From Huacachina: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Tour

4.2 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: LAS ADVENTURE

From Huacachina: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Tour

Activity provider: LAS ADVENTURE

From US$ 50 per person

Explore the highlights of Paracas, Ballestas Islands, and the Paracas reserve on this guided day trip. See diverse wildlife, impressive rock formations and sandstone cliffs, and stunning beaches.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. A host guide will ask for you at the hotel lobby Drivers will wait no longer than 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the highlights of Paracas on this exciting daytime nature tour
  • Discover a diverse range of marine life and flora and fauna on the tour
  • Walk in the driest desert in the world, with stunning landscapes and cliffs
  • Enjoy a speedboat ride from the Marina Turistica to Ballestas and Paracas
  • Explore the Paracas National Reserve, Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach
Full description

Start with pickup from your hotel within Ica/Huacachina and drive towards the Marina Turistica to begin your adventure. Board a speedboat with your guide, and jet out onto the sea towards the stunning Ballestas. 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. 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. See other beautiful specimens, like majestic pelicans, and colorful blue-footed boobies. Return to the Marina Turistica for a drive to Paracas National Reserve. Discover the almost alien landscape of the Paracas National Reserve, with vast sprawling deserts and high sandstone cliffs. Driving through the reserve, see the Cathedral, an area where a vast rock formation once stood before being destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake. Visit the stunning maroon-sand beaches of Playa Roja and Lagunillas Beach. Having seen some of the world's most unique natural features, flora, and fauna, At the end of the tour drive back to your hotel in Ica/Huacachina or in Paracas.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within Ica and Huacachina
  • Bilingual guide in English/Spanish
  • Boat tour to Ballestas Islands by group
  • Shared bus for Paracas Reserve
  • Entrances fee for adults (22 Peruvian Soles per person, cash only)
  • Entrances fee for kids (16 Peruvian Soles per person, cash only)
  • Food and other drinks
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Babies under 1 year

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash
  • Binoculars

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Drones
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Swimming
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 19 reviews

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Great tour, everything was great! The guide was super nice and spoke good English. The boat tour was well organized and the guide told a lot of interesting things. I found the tour in the National Park even better. We had many stops to take photos. Time spent at each site was mostly enough, except for Mina Beach in the National Park. We only had 15 minutes there and unfortunately there was no time for proper bathing (as the guide had offered us). One could have spent less time at the restaurant and more time on the beautiful beach. Otherwise everything was great on the tour, I would do it again anytime! ☺️

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November 11, 2022

You can see impressive landscapes apart from a clear explanation by the guide that makes you understand much better the evolution and history of several of the places you visit. Seeing penguins in their natural habitat was one of our goals and although there are currently very few, they can be seen. Recommended.

August 22, 2022

Nice tour, we can only recommend it. The only issue we can mention is that we felt a bit lost at the start of the tour. We cannot speak Spanish and expected a tour guide who could speak English, but we only met him in Paracas. So we did not quite understand what we had to do, or where we had to go. Still everything went smoothly, there were many people that helped us, so we could enjoy the tour fully.

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July 14, 2022

Product ID: 421168