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From Lima: Paracas National Reserve & Ballestas Islands Tour

1. From Lima: Paracas National Reserve & 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.

Ica: Ballestas Island & Paracas Reserve Private Tour

2. Ica: Ballestas Island & Paracas Reserve Private Tour

After a convenient hotel pickup, head to 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, hop back in the car for a convenient transfer back to your hotel in Ica or drop-off in Paracas (Hotel or bus station).

From Lima: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Private Tour

3. From Lima: Ballestas Island and Paracas Reserve Private Tour

Private pick-up from your hotel at 06:00 am in Lima, to drive towards Paracas town (3 hours drive), breakfast will be served on your arrival, then you will board our group boat tour to the stunning Ballestas Islands where you will see thousands of marine life such sea lions, penguins, pelicans, seagulls, sea otters, dolphins and many more species that can be seen during the tours as well as natural rock formation caused by the erosions of the sea. The boat will navigate around these islands at a safe distance. Return to port to visit the stunning Paracas National Reserve, one of the driest deserts in the world, you enjoy amazing views of the desert, the blue ocean, and thousands of wildlife that can be seen, Stop at Lagunillas beach for lunch (not include) at the end of the tour will head back to your hotel in Lima arriving around 19 pm.

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What people are saying about Paracas National Reserve

Thank you to William for an insightful day! It ended up being just the two of us with William as our guide and a driver in a very comfortable car! It was very well organised - we were picked up on time and the day followed well, starting with the boat tour, followed by some brief stops at the National Reserve and ending with sea view lunch (before returning to Lima). We appreciated the insights that William was able to provide and enjoyed the whole day!

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.

Pamela was a good guide, spoke very good English and provided interesting insight on the sites visited, other than suggestions for visiting Lima. Luciano was a good driver and gave a good impression of "Il padrino". Must note that you will spend equal time in the car and visiting, but still better (faster) than going by bus, we drove in a Toyota suv.

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.

Ballestas Island was beautiful. We saw lots of birds, penguins, sea lions and even dolphins! The beaches were beautiful too. Unfortunately, the time spent there was sometimes too short (at Playa Roja) and on the other hand too long (at Bahia de Lagunillas)