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From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis

Lima, Peru
From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis

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icon14 to 16 hours  (approx.)
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Escape the bustling city of Lima and explore Peru's countryside on this full-day excursion. Join a small group and take a boat ride to the Ballestas Islands to observe several species including dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. Then, fly over the Nazca Desert to see the ancient geoglyphs that have been etched into the earth. End your tour at the Huacachina Oasis, where you have free time to explore.
  • Learn about Peru's history from your tour guide
  • Upgrade to include sandboarding in Huacachina
  • Take in the views of Peru on a scenic flight
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
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Flight over the Nazca Lines.
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Tour to Ballestas Boat ride.
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4:30 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Travel Buddies Peru
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Both the driver and the...
, Jul. 2022
Both the driver and the tour guide, Iman and Miguel, were excellent. They both made sure that we enjoyed each activity. They arrived on time and provided lots of information. They had carefully organized each activity and the whole day run very smoothly. We both highly recommend this tour.
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Whirlwind of Wonders!
, Jul. 2022
What a day! My host and driver were excellent. The Ballesta Islands tour was great. The Nazca Lines were amazing. Definitely don't eat before you take that flight. Everyone except me threw up on it. Huacachina was beautiful and we got there close to the sunset. This is a lot to pack into one day. Left at 4:30am and got back at 9pm. If I sandboarded at Huacachina probably would have been closer to 11pm. If you only have one day, this tour is great. Otherwise I'd say definitely try and make a weekend of everything Ica has to offer!
Nice trip
, May 2022
It was very interesting but be prepared for a really long day and better not to eat before the flight.
Great way to see Nazca Lines
, Feb. 2022
Most of the other tours include significant time dedicated to the Huacachina sand boarding, which did not interest me at all. I was excited for the Ballestas instead, but honestly the sea lion boat tour around the Palomino islands was much more informative and I saw more penguins. Ayman was a fantastic, safe driver/guide. I was supposed to go with my friend, but she had to cancel due to work. Fortunately there was another solo traveler so it wasn't super awkward. Flying out of Pisco to see the Nazca lines means ~30 more minutes of flying in a tiny plane, but it saves 3 hours (each way). With my dramamine and ginger candies, I was fine being in the air for 90 minutes, and I was glad I spent the 6 hours looking at birds instead of sitting in a car. Overall - Nazca lines and Huacachina Oasis - definitely worth it. Go to the Palomino Islands instead of the Ballestas if you're based in Lima. The tour company was very communicative - After I booked, we tried to see if we could change days so my friend could come, and they responded promptly via the Viator website that the flights weren't available on other days.
Awesome day trip. Intense day but well worth it!
, Nov. 2021
I cannot recommend this day trip through this tour operator (Travel Buddies Peru) highly enough. I wanted to see the Nazca Lines and was intrigued by the Islas Ballestas and the Huacachina Oasis, but oh my word everything just blew me away. Our tour guide (Gabriela) and driver (Alonzo) were fantastic and conscientious professionals. Alonzo was a very safe driver (not trivial in Peruvian traffic, especially starting and ending the day in Lima) and Gabriela is full of information and just a lot of fun. Notes for people contemplating this trip: - The tour operator coordinates with the actual vendors for the Islas Ballestas boat trip and the Nazca Lines plane flight, buying the tickets and reserving spots - they don't own their own boats / flights. So other people outside of your original group will be with you on the boat and plane. This makes complete sense - it would be quite an operation to maintain such expensive equipment in far flung places! - but wanted to provide this detail so people know what to expect. - Bring some sort of anti-nausea medication for the Nazca Lines flight. I used "non-drowsy" Dramamine. It's a small plane flight and the pilots tilt one wing towards the glyphs so that side of the plane can see them, then tilts the plane the other way for the other half of the passengers. Even my stomach was a little queasy, and this after taking the medication! - Unless you shouldn't be in a dune buggy (spinal injury, pregnant, etc), absolutely do the dune buggying and sand boarding at the Huacachina Oasis! So much fun - but bring cash (soles or dollars), as the dune buggy operator we used didn't take credit cards. - Have cash to tip your guide and driver - if your trip is half as good as mine was, I'm sure by the end of the day, you'll agree they wildly deserve it. My friend and I had an absolute blast on this day trip. It was one of the highlights of our time in Peru, on par with summiting Huayna Picchu.
, Oct. 2019
It was a long day, but so very worth it. Guide was knowledgeable and easy to talk with. He made it a priority to accommodate our needs. I felt like I had made a new friend at the end of the evening. Thank you Caesar.
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Experiência ruim em Ballestas/Nazca.
, Sep. 2019
Veiculo de transporte com problemas de manutenção, velho e muito desconfortável, não é o veiculo anunciado. Atraso no passeio a Nazca, oásis de Huacachina sem estrutura para atender visitantes. Saímos de Lima as 4:30 e retornamos às 22:00h, muito longo e cansativo.

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