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This was fun, but here's my take: Tour description didn't exactly match. Viator's rep picked us up on time, and was profess'l and friendly. Dropped us off at port, handing us off to the actual boat tour operators. Tour was listed as 9am-1pm (approx 4hrs) but was actually 9am-2:15 door to door in Miraflores, could easily have been longer if boat ran late, people swam more, hotel was farther etc. It's really a tour to go see sea lions w/ oppty to get into water with them - that was fun but unexpected. Yes, lots of birds along the way, The boat tour operators were friendly and knew what they were doing. Would definitely recommend for nature lovers, boat trip fans, and those with true 1/2 day free. Also, 3 people on our boat ride got seasick even with medicine, so word of warning on that would be good. Again, enjoyed this for sure - just wasn't sure what we were exactly in for. Guests could probably save money by showing up to Callao directly at the booth for 10am ride, but transfer service is good for not having to deal with how to get a taxi back from Callao once done.
This tour is quite different from other tours as you are not on land. Watching the sea lions and other wildlife on the islands was a treat. You will also get to swim with them. They provided snacks which was nice. Just a note that you will need most of the day. The description on line states that it starts in the morning but that is when they pick you up. The actual cruise really starts around 11am and you do not get back to your hotel till after 3pm.
Although our guide spoke English. We were not briefed on boat safety when we boarded the vessel. Also we were not told about being able to swim with the seals. This would have been a great experience if we had known about it before we left our hotel. We could have brought a towel and swim suit with us etc. There was nothing on your website stating this-
This trip was awful!!!! The boat trip was very rough. Five minutes out the guide passed out dramamine! It took two and one half hours to get to the island with the 6,000 sea lions. If you can image the worst thing you have ever smelled in your life 6,000 sea lions is worse than that. My eyes were tearing. I was choking. I was nauseated. They passed out cotton balls soaked with alcohol to hold at our noses. One other island had penguins and that was it. On the two and half hour trip back I threw up! Do not take this terrible trip!!!
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