1. Peru
  2. Ica Region
  3. Paracas
  4. Ballestas Islands

From San Martin: Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve

Product ID: 159857
This is a great opportunity to visit the Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve on this exclusive group tour as a day stop on your cruise. Immerse yourself in scenery and wildlife and experience nature through the reserve.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 9:15 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Get up close with the island wildlife
  • Soar across the water on a speed boat
  • Learn about the Paracas National Reserve and the wildlife it contains
Full description
Meet your guide at 9:15 AM at San Martin Port, from where you will travel to Paracas town to meet the rest of the group and board the speedboat to begin this adventure to the stunning Ballestas Islands. On the way, you will stop at the Paracas peninsula to see the enigmatic figure of the Candelabro, a stunning design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. Nobody knows for sure who did it or why. Some believe it is related to the Nazca Lines, but still found no proof or evidence that can define its creation. 

Afterwards head off to Ballestas Island where you will enter a world filled with birds and sea lions. Here you will see the three islands and, if conditions allow, navigate in some caves. On your return to the port, you will board a vehicle towards Paracas Reserve.

At Paracas Reserve you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Reserve by visiting the interpretation center, an interesting building that explains all the fauna, flora, and many other important facts about the Paracas Peninsula through photographic displays. Then you will be driven through the lifeless desert until the area where once a great natural rock formation stood, known as the Cathedral, which was destroyed during the 2007 earthquake. From this place you will have amazing views of the desert and the blue ocean and after, you will visit Playa Roja and Lagunillas beach for some refreshment.

Finally you will return to San Martin Port to rejoin your ship.
  • Pick-up and drop off from San Martin Port
  • English-speaking guide (for a French, German, or Dutch guide there must be a minimum of 9 people)
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Bottle of water
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal travel insurance

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Meeting point

San Martin Port

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Great experience. Pick up was on time and well organized. Boat driver was great maneuvering so passengers on each side had equal time viewing each site. Guide was informative and clear. Amazing to see so many birds and sea lions up close. The tour into the dessert reserve was equally enjoyable. Such desolate beauty.

January 24, 2020

Our favorite tour in Peru this trip!

Our group was greeted at the ship early in the morning with signage making the tour guides easy to find. The whole day was great. We had the most enthusiastic guide Melvin (oh I hope I got the name correct) Just a wonderful on this small group tour.

March 14, 2019

Great trip!

March 7, 2019

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Product ID: 159857