Islas Ballestas

Islas Ballestas, Paracas: Address, Islas Ballestas Reviews: 4.5/5

Islas Ballestas
4.5
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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 Islands. You will be able to spot thousands of marine species such as, penguins, sea lions, sea birds, dolphins and many other species.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Arne B
Munich, Germany111 contributions
Beautiful place for bird-spotters
Oct 2021
Rightfully designated as natural reserve with thousands of birds of different kinds and mammals. Definitely worth a boat trip.
Written November 6, 2021
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Danielle S
Johnston, RI459 contributions
Pretty to see and animal sightings
Sep 2021
We went on a tour which included the boat trip to the Islas Ballestas. We saw birds, penguins and many sea lions. The boat ride lasted about 2 hours.
Written September 30, 2021
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Samiya7
Hollywood, FL1,011 contributions
Sea Lions and sooo many birds!
Aug 2021 • Family
You take a crowded speedboat out to the islands and the wind is cold in August. We saw plenty of sea lions, 3 penguins, crabs, a variety of birds and some neat rock formations. The boat ride in and out was longer than the actual tour but still worth a visit.
Written August 7, 2021
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX2,184 contributions
"Bucket List" item--the reason for a long drive through the desert to get here
Mar 2020
INCREDIBLE! The wildlife (seabirds and Sea Lions along with Humboldt penguins) is so prolific and active that it is hard to believe. There is far more to see here than there is in The Galapagos Islands.

The high speed boat ride to the area is wonderful. We ran into a pod of Dolphins on the way our and the captain stopped the boat to let us enjoy the sights.

The islands are very stark because of the lack of rainfall, but they are beautiful in a surreal sense. The rock formations and the blue ocean really make it wonderful.
The bird activity adds the life to the area.

We were lucky to be able to see the guano collectors in action--it is quite a sight. The work is obviously "not fun" but it is interesting to see something you have read about for years.

We were one of the first boats out for the day--the crowds were non existent, but we were told they could be crazy. It was easy for the captain to get the boat into ideal viewing locations. The picture opportunities are almost overwhelming!

Prior to our trip, we had no idea this location existed. It is one of the top highlights of the trip--not to be missed!
Written July 23, 2020
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Al P
6 contributions
Great
Mar 2020
This is an eye opening experience, but sit on the left side of the boat for better viewing! We saw 1000's of birds and 100's of sea lions. The boat was fine and the weather also.
Written April 13, 2020
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Vero P
2 contributions
Peaceful Beautiful and Unforgettable
Jul 2019
This is one of my favorite destinations. We were able to observe different types of wildlife at a very close range. Then we went to the museum. Beautiful experience!
Written April 11, 2020
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Kyle F
72 contributions
Mini Galapagos
Jul 2019
This is a great site to see if you are in the area. So much wildlife and guano! Fun for the whole family
Written April 4, 2020
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Gordon C
Denver, CO4 contributions
For bird and animal lovers!
Mar 2020
We were there on a good weather day, but the ride out is very relaxing. Once there, the landscape is not only rugged but beautiful with an amazing array of birds and sea life. Could have spent the entire day there! Really great trip for people on a short schedule.
Written March 19, 2020
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Maris Z
Sigulda, Latvia396 contributions
Amazing
Feb 2020
A fantastic place to watch sea animals and birds from a short distance. And enjoy the big ocean waves in your little boat.
Written March 14, 2020
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colonial
County Galway, Ireland160 contributions
One of the Best wildlife adventures!
Aug 2019
i LOVED seeing the sea lions up close and swimming beside the boat signaling to me it was wonderful!
Written March 12, 2020
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