For all travelers who are dreaming of adventure with a big A, this journey at the heart of the Cañon de los Perdidos has been made for you! This nature wonder, which has been compared with the Grand Canyon in the USA, though a bit smaller, was discovered in 2011 and stretches on a 5 km distance and is about 600 m deep. A real breathtaking landscape at only a few kilometers away from the Peruvian Pacific coast!
Crossing the desert to the Cañon de los Perdidos
You will take the road at 6 am from the Plaza de Armas in Ica's city center, until Santiago. You will arrive at Santiago at about 9 am. On the programme: you will cross the desert and walk until the Cañon de los Perdidos!
Once arrived at the canyon, you will observe the different water sources which have been shaped naturally, you will discover the canyon depths and feel in total harmony with the desert.
Just as the condors are flying over the Andes, the gallinazos (huge black crows) are flying over the desert, transporting you to a Western atmosphere!
Huacachina oasis - time to relax in the middle of the dunes
You will reach the Huacachina oasis at around 1 pm to have lunch and will have the late afternoon to enjoy the desert and its dunes. Huacachina is a palm trees bordered oasis where you can stop to admire the immense sand dunes of the desert. The sports addicts will have the possibility to board on Buggies* and surf on the sand (journeys are organized the whole day - starting from Huacachina). Ask for information on site (*not included in the price).
Service will end at around 4 pm at Huacachina.
Schedule: Every day
Min. pers: 1
Capacity: 20 people
Language: English and Spanish
Starting time and place: 6 am on Calle Municipalidad Nº 132 - Office 04. Plaza de Armas, Ica (main square in the city center)
Access: on foot, by bus, taxi or mototaxi
Kind of vehicle used for your trip:
- 1-4 travelers: 4x4
- 5-10 travelers: H1
- 11-15 travelers: Sprinter
- 16-20 travelers: Couster
The price includes
- Private transportation (Plaza de armas-Santiago-Huacachina)
- Lunch box
- Permanent bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
- Lunch at Huacachina (Rumi Wasi restaurant)
The price doesn't include
- Transportation from your place of accommodation to the starting place, Plaza de Armas
- Return transportation from Huacachina to your place of accommodation (you will easily find a taxi at Huacachina which will drive you to Ica's city center in a few minutes)
- Any other spending made by the travelers (personal consumption, Buggies activities etc.)
It is still possible to pick you up for free at your hotel in Ica in the early morning but you'll have to communicate us the address when booking. The car/minivan would pick you up at around 6 am.
Good to know before booking your journey to the Cañon de los Perdidos
Before entering the canyon, be sure to have the following things in your backpack/bag:
- Mid-season clothes
- Spare clothes (just in case!)
- Sunscreen and sports shoes
- A camera (to keep cool memories!)
Please note that the journey may be adapted or modified only if it is considered as strictly necessary for the travelers safety or in order to bring you a better service.
We also advise you to arrive at least the day before the activity, since it begins very early in the morning.
Where to stay in Ica
If you don't have any accommodation ideas, EL CARMELO Hotel & Hacienda offers a really good service in a pretty charming environment.