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Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas) Tours

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Ballestas Islands (Islas Ballestas)
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 such as 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.

Address: Paracas, Peru
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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

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Don’t let limited time in Lima stop you visiting Huacachina and Paracas. See the desert oasis and natural hotspots on a full-day tour, ideal for travelers short on time. After traveling to Paracas, you’ll embark on a 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.
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  • 18 hours
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US$129.68
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Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands

Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands

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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 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 experience also includes a guide, lunch and round-trip transportation from your hotel.
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  • 14 hours
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US$450.00
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Paracas - Ica - Huacachina from Lima, with the Ballestas and sandboarding islands

Paracas - Ica - Huacachina from Lima, with the Ballestas and sandboarding islands

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On this day trip you will live a unique experience in the Ballestas Islands where you will appreciate a wide variety of marine fauna, you will also meet in the Oasis of America located in the Ica desert where you will practice adventure sports such as buggies and sanboarding
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$100.00
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8-Day Peru from Lima: Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

8-Day Peru from Lima: Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca

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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.
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  • 8 days
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US$945.00
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Ballestas Islands - Caravedo Distillery - Huacachina

Ballestas Islands - Caravedo Distillery - Huacachina

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You can do all these activities Buggies, sandboxes, off road, Wine Tasting or Spirits, Natural Areas Tour in a full day where we will mix nature and technology to make your experience incredible.
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  • 12 hours
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US$130.00
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Full day to Paracas & Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas island & Sand boarding

Full day to Paracas & Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas island & Sand boarding

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This is a nice experience. We will visit many places in one day, like The Ballesta island to see the penguins, sea lions and many birds. Then, we will go to Huacachina to enjoy this beautiful lagoon, oasis and enjoy the sand dunes. We will board the buggie and do the sandboarding as well. Later, we will visit a wineyard to taste some wine and pisco. Also our prices are so reasonable. Feel free to join us and have a unique experience.
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  • 15 to 16 hours
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US$100.00
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Ballestas Islands, Tacama Vineyard & Huacachina Oasis Private Tour from Lima

Ballestas Islands, Tacama Vineyard & Huacachina Oasis Private Tour from Lima

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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.
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  • 15 hours
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US$270.00
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Full Day Tour Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Oasis in Ica, walk through the desert.

Full Day Tour Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Oasis in Ica, walk through the desert.

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It is a tour where you will relax with nature in Paracas and find lots of fun and adrenaline walking through the desert of Ica.
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  • 17 hours
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US$99.00
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Full Day Paracas Ica and Huacachina from Lima All Included

Full Day Paracas Ica and Huacachina from Lima All Included

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We will leave the traditional way of visiting sculptures, old houses, city, to live an experience in nature. We will have a day full of landscapes, ecosystem, marine fauna and adrenaline that are not lived in other places of the capital. It will be very important to relax and forget about the classic to enter a panorama of full fun. The best thing is that your camera will be filled with funny photos and videos and we will interact with all the people who go with us, we will make new friends. You cannot miss the opportunity to know the south of Lima and visit the great Oasis of America and the great Ballestas Islands. This tour has it all!! - Enjoy the great marine view that Paracas offers - Forget everything by sliding on the sandboard boards - Try more than 15 types of Peruvian liquors - Dare to live this beautiful adventure
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  • 16 hours
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US$110.00
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Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve - full day from Lima

Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve - full day from Lima

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The wildlife, such as seabirds and Sea Lions along with Humboldt penguins, is so prolific and active in The Ballestas Islands that it is hard to believe. The National Reserve of Paracas is beautiful in a surreal sense. The rock formations and the blue ocean really make it wonderful. This is definitely a fantastic place to watch sea animals and birds from a short distance.  This is for adventurous people who love wildlife and wonderful sceneries. Come with us and be part of this unforgettable experience. Book it now! Do not miss it!
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$159.90
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From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis

From Lima: Ballestas, Nazca Lines & Huacachina Oasis

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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 wildlife. 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 the local Airport to do the flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines. The next adventure is at the Huacachina Oasis, where there is some time for lunch and walk around, or just enjoy free time with Pisco Sours. At the end of this experience, is time to go back to Lima through the same way.
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  • 14 to 16 hours
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US$500.00
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Ballestas Islands - Paracas Nature Reserve - Huacachina

Ballestas Islands - Paracas Nature Reserve - Huacachina

Personalized tours to make your experience more enriching, you will know: The Ballestas Islands are one of the 77 protected natural areas that exist in Peru. The Paracas National Reserve (RNP) is one of the categorized Natural Protected Areas (ANPs), which protects representative samples of our marine-coastal ecosystems. Here a great biological diversity is protected essential for the maintenance of various biological cycles that guarantee the conservation of the species. Likewise, it protects in its interior several archaeological remains of the Paracas culture based in large part of this important reserve. The Huacachina is an oasis in the middle of the desert, it is ideal for the practice of sandboarding and walking in tubular cars through the dunes, it has a lagoon of green waters, surrounded by date palms and huarangos. According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, it is one of the most spectacular villages in the world to live.
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  • 10 hours
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US$145.00
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Full Day Tour to Paracas and Chincha Slave Tunnels from Lima

Full Day Tour to Paracas and Chincha Slave Tunnels from Lima

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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.
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  • 18 hours
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Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding & Ballestas Islands - from Lima (Small Group)

