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Activities & Transport

  • Hiking
  • Meet the Locals
  • Rafting
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Sand Boarding
  • Car with driver
  • Boat | Sailing Boat

Main travel focus

Nature & landscapes
Relaxing moments
(Soft) Adventure

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Off the beaten path Peru

Hiking through lagoons - Exploring Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Yauyos Cochas Scenic Reserve
Unique about this tour:
  • Relax next to the fast flowing waters of the Cañete River in Lunahuana
  • Explore the breathtaking lakes and waterfalls of the Nor Yauyos Cochas Scenic Reserve
  • Venture towards the best desert viewpoints in the astonishing Ica Desert
  • Sail in search of wildlife in the Paracas National Reserve

You’ve probably already seen Machu Picchu. So what's next? Explore Peru’s back routes and hidden jewels on a journey which combines the pristine lagoons and waterfalls of the Nor Yauyos-Cochas Scenic Reserve with sand dunes and marine wildlife of Paracas National Reserve. Join for a soft adventure along some of Peru’s most unique and beautiful Andean routes and then, finish your trip relaxing in Paracas, a sunny heaven that combines the best of our desert and coastal landscapes. This journey will show you a Peru you didn’t even know existed. 

This is a beautifully designed trip for all ages. It’s thought for travelers who have already seen Machu Picchu or want to complement this destination with something different and thrilling. It’s a short and private 5-day land trip that fits in perfectly at the end of any Peru journey.

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Services

Included
  • Private transport throughout the trip
  • Private english speaking guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Meals as specified
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Shared Ballesta Islands sailing excursion
Excluded
  • Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during the trip
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Surfing in Cerro Azul
  • Rafting in Lunahuana
  • Huamanmarca day hike
  • Sandboarding at the California desert
  • Sand Buggy Journey to Moron Oasis
  • Pisco Tasting in la Caravedo
  • Nazca Lines Overflight from Pisco Airport

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Lima - Lunahuana  

Travelling South to Lunahuana and the Cañete valley

Today we can be flexible with the starting time of our adventure. Our goal is to reach the riverside village of Lunahuana in the picturesque Cañete Valley. You'll have a guide and a driver at your disposal for the entire day so you can choose to explore the magnificent Lima before the start of your adventure or head south in the morning.



Additionally, en route to Lunahuana, you’ll be crossing 130 km of splendid beaches, so, if the weather is nice, you have the chance stop at some breathtaking spots such as Cerro Azul for a swim or some surfing.



Lunahuana itself is the perfect place to relax! It is the sunniest spot in the breathtaking Cañete Valley. If you wish to you can also include a rafting experience in the Cañete river.You’ll settle in a nice river side hotel and can recharge your batteries because you start early tomorrow to drive to the grandiose Nor Yauyos Cochas Scenic Reserve, one of Peru's hidden gems.

Day 1
Hotels Hotels

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Los Palomos

Lunahuana - Huancaya  

The breathtaking Nor Yauyos Cochas, a hidden pearl in the Andes

The real adventure starts today! You will be covering around 150km on an amazing route that connects Lunahuana with one of the most authentic and scenic areas of the country.



It should take you 3 to 4 hours to reach the reserve. As you drive up valley, you get the chance to see how the arid coastal surroundings slowly change into more colorful Andean landscapes.



When you enter the reserve, you will reach your small but cozy hotel in the riverside at approximately 3,000 masl. This will be your base point to explore the higher parts of the reserve.



What makes this area so impressive is the Cañete River. It turns into a continuous succession of crystal-clear lagoons and beautiful waterfalls which will leave you speechless.



After settling in at the hotel, you will visit the first lagoon, Pikicocha, it will feel like a real privilege to enjoy this pristine and very rural landscape. 

Standard Accommodation: Family Homestay

Day 2

Huancaya - Vilca  

Soft Hiking Through Lagoons and Splenid Waterfalls

After breakfast, you will explore Carhuayno, Hualhua and Vilca, three of the most picturesque spots you’ll ever see. You will begin your soft hike to the Carhuayno falls and Hualhua lagoon. Have you ever wondered how it feels to walk across emerald lagoons and amazing waterfalls? Now you will experince it. After a small rest in Carhuayno the next stop is the Hualhua lagoon, which offers breathtaking views of the valley. You will also have the opportunity to go for a row in a boat at Hualhua Lagoon.You’ll then have a rest and continue your journey to the furthest point you’ll visit in the reserve, Vilca.Once at Vilca, you will take a bridle path leaving the village to reach the spectacular Papacocha waterfall. This area is known by the locals as “Love Forest Cascades” because of its great beauty. Here the guide will explain to you the harmonious relationship between man and nature.

Standard Accommodation: Family Homestay

Day 3

Huancaya - Paracas  

Peru’s Picturesque Coastal Desert

This morning, after an early breakfast, it is time for us to return to the coast to enjoy our final days in the desert and next to the ocean. We’ll return to Lunahuana and then continue for approximately two hours heading south along the coast. Our goal is to reach Paracas, a small beach town in Paracas Bay, which is also the gateway into the Paracas Marine National Reserve and the surrounding desert.



We’ll check into our beachside hotel and we can relax for the rest of the afternoon. If you fancy seeing a little more of the area, we can enter the nearby Paracas Reserve (about 15 minutes away), where we can show you some impressive desert and ocean viewpoints at sunset.

Day 4
Hotels Hotels

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Hacienda Paracas

Paracas - Miraflores  

Exploring Ballesta Islands and Departure Day

This morning at around 8 am, we’ll board the fully equipped speedboats departing from our 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.



Upon returning, we’ll still have a few more hours to relax in sunny Paracas before it is time to begin our return journey to Lima and Miraflores.

Day 5