Ballestas Islands
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  • From Paracas: Scenic Boat Tour to Ballestas Island

    1. From Paracas: Scenic Boat Tour to Ballestas Island

    After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your islands adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island — whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterwards, continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. A protected habitat for the wide swathe of birds and sea-life that call these islands home, Ballestas is truly one of Peru’s natural treasures — ...

  • Desde Lima: Full-Day Tour of Islas Ballestas and Huacachina

    2. Desde Lima: Full-Day Tour of Islas Ballestas and Huacachina

    Start your day bright and early at 4:00 AM with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Lima City. From here, enjoy a scenic 4 hour trip to Paracas (Ballestas Islands). Once you arrive, you will board the 'sliders', from which, you'll be able to appreciate the iconic Candelabro de Paracas geoglyph. This tour will allow you to marvel at the diversity of marina fauna once you arrive at the National Reserve. Keep an eye out for Sea lions, Guaneras Birds, Humbolt Penguins, just to name a few. Continue on your tour and head into the city of Ica where you will visit the Haciendas Pisqueras, a place where they produce the National drink of Peru, "El Pisco". Here, you will be able to taste a diverse range of wines and Pisco, also in the Hacienda, you will get some time to stop for a bite to eat.  After you've eaten, proceed to the Oasis of Huacachina, a natural lagoon surrounded by palm...

    Tour guide was excellent. Huacachina is an amazing place. Everything was well coordinated. Highly recommended!

  • From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

    3. From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

    After a convenient hotel pickup from either Paracas or Pisco, head to the Marina Turistica to start your adventure. Board a speedboat with your bilingual, Spanish and English-speaking guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. Along the way, stop at the Paracas Peninsula to see the Candelabro, an enigmatic glyph carved into the side of the island — whose purpose, and creator, remain a mystery to this day. Afterwards, continue onwards towards the marine sanctuary of Ballestas. Gaze upon the rocky shores, filled to the brim with sunbathing seals, and penguins diving into the turbid waters to hunt underneath the surface — all alongside other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. You’ll then return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. An almost alien landscape, the Paracas National Reserve is composed...

    Great tour combined. Everything perfect from pick up at the hotel to the embarkement. The guide for Ballestas was very kind and didnt rush but take time to explain on every stop. Once we return back to the harbour, we were supposed to go directly to Paracas reserve(highly recommended) but the weather wasn’t perfect so the tour was delayed by one our..excellent and professional decision fro Las Adventure operator. Our guide for tour , Miss Olenka , was highly professional and very kind. She really spend time to explain everything and answer to any question we made.The Paracas reserve it is really a must see if you go in Paracas..doing the tour with a guide as we had it was great experience.

  • From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

    4. From Lima: Ballestas Islands & Nazca Lines with Meals

    Wake up early for pick-up from your hotel at 4:30 AM and travel to the Paracas National Reserve. Enjoy a breakfast box on the way there. Board the first boat to Ballestas Islands and admire the scenery of Paracas Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife like sea lions, seagulls and penguins.  Travel to the aerodrome of Ica and watch an informative video on the history of the Nazca Lines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jump on to a Cessna 208 Caravan plane and fly over the ancient geoglyphs, to view them from above. Take pictures of the whale, astronaut, monkey, hummingbird and many more of the geoglyphs. Head to a traditional Peruvian restaurant and choose between a creole or seafood lunch, complemented with drinks. Indulge yourself with a wine tasting as well as traditional pisco, famously made in the region.  Return to Lima at 7:00 PM.

  • Lima: Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands Tour

    5. Lima: Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands Tour

    After pickup, head to the south to discover unique landscapes where the desert, the islands and the sea all meet. Make a brief stop for a delicious breakfast and continue the journey. Then, go to Paracas dock to take a speed boat to the Ballestas Islands. Explore the rocky islands and discover the rich marine fauna. Take photos of sea lions and many types of birds such as penguins. Don't miss the enigmatic Candelabro Geoglyph, used as a navigational guide by ancient cultures. After your tour of the island, visit the impressive and isolated Paracas National Reserve. This natural reserve is part of the Guinness World Record for the driest desert on earth. Admire the stunning landscape of the peninsula. Learn all about dessert formation from your expert guide. If you are lucky you might see the great pink flamingos. Then, return to your hotel in Lima.

  • Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    6. Lima: 7-Day Inca Adventure with Flights

    Day 1: Arrival to Lima and City Tour Upon your arrival to Lima, your representative will be waiting with a sign stating your name. From there you'll be transferred to your respective hotel where you can check-in. You'll soon begin a city tour through Lima, which will begin with panoramic views of the Pucllana Pyramid or Huaca Pucllana, the historical center of Lima. It will be there that you can appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, and once the tour has finished you'll return to your hotel. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Day 2 begins with pickup from your hotel between 4:30AM to 5:00AM. You will begin with a trip to the Paracas Peninsula to visit the Ballestas Islands, which are a national reserve. From there, continue your trip to the city of Ica for a demonstration with wines and traditiona...

