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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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Full Day Tour Nazca Lines & Ballestas IslandsDay Trips

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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Ballestas Islands - Caravedo Distillery - HuacachinaDay Trips

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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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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Ballestas Islands Group Tour from San Martin PortPorts of Call Tours

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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 Ballestas Islands from the port of San Martín -PiscoWater Tours

 Ballestas Islands from the port of San Martín -Pisco

We will be waiting for a sign with the name (TAXI TRIP PERU)8:50 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Pick up from the port of San Martín and enjoy a transfer to the city of Paracas. Here you will meet the rest of the group and embark on a speedboat to begin the adventure on the impressive island of Ballestas. Along the way, we will stop at the Paracas peninsula to see the enigmatic figure of the Candelabra, an impressive design drawn on the side of a hill in the Peninsula. No one knows for sure who did it or why.Then, you will go to the island of Ballestas, where you will see an incredible world full of birds and sea lions. Here, visit the islands from a distance and explore some caves, depending on the condition of the sea. Upon returning to the port, you have free time to eat lunch13:20 p.m. You will board our vehicle to return to the port of San Martín and return to your boat.Restriction: The operator does not allow babies under 1 year of age to attend the tour.
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Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve (Full Day)Attraction Tickets

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• 07:45 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. Tour Return
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Ballestas Islands ExcursionJet Boats & Speed Boats

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 IslandsWater Tours

Ballestas Islands

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30 minutes before the meeting point tour at the Ocean Beach Paracas HotelThe 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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Ballestas Islands + Dune Buggy & Sandboarding (Private full day tour from Lima)4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Ballestas Islands + Dune Buggy & Sandboarding (Private full day tour from Lima)

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This is for adventurous people who love wildlife as well as fun sports. Visit with as the Ballestas islands where there are many animals in their natural habitat such as see lions, many birds and even tiny penguins! Also, Huacachina, the most beautiful oasis in Peru. let’s have fun doing fun sports in the desert: Dune buggies and Sandboarding. Local wine and delicious pisco tasting are included too!
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Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from ParacasDay Cruises

Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from Paracas

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Journey by boat from Paracas for a 2-hour trip to Peru’s unspoiled Ballestas Islands, a marine sanctuary where you can observe a wealth of sea birds and marine life in their natural habitat. Spot for some of the Islands’ rich array of penguins, Peruvian boobies (native birds), sea lions and Peruvian pelicans, along with many more species. If you’re lucky, you might even observe a dolphin or two. You’ll also enjoy views of the mysterious 490-foot (150-meter) Candelabra geoglyph, rumored to have been constructed in ancient times. Your boat ride also includes the services of a guide.
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Ballestas Islands and Tambo Colorado from San Martin PortPorts of Call Tours

Ballestas Islands and Tambo Colorado from San Martin Port

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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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Ballestas Islands for cruise ship passenger - Paracas HarbourAttraction Tickets

Ballestas Islands for cruise ship passenger - Paracas Harbour

This is an unique opportunity to visit Ballestas Islands from San Martin port at a low budget. come and join in this amazing boat tour to Ballestas Islands... viist the candelabro and see thousands of sea birds and sea mammals in two hours tour.
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Ballestas Islands Tour in Paracas & TrasferNature & Wildlife

Ballestas Islands Tour in Paracas & Trasfer

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.
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Ballestas Islands for Cruise passengers from ParacasWater Tours

Ballestas Islands for Cruise passengers from Paracas

Reception at Hotel Ocean Beach Paracas, you buy the bus ticket on the cruise, which takes you directly to Paracas. We will be waiting for you at the tourist Marina Pier - Paracas, a sign (with your name). Then we will not go to the jetty (walking 1 minutes) and then we will board our boat with 02 outboard motors that will take us to the wonderful Ballestas Islands, the most important wild sanctuary of the Peruvian coast, we will observe sea lions, silly birds, pelicans, penguins and other seabirds.Restriction: The operator does not allow babies under 1 year of age to attend the tour.
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Ballestas Islands & Candelabro TourJet Boats & Speed Boats

Ballestas Islands & Candelabro Tour

 MATHIUS TOURS PERU travel agency, offers online reservations, insurance.Ballestas Islands & Candelabra ToursWe 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. • Return of the tour - Free Time
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Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve from PISCOAttraction Tickets

Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve from PISCO

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• 07:45 a.m. Approx. Pick up from hotel or terminal (Pisco) - 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. Tour Return
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Ica - Paracas Full DayDay Trips

Ica - Paracas Full Day

FULL DAY IN 1 DAY ONLY WE VISIT ICA HUACHINA PARACAS AND CHINCHA FULL ADRENALINE, WINE TASTING, PISCO AND CHOCOTEJAS
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Ballestas Islands and CandelabroWater Tours

Ballestas Islands and Candelabro

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The online reservation is 100% safe and immediate availability.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.Children under 1 year, can not travel.Note:Duration of the holiday tour 1 hour and 20 minutes.
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Ballestas and Candelabro Islands from the port San Martín -PiscoWater Tours

Ballestas and Candelabro Islands from the port San Martín -Pisco

The online reservation is 100% safe and immediate availability.We will be waiting for a sign with the name (LIKE XPLORER PERU)9:15 a.m. Pick up from Puerto San Martin –Pisco10:00 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.Free time for lunch1:30 p.m. Transfer to the port of San Martín to return to your ship.Children under 1 year, can not travel.Note:Duration of the holiday tour 1 hour and 20 minutes.
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Day trip to Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National ReserveCultural Tours

Day trip to Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve

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• 07:45 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. Tour Return
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Tour Ballestas Islands ParacasNature & Wildlife

Tour Ballestas Islands Paracas

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.
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Ballestas Islands & CandelabroWater Tours

Ballestas Islands & Candelabro

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30 minutes before the meeting point tour at the Ocean Beach Paracas HotelThe 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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Ballestas Islands private group tourJet Boats & Speed Boats

Ballestas Islands private group tour

This tour is designed for a private small group or families that wish to visit islands without other travllers .See the best of Ballestas marine wildlife and enjoy the beauty of this great paradise of sea bird and sea mammals in 2 hours boat trip
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Ballestas Islands excursion from the port of San MartínJet Boats & Speed Boats

Ballestas Islands excursion from the port of San Martín

The reservation is online and instant confirmation, any questions and concerns we will answer.
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