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Islas Ballestas: Tours & Tickets

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If you are travelling on a cruise and passes through Paracas, don't miss this opportunity and visit the Ballestas islands. This tour is for all visitors who are landing at San Martin Port where you can enjoy a half day trip around the beautiful...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Paracas 11660, Peru
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Reviewed yesterday

The Peruvian government is protecting the islands so they are not overrun like the Galapagos. You take a boat out, and around the islands, to see pristine wilderness and wildlife. A wonderful trip.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Julia L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The cruises leave in the morning when the winds are calm and the water flat. The boats provide a fast trip to the islands and provide excellent views for all passengers. The islands have over 240000 see birds and seals. We saw Pelikans, booby, terns,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This boat trip is a must for any wildlife enthusiast. It’s incredible to see so many Guanay Cormorants and other birds flying to these islands. A real feast for the eyes. Prepare to see pelicans, Peruvian boobies, Inca Terns, Humboldt penguins, sea lions and much...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 328stephenk
Reviewed 4 days ago

Go early. Bring binoculars and a camera. Wear warm clothes and be prepared to be amazed. We saw penguins, seals, and thousands of birds. Maybe bring a hat.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank reptar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see if you’re able! Bring a sturdy jacket and towels for the likely bird poop you’ll get on you. Otherwise an amazing sight/tour

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 761ija
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ballestas Islands is also called mini-Galapagos. We were staying at Aranwa Paracas Resort & Spa - a boat picked us up from the shores of the hotel. The whole thing is a boat tour and you never get off it. Ballestas are a group of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank RajaR957
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky to stay at The Hacienda hotel which has its own boat for this trip. The other boats from the town looked overcrowded but ours was much more comfortable and the only one with a roof to avoid the inevitable guano bombing! Saw...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank trevorf668
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thousands of birds, tons of sea lions, several penguins. Quite incredible. We’ve been to Galapagos and didn’t see close to this many birds, it’s cheap and well worth stopping here - we paid 25 soles plus 5 for the dock plus 11 for the national...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Richard H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are multiple boats which fill up every 20-30 minutes. So, don’t worry about getting on a trip. They will chase you to book one.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank leohauer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this tour! The islands are amazing. You've never seen so many birds in your life, including Humboldt penguins! Just don't forget your sunscreen and a hat or head covering of some sort is a must! You will get pooped on!

Date of experience: September 2019
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October 10, 2019|
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Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
I was very conservative with rain coverings for my camera gear. I can only recall one moment where some droplets entered the boat but that happened when the boat is traveling at high speed towards the islands or the other... More
July 3, 2019|
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Response from Steffi S | Reviewed this property |
Hello, the scheduled departures are 8 am and 10am. the port is open until 1pm (unless there is rough sea or stormy winds). After 10am there have to be enough people for another boat. Usually latest until 1pm one more boat... More
March 12, 2019|
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Response from Jean H | Reviewed this property |
Hi it is 110 pen pp. the boat departs from the pier, asl for the restaurant la chalana. book in advance at the same hotel. enjoy the trip