Practice Sandboarding in Paracas: The best lifetime experience

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In the province of the “Pisco”, in the department of Ica, 250 kilometers and three and a half hours south of Lima, there is a natural paradise where you can experience an unparalleled adventure. Dare to experiment with all your adrenaline right here, in the heart of the Paracas desert.

If you are the most daring, you will start the best lifetime experience with two activities and the most challenging ones that Paracas Peru tours offers you. The first recommended is practice Sandboarding Paracas but you might be questioning yourself what is Sandboarding Paracas? It is a very popular adventure extreme sport. It is considered as such because people who practice it descend through the sand at high speeds, and due to it, they get transported into the top of the adrenaline. To practice it, you do it by sliding yourself on boards similar to that of snowboarding on the sand dunes of the desert California Paracas. In Peru, many agencies offer it. And, by the way, the best options with more experienced professionals will make it an unforgettable experience, since when you are there you will receive the appropriate instructions to practice this magnificent sport.

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Where is it practiced?

The Sandboarding Paracas is developed and practiced in one of the most beautiful deserts of landscapes of South America, the desert of California Paracas. It has an area of 450 kmΒ² approximately. There, you will find dunes of different sizes proper for beginners, intermediate and experts tourists.


The dunes of the desert of California, as mentioned above, vary in different sizes. In the practice of Sandboarding Paracas, you will be able to do short descents of about 15 meters until long ones that can reach more than 50 meters.


You do not have to be a professional to practice it. There are small dunes where beginners can start this sport. You can do it sitting, lying or standing (the riskiest will be able to “surf”). If you are an experienced one, you will find more complicated dunes so that you can develop your skills better.


Any time of the year is good for this sport. So, if you are precisely the one who revels in strong emotions, nature to the fullest, lives day to day to the limit and above all abandon comfort zones to face new challenges … It is time for you to explore and generate new memories in Sandboarding Paracas.

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What to bring:

  • Light clothing
  • T-shirt
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • A board for sandboarding (but some agencies can include it)
  • Sneakers (don’t use sandals – inhibit your ability to sandboard and explore the dunes).
  • Water or rehydrating drinks.

Then, the second rush of adrenaline you can experience is the Buggy ride while cruising the great desert of California Paracas on board of a powerful buggy. It is an exclusive activity of the Peru family tours project; so, if you come to enjoy it with your children, take advantage of this great initiative so you all together board the powerful buggies. The buggies are 4 x 4 exclusive vehicles that transport you on dunes of different sizes. An extraordinary path awaits you in the middle of the desert to show you all its mysteries… On the way, you can make stops where you will appreciate the landscape and take splendid photographs. In addition, the journey is alternated between soft and intense to moderate and extreme, which satisfies even the most demanding customers. It is fun!

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The magic of Paracas still has more and some recommendations for things to do in Paracas Peru are discovering the National Reserve of Paracas which is the only protected maritime area in Peru. It conserves a representative sample of the marine ecosystems of the cold sea of the Peruvian Current or Humboldt Current. Β More than 100 thousand people visit this reserve annually.

You also can visit the Ballestas Islands that show a spectacular panorama and natural scenery of marine life in the Pacific Ocean. These Islands are three and their names are Ballesta Norte, Ballesta Centro, and Ballesta Sur. They are the habitat for the fauna of the area (penguins, sea lions, seals and a great variety of birds such as pelicans, flamingos, and pikemen). Many birds use the Ballestas Islands as a place to rest and feed during their migrations. As a traveler, during the excursion, you are a participant in the observation of the figure of the “Candelabra” as well, a famous and immense geoglyph drawn on the changing surface of a sand hill, without ever having been erased.

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Finally, the most requested, theΒ Nazca Lines Peru. Much of what we know about these lines we owe it to Maria Reiche Newman (1903-1998), a German nationalized Peruvian archaeologist and mathematician, who dedicated her entire life to conserve, investigate and give knowledge to the world of enormous geoglyphs, converted nowadays in one of the main attractions of our country. The lines pose one of the greatest enigmas of world archeology due to their number, nature, size, and continuity. The geoglyphs represent living creatures, stylized plants, fantastic beings and geometric figures several kilometers long. They are supposed to have a ritual function linked to astronomy. The main figures are trapezoids, the whale, the astronaut, monkey, the dog, the Condor, the spider, the hummingbird, Alcatraz (the pelican), the parrot, hands, and the tree.

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Peru has so much to offer, it can be hard to know where to start. With many years of experience in the tourism sector, Machu Travel Peru is happy to help with anything regarding your trip to Machu Picchu and any tours around it. Make your Machu Picchu experience an unforgettable one!

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