Ballestas Islands Tours

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A cluster of tiny islands off the Peruvian coast, the Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas) are often touted as the “Peruvian Galapagos,” famed for their spectacular variety of birdlife and rugged coastline of soaring cliffs, rocky beaches, and remote sea caves. 

The Basics
It’s possible to visit the Ballestas Islands on a 2-hour speedboat tour from Paracas or combine a scenic boat ride with a private tour of the mainland Paracas National Reserve. If you’re visiting from Lima, a full-day Ballestas Islands tour typically takes in the highlights of the Paracas peninsula before continuing to nearby sights like Chincha, the Nazca Lines, or the Huacachina sand dunes. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Ballestas Islands are only reachable by boat, and landing on the protected islands is prohibited.
  • Be sure to pack sunblock as there is no shade on the boat, and also bring a wind or waterproof jacket.
  • Boat excursions take place on small open-air boats and you may get splashed with spray, so consider bringing a change of clothes.

How to Get There
The Ballestas Islands are located along the Pacific Coast of Peru and the closest mainland town is Paracas, Pisco, in the Ica region. The only way to visit is on a boat tour, leaving from San Martin Port in Paracas and typically lasting two hours. From Lima, it’s about a 4-hour drive south to Paracas. 

When to Get There
December to February is the most popular time to visit the islands, and it coincides with the breeding season for the local sea lion population. But it’s worth a visit anytime of the year, barring extreme weather conditions. 

Ballestas Islands Wildlife
Wildlife lovers will be in their element on a Ballestas Islands tour—the rocky islands are home to thousands of birds, sea lions, and penguins. As you pass the landmark Candelabra rock formations and cruise around the islands, look out for Peruvian pelicans, red-legged cormorants, Inca terns, and Peruvian boobies, as well as the island’s famous colony of Humboldt penguins.

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Ballestas Islands Full-Day Trip Including Paracas National Reserve

Explore the amazing ecosystems of Peru’s Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve during this 15-hour small group day trip from Lima. Scout for sea lions, tiny penguins, and a range of bird life during a visit to the Ballestas. Then head to the isolated Paracas Reserve, where you’ll discover the impressive landscapes of one of the driest spots on earth.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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  • Duration: 15 hours
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All Inclusive Private Tour to Ballestas Islands, Paracas, Ica and Huacachina Sand Dunes

The Ballestas Islands, located off the southern coast of Peru, are known for their range of diverse wildlife and surrounding beauty. See the best of the islands and the adjacent Paracas National Reserve on this private full-day tour from Lima, featuring informative commentary from your guide and including all meals and transportation.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Nazca Lines Air Tour and Ballestas Islands Full-Day Trip from Lima

Explore two of Peru’s most fascinating sights in one day as you visit the majestic Ballestas Islands, a marine sanctuary, before taking an aerial tour of the famous Nazca Lines during this 16.5-hour, full-day tour from Lima. Spot for sea lions and exotic sea birds during your Ballestas visit, then continue south to the Peruvian town of Ica where you’ll board a Cessna aircraft for an aerial experience above the Nazca Lines. This full-day experience also includes a guide, lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel.
  • Duration: 16 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 16 hours 30 minutes
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All Inclusive Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands from Lima

The Ballestas Islands, located off the southern coast of Peru, are known for their range of diverse wildlife and surrounding beauty. See the best of the islands and the adjacent Paracas National Reserve on this full-day tour from Lima, featuring informative commentary from your guide and including all meals and transportation.
  • Duration: 1 day
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15-Day Tour from Lima: Amazon, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

Experience all that Peru has to offer during this 15-day, 14-night trip covering visits to the Amazon, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon and much more. Spot exotic wildlife in the Amazon and then discover the history of the Incas during time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. You’ll also spend an unforgettable day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu before heading to Lake Titicaca to discover the lake’s unique floating islands. Then search for Andean Condors above the Colca Canyon. Finish your trip with a flight above the mysterious Nazca Lines. This Peru highlights trip also covers a guide, 14 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus, boat and train transfers and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 15 days
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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

Don’t let limited time in Lima stop you visiting Huacachina and Paracas. See the desert oasis and natural hotspots on an 18-hour tour, ideal for travelers short on time. After traveling to Paracas, you’ll embark on a 2-hour boat tour of the Ballestas Islands, regularly compared to the Galapagos Island, to see colonies of sea lions and seals. Then, explore Huacachina desert in a dune buggy and go sand boarding. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 18 hours
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8-Day Peru from Lima: Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

If you’re looking to tick off all of Peru’s highlights in less time then look no further than this 8-day tour from Lima, which provides a comprehensive introduction to the Inca capital of South America. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu — one of the New7Wonders of the World — Puno, and Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world. 3-star accommodation, guided tours, meals as per itinerary, and hotel pickup in Lima are included.
  • Duration: 8 days
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Full day: Ballestas, Winery & Huacachina Oasis

- Get in touch with Ballestas Island wild life.- Taste Pisco at a local winery- Visit Huacachina oasis, the only one in South America.The adventure starts early in the morning on the Panamerican highway. Around 300 km. on the South of Lima is located Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history and full of wild life.First thing to do in Paracas is the boat tour to Ballestas Islands place full of birds, sea lions, dolphins, penguins, etc.Next thing in the itinerary is to drive to a small local winery to learn how is the process to make Pisco and do some tasting.Before going back to Lima there is stop at the Huacachina Oasis, here there is some time for lunch and walk around, practice sand boarding (Additional cost) or just enjoy free time at the pool with Pisco Sours.At the end of this experience is time to go back to Lima through the same way.
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
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  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
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Paracas and Chincha Full Day Trip from Lima