Huacachina Oasis & Sandboarding & Ballestas Islands - from Lima (Small Group)

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Escape from Lima for a day. This is for the ones who love fun sports, nature, wildlife, and new adventures. Get ready to have an unforgettable day of adrenaline in the desert. Let’s ride a dune buggy and do sandboarding in this stunning south’s main attraction of Peru. We will visit the beautiful Huacachina Oasis with its amazing dessert sand dunes. Also, The Ballestas Islands where there is such an amazing marine life and tons of birds and rock formations. There are no words to describe how stunning this is, just seeing all these sea birds, sea lions, penguins, and more! Bookable now but it will be operated from March 2021
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$159.90
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Ballestas Islands, Paracas Reserve and Skulls Museum Private Tour from Lima

Ballestas Islands, Paracas Reserve and Skulls Museum Private Tour from Lima

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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 a seafood lunch, vineyard tour and tasting, and transportation.
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  • 13 to 14 hours
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US$265.00
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From Lima by bus: Ballestas, Winery & Huacachina

From Lima by bus: Ballestas, Winery & Huacachina

This adventure is a true full day, the trip will be in a first-class bus. On this day you will have you the chance to be close to wildlife in the Ballestas Islands, learn about Pisco with a small tasting and end with the view of the Huacachina Oasis where we will include the activity of Sand Boarding and Buggy ride.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
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From Lima: Ballestas & Nazca Lines

From Lima: Ballestas & Nazca Lines

The Ballestas Islands and the Nazca Lines lie within easy reach of Lima, but organizing transportation to visit them independently cuts into precious sightseeing time. On this tour, ideal for travelers short on time, reach both sites in a day—with round-trip travel from your Lima hotel included. Take to the waves and the air in one adventurous day, and discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Peru.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$500.00
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 From Lima: Ballestas, Winery & Huacachina Oasis for Small Groups

From Lima: Ballestas, Winery & Huacachina Oasis for Small Groups

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The countryside outside Lima boasts fertile vineyards and spectacular natural wonders, but organizing excursions and transportation to explore independently can be tough. On this tour, escape the city and see the best of Peru’s wilderness scenery with ease. Spot native penguins and sea lions in the Ballestas Islands, explore the desert oasis of Huacachina, and taste Peruvian Pisco at a local winery—with pickup and drop-off in Lima included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$190.00
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Nazca Lines Royal Tour

Nazca Lines Royal Tour

The Best Tour Lima+Paracas+Nazca available. Includes Tour to Ballestas Islands, Tour to Huacachina Lagoon and the amazing Overflight to the Nazca Lines.
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  • 2 days
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US$900.00
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“Coast and mountain range of the Peruvian Andes”

“Coast and mountain range of the Peruvian Andes”

Two-week circuit where you will discover the most extraordinary sites in Peru, from the desert of the coast, where the Nazca civilization developed this beautiful landscape of the Andes that houses the remains of Inca citadels, through the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and the beautiful colonial cities of Arequipa and Cusco, thus reaching the wonderful Inca archaeological remains of Cusco and Sacred Valley.
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  • 15 days
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US$1,950.00
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Private Tour To Nazca Lines From Lima

Private Tour To Nazca Lines From Lima

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Nasca Lines – The Sacred Landscape The lines are known as geoglyphs – drawings on the ground made by removing rocks and earth to create a “negative” image. The rocks which cover the desert have oxidized and weathered to a deep rust color, and when the top 12-15 inches of rock is removed, a light-colored, high contrasting sand is exposed. Because there’s so little rain, wind and erosion, the exposed designs have stayed largely intact for 500 to 2000 years. Scientists believe that the majority of lines were made by the Nasca people who flourished from around A.D. 1 to 700. Certain areas of the pampa look like a well-used chalk board, with lines overlapping other lines, and designs cut through with straight lines of both ancient and more modern origin.
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  • 10 hours
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US$474.36
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Private Tour to Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Sand Dunes with sports

Private Tour to Ballestas Islands and Huacachina Sand Dunes with sports

Experience the diversity of Peru’s landscapes on this private full-day tour with round-trip transport from hotels in Lima. In addition to navigating, your guide offers background often unheard by visitors at each stop on the day's itinerary. Snap photos on a boat ride through the Ballestas Islands, stop for lunch at a winery in Ica, and drive a sand buggy at the Huacachina dunes. All meals are included.
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  • 12 hours
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US$271.80
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Private Ballestas Islands & Paracas Natural Reserve Tour

Private Ballestas Islands & Paracas Natural Reserve Tour

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Paracas is a national reserva located in the south of Lima, here are located the famous “Ballestas Islands” you will see a lot of lovely families of sea lions, amazing birdlife and tiny penguins, the atmosphere is great with a big variety of rocky formations and big variety of birds which will involve you in the meantime you are visiting the islands by boat. A tour guide from our company and our professional driver will pick you up from your hotel in around 3 and a half hours you should be in the Chaco’s port in Pisco town, then we will help you to take a boat to visit our famous Ballestas Islands. After your tour we will take you to visit the impressive and isolated Paracas National Reserve; this natural reserve is part of the world guinness “Driest desert on earth” Your friendly tour guide will help you to know and learn about the desert formation but you also will have the chance to see a impressive landscape with lakes where many migratory birds stop
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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$204.11
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US$204.11
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