2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Lima, Peru
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a morning boat ride out to the islands of Lima -- Palomino, Cabinzas and El Frontón. After a 30-minute boat ride, you'll arrive at the islands with your local guide and enjoy up-close looks at historic sites and local wildlife like birds and sea lions. This relaxing boat ride offers you an escape from the city and a chance to see the scenery and wildlife of the Pacific coast.

Highlights

  • Boat tour of the Islands of Lima
  • 30-minute boat ride to Palomino and El Fronton islands
  • Up close look at island birds and sea lions
  • See the historic Fort of Real Felipe
  • Local, knowledgeable guide
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Islands of Lima Sightseeing Cruise

Islands of Lima Boat Tour

After pickup from your Lima hotel, you'll head to the port city of Callao where you’ll board your boat. As you depart Callao and make your way to Palomino Island, you'll see the historic Fort of Real Felipe. Named after King Felipe V of Spain, the fort was used as a defense against pirates. The 200,000-square-foot (18,580-sq-meter) fort is also where the Spanish fought their last battle for independence against the Peruvians.

Next, you'll pass by the island of El Frontón, which previously served as a prison. A former president of Peru, Fernando Belaúnde Terry, was imprisoned on the island as a political prisoner. As you make your way towards Palomino Island you'll pass by the island of Cabinzas, home to many species of birds. As the boat travels by Palomino Island, you'll see native birds and sea lions up close (only a few feet away!) as you take in breathtaking views of the island before heading back to Callao.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

This was fun, but here's my take: Tour description didn't exactly match. Viator's rep picked us up on time, and was profess'l and friendly. Dropped us off at port, handing us off to the actual boat tour operators. Tour was listed as 9am-1pm (approx 4hrs) but was actually 9am-2:15 door to door in Miraflores, could easily have been longer if boat ran late, people swam more, hotel was farther etc. It's really a tour to go see sea lions w/ oppty to get into water with them - that was fun but unexpected. Yes, lots of birds along the way, The boat tour operators were friendly and knew what they were doing. Would definitely recommend for nature lovers, boat trip fans, and those with true 1/2 day free. Also, 3 people on our boat ride got seasick even with medicine, so word of warning on that would be good. Again, enjoyed this for sure - just wasn't sure what we were exactly in for. Guests could probably save money by showing up to Callao directly at the booth for 10am ride, but transfer service is good for not having to deal with how to get a taxi back from Callao once done.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this November 2012

This trip was awful!!!! The boat trip was very rough. Five minutes out the guide passed out dramamine! It took two and one half hours to get to the island with the 6,000 sea lions. If you can image the worst thing you have ever smelled in your life 6,000 sea lions is worse than that. My eyes were tearing. I was choking. I was nauseated. They passed out cotton balls soaked with alcohol to hold at our noses. One other island had penguins and that was it. On the two and half hour trip back I threw up! Do not take this terrible trip!!!

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