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

    7. From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines, & Huacachina Oasis

    Start your adventure by departing Lima in the early morning. Travel for around 300 km on the Pan-American highway until you reach Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history which is full of wildlife.  Enjoy a boat tour to the Ballestas Islands and watch out for birds, sea lions, dolphins, and penguins. Then head to Pisco Airport and take a 45-minute flight over the Palpa desert to see the Nazca Lines. Stop at the Huacachina Oasis, and take some time to eat lunch and walk around. Test your skills at sandboarding for an additional cost or just enjoy free time at the pool drinking Pisco Sours. At the end of the adventure, head back to Lima via the same route.

    Good but a bit exhausting given the early wake up, guide was very nice and knowledgeable

  • Lima: 3-Day Tour to Paracas, Ballestas Islands & Huacachina

    8. Lima: 3-Day Tour to Paracas, Ballestas Islands & Huacachina

    Day 1: Lima - Chincha - Paracas Pickup from your hotel or hostel in Lima. Stop at Chincha for a tour of the secret slave tunnels. Walk around the tunnels that were used to illegally smuggle slaves during the 17th century. After the tour, continue to Paracas, a small beach town, where you will have the rest of the day to explore. Overnight in Paracas. Day 2: Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Huacachina Leave your hotel and embark on a 2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Islands. These islands are known to be a smaller version of the Galápagos, and you will have the chance to see sea lions, penguins, birds, and even dolphins up close in their natural habitats. After the boat tour, go on a 2-hour tour of the Paracas National Reserve, which is one of South America's largest protected desert regions and home to more than 400 species of flora and fauna. Discover...

    I loved the fact that the activities weren’t jam packed together and although some attractions were closed due to weather or COVID the tour guides made up for it and we all had a wonderful time!!!

  • From Paracas: Ballestas Island Boat Tour

    9. From Paracas: Ballestas Island Boat Tour

    Your tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Paracas from where you transfer to the public dock. From there, move around the island in a comfortable boat whilst receiving explanations on board from your professional guide. You can observe the beauty of the island with its impressive fauna, and can also see El Candelabro - a large geoglyph which serves as a beacon for sailors. This geoglyph is related to the lines and geoglyphs of Nazca and Pampas de Jumana. The arrival of tourists to these islands is forbidden in order to avoid disturbing the animals that live there. Boats however can venture close enough to allow their occupants to enjoy the beauty of these animals. Following the completion of your 2-hour round-trip circuit, travel back to your tour starting point.

  • From Lima: Huacachina Oasis, Sandbording & Ballestas Islands

    10. From Lima: Huacachina Oasis, Sandbording & Ballestas Islands

    See the desert oasis and natural hotspots on a full-day tour from Lima. Sail to Ballestas Island to see colonies of sea lions and seals. Explore Huacachina desert in a dune buggy and go sand boarding. Enjoy exquisite Piscos and wines on a vineyard tour. After pickup, head south to make your way to Islas Ballestas. Stop for a delicious breakfast. Then, go to Paracas dock to take a speed boat to the Ballestas Islands. These rocky islands, located off the Pacific coast of Peru, are perfect for animal lovers. Spot several birds and mammals including penguins, sea lions, pelicans, and dolphins in this wildlife haven. Enjoy the rugged coastline of soaring cliffs, rocky beaches, and remote sea caves. Check out the enigmatic Paracas Candelabra, a giant prehistoric geoglyph in the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay. Then, visit the El Catador Vineyard to learn about the production process of wines...

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What people are saying about Ballestas Islands

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Visiting all the places was a treat ! The best thing though was our travel buddies Aymen and Pablo. We were picked up right on time in a perfect condition SUV for the long drive. Our buddies were courteous, well spoken in English, knowledgeable and by the end of the day we were like friends. A 17 hour trip that day felt like traveling with family. Highly recommended!!!

Wonderful experience! Excellent guides (Pablo and Aymen). We visit exceptional places and unique experiences! Ballestas Islands, Nazca lines and the Huacachina oasis are without a doubt unique and beautiful places! We were delighted with the complete package: from the guide, driver and tours, everything exceeded our expectations !!! Go ahead

Tour guide was excellent. Huacachina is an amazing place. Everything was well coordinated. Highly recommended!

Great experience; guide prepared and attentive to our every need Cleaning and hygiene at the highest levels

Everything was amazing!!!!!!! Yuri our driver and guide was excellent!!!