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From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

4.7 / 5

34 reviews

Activity provider: LAS ADVENTURE

From Paracas: Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve

Activity provider: LAS ADVENTURE

From US$ 70 per person

Experience the singular beauty of two of Peru's natural treasures. Float by one of the world's largest colonies of sea lions. Explore deserts and craggy cliffs — all right next to the ocean.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, Italian
Pickup included
Please, arrive 15min before the activity starts at your hotel lobby. All our pickups are from your hotel within Paracas and Pisco. If you are staying in a different town or city. please contact us +51 945 716 329 so we can arrange a pick up with an additional cost.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the stunning region often referred to as "Peru's Galapagos"
  • Watch collections of thousands of sea lions and penguins basking on Ballestas Island
  • Explore the otherworldly landscape of Paracas National Reserve
  • Gaze upon the ocean while standing in a stark desert
Full description
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 of vast, sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs directly next to the bright, blue ocean. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake. Your tour caps things off with visits to Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach, two stunning maroon-sand beaches that are truly one-of-a-kind. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, you'll hop back in the car for a convenient transfer back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Paracas and Pisco
  • Bilingual guide in English/Spanish
  • Boat tour to Ballestas Islands
  • Private vehicle for Paracas Reserve tour
  • Water, soft drink, coffee, or tea
  • Entrances fee for adults (22 Peruvian Soles per person; in cash only)
  • Entrances fee for kids (16 Peruvian Soles per person; in cash only)
  • Meals and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • The Entrance Fees to the Ballestas Island and Paracas National Reserve are paid locally at harbor main gate - cash only, so it is recommended that you bring some Peruvian Soles for the payment of the local fee.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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La guida é stata chiara nelle indicazioni e molto puntuale nel venirci a prendere in albergo per poi accompagnarci di mattina all'imbarco per le isole Ballestas e poi di pomeriggio nella Riserva Nazionale di Paracas. Tra le due escursioni abbiamo avuto la possibilità di pranzare in un ottimo ristorante tipico di pesce consigliato dalla guida. La guida parla un buon italiano quindi é stato molto facile comprendersi. Tour molto consigliato!

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August 8, 2022

Amazing from start to finish. To begin, we took the boat out to the islands, and even though we didn't speak spanish, our guide (I forget her name!) was able to tell us everything in flawless English. We even saw dolphins! After the boat ride, we went with Eduardo to the desert, and he told us the history of the place and the people, from the Paracas civilization to the Incas. We stopped at various viewpoints and never once felt rushed which was nice. He is a very intelligent man and spoke amazing English also. At the end of the trip we went to a restaurant in the reserve and ate top quality seafood. 11/10 A brilliant day out

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July 31, 2022

Great Experience! We started our day with a boat ride to ballestas islands! And then we went on a tour of the national reserve in Paracas desert in a small group (5 people). Our guide was awesome, very personalized experience. She’s speaks Spanish, English and is currently learning French. If you have to choose one thing to do in Paracas, I highly recommend this package :)

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July 15, 2022

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