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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 ISLANDS & CANDELABROHistorical & Heritage Tours

BALLESTAS ISLANDS & CANDELABRO

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Like Xplorer Peru, the opportunity to visit the only place in ALL South America tour of Islas Ballestas and Candelabro is the only one, with us you are 100% sure that your reservation is made. We offer instant email confirmation, and we have live spaces.ITINERARYBallestas Islands Tour.- We will board our boat with 02 outboard motors that will take us to the wonderful Ballestas Islands, sanctuary of the most important nature of the Peruvian coast, observe sea lions, bobo birds, pelicans, penguins and other marine birds. • Return of the tour - Free TimeHOURS: 08: 0 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.DURATION: 2 HOURSDuration in Holidays and Parties: 1 hour and 10 minutes.Pick up: 15 MINUTES BEFORE THE TOURIT IS RECOMMENDED:- Use sunblock, hat or cap sunglasses, sportswear, sneakers- In the mornings will bring a coat and boats to protect them from the wind.NOTE: Children better than 1 year forbidden to travel.
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Ballestas IslandsHop-on Hop-off 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 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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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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 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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Balletas Islands Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Balletas Islands Tour

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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Fullday Paracas - Islas Ballestas + National ParkNature & Wildlife

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Fullday Paracas - Islas Ballestas + National Park

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Enjoy the beauty of nature. Our tour to the fascinating Islands with their overwhelming marine life and the desert-like National Park. The former seabed amazes with rocky features, fossils and spectacular sceneries. See by youself.
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Ballestas Islands - Paracas Nature Reserve - HuacachinaDay Trips

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

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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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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New Year's Eve 2019: Pisco Route, Desert Adventure and Paracas 2D/1N4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

New Year's Eve 2019: Pisco Route, Desert Adventure and Paracas 2D/1N

The truth is that Huacachina lagoon is definitely the biggest reason people are coming to Ica. What to do here is quite easy to say – you can go to the Desert in our Service with ROV , the most popular activity here. While the oasis is quite beautiful and photogenic, watching the sunset over the sand dunes.Come and enjoy with us. Welcome to Ica .
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BALLESTA ISLAND - THE PRETTY ISLANDNature & Wildlife

BALLESTA ISLAND - THE PRETTY ISLAND

You will not pay extra income, this tour will be an experience with nature in I. Ballestas
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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 + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour !! The best price4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Ballestas Islands + Huacachina Oasis + Wine Tour !! The best price

Be part of this great adventure away from the noise of the city!Visit with us the beautiful city of Paracas and be part of a maritime adventure that will make you dream of nature. Visit the sea lions and the humbolt penguins during a dream boat ride, as well as observe the famous candelabra, a figure designed in the sand dunes.After the boat ride we went to the only oasis in America, the desert and oasis of Huacachina, located in the city of Ica, where you can practice sandboarding and stroll along the sand carts full of adrenaline and adventure. Take the best pictures in the desert and live this unforgettable trip!
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PARACAS and HUACACHINA SANDBOARD - Day Trip LimaSailing Trips

PARACAS and HUACACHINA SANDBOARD - Day Trip Lima

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PARACAS and Huacachina Sandboarding - Day trip LimaBallestas Island and Sandboarding with Buggies Car included.No more taxis and Bus station to make big lines to get on board.No Big Groups in activities, do not be a Mess.Lunch included!
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Full day to Paracas & Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas island & Sand boarding4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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 with breakfast, lunch included, fee entrances and taxes.
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FULL DAY PARACAS + HUACACHINA TOURDay Trips

FULL DAY PARACAS + HUACACHINA TOUR

Make the most of the Full Day accompanied by our tourist entertainers. You will enjoy it to the fullest and you will take a pleasant memory of your visit to the city of Ica.
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Ballestas Islands ,Trasfer Paracas-Huacachina,Buggui & Sandboarding (Group)4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Ballestas Islands ,Trasfer Paracas-Huacachina,Buggui & Sandboarding (Group)

Pick up from the bus terminal or hotel in Paracas - Transfer to the pier• 08:00 am 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 birds marinas• 10:00 a.m. Return of the tour - Free Time• 11:00 am. Paracas Transfer - Huacachina• Free time• 16:00. Buggui and Sandboarding Huacachina.- Where you can experience adrenaline and do adventure sports such as sandboarding (1 hour and 20 minutes)• Timely transfer to the bus terminal or hotel in the center of Ica.• End of service
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Ica RelaxedMulti-day Tours

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Ica Relaxed

On this tour, you can relax to the fullest, sailing in the Ballestas Islands, walking in the Paracas national reserve and practicing sandboarding in the dunes of Ica. Without a doubt, an unforgettable experience.
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Day trip from Lima to the Oasis of Huacachina and ballestas Island in Paracas4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Day trip from Lima to the Oasis of Huacachina and ballestas Island in Paracas

This tour would surely be a day to remember. We will visit unique places as the Ballestas Island and the famous Oasis in Huacachina. This tour suits everyone, from groups, families, couples or solo travelleres. As a private tour, you choose the times and what you want to see or stay the longest.
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Ballestas Islands & Candelabra from the port of San MartínCultural Tours

Ballestas Islands & Candelabra from the port of San Martín

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Ballestas Islands & Candelabra from the port of San Martín8:50 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. We will be waiting for you, our transporter, a sign with the name (LIKE XPLORER PERU) 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, situation of the sea condition.Upon returning to the port, they have free time for lunch.13:20 p.m. board our vehicle to return to the port of San Martín and return to your barcode.
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PARACAS! Ballestas Islands + Paracas National Reserve + Candelabro and much moreDay Trips

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PARACAS! Ballestas Islands + Paracas National Reserve + Candelabro and much more

It is your best option to know the Ballestas Islands + Paracas National Reserve from ICA, enjoy it to the fullest.
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BALLESTAS ISLANDS FROM THE PARACAS CRUISE BUS TERMINALHop-on Hop-off Tours

BALLESTAS ISLANDS FROM THE PARACAS CRUISE BUS TERMINAL

When you arrive at the Puerto General San Martín Terminal (Pisco), 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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Day trip to Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National ReserveAttraction Tickets

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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