California Desert in Paracas.


Travel with us on a private transportation to the south of Lima and visit the Ballestas Islands, a wonderful place that houses huge colonies of sea lions, hundreds of marine birds, including pelicans, boobies, cormorants and Humboldt penguins. We also take you to experience the magic of the desert at the amazing dunes of the Peruvian Coast. Our adventure dune buggy tour takes place at the desert known by locals as California located a few kilometers away from the Paracas Reserve. At the site you will able to practice Sandboarding at various spots. There are dunes of all types for the very beginners and for professionals. During the tour you will be able to make various stops for photos. Our professional driver will go the extra mile to ensure your fun.

Photo Gallery: Ballestas Islands & Sandboard in Paracas.

Ballestas Islands Ballestas Islands - Peru Sandboarding in Paracas Lagunillas Beach in Paracas
BALLESTAS ISLANDS & sandboard in paracas from LIMA


04:30 h. You will be met by our driver/representative at your hotel in Lima and then we will take a private machine and will drive for about 3 hours till the Paracas Bay. At the Paracas Bay we will be met by our local guide who will lead us to the port where we will board a speed boat to visit the Ballestas Islands. During our boat excursion to the Islands you will see many attractions, among them, stands out a huge design etched on the slope of hill, known by the local people as The Candelabra. This is an enormous figure that can be seen clearly from the sea. Our local guide will explain the most important theories concerning this drawing. Afterwards, we will continue our excursion around the Ballestas Islands, where you will see hundreds of birds flying (Peruvian Bobbies, Inca terms, Pelicans, Cormorants and others) above the Islands, as well as dozens of sea lions on the shore of the beaches, and if you are lucky you also can see the famous Humboldt Penguins and dolphins swimming nearby. It is not allowed to land on the Island, which means you will spend all the tour on the boat. The boat tour lasts 2 hours. By 10:00 hrs we will return to the mainland. At the port you will have 30 minutes free to just relax, take a cup of coffee or simply walk around the souvenir shops nearby.
10:30 hrs. We will start our excursion to the desert. For this adventure tour we use a 4x4 drive machine which is conducted by a professional driver with long experience in desert tours. Afterwards we will leave the Paracas Bay and will drive towards the Pan-American Highway. After some kilometers we will reach a detour that will take us into the desert. Our first stop will take place on a zone where there are a series of dunes that offer perfect conditions to practice sand boarding. There are various dunes suitable for the very beginners and also for professional sand boarders. We will learn some safety techniques so that you can enjoy your ride safely. We will first start to practice on the many little dunes, so once we have practiced enough, we will go in search of bigger ones for those who wish to try longer rides. At this site you can also enjoy magnificent views of the desert, take group photos and walk around. Finally we will drive back to the Pan-American Highway where our private vehicle will be waiting to return to Lima. The trip back to Lima lasts 3 hours. On route we will stop at the city of Chincha where we will have lunch. (Lunch is included at the Restaurant El Batan). Upon arrival in Lima you will be dropped off at your hotel. We will be arriving in Lima around 17:30 hrs. End of the tour.

What is included on this day?

  • 04:30 hrs. Pick up from your hotel in Lima.
  • Transportation: Lima - Paracas - Lima. (Transportation shared with maximum of 6 people).
  • 07:30 hrs. Arrival in Paracas.
  • 08:00 hrs. Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands. (2 hours).
  • 10:30 hrs. Sandboarding tour. (2 hours).
  • All entrance fees & Professional drivers.
  • 12:30 hrs. Return to the city of Lima.
  • 13:30 hrs. Stop for lunch at the Restaurant El Batan in Chincha.
  • 17:30 hrs. Arrival in Lima and drop off at your hotel.

Note: Times are estimated, except the departure time.

What is not included?

  • Meals.
  • Gratuities.

Daily departures:

04:30 h.


  • On this tour you must bring warm clothing or just a wind breaker, as it gets very windy once the boat gets in motion. Bring sun block to avoid sun burning, sun glasses and a cap.

Additional Information::

  • All your personal information is required at the moment of your booking.
  • Confirmation of the excursion will be received at time of booking.
  • All tours are operated in English unless otherwise stated.

Travel voucher:.

  • You will receive an electronic voucher via e-mail once your booking if confirmed.
  • for every confirmed booking you will be required to print your electronic voucher for presentation at the moment we start the excursion. The electronic voucher acts as a confirmacion for all the services you have requested.

Local Operator Information:

  • We will send you complete operator information.
  • Our Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operator in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.


How to book with Mystery Peru

Important: We need a minimum of 2 participants for this program.

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