Expand your awareness of Peruvian nature and culture on this tour to the Ballestas Islands from Lima. Take a boat tour of the Ballestas Islands and tour the Paracas National Reserve before heading to the historic tunnels at Chincha, an important site in Peruvian history.
  • Duration: 18 hours
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  • Duration: 18 hours
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Ballestas Islands, Paracas Reserve, and Huacachina in One Day from Lima

Don’t let limited time in Lima stop you visiting further afield, tick off more of Peru’s natural wonders in less time on a full-day tour from Lima. In just one day, you’ll visit the Ballestas Islands and observe sea lions, seals, and penguins on a cruise, and explore the sand dunes of Huacachina, home to a vivid green oasis, during a sand-boarding experience. Plus, sample wines and pisco in the vineyards of Ica. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes
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11-Night Peru from Lima: Nazca, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno

Travel the width and breadth of Peru with ease and efficiency on an 11-night tour from Lima, ideal for first-time visitors. Alongside your guide, you’ll visit top Peru attractions such as the enigmatic Nazca Lines, the Ballestas Islands, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu — one of the New7Wonders of the World — Lake Titicaca, and the floating islands of Puno. 11 nights 3-star accommodation, breakfast, guided tours, and hotel pickup in Lima are included.
  • Duration: 12 days
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15-Day Peru Tour from Lima Including Paracas, Arequipa and Puno

Experience Peru’s most dramatic highlights on a 14-night tour that includes Lima, the Ballestas Islands, the Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and more. Since all accommodations and transport are included, you won’t have to coordinate complicated logistics in advance; with the security of guide service from arrival to departure, simply enjoy the freedom to immerse yourself in Peru’s natural and historic wonders.
  • Duration: 15 days
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Private Tour: Full-Day Paracas Tour from Lima

Paracas National Park is known for its abundant wildlife and vast scenery. Coupled with its proximity to Peru's capital city of Lima, a trip to Paracas is the perfect way to get out of the city. Make the most of your trip with this private tour, which offers the ultimate in comfort and convenience for the duration of your getaway from Lima.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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4-Day Tour of Lima, Peru including Paracas and Pachacamac Ruins

Get to know the city of Lima, Peru and some of the best nearby attractions during this well-rounded 4-day tour. Explore neighborhoods, cathedrals, markets, and food in the capital. Near the city, visit the Pachacamac archaeological site for a glimpse of Incan culture. Look for flamingos in the Paracas National Reserve and take a boat tour around Ballestas Islands, which some call a mini-Galapagos, to spot sea lions and penguins.
  • Duration: 4 days
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12-Day Adventure in the Southern Circuit from Lima

An opportunity to discover the wonders Peru has to offer on bus tour through its coast and highlands; our travel companions? the ocean's breeze, the silent of the desert and the tall mountains home to one of the biggest empires of the continent.
  • Duration: 12 days
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8-Night Tour to Cusco from Lima by Air: Peru Andean Living and Culture

Featuring a llama trek, astronomy lecture, cooking class, horseback riding, salt harvest and visiting some of the most important sites in Peru, this 9-day, 8-night tour itinerary includes the best of the Peruvian culture. Your tour includes local flights and accommodation.
  • Duration: 9 days
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16-Day Great Inca Expedition from Lima

Intense and exciting: a whole new experience. From the Nazca Lines to the natural beauty of the Ballestas Islands, to watching a condor fly near you at the Colca Canyon, sailing on Lake Titicaca and walking on the Uros Islands, to feeling the overwhelming silence of Machu Picchu. This program offers you everything you need to truly live and feel the Inca culture.
  • Duration: 16 days
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Full day: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis

- Close contact with nature at the Ballestas Islands- Fly over the enigmatic Nazca Lines- Visit the only Oasis in South America: La HuacachinaThe adventure starts early in the morning on the Panamerican highway. Around 300 km. on the South of Lima is located Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history and full of wild life.First thing to do in Paracas is the boat tour to Ballestas Islands place full of birds, sea lions, dolphins, penguins, etc.After the majestic Ballestas, is time to go to Pisco Airport to take a 45 minutes flight over the Palpa desert to see the Nazca Lines.
  • Duration: 14 to 16 hours
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  • Duration: 14 to 16 hours
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Full day: Ballestas & Nazca Lines

- Private drive through the Panamericana highway, the longest one in the world - Boat ride around Ballestas Island to enjoy the wild life.- Flight over the millenary Nazca Lines.The adventure starts early in the morning on the Panamerican highway. Around 300 km. on the South of Lima is located Paracas Bay, a very important place for Peruvian history and full of wild life.First thing to do in Paracas is the boat tour to Ballestas Islands place full of birds, sea lions, dolphins, penguins, etc.After the majestic Ballestas, is time to go to Pisco Airport to take a 45 minutes flight over the Palpa desert to see the Nazca Lines.
  • Duration: 12 to 14 hours
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  • Duration: 12 to 14 hours
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