Islas Ballestas
Islas Ballestas
4.5
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,792 reviews
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1,878
Very good
722
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145
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Aleksander Trzebski
Vancouver, Canada171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Paracas is not pretty, nor clean. It really has no appeal for the international traveler except for these Islands. And It's worth a stop over just for them!

Lots of tour operators, don't bother booking in advance, prices are cheaper in person. Boats are comfortable but many don't have tops, bring sunscreen. The front of the boat is less prone to being a splash zone than the rear.

There are penguins, but not many. Don't expect a good picture without a zoom lens.

So many birds and sea lions. If you are a bird lover, this is a must.
Written March 6, 2020
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May C
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was a privilege to visit these islands by boat early in the morning. Our trip left from the hotel jetty. We had a chance to see the Nazca "candelabra " up close which was a nice add on to our flight over the Lines a few days before. The islands of course are brimming with bird life and the boat was able to get quite close to the cliffs to watch them.Quite bizarre having a tiny Humboldt penguin and an enormous pelican in the same photo! There is plenty of opportunity to see the sea lions basking…there are hundreds of them, including babies. The history of this place is interesting too. At one time the value of the Guano ( bird poo) was worth more as a fertiliser to the Peruvian economy than gold! No-one is allowed to land on the islands apart from the wardens who stay there for three months at a time. They are a protected site. I have not been to the Galapagos islands, but my trip to Ballestas must surely have been nearly as good?
Written March 4, 2020
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Kasia K
London, UK220 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
You will see beautiful nature on this trip, no doubt.
However, the way it’s organised is not exactly appealing. The agents that sell those tours (30 soles pp) don’t speak Good enough English for tourists to understand what is and what is not included (we had a few confused people in our group).
On the day of the trip you are flocked with thousands of other people at the marina. You are asigned to a boat (there are separate seats for everyone). Then it’s around 25 mins to go there and the same to come back (not much to see on the way) and around 45mins to take photos and admire. Our guide spoke some English but was difficult to understand, it was easier for me to understand him in Spanish. You do see a lot of birds, you might want to know which ones are mentioned and understand the connection to the country. It gets cold on the boat so take some warm clothes! We came back at 9:50.
Written January 6, 2020
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whitjohnw
Washington DC, DC119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Prepare to get wet and cold on the boat. If you dress for that you’ll survive the boat ride comfortably. Seeing The bird life, penguins, sea lions and dinosaur sized jellyfish will make it worth the boat ride. Maybe we hit this attraction on a particularly rough day, but the tour guide should really prepare people for the uncomfortable boat experience. They were literally handing out extra life preservers for us to hold up to block wind and walls of water that would splash you.
Written March 27, 2022
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Andromeda2000
Bogota, Colombia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We hired the tour with an agency outside of the pier the day before and it was convenient because the best time to go there is sailing at 8 am. The wind is cold, so it is a must to use proper clothes. The tour guide explained in english and spanish which is good for tourists. I felt a little seasick because the smell in the Islands is very strong (the UAN thing). It is a must to do if you visit ICA.
Written January 14, 2020
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark4,153 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The poor man's Galapagos is what Isla Ballestas off Paracas is called in various marketing materials. The clever person behind this claim should be ashamed.

During a 2-hour boat trip with Paracas Explorer, we managed to see

2 sea lions
A number of seal pups in the far distance
Several invisible penguins, which the guide claimed to see
Some unidentified birds, perhaps cormorants and seagulls
Back on land: 1 pelican, which was fed to stay close by
Additionally, some caves and a natural arch in the island's rugged cliffs

The species we saw the most of were - humans! The sea was teeming with boats, all looking for exactly the same as us. It was like being on a safari in a zoo.

Comparing this meager 'species richness' to Galapagos should be considered a criminal act.
Written February 15, 2024
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Samiya7
Deerfield Beach, FL1,093 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Melissa Bryant
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Really great to see all the wildlife. The way to the islands is longer than the actual tour, but we saw penguins, boobies, sea lions and star fish, so it was worth it. Here's a tip: try to be on the right side of the boat. Those of us on the left definitely got more drenched!
Written December 29, 2023
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Gordon C
Denver, CO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Patagonik
Dallas, TX47 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The perfect tourist trap from Lima! From a city that has little to offer a getaway where you have little to do. Also know as “poor man’s Galapagos” the islands are surrounded by merchant ships and fisherman’s boats. You see a few animals, if you are lucky: little penguins, small sea lions and seagulls, and maybe a dolphin. Nothing impressive.
Written August 23, 2023
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