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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.

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Ballestas IslandsBoat Tours

Ballestas Islands

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30 minutes before the meeting point tour at the Ocean Beach Paracas Hotel The Ballestas Islands are a group of rocky islands located off the Pacific coast near the city of Paracas, and are famous for their abundant wildlife. They are a must see for all wildlife lovers, as they are home to thousands of birds and mammals, including penguins, sea lions and pelicans. The islands are protected, which means that you cannot swim with the animals or walk on their own, but you will get very close to them by speedboat. Schedules: 8:00 am. 10:00 a.m. Restriction: The operator does not allow babies under 1 year of age to attend the tour. The tour to the Ballestas Islands during the holidays in Peru, such as Easter, National Holidays, New Year's Party, is usually very popular and many people travel so prices tend to change and the duration of the tour is 1 Hour and 10 minutes.
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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand BoardingDay Trips

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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Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin PortPorts of Call Tours

Ballestas Islands and Paracas Reserve from San Martin Port

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Enjoy a short excursion during your time at port to the Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve by speedboat. See the iconic Candelabra geoglyph carved into the side of a mountain and observe the native flora and fauna of the area, including sea lions, as you navigate through the caves. Receive a personalized experience with a private guide and learn about the Paracas area before rejoining your ship.
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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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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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Ballestas Islands Excursion

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You don't need to spend a fortune to visit the Ballestas Islands when you book this budget-friendly Ballestas Islands tour from Pisco. Head out from the dock on a boat fully-equipped with safety equipment and led by a certified captain—relax and enjoy the views knowing you're in good hands. Then, stop to tour one of the island for a chance to see wildlife like sea lions, guano birds, and penguins.
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Ballestas Islands Group Tour from San Martin Port

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If you’re landing at San Martin Port, don’t miss the chance to see the Ballestas Islands and their native wildlife. Observe penguins, sea lions, dolphins, and more during this short excursion. Take off in a speedboat and pass the famous Candelabra geoglyph that can be spotted on the hill, believed to be part of the mysterious Nazca Lines, before heading to the islands to explore the sea caves. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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All Inclusive Private Tour to Ballestas Islands, Winery & Huacachina Oasis

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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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Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve Day Trip from Paracas

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Get up close and personal with the rich array of marine life that inhabits the waters and rocky shores of Peru during this full-day trip to the Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve. Start your morning with a boat ride to the Ballesta Islands, stopping to check out the Candelabra geoglyph and observe the wild array of species like Humboldt penguins, Peruvian boobies (birds), sea lions and sometimes even dolphins that inhabit the area. In the afternoon continue your trip at Paracas National Reserve, observing the area’s Andean flamingos, whales, and other wildlife. Your trip also includes the services of a guide.
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Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve (Full Day)

With us, you are 100% sure that your reservation is done hand in hand. We offer instant confirmation by email, and we have live spaces. FULL DAY PARACAS • 07:35 a.m. Approx. Pick up from hotel or terminal (Paracas) - Transfer to the pier • 08:00 a.m. Ballestas Islands Tour.- We will board our boat with 02 outboard motors that will lead us to the wonderful Ballestas Islands, the most important wild sanctuary of the Peruvian coast, will observe sea lions, silly birds, pelicans, penguins and other seabirds. • 10:00 a.m. Return of the tour - Free time for breakfast • 11:00 am. Tour Paracas National Reserve.- where you will know the Flamencos or Parihuanas Viewpoint, We will appreciate the unique Cathedral natural formation, product of the erosion of the wind and the sea, Unique Red Beach in Peruvian coast, Marine Fossil Remains, we will conclude in Lagunillas Beach in which you can have lunch and enjoy the beach. • 3:00 p.m. Return of the Tour
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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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Cruise the Ballestas Islands on a shore excursion from San Martin Port that also includes sightseeing stops at the Paracas Candelabra, Pisco, and Tambo Colorado. You’ll visit three of the Ballestas Islands to explore caves, spot sea lions, and watch for the islands’ remarkable birdlife, then head to the mainland to see Pisco’s key sites and the fascinating Inca architecture at Tambo Colorado.
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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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This is a full-day excursion from Lima to visit the coastal city of Paracas in the Pacific, as well as the oasis of the Huacachina desert. You will enjoy watching the animals in their natural habitat and an exciting adventure in the desert aboard the sandboxes. Pick-up service at your hotel or hostel in Lima, as well as the return transfer. The perfect one-day getaway from the city of Lima
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The service is personalized, the groups are small, it has a private guide for the whole tour. Considered one of the best services, the entire tour takes place in very comfortable tourist units with air conditioning. Water bottles are provided during the tour. Permanent Assistance
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Combine a visit to the Nazca Lines and Ballestas Islands during this small-group excursion and let someone else handle the complex logistics of your multi-stop, two-day tour. Ideal for visitors who want to make the most of their time in the region, spot wildlife on Ballestas Islands during a boat ride, before flying over the enigmatic Nazca lines on day two.
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Discover the beauty of the Ballestas Islands, home to a wide variety of wildlife that includes sea lions, penguins and many other endangered animals and birds. Learn about these fascinating islands while admiring the stunning landscape that surrounds them.
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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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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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See unique marine life living in its natural habitat when visiting the Ballestas Islands. Admire the enigmatic Nazca Lines whose creation is still a mystery. Explore the desert of Huacachina practicing sandboarding and feel the adrenaline onboard a buggy. Try delicious wines and piscos locally produced. Enjoy delicious local food and delicious desserts from the region.
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