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Islas Ballestas

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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
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Paracas 11660, Peru
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great experiance with a fast boat and good guide, also in english, Carlos. A lot of birds, pinguins and zeelions seen.

Thank nathaliemarie2016
Reviewed 3 days ago

An excellent 2 hour boat trip to see the islands teeming with birds as well as colonies of sea lions and Humboldt Penguins. Well worth the 50 Soles

Thank W4lking
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ballesta Islands, are 3 hours from Lima by Car. It is a good tour to combine with the dunes of Huacachina. Since it is on the way. That's what we did. We rented a car in Lima, we left around 6am and we drove to...More

Thank Juan Manuel D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a lovely trip to the islands. It was well organised and everyone on the boat had a good lifejacket. On our boat the guide spoke in Spanish and English. She was informative about the wildlife that we saw. And we certainly saw a...More

Thank Sus1952
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice 2 hours boat trip to the islands near the coast where you can watch Humboldt Penguins, gannets, gulls, pelicans and sea lions in rough nature. This and the national park is the highlight of the region and that's why tours are stopping...More

Thank enricoBeiWien
Reviewed 1 week ago

Over rated but it is a cheap speed boat ride. Saw 1 penguin, few sea lions, mainly birds. nothing special.

Thank bobby20172017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was an open boat for about 30 people, and did manoeuvre very close to the islands. The enthusiasm of the guide really shone through as she pointed out to us all the creatures on view. An edge seat towards the rear may afford the...More

Thank FoweyJohn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best thing about this trip is obviously the wildlife. The thousands of birds on these islands are really quite a sight to see. The sea lions lounging on the rocks and the birds diving for fish were entertaining. The only downside was the tour...More

Thank Geoff H
Reviewed July 14, 2018

This was a fun trip. Make sure you have a boat with a cover. There are literally thousands of birds. It was a fun day.

Thank AJ0208
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

We had an amazing experience visiting Islas Ballestas with Pisco Travel. The guide was really friendly and full of knowledge. Fluent English. Pisco Travel also arranged a tour in the Paracas National Reserve with a good guide, transfer to Huacachina after and a Dune Buggy...More

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April 9, 2018|
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Response from Rosemary B | Reviewed this property |
We booked in advance. The boat has a limited number of seats - maybe 20 - there were actually two boats that left at the same time. But I would highly recommend booking before hand - I think through your hotel. We stayed... More
April 8, 2018|
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Response from LanceNiederhaus | Reviewed this property |
Our trip was in June, one of the coolest months of the year. The flamingos were on the beach in front of the hotel all day long. The boat trip was mid morning for about 3-4 hours and we saw wildlife the entire time. We... More