Paracas and Ica rediscovered
Venture to explore the coastal desert in a completely different way. Join a horseback riding excursion to the Ica desert and experience the gentle gallop of the world famous Peruvian Paso horses. Visit a 17th century vineyard to learn all the secrets about the elaboration of Pisco, our National drink. Enjoy the pleasure to stay in a charming Republican style manor in the heart of 500 hectares of vineyards. Make an expedition to the Lost Canyon in the Ocucaje region and get amazed by surreal landscapes. Board our buggies and head to the Moron Oasis surrounded by endless sand dunes in the middle of the desert. Last but not least explore the Paracas National Reserve and sail to the Ballestas Islands in search of marine wildlife. Peru´s coastal desert awaits you!
- Cross a Sahara-like desert to reach the pristine Moron Oasis
- Explore the Lost Canyon in the Ocucaje desert
- Ride a Peruvian Paso Horse, famed for its smooth ride and lateral gait
Horseback riding excursion and journey to Ica
This morning we leave Lima in the morning and head to the valley of Ica, a fertile land that sharply contrasts with the sand dunes. Here, we´ll first visit a 17th century Pisco Vineyard, La Caravedo, where our famous Pisco brandy is made. At the vineyard, we’ll have the chance to ride along the countryside on Peruvian Paso Horse a very special local horse breed that is world famous for its gentle and elegant gallop. We will also be able to taste the various types of Pisco’s that exist, have lunch and observe a traditional marinera dance (one of Peru’s most famous dances that actually bases its moves on the elegant march of the Peruvian Paso Horses). After enjoying this unique experience we´ll head to the beautiful Hacienda Queirolo, a property located in the middle of 500ha of vineyards at the foothills of the Andean Mountain Range. You can enjoy the afternoon relaxing at the pool, visiting the vineyard or trying the different varieties of Pisco and wines available.
Excursion to the Lost Canyon
After a good rest, and a nice breakfast, it is time for us to explore the often-underestimated Peruvian desert. We´ll continue our journey south for about an hour before leaving the Panamerican Highway and taking a sandy side road in the remote deserts of Ica. As we drive further, this Sahara-like desert will quickly turn into a rocky canyon that tells as that there was once plenty of water running through this arid landscape, we are now in the Canyon of the lost. We will park our transport above the canyon and then set of for a nice 1-hour hike across its base. You’ll be surprised to see how picturesque a desert can be! From the canyon, we will then continue for another two hours until we reach our beautiful Queirolo Vineyard in Ica.
Moron Oasis and Paracas National Reserve
In the morning, we’ll head to the starting point of today’s desert adventure. Once here, we’ll board our powerful sandbuggies, pack our sandboards, swimming gear and picnic lunch and begin our expedition across the heart of the California Desert towards Moron, a beautiful and pristine oasis surrounded by impressive sand dunes. The great advantage of going to Moron is that it still maintains its virgin nature with no buildings around it, only desert and reeds. Once at the oasis we have time to try sandboarding in the nearby dunes, go swimming in its clean waters and enjoy some snacks. We´ll then drive for about one hour till reaching our hotel in the Paracas Bay. We´ll check in and have free time to relax. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to the nearby Paracas National Reserve, the only natural park in the Peruvian coast that protects the marine ecosystem. Here we´ll drive to the main local viewpoints for great views of its ocean and desert landscapes during sunset. You can have lunch in your hotel or if interested we can go to the fishermen village of Lagunillas to try a fresh ceviche.
Ballestas Islands and departure day
This morning we’ll board the fully equipped speedboats departing from the hotel pier towards the Ballestas Islands, also known as the little Galapagos because of the great variety of marine wildlife that inhabit them such as sealions, Humboldt Penguins and various other marine bird species. On route, our boat stops to observe the ”The Chandelier”, an enigmatic figure that can only be seen from the sea.
After the tour, we´ll drive back to Lima.