cuisine.
    Moving on, we’ll continue to Viñas de Queirolo, a lovely property at the foothills of the Andes surrounded by more than 500 hectares of vineyards. We’ll check-in and have some time to relax in their facilities, and about 4 pm, we’ll join a tour around the vineyard. A local sommelier will guide us through this excursion to learn all about the wines and Pisco production. For sunset, we’ll enjoy a wine tasting in a fantastic viewpoint overlooking the vineyards.

  • Day 2 Leisure Time at Viñas Queirolo & Desert Adventure into California Dunes

    Imagine waking up in a hotel in the middle of a vineyard in the Ica desert. Today, you’ll have the morning free to relax, enjoy the pool, the hotel facilities, or go for a short walk through the vineyards. After an early lunch, we make way to the California desert, were today’s main adventure will happen. We’ll be riding powerful sand buggies across the desert dunes! There will be time to take some pictures, and, if you fancy it, you can try your skills at sandboarding too, it’s easy! After this unique experience, continue our journey to Paracas bay, where we’ll spend the night at a beautiful ocean-front hotel.

  • Day 3 Visiting a Scallop farm & Paracas National Reserve

    Today, if we are lucky, we might observe the flamingos on the beachfront of our hotel. These migratory birds can usually be seen in Paracas between June to October. It’s thought that the white and vibrant reddish color of the flamingos were the inspiration for the striped Peruvian flag. We can make a short walk along the Paracas Bay before heading to the Paracas National Reserve.
    Today, if we are lucky, we might observe the flamingos on the beachfront of our hotel. These migratory birds can usually be seen in Paracas between June to October. It’s thought that the white and vibrant reddish color of the flamingos were the inspiration for the striped Peruvian flag. We can make a short walk along the Paracas Bay before heading to the Paracas National Reserve.
    This national park is not only beautiful but also essential as it protects hundreds of marine species that inhabit Peru’s ocean ecosystems. First, we’ll head to a beach with calm and clear waters to visit a scallop farm. After a short briefing, we have a chance to hop on a small fishing boat to get close to the protection nets for the scallops grow. If we feel like it, we can dive for our scallops too! After, we’ll enjoy a delicious fresh seafood dish for lunch. Finally, we’ll drive to some of the most impressive viewpoints in Paracas National Reserve to admire the vast ocean and desert landscapes.

  • Day 4 Ballestas Islands & Drive to Lima

    After breakfast, we will board our fully equipped speedboats towards the Ballestas Islands, also known as the little Galapagos, because of their great variety of wildlife. On route, our boat will stop to observe The Chandelier, an enigmatic figure that can only be seen from the sea. Some people think this hieroglyph served as a navigational guide for ancient sailors based on the constellation of the southern cross. In contrast, some others believe it is related to the Nazca lines. Once in the Ballestas Islands, you will see a great variety of marine animals in their natural habitats like a huge colony of sea wolves, Humboldt penguins, and a variety of seabirds. You will go through caves and rock formations that have been carved by sea, wind, and weather. Finally, you’ll return to your hotel. If time allows, you might enjoy your last day at the beach, and then we’ll start our journey back to Lima.

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