My husband and I booked this tour as part of our honeymoon. Prior to booking I wasnnt sure which tour to do (the one which included Nazca lines, or the one which included the pisco tasting instead). Pablo of Travel Buddies Peru was very helpful via email and super prompt to respond. We decided to go with the Ballestas Islands / Huacachina, and Nazca Lines tour! Although it was a very full day, with a very early start, we had a blast! Ayman and Rudy picked us up from our hotel punctually. Our tour consisted of just my husband and I which was great. On the drive, Ayman provided us with a lot of information about Peru— even things we wouldn’t think to ask. It also made the drive pass more quickly :)
Once we arrived to Paracas and the Ballestas Island port, Ayman and Rudy explained to us what to expect. We’d be boarding the boat with a large group, with a multi-lingual tour guide. We were introduced to the guide and then boarded the boat. We got very lucky and saw an incredible amount of wildlife! Cormorants, Peruvian boobys, dolphins, Humboldt penguins, sea lions and pups, among others. We even saw a humpback whale on the way back ( Ayman and Rudy didn’t believe us haha and said it was the first time they’ve heard this).
The next stop was Huacachina, where we did the dune bug ride and sandboarding. Again, it was just us with the driver and a lot of fun!
I will say though it was really disappointing to see the beautiful sand dunes littered with plastic water bottles and other trash, no doubt left behind by tourists. If you’re doing this experience, please make sure to hold onto your trash. It will easily fly out of the dune buggy and negatively impact the beauty of the dunes.
Finally we were headed to Pisco airport to catch our flight over the Nazca lines. We got there a little early so there was quite a bit of waiting around. Going on the little propeller plane and seeing the glyphs from the sky was an awesome experience though! My husband felt a little queasy— the plane does a lot of quick turns and leans so if you get motion sickness easily, this may not be the best activity for you. (I felt fine, though I enjoy rollercoasters and made sure not to eat much before the flight, just in case).
After the flight we were headed back to our hotel. Ayman made one more stop in Ica so that we could try pisco before leaving the area!
Overall we had a great day with Travel Buddies Peru and saw and learned so much! Ayman actually told us that the owners used to work for G Adventures (the same tour group National Geographic uses for many of their trips!) before starting a venture of their own. They specialize in small groups and really make the experience wonderful. I’d highly recommend!