• Location: Lima, Peru
  • Duration: 15 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • Experience Peru's Ballestas Islands and the Paracas National Reserve
  • Scout for sea lions, penguins and sea birds on the Ballestas Islands
  • Visit Paracas National Reserve, known as one of the driest spots on earth
  • Entrance fees, plus hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small group is limited to no more than 6 guests

What You Can Expect

Ballestas Islands Full-Day Trip Including Paracas National Reserve

Paracas National Reserve

Receive a very early morning pickup from your Lima hotel, after which you’ll transfer for 3.5 hours to Pisco town to board a boat to the Ballestas Islands.

During the next 2.5 hours you’ll get an up-close look at this majestic wildlife paradise as you observe the numerous colonies of penguins, sea lions, and seabirds that call its rocky shores home. The unique shape of the rocky formations that make up the island’s coastline only add to its visual appeal and natural beauty.

After leaving the Ballestas Islands, proceed to Paracas National Reserve. This arid coastal region has been named one of the “driest spots on earth” by the Guinness Book of World Records. Explore reserve’s unique desert landscapes and visit the oasis lakes used by migratory birds as they pass by on their trips north and south. You might even spot a Great Pink flamingo in the area.

At the end of your wildlife and outdoors-themed day, transfer back to Lima and receive a drop-off back at your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Most amazing trip i have ever been to. The only trip i have written a tripadvisor positive review!!!

Iain S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a truly memorable experience. Be prepared for an early rise - 4am - but it's all in the interests in making it down to Paracas in time for the 8:10am trip out to sea. First the boat took us alongside the Paracas peninsula, to view the Candelabro de Paracas, before speeding off to the Islas Ballestas. On approaching the first island, we got a sense of the scale of what we were seeing. Cormorants were stood atop the cliff, too numerous to count. Dozens of sea lions loafed around or play-fought on the rocks below. After a slow cruise around the islands, we headed back, tracked most of the way by a flock of five pelicans, who were matching, even exceeding, the speedboat's speed! We then headed to the Paracas National Reserve. A harsh but beautiful place, it was brought to life by our excellent guide, José of San Juan in Lima, who shared his knowledge and showed us some of the more exclusive areas of the park. I won't go into more specifics as Paracas is a unique experience and the extent to which you enjoy it will depend on your guide and your own inquisitiveness. The Paracas museum was our final stop. Everything in the museum can be seen in half an hour to an hour but the content is fascinating. Again, José provided us with interesting background going far beyond the descriptions on offer. Then it was off to a local restaurant for lunch - although not included in the price, the cost of a meal is, as advertised, around S/. 35, so very reasonable.

In summary - a day that really has everything. A group of islands teeming with life. A desolate and somehow awe-inspiring landscape. A chance to learn about it all at the local museum. A great guide with lots of knowledge and excellent company. Thoroughly enjoyable, I will remember it for a long time.

Rickey J

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Great day tour from Lima! Fun and interesting activities. Recommended if staying in Lima for a few days.